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Section III, Series 8. Film Negatives.

Containing over 14,200 images, Series VIII represents all aspects of the hospital and its history. There are more images in this series, by far, than in any other series. Many of the images in this series can also be found in Series I, Series V, and Series VII. Series VIII is divided into ten subseries, which include:

Subseries A: Buildings, 1749-1988
(earliest dates represent dates of original maps and engravings that have been photographed)
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 and Harte-Memorial.

Subseries B: Departments and Procedures, c. 1890s-1984
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. Many of the lesser known jobs throughout the Hospital, such as those in the print shop, the laundry, the cafeteria, the auxiliary, etc., are represented visually in this series.

Subseries C: Events, Hospital-Sponsored, 1926-1984
Photos of the numerous events sponsored or hosted 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: Informational, 1949-1984
Information concerning the Hospital and medicine in general. Typewritten and used in the past in presentations.

Subseries E: Instruments / Artifacts, 1931-1990 + [n.d.]
Photographs of some of the instruments used over the years to treat patients, as well as artifacts housed in the Hospital’s Historic Collections.

Subseries F: Paintings / Artwork, 1928-1984 + [n.d.]
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 G: People, c.1800s-1984
Portraits, both formal and informal, of groups and individuals, who were instrumental parts of the Hospital’s past. Nursing school class photos, staff portraits, physician portraits, volunteers, auxiliary members, Board of Manager groups, and resident groups are among the most notable images in this subseries.

Images of patients are also present; 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 H: Transportation, c.1880s-1982
Images of the Hospital’s ambulance services, from horse-drawn carriages, to present day automotive ambulances.

Subseries I: Wartime Service, c.1917-1919, 1942-1982
A very small number of images pertaining to the Hospital’s involvement in Base 10 Hospital in World War I.

Subseries J: Miscellaneous Negatives, 1954-1984
Items that are part of the collection, but which do not easily fit into one of the aforementioned subseries.


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