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COLLECTION Identifier: RG M-CL02, Series 00094, 00097, 00099, 00100

Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine buildings and grounds, clubs and associations, departments, and subjects images

Overview

This finding aid describes photographs, photomechanical prints, and color slides depicting the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, library personnel, and the Countway Library Associates.

Dates

  • 1962-1998.

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Librayr do not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.

Extent

202 images
This finding aid describes photographs, photomechanical prints, and color slides depicting the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, library personnel, and the Countway Library Associates. Subjects include architectural drawings, building construction, exterior views, library staff, and meetings of the Countway Library Associates. Described in other finding aids are interior views of Countway Library, the cornerstone-laying ceremony and the dedication ceremony.

Historical Note

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine holds the collections of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The union of these two institutions was formed in 1958 as the result of a substantial gift of Sanda Countway in memory of her brother, Francis A. Countway, the former president of Lever Brothers, Inc. The agreement between the two libraries combined each of their staffs, services, and collections into one modern biomedical library facility. The Library was completed in 1965 and since then has served as a resource of modern and historical information in clinical medicine, the biomedical sciences, dentistry, and public health to students and faculty of the Harvard Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health, affiliated institutions, members and fellows of the Boston Medical Library and Massachusetts Medical Society, and the scholarly community around the world.

Arrangement

Images are organized into 4 series and 6 subseries; within each subseries similar photographs are organized into image groups. Series and subseries are arranged alphabetically; image groups and individual images are arranged chronologically within each subseries.

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Series and Subseries Overview
  1. Series 00097: Francis A. Countway Library Buildings and Grounds. Images, ca. 1962-1998.
  2. ___Subseries A: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine artist's sketches. Images, ca. 1962-1965.
  3. ___Subseries B: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine construction. Images, ca. 1963-1965.
  4. ______Image Group 1. Demolition work. Photographs, ca. 1963.
  5. ______Image Group 2. Foundation work and early construction. Photographs, ca. 1963-1964.
  6. ______Image Group 3. Later construction. Images, ca. 1964-1965.
  7. ___Subseries C: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine exteriors. Images, ca. 1965-1998.
  8. ______Image Group 1. Building facades. Images, ca. 1965-1975.
  9. ______Image Group 2. Building signs. Images, ca. 1965-1981.
  10. ______Image Group 3. Exterior details. Images, ca. 1965-1998.
  11. ______Image Group 4. Plaza. Images, ca. 1965-1969.
  12. Series 00094: Francis A. Countway Library Clubs and Associations. Photographs, 1967.
  13. ___Subseries A: Francis A. Countway Library Associates. Photographs, 1967.
  14. Series 00099: Francis A. Countway Library Departments. Photographs, ca. 1965-1983.
  15. ___Subseries A: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine - Staff. Photographs, ca. 1965-1983.
  16. ______Image Group 1. Librarians, 1960s. Photographs, ca. 1965-1968.
  17. ______Image Group 2. Librarians, 1980s. Photographs, ca. 1983.
  18. Series 00100: Francis A. Countway Library Subjects. Photographs, 1998.
  19. ___Subseries A: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine - Staff. Photographs, 1998.
  20. ______Image Group 1. Farewell party for Vivian Borek. Photographs, 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Buildings and Grounds, Clubs and Associations, Departments, and Subjects. Images, ca. 1962-1998, are four series from an artificial collection assembled in the 1960s from the holdings of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The photographs are now housed at the Center for the History of Medicine in Countway Library. Images were acquired individually or removed from manuscript or archival collections and filed by subject. Because of this practice, the provenance of many of the images has been lost.

Library Digital Initiative Project Description

This finding aid was produced as part of a Library Digital Initiative (LDI) grant project. To provide increased access to visual collections, the LDI project staff described approximately 4100 historical images of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston Medical Library in a series of OASIS finding aids. Of the images described in these finding aids, 1600 were digitized, stored in the Harvard Digital Repository (DRS), and are viewable online. To provide historical context, the finding aids also include links to digitized pages of Harvard annual reports in the Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf.

Processing Information

Processed by Judy Greene, July 2005. Selected information from the image collections management database at the Center for the History of Medicine in Countway Library was exported for inclusion in this finding aid. Formal titles for photographs are used when supplied, otherwise, descriptive titles were created and enclosed in brackets. When possible, images are described as groups rather than individually and representative images selected for viewing on-line. 'Identical' images may vary in condition and the presence or absence of inscriptions or mounts. Location number includes size. Images are small (S = 8 x 10 inches or less), medium (M = greater than 8 x 10 inches and less than 11 x 14 inches), extra large (XL = greater than 16 x 20 inches), or color slides (CS = 35 mm.). A few images have also been cataloged more fully in VIA, Harvard's on-line image database.
Link to catalog
Title
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Buildings and Grounds, Clubs and Associations, Departments, and Subjects. Images, ca. 1962-1998: Finding Aid.
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
EAD ID
med00036

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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