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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Private Diagnostic Clinic outpatient registration

circa 1945
Two patients registering at a Duke Hospital outpatient clinic of the Private Diagnostic Clinic. The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) was organized...

Duke Hospital pharmacists

(From left to right) Eugene Brown, pharmacy intern from 1939 to 1940; Thomas Reamer, associate in pharmacy from 1931 to circa 1970; Archie Millis,...

Construction of the Duke University School of Medicine

Railroad tracks were placed for steam engine trains to bring building materials to the School of Medicine, now known as the Davison building....

Pediatrics waiting area in Duke Hospital

circa 1940
Pediatrics waiting area filled with seated women and infants. Note the train painted on the left wall (Carl Roger’s face is on the front of the...

Private Diagnostic Clinic patient waiting area

Patients and staff in a Duke Hospital Private Diagnostic Clinic waiting area. The PDC was organized on September 15, 1931 to coordinate the...

Patients waiting in Duke Hospital public dispensary

circa 1940
Patients seated along a wall in the public dispensary. Hospital staff, physicians and nurses are also visible.

Outpatient clinic waiting area in Duke Hospital

circa 1935
African-American patients and others shown in the Duke Hospital Outpatient Clinic waiting area. The sign on column reads "New patients, colored,...

Patient clinic waiting room in Duke South.

circa 1935
Patients shown in waiting room sitting and standing down. The sign on the desk in the center of the photograph reads "Old patients register here."

Doctor, nurses and African American pediatrics patient at Lincoln Hospital

Dr. William Alexander Cleland uses a stethoscope on a young African American pediatrics patient at Lincoln Hospital in Durham. He is assisted by...

Early operating room

circa 1930-1934
Hospital staff, patient, and equipment in an early operating room of Duke Hospital. Two female members of the Duke Hospital staff are wearing...