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History of Public Health at Harvard

Manuscripts and archival collections for researching the history of public health, including resources related to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Public Health Collections in the Art & Artifact Collection

History of Plethysmographs exhibit at the Countway LibraryThe Art & Artifact Collection of the Center for the History of Medicine includes historic objects that relate to the work of the Harvard Chan School.

A complete list of objects relating to the school can be browsed below by discipline. Historic objects are available for in-person research by appointment and at the discretion of the curator. To request access, please submit a question through Ask Countway

Some historic objects can be viewed online through OnView, the Center for the History of Medicine's primary portal to digitized content and exhibits. If a digital surrogate is available, a link has been provided below.

Environmental Health

Global Health

  • Collection of oral rehydration therapy [ORT] and reproductive health materials collected by Richard A. Cash, 1975 - 2017 (2017-127)
  • Red adult "cholera cot," without frame and unused, collected by Richard A. Cash, circa 2017 (2017-175)

Maternal & Child Health

Tropical Medicine

  • Microscope, slides and instruments belonging to Thomas Weller, 1940-2008 (2014.003)
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