Historical Images Documenting Duke Health

These images document the history of Duke Health's academic, clinical, and research activities beginning in 1927. All materials included in this collection are available at the Duke University Medical Center Archives. In honor of Duke Health's 75th Anniversary, The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Inc. supported "The Foundations of Excellence," a digitization project that identified over 600 representative historic photographs from our first 3 decades.

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Physician and staff performing surgery in a Duke Hospital operating room

circa 1930-1934
Operating room and hospital staff at Duke Hospital. Staff are wearing facial masks.

Dietetics nursing staff checking patient food trays

School of Nursing, Dietetics program staff checking individual trays in ward kitchen of Duke Hospital.

Archie Millis in the Duke Hospital pharmacy

circa 1940
Archie Millis working in the hospital pharmacy. He served as a Lieutenant with the 65th General Hospital.

Eugene Brown in the Duke Hospital pharmacy

circa 1939-1940
Eugene Brown working in the hospital pharmacy. He was a pharmacy intern at Duke from 1939 to 1940.

Nurse and ward secretary at a desk in Duke Hospital

circa 1935
Nurse sitting at her desk with second ward secretary.

Patients and hospital staff in a Duke Hospital pediatrics ward

Early pediatrics ward at Duke Hospital.

Early operating room

One of the eleven operating and delivery rooms of Duke Hospital. A bed, surgical basin, and other equipment are shown.

Students in Dr. Joseph W. Beard's experimental dog surgery lab

circa 1953
School of Medicine students (class of 1953) studying in Joseph W. Beard's experimental surgery lab. Joseph W. Beard was professor of surgery from...

Nursing student with infant patient on the pediatric ward

A School of Nursing student holds an African-American infant patient in the pediatrics ward. Part of the pediatrics ward mural is visible in the...

Nurses in operating room during a surgical procedure

Registered nurses administering anesthesia in a operating room of Duke Hospital.