Foundations of Excellence

The Foundations of Excellence archival image project, funded in part by The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, Inc. presents a selection of over 600 digitized photographs. These images document the history of the Duke Medicine's academic, clinical, and research activities beginning in 1927. All materials included in this collection are available in Duke University Medical Center Archives.



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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....

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."

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,...

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,...

Dietetics nursing staff checking patient food trays

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

Duke Hospital nurse reading with a pediatric patient

A Duke Hospital nurse reads with a young male pediatric patient in a hospital room.

Nurse and ward secretary at a desk in Duke Hospital

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

School of Nursing students and a clinician prepare shots

Duke University School of Nursing students and a clinician prepare shots.

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...

Nursing student with a patient care supply cart in Duke Hospital

A uniformed School of Nursing student with a cart full of patient care items including medicines and linens.