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Historical Collections

Archive of Highland Hospital

Hahnemann Hospital circa 1906 when J.R. Williams joined the staffThe Archive of Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York documents the history, development, and growth of Highland Hospital by gathering and preserving materials generated by or related to individuals and institutions associated with Highland.

The Archives serve as a repository for the historical records pertaining to the development and growth of Highland, such as administrative and legal documents, and memorabilia.

The archives were maintained by the Williams Health Sciences Library until the summer of 2015, when the materials were transferred to to the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section of the Edward G. Miner Library. Processing the collection was completed in June 2016. The Archive of Highland Hospital, Rochester, New York includes a detailed inventory of the files pertaining to Highland Hospital, its predecessor the Hahnemann Hospital, and the hospital's School of Nursing.

The collection is available for clinical, research, educational, and promotional purposes.

For access to the Archives contact the History of Medicine department at Edward G. Miner Library.

Digital Archives of Historical Images

Class of 1944 nursing students with Nurse Mary Ruth Gill during morning report.The Williams Health Sciences Library digital archives provide public electronic access to selected images for the historical development of Highland Hospital, and the history of Highland’s School of Nursing.

We are a contributing partner in New York State's research portal: New York Heritage.

These images focus on the history of Highland Hospital as a pioneer in health care and nursing education in Rochester, New York in the early twentieth century. Images were selected from two of our collections:

Why digitize? Providing public electronic access to surrogate images though a searchable database increases the availability of this unique collection to a wide variety of interested persons. Students, teachers, researchers, and historians will be able to view a selection of primary source materials that is often beyond their reach – without the risk that these images might be lost or damaged.

The library received a grant from the Rochester Regional Library Council in 2011 to digitize images from the archival print collection.