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Children's Hospital of San Francisco Photograph Collection, 1904-1965
BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC  
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SERIES 1. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS VIEWS

 

Subseries 1. General Views, ca. 1887-ca. 1980.

Physical Description: 126 photographs; 7 lantern slides; 3 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: lantern slides shelved in LAN drawers; 6 photographs in AX Box 1, Folders 1-3.
Contains views of the many buildings which have formed the medical complex throughout its history, among them the original California Street structure (erected 1887); the Alexander Maternity Cottage (1892); the Little Jim Building (1895); the Eye and Ear Ward (1897); the New Main Building (1911); and many of the modern structures built in the decades following World War II. Also pictured are hospital gardens, courtyards, and the surrounding Pacific Heights district of San Francisco.
carton 1, folder 1

Exterior view of San Francisco Children's Hospital. between 1896 and 1906 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Content Note

Left to right: Eye and Ear Building, Little Jim Building, Main Building, Alexander Maternity Cottage.
 

Subseries 2. Modernization, 1959-1967.

Physical Description: 169 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Contains views of the expansion of the medical center during the 1950s and 1960s. Among the subjects pictured are the East Wing and East Wing addition of the Main Building; the Out Patient Research Building; the Fourth Floor addition to the Main Building; the West Wing addition; and the parking structure. Also included are several interior views of various facilities and photographic reproductions of a variety of architectural drawings related to the medical center.
 

SERIES 2. PERSONNEL

 

Subseries 1. Nursing, ca. 1890-ca. 1975 (bulk through 1957).

Physical Description: 217 photographs; 9 promotional postcards; miscellaneous documents; 9 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 5 photographs and bound collection of documents in AX Box 1, Folders 4-6; 2 photo albums with accompanying documents in AX Box 2.
Features various aspects of nursing at Children's Hospital, including the historic Training School for Nurses. Pictures student nurses, nursing classes, and various activities and events associated with the nursing school. Also included are views of the Nurses' Residence, the Tehama St. Nurses' Settlement Home, and a miscellany of individual and group portraits; a series of promotional post cards for the nursing school; a bound collection of articles, letters, memoirs, etc., primarily related to the Tehama St. Nurses' Settlement Home; and two nurses' alumnae photograph albums, which include rosters of the graduating classes of the Training School for Nurses from 1881 to 1929.
carton 1, folder 16

The home of the nurses on Tehama Street. 1903 or 1904 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Scope and Content Note

People in front Tehama Street Nurses' Settlement Home.
 

Subseries 2. Physicians, ca. 1885?-ca. 1970?

Physical Description: 49 photographs; 12 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 9 photographs in AX Box 1, Folders 7-8.
Features various physicians associated with Children's Hospital. Among the notable physicians pictured are Charlotte Blake Brown, one of the founders of Children's Hospital; Adelaide Brown, the daughter of Charlotte; Florence Holsclaw; Harry Sherman; Hulda Thelander; Charles Fleischner; George T. McChesney; Edward Shaw; Clain Gelsten; Henry du Rest Phelan; and James T. Watkins. Also pictures several resident and intern physicians; surgery scenes; and the grandparents of Charlotte Blake Brown.
carton 1, folder 17

Dr. Charlotte Blake Brown, founder, Pacific Dispensary for Women and Children. 1875 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
carton 1, folder 17

Dr. Charlotte Blake Brown. BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

carton 1, folder 17

Adelaide Brown, MD. 1930 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
carton 1, folder 17

Dr. Sherman, black drapes. BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Content Note

Surgery being performed using black drapes.
carton 1, folder 17

Surgery, Children's Hospital of San Francisco. not after 1953 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Content Note

Women in the operating room.
carton 1, folder 17

Surgery, Children's Hospital of San Francisco. not after 1984 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Scope and Content Note

Women in the operating room.
 

Subseries 3. Administration and Board of Directors, ca. 1925-1982 (bulk 1979).

Physical Description: 56 photographs; 3 negatives.

Scope and Content Note

Features three of the hospital's chiefs of staff and various members of its board of directors. Pictures administrators James B. Cutter, J.V. Buck, and J. Rock Toukel. Among the Board members pictured are presidents Mrs. W. Stanley Whitaker, Mrs. William A. Bentley, and Stephanie MacColl. Also pictured are various events and functions of the board, as well as other hospital staff.
 

Subseries 4. Miscellaneous and Unidentified Personnel, ca. 1920?-1973.

Physical Description: 316 photographs.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 2 albums (292 photographs) in AX Box 2.
Features a miscellany of hospital personnel, including staff members of the laboratory, the pharmacy, the business office, and the brace shop. Includes a snapshot album picturing a broad cross-section of Children's Hospital personnel, as well as an assortment of snapshots related to those in the album which have been sleeved and bound in a separate album.
 

