The Legacy Center’s photograph collections include over 30,000 images from the mid-1800s to the 1990s, illustrating Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann Medical College students at work and play, physicians at work in offices, hospitals, and clinics domestically and abroad, portraits, and research images.
Many images have been digitized and can be searched in our digital collections, but more images have yet to be digitized, so please ask about anything you’re not finding.
American Women's Hospitals photographs
The American Women's Hospitals (AWH) developed from the War Service Committee of the Medical Women's National Association (later called the American Medical Women's Association) in 1917, to provide, register and finance American women physicians for war work; to offer medical and emergency relief to refugees; and, later, to provide international public health service. The collection houses photographs created by the American Women's Hospitals Service (AWHS) from 1917 to 1982 to document and promote the organization's efforts to provide health care to under-serviced populations in the United States and abroad. The photographs provide a graphic chronicle of the variety and forms of AWHS fieldwork worldwide, including Africa, Albania, Bolivia, France, Greece, India, Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.
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