Section III, Series
1. Photographs – Loose Prints, c.1700s-1997.
(earliest dates represent dates of original works of art, not to the photographs
There are approximately 4,400 images in Series 1. This series
is divided into nine subseries, which include:
Subseries A: Buildings,
1749-1991 + [n.d.]
(earliest dates represent dates of original maps and engravings that have been
Internal and external aspects of Hospital property. Showcases the variant architecture
and grounds of the Hospital. Includes numerous prints of the most highly recognizable
Hospital buildings, such as the Pine Building, as well as of lesser known buildings
like the Carriage House or Harte-Memorial.
Subseries B: Departments
and Procedures, c.1880s-1984 + [n.d.]
A photographic record of the Hospital’s activities, both medical and
administrative in nature. Images of surgery, laboratory work, nursing service
and nursing school, obstetric patient care, etc.
Subseries C: Events, Hospital-Sponsored,
c.1920s-1986 + [n.d.]
Photos of the numerous events sponsored or held by the Hospital, including
but not limited to, Pennsylvania Hospital Day events, departmental holiday
parties, retirement dinners, and Nursing School capping ceremonies and graduations.
Subseries D: Instruments/
Artifacts, 1751-1990s + [n.d.]
(earliest dates represent dates of actual documents)
Photographs of some of the instruments used over the years to treat patients,
as well as historic artifacts housed in the Hospital’s Historic Collections.
Subseries E: Paintings/
Artwork, c.1700s – 1981 + [n.d.]
(earliest dates refer to the dates of the artwork, not the photographs of the
Prints of painted portraits of hundreds of the most influential men and women
in the Hospital’s history, the famed “Christ Healing the Sick in
the Temple” by Benjamin West, and other artwork.
Subseries F: People,
(earliest dates refer to dates of engravings, not of the actual
photos of the engravings)
Portraits, both formal and informal, of groups and individuals
who were part of the Hospital’s history. Nursing school
class photos, staff portraits, and resident groups are among
the most notable images in this subseries.
There are also images of patients; however, According to
the Hospital Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA),
effective April 14th, 2003, Hospital employees are not permitted
to provide access to identifying information of any patient
- past, present, or future. As a result, access to, or reproductions
of, any images in which patients appear, cannot be granted,
unless the patients' faces are blurred so as to be unrecognizable.
Subseries G: Transportation,
c.1880s-1967 + [n.d.]
Images of the Hospital’s ambulance services, from horse-drawn carriages,
to present day automotive ambulances.
Subseries H: Wartime Service,
Images of Pennsylvania Hospital’s involvement overseas in World War I
(Base Hospital #10 in France) and World War II (52nd Evacuation Hospital in
the Pacific Theater).
Subseries I: Miscellaneous
Items that are part of the collection, but which do not easily fit into one
of the aforementioned subseries.
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