Subseries 5. Volunteer Service, 1966.

Physical Description: 29 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

Features volunteers and various volunteer activities at the hospital. Many of the photographs include captions which explain various aspects of the hospital's volunteer services.
 

SERIES 3. PATIENT CARE

 

Subseries 1. Little Jim Ward, ca. 1914-ca. 1950?

Physical Description: 66 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

The Little Jim Ward, constructed in 1895, was the first of the two distinctive circular brick additions to Children's Hospital. Named after the fictitious subject of a newspaper story by San Francisco Examiner feature writer Annie Laurie - who championed the addition to the hospital - the ward originally specialized in the care of crippled children. Among the notable salutary features of the ward were a large, circular sun room and a spacious roof garden. Along with its neighboring Women's Ward (formerly the Eye and Ear Building), the Little Jim Ward was replaced in 1954 by a new wing of the Main Building.
Features many individual and group portraits of patients housed in the ward. Also pictured are the ward's roof garden and sun room, as well as a nearby outdoor playground.
carton 1, folder 25

Patients and nurses in Little Jim Ward, San Francisco Children's Hospital. 1914 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Additional Note

Photograph by Charles Weidner, San Francisco.
carton 1, folder 25

Bedridden patients in Little Jim Ward, San Francisco Children's Hospital. 1938 BANC PIC 1989.058--PIC

Physical Description: 1 photographic print

Additional Note

Photograph by Gabriel Moulin.
 

Subseries 2. Pediatrics, ca. 1933-1981.

Physical Description: 68 photographs.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 1 photograph and 2 clippings in AX Box 1, Folder 9.
Features portraits of pediatric patients.
 

Subseries 3. Maternity, ca. 1900-ca. 1950.

Physical Description: 22 photographs; 5 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 3 photographs in AX Box 1, Folder 10; 1 photograph in B Box 1, Folder 1.
Primarily features scenes of newborn infants. Several scenes picture the interior of the Alexander Maternity Cottage, which opened in 1892 as the earliest addition to the hospital.
 

Subseries 4. Polio Treatment, ca. 1930-ca. 1950.

Physical Description: 45 photographs; 4 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 6 photographs and 1 clipping in AX Box 1, Folder 11.
Features many polio patients and two of the hospital's renowned facilities for polio treatment: the Drinker Respirator (or "iron lung") and the Hubbard Tank.
 

Subseries 5. Outpatient Treatment, ca. 1923-ca. 1960.

Physical Description: 16 photographs.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries pictures various aspects of the outpatient services offered by the hospital, especially dentistry. Also included are many photographs which picture waiting room scenes.
 

Subseries 6. Social Service, ca. 1923-ca. 1933.

Physical Description: 7 photographs; 1 negative.

Scope and Content Note

Features patients, parents and hospital personnel involved in various social service activities.
 

Subseries 7. Miscellaneous Patient Care, ca. 1900-ca. 1975.

Physical Description: 1 album, disbound (212 photographs, 26 clippings); 93 photographs; 56 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: Disbound album in B Box 1, Folders 2-3.
Features a miscellany of events and activities associated with patient care, picturing hospital patients, nurses, wards, rooms, and facilities. Includes a disbound album of photographs and clippings made circa 1944-1950, as well as a set of contact prints, many of which have matching negatives.
 

SERIES 4. EVENTS & PUBLICATION MATERIAL, ca. 1925-1983.

Physical Description: 109 photographs; 121 negatives.

Additional Note

Shelving note: 6 photographs in AX Box 1, Folders 12-16.
Features a miscellany of events associated with the hospital, such as groundbreaking ceremonies, civic exhibits, dedications, employee service award ceremonies, celebrity visits, the Children's Hospital Handicap horse race, and various activities of the Children's Hospital Auxiliary. Among the individuals pictured are John Wayne, Bob Hope, Jerry Lewis, Telly Savalas, Joe E. Brown, San Francisco Mayor George Christopher, San Quentin Prison Warden H.O. Teets, and various hospital board members and staff. The series is roughly arranged by event.
The series also includes various prints, negatives and transparencies used in preparing the booklet "The Story of Children's Hospital," published circa 1973. These items were originally grouped together in an envelope labeled "'Story of Children's Hospital' photos." Other items throughout the collection were also likely used in the preparation of this publication.
box 1, folder 15

Patients and nurses in Little Jim Ward, San Francisco Children's Hospital (postcard). circa 1925 BANC PIC 1989.058--AX

Physical Description: 1 photographic print
 

SERIES 5. OTHER INSTITUTIONS, ca. 1915?-ca. 1935?

Physical Description: 3 photographs

Scope and Content Note

Series 5 contains photographs of Hill Farm (of Manor, Marin County); the El Adobe Hospital; and the San Jose Nurses' Home.