The Center for the History of Medicine is the home of a number of innovative programs designed to enhance teaching and learning activities across all Harvard University campuses and engage anyone interested in the transformation of medicine in America and its impact on society. Collectively, our programs target known documentation gaps in the history of medicine, assist practitioners with proactively building new collections, offer access to objects that richly contextualize medical education, and facilitate partnerships with scholars to improve access to both analog and born digital manuscripts, archival records, rare books, research data, and journals.
- The Archives and Records Management program collects the archival records of and offers assistance and advice on records management for the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
- The Archives for Women in Medicine program actively acquires, preserves, promotes, and provides access to the professional and personal records of outstanding women leaders, starting with the Harvard-affiliated community
- The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives, located at the Center for the History of Medicine, is the source for historical records belonging to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. It also includes administrative and public relations records (1855 to 1979) from BWH’s parent hospitals: the Boston Lying-in Hospital, the Free Hospital for Women, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the Robert B. Brigham Hospital, the Boston Hospital for Women, and the Affiliated Hospitals Center, Inc.
- The Center for the History of Medicine is a founding member and principal contributor to the Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine
- The Warren Anatomical Museum is a premiere resource in the history of medical education,with holdings of approximately 15,000 artifacts and cases including: anatomical and pathological preparations; various wax, paper mache, and dry preparation anatomical models; photographs, prints, paintings, and drawings; medical instruments and machines; and other medical memorabilia
- Our programmatic initiatives include numerous grant-funded access and discovery projects that have served to forge partnerships between those who collect and make available historical resources and the scholars who use them