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The Stanley B Burns, MD Medical Photography Collection was sold to Yale University Medical Library in anticipation of Dr Burns developing a specialized medical photography museum. The Washington Post among other papers carried the story. The collection of over 15,000 images (1840-1950) includes numerous British medical photographs including a rare 1874 women's medical school album depicting early women graduates and noted practitioners. The gilt inscribed cover title, "Mrs. Dr. Fulton, Women’s Medical College London 1874". Among the WWI albums are unusual presentation albums of British wounded soldiers at Russian Grand Duchess George's London hospital's these albums are among the most detailed inscribed albums of identified wounded soldiers in the war. Many photographs of significant British physician images are also in the collection which will be available to the public by Yale University as thery are digitized. Some digitized copies of the images and albums remain available at the Burns Archive.www.burnsarchive.com
Here are two websites announcing the acquisition
Yale News Release
As many collectors know finding a proper home for ones collection is very difficult and often a life long search. Yale Medical School Library is the perfect place for my collection as they already have the Harvey Cushing Medical Museum dedicated to neurosurgery, and are well staffed to handle another medical museum. The Yale Medical Library has had a significant collection of medical photography and my collection