Scope of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives

Our collection spans 180+ years of hospital history. Within, there are seven major sub-collections, each named for an originating hospital. Among the collections you may find things like:

  • Historic photographs
  • Annual reports
  • Administrative correspondence
  • Building specifications
  • Artifacts and memorabilia
  • Training program and fund raising records
  • Serial and stand-alone publications

Except for a few photographs, the records do not include patient or research records.

Start Your Research with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives Here

Finding aids describe the physical content of the Archives. Look through them to target items in the box and folder lists that may be relevant to your research. Then schedule an appointment via email to have a hands-on look at the items you want. You will come to the Center for the History of Medicine in the Countway Library at 10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA.

Links to Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives Finding Aids

The digitized content of the Archives is only a small fraction of the physical content. But, the digitized items are some of the most useful for researching people and events in BWH history. Our online resources include:

  • Complete collections of hospital annual reports from 1875–1979
  • Hospital newsletters from 1943–1999
  • Free Hospital for Women Scrapbook (clippings, notes, and photographs) 1879–1952
  • Many other important hospital-related publications.

Links to online resources

Annual Reports

Hospital Newsletters, 1943–1999

Photographs and Clippings

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital School of Nursing Journals, 1920–1946