Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine events images
This finding aid describes photographs and photomechanical prints depicting the cornerstone-laying ceremony, building dedication, and other events primarily related to the establishment of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
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This finding aid describes photographs and photomechanical prints depicting events primarily related to the establishment of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Subjects include the cornerstone-laying ceremony, the move into the new building, fund-raising for the Aesculapian Room, the library dedication exercises, and presentation of the American Institute of Architects - American Library Association architectural award. Unless noted all images are black and white. Described in other finding aids are images depicting construction of the building, library administrators and staff, interior and exterior views of the building, and the Countway Library Associates.
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.
Images are organized into four subseries. Within each subseries, similar photographs are organized into image groups. Subseries are arranged chronologically; image groups and individual images are arranged chronologically within each subseries.
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Series and Subseries Overview
- Series 00098: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Events. Images, 1964-1966.
- ___Subseries A: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine cornerstone-laying ceremonies. Photographs, 1964.
- ______Image Group 1. Speakers and audience. Photographs, 1964.
- ______Image Group 2. Laying the cornerstone. Photographs,1964.
- ______Image Group 3. Reception. Photographs, 1964.
- ___Subseries B: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Photographs, 1965.
- ______Image Group 1. Aesculapian Room. Photograph, 1965.
- ______Image Group 2. Moving out of Boston Medical Library. Photographs,1965.
- ______Image Group 3. Moving into Countway Library. Photographs, 1965.
- ___Subseries C: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine dedication exercises. Images, 1965.
- ______Image Group 1. May 27th, morning academic session. Images, 1965.
- ______Image Group 2. Luncheon. Photographs, 1965.
- ______Image Group 3. May 27th, afternoon academic session. Photographs, 1965.
- ______Image Group 4. Dedication. Images, May 27, 1965.
- ______Image Group 5. Reception. Photographs, 1965.
- ______Image Group 6. Tours. Photographs, 1965.
- ___Subseries D: Presentation of AIA-ALA architectural award. Photographs, 1966.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Images in this 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 4500 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.
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 in. or less) or medium (M = greater than 8 x 10 in. and less than 11 x 14 in.). A few images have also been cataloged more fully in VIA, Harvard's on-line image database.
- Aesculapian Club (Harvard Medical School)
- Architecture -- Awards -- United States.
- Berry, George Packer, 1898-
- Boston Medical Library
- Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
- Cornerstone laying -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
- Harvard Medical School -- Alumni and alumnae.
- Harvard Medical School -- Buildings.
- Harvard Medical School -- Faculty.
- Harvard Medical School -- Photograph collections.
- Kazanjian, Varaztad Hovhannes
- Means, James Howard, 1885-1967.
- Medical librarians.
- Medical libraries.
- Medical literature.
- Photomechanical prints.
- Physicians -- Portraits.
- Pusey, Nathan M. (Nathan Marsh), 1907-2001
- Rutstein, David D. (David Davis), 1909-
- White, Paul Dudley, 1886-1973
- Yakovlev, Paul Ivan, 1894-1983
- Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Events. Images, 1964-1966: Finding Aid.
- Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
- Language of description
- EAD ID
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