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Medical Services & Warfare Digitization Project Completed in Partnership with Adam Matthew Digital

Digital collection now freely accessible onsite at NLM & from Adam Matthew Digital for institutional subscribers

The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division recently worked with Adam Matthew Digital, a digital publisher of unique primary source collections from archives around the worldwide, to digitize more than 12,000 pages of manuscripts from 15 collections held by the NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library.

The NLM collections join a host of other people from the British Library, the Library & Archives of Canada, & the UK National Archives, among other libraries and archives, in Medical Services and Warfare, a new online resource from Adam Matthew which explores multiple perspectives on the history of injury, treatment & disease on the front lines of modern warfare.

Patrons can freely view Medical Services & Warfare at the NLM. They may also study the original NLM collections in the NLM’s History of Medicine reading room.

NLM Digital Collections will eventually provide Freeware global access to all the material now digitized for the Medical Services & Warfare project.

These collections include selections from:

  • The Bernard John Dowling Irwin Papers, which contain reprints of articles written by Irwin & articles written about him & his career, biographical data, & photographs. Irwin served as a surgeon the in the U.S. Army beginning in 1855 and retiring in 1894.
  • The Alexander Hoff Papers, which contain correspondence, drawings, photographs, & background documents on Hoff’s military service during the Civil War.
  • The private & official papers of US Army and Confederate Army medical officers: Thomas S. Latimer, 1861–1900, which consist of official documents & correspondence relating to certain Union & Confederate surgeons during the Civil War (1861–65), the immediate post-war period (1866), & the Spanish-American War (1898).
  • The Sloan US Army General Hospital Records, which consist of two order books, hospital reports, vouchers, receipts, & correspondence that document the hospital’s activities between May 1864 and October 1865.
  • The Lewis H. Steiner Papers, 1861–1867, which include personal papers, reports, printed matter, & some correspondence pertaining to the United States Sanitary Commission.
  • The George Miller Sternberg Papers, 1861–1917, which contain correspondence, documents, certificates, & printed matter.
  • The Thomas Winston Papers, which consist mostly of the correspondence between Thomas Winston & his wife Caroline Mumford Winston during 1862-1866. Winston imparts a vivid picture of what he saw & did while encamped with the Illinois 92nd, while also discussing at length many of the most vital and controversial issues of the time. Winston also delivers a full account of the state of military medicine during the Civil War.
  • The H. C. Yarrow Correspondence, 1863–1906, which consist of personal letters chiefly from Army medical officers including J. H. Baxter, John S. Billings, James Carroll, C. H. Crane, J. M. Cuyler, John Eagen, Robert Fletcher, Charles R. Greenleaf, Charles L. Heizmann, Bernard J. D. Irwin, George A. Otis, J. Simpson, George M. Sternberg, & J. J. Woodward.
  • The United States Armory Square General Hospital, Washington DC collection, which consists of a booklet of local orders issued to the Hospital, one published & two typewritten articles about the Hospital, the order to close the Hospital, and the 1865 issue of the Armory Square Hospital gazette.
  • The Armory Square Hospital nursing diary, 1864, of a nurse in Ward E of the hospital during the spring & summer of 1864, which includes a description of duties, the patients, & social activities in Washington during the Civil War.
  • Brady’s civil war album, 1864: Armory Square Hospital, an album of cartes de visite of Civil War battle scenes, buildings, & individual soldier portraits from E. & H. T. Anthony Company’s commercial series “Brady’s album gallery.”
  • The Armory Square Hospital Gazette, Washington DC.
  • The Marion A. Blankenhorn Papers, 1916–1918, which contain correspondence, diaries, printed matter, clippings, orders, printed ephemera, & patient record books & transfer cards, all relating to Base Hospital No. 4 (Lakeside, U.S.A.), directed by George Crile, during World War I’m.
  • The Merritte Weber Ireland Papers, which contain correspondence, a 1917 war diary, & addresses delivered as surgeon general.
  • The Stanhope Baynes-Jones Papers which include information on family background, education, & service in Globe War I'm & II, and Dr. Bayne-Jones’ association with the Johns Hopkins University Medical School, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Yale University School of Medicine, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Tulane University School of Medicine, U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Office, & the Department of Health, Education & Welfare.

Read more about NLM’s rich collections related to military medicine on our popular blog, Circulating Now.

Armory Square Hospital Gazette, vol. 1,
no. 47, December 24, 1864

Letter from Thomas Winston to his wife
Carrie, October 18, 1862

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine https://www.nlm.nih.gov has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice & is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world’s largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals & the public around the worldwide use NLM services every day.

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Source: nlm.nih.gov

Updated: May 8, 2018 — 1:53 pm

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