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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 and microfilming.

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 stacey.peeples@uphs.upenn.edu. 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.



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