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COLLECTION Identifier: RG M-CL02, Series number 00159

Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals images


This finding aid describes photographs, prints and other images portraying the affiliated hospitals of Harvard Medical School.


  • Creation: 1800-1980.


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Consult Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library 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.


120 images

This series is comprised of images of Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals. Image types include photographs, drawings and prints. Unless noted, individual images are black and white photographs.

History of the Affiliated Hospitals Series

These images were selected from the Francis A. Countway Library Center for the History of Medicine's collection of photographs and prints depicting buildings, facilities, physicians, and staff of Harvard Medical School's affiliated hospitals, known as the "Picture Collection."

Harvard Medical School has never designated a single hospital as its primary teaching facility. Instead, Harvard Medical School has made arrangements with hospitals in and around Boston over the years in order to take advantage of the many and varied specialized opportunities for clinical instruction. Since the early part of the twentieth century, major teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School have included Beth Israel Hospital, Boston City Hospital, Boston Hospital for Women, Boston Lying-in Hospital, Boston Sanitorium, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Free Hospital for Women, House of the Good Samaritan, Infants’ Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Deaconess Hospital, Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, and Sharon Sanitarium.


Photographs and images are organized by subseries arranged alphabetically by name of hospital and then further arranged alphabetically into image groups where necessary. Formal titles for photographs are used when supplied, otherwise, descriptive titles were created and are identified by brackets.

Series Overview

  1. Series 00159. Harvard Medical School Affiliated Hospitals, 1864-ca.1975.
  2. ___Subseries: Boston City Hospital.
  3. ______Image Group: Aerial View, 1899.
  4. ______Image Group: Ambulance Parade, 1905.
  5. ______Image Group: Bigelow Operating Amphitheater, 1900, ca. 1950.
  6. ______Image Group: Board of Trustees, 1872.
  7. ______Image Group: Building Plaque, ca. 1900.
  8. ______Image Group: Central Administration Building, 1886.
  9. ______Image Group: Children's Wards,1886-ca.1910.
  10. ______Image Group: Children's Wards, 1900.
  11. ______Image Group: Exterior View, ca. 1920.
  12. ______Image Group: Front View, 1883-1975.
  13. ______Image Group: Garden and Administration, ca. 1920.
  14. ______Image Group: Graduation, ca. 1910.
  15. ______Image Group: Group of House Officers, ca. 1900.
  16. ______Image Group: Group Taken in Ward L, 1885- ca.1970.
  17. ______Image Group: House Officers, 1896.
  18. ______Image Group: House Physicians, 1864.
  19. ______Image Group: Lobby, ca. 1900.
  20. ______Image Group: Mallory Institute of Pathology Staff, 1959.
  21. ______Image Group: Medical Side, 1886-ca.1920
  22. ______Image Group: Medical Staff, ca. 1925
  23. ______Image Group: New Refrigerator, ca. 1900.
  24. ______Image Group: Nurses Home Parlor, 1886.
  25. ______Image Group: Office of Dr. Rowe, 1901.
  26. ______Image Group: Operating Room in Ward M, ca. 1886-1970.
  27. ______Image Group: Operating Room,, ca. 1915.
  28. ______Image Group: Rear View, ca. 1886-1905.
  29. ______Image Group: Relief Station, 1906-1911.
  30. ______Image Group: Sears Surgical, 1967.
  31. ______Image Group: Semi-centennial Exercises,1914.
  32. ______Image Group: South Side of Springfield Street: Nursing Home and Tennis Court, 1886
  33. ______Image Group: Surgical Amphitheatre. Trustees, Medical Staff, House Staff, and Nurses,1899.
  34. ______Image Group: Surgical Side, 1886.
  35. ______Image Group: Symposium on Medical Education,1964.
  36. ______Image Group: Tent Wards, ca.1890.
  37. ______Image Group: Thorndike Memorial Laboratory Staff, ca.1930-1959.
  38. ______Image Group: Visiting Surgeons,1882.
  39. ______Image Group: Vose House. Reception and Memorial Hall, ca.1890.
  40. ______Image Group: Ward Interior, ca.1886.
  41. ______Image Group: Weathervane, ca.1895-ca.1975.
  42. ___Subseries: Boston Lying-in Hospital.
  43. ______Image Group: Dr. Chute, 1900.
  44. ______Image Group: Exterior View, 1950-ca.1970.
  45. ______Image Group: Group of Babies, 1899.
  46. ___Subseries: Children's Hospital
  47. ______Administration Building and Private Wards, ca.1920.
  48. ______Aerial View, ca.1920.
  49. ______Cardiovascular Laboratory, ca.1966.
  50. ______Clerk-typist Answering Phone, ca.1968.
  51. ______Clinic, ca.1960
  52. ______Cows Grazing in Front of Administration Building, ca.1970.
  53. ______Exterior View, ca.1920.
  54. ______Fitting for Leg-Brace, ca.1963.
  55. ______Intern's Housing Construction, 1968.
  56. ______Longwood Avenue Entrance, ca.1920.
  57. ______Nurse with Four Children in Iron Lungs, ca.1950.
  58. ______Orthopedics Staff and House Officers, 1923.
  59. ______Patient with Back Brace, ca.1915.
  60. ______Patient, Nurse, and Patient's Mother by Christmas Tree, ca.1962.
  61. ______Physician and Nurse with Patient, ca.1915.
  62. ______Staff, ca.1920-ca.1960.
  63. ______Vision Test, 1954.
  64. ___Subseries: Massachusetts General Hospital.
  65. ______Aerial View,1899.
  66. ______Alumni Association,1922.
  67. ______Bulfinch Building, ca. 1800-1981.
  68. ______Ether Jubilee, 1896.
  69. ______Exteriors (Other than Bulfinch Building), 1821-1960
  70. ______Interiors, ca. 1847-ca. 1950
  71. ______Operating Room, ca.1800- ca. 1900.
  72. ______Psychiatric Service, 1939-1961.
  73. ______Staff, 1853-1855.
  74. ______Staff, 1878, 1895-1897.
  75. ______Staff, 1900-1910.
  76. ______Staff, 1911-1919.
  77. ______Staff, 1920-1929.
  78. ______Staff, 1940-1949.
  79. ______Staff, 1950's - 1969.
  80. ______Tent Wards, 1908.
  81. ______Treadwell Library, 1900-1941.
  82. ______West Medical Service, 1908-1909.
  83. ___ Subseries: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.

Acquisition Information

The Affiliated Hospitals Collection is an artificial collection assembled from the holdings of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The collection is now housed in the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library. Images were acquired individually, or removed from manuscript or archival collections and filed by name. 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 is describing 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 will be digitized, stored in the Harvard Digital Repository (DRS), and viewable online. To provide historical context, the finding aids will also include links to digitized pages of Harvard annual reports in the Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf.

Processing Information

Processed by Peter Rawson and Jenny Engstrom, April 2005.

Harvard Medical School Affiliated Hospitals. Images, 1800 - 1980: Finding Aid.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
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Repository Details

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

The Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the world's leading resources for the study of the history of health and medicine. Our mission is to enable the history of medicine and public health to inform healthcare, the health sciences, and the societies in which they are embedded.

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