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,
(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 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,
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,
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,
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
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,
Images of the Hospital’s ambulance services, from horse-drawn carriages,
to present day automotive ambulances.
Subseries I: Wartime Service,
A very small number of images pertaining to the Hospital’s involvement
in Base 10 Hospital in World War I.
Subseries J: Miscellaneous
Items that are part of the collection, but which do not easily fit into one
of the aforementioned subseries.
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