Scope of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives
The archives were assembled from the records of all the individual hospitals that eventually merged to become the institution known today as the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The material in the collection spans 150 years of hospital history, and includes historic photographs, annual reports, administrative correspondence, building specifications, artifacts and memorabilia, training program and fund raising records, and serial and stand-alone publications. Except for a few photographs, the records do not include patient or research records.
The archival collection is organized and described in seven major groups. Each record group is named for the originating hospital.
Start Your Research with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives Here
The physical content of the Archives is described in the collection guides below. Look through them to target items in the box and folder lists that may be relevant to your research. Then schedule an appointment to have a hands-on look at the items which are held at the Center for the History of Medicine in the Countway Library at 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA.
The digitized content of the Archives is only a small fraction of the physical content, however those items which have been digitized are some of the most useful for researching people and events in BWH history. Find below links to our online resources including complete collections of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (1913–1979), the Boston Lying-in Hospital (1833, 1875–1965), and the Free Hospital for Women (1875–1965) Annual Reports; the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Journal (1920–1946); and hospital newsletters from 1943 through 1999. All are keyword searchable. Find also links to a digitized version of the historic Free Hospital for Women Scrapbook containing clippings, notes, and photographs from 1879 through 1952, as well as links to other historically important hospital related manuscripts.
Links to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives Collection Guides [Finding Aids].
Online Resources for Hospital History
Annual ReportsPeter Bent Brigham Hospital Annual Reports, 1913–1979
Annual ReportsFree Hospital for Women Annual Reports, 1875—1965
Hospital Newsletters, 1943–1977
History of the Free Hospital for Women 1875–1975
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing Journals, 1920–1946The Alumnae Journal, 1920–1946
Photographs and ClippingsFree Hospital for Women Scrapbook, 1879—1952
History of the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital for Incurables
A small picture book about the hospital, published in 1900.
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital “Bible,” 1940.
Written by 2nd Physician-in-Chief, Soma Weiss, as a guide to aid students, residents, and interns.
Staff Diary, 1912.
Notes made by the first staffdoctors during a trip to investigate European medical practice.
Annual ReportsBoston Lying-in Hospital, 1833, 1875–1965
Annual ReportsBoston Hospital for Women, 1966–1976