New Historical Photographs Collection Now Available

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Post contributed by Historical Collections Assistant, Emily Bowden

Processing of the UVA Health System Marketing Communications collection (MS-68) was completed last month, and an online guide detailing the contents of the collection is now available through the Virginia Heritage database. At over 10 linear feet, this primarily image-based collection holds visual materials documenting the people, premises, and events of the UVA Health System throughout the 20th century. Images include portraits of department chairs, photographs of medical students, and many pictures recording the transformation of the original UVA Hospital designed by Paul J. Pelz and opened in 1901 into the expansive Health System we know today.

Snapshots from the collection, clockwise from top left: UVA Hospital, 1901; Construction of the New University Hospital, 1988; Nursing students, 1947; Internal Medicine faculty and staff, 1990. Images courtesy Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Snapshots from the collection, clockwise from top left: UVA Hospital, 1901; Construction of the New University Hospital, 1988; Nursing students, 1947; Internal Medicine faculty and staff, 1990. Images courtesy Historical Collections & Services, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

 

The collection covers a wide range of content produced for physician directories, promotional brochures, hospital publications, and other marketing needs. The images are the work of both UVA Marketing staff members and contract photographers, and the collection contains multiple image formats, including photographic prints, negatives, slides, and digital images. Within the collection you can also find editors’ notes related to issues of past Health System publications, such as the Helix. This new collection provides a wonderful visual history of the UVA Health System and promises to be a valuable resource for locating and retrieving historical images. Visit Historical Collections to browse the UVA Health System Marketing Communications collection; you can also find historical images through the online UVA Visual History Collection.

For further information, please contact Historical Collections at 434-982-0576.

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