The archives at Pennsylvania Hospital
trace the development of health care and public policy since
the mid-1700s. The wide range of materials consists of Board
of Manager minutes; admission and discharge record; administrative
and financial records; personal correspondence of physicians
and superintendents; and record of other charitable organizations
that were absorbed by the hospital. The archives also benefitted
from the NLM grants of the 1970s through arrangement, description
The memorabilia collection includes hundreds of diverse medical
artifacts, such as antique surgical kits and World War I scrapbooks
from hospital nurses. The photograph collection features Dr.
Thomas S. Kirkbride's Magic lantern slide collection.
The Archives are located in the historic Pine Building at the
Hospital. For information, please call Library Services at
(215) 829-5434 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appointments are required to view materials.
Attention Researchers and Visitors:
A new visitor management system is in effect as of October
1, 2008. All visitors will be required to check in at
the welcome desk upon arrival and receive a visitor badge.
You will be required to enter the Hospital via the main
entrance on 8th Street (between Spruce and Pine streets).
To view a detailed description of the Hospital's records, see
the finding aid.
The Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections is currently
revising it’s patient record access policy for all medical
patient records held in the Archives. As of right now, ALL
patient records are closed to the public. Our new policy will
be posted here as soon as possible. We truly regret the inconvenience
this causes. All non-patient related material is closed for
75 years from its creation. Certain restrictions might still
apply on specific records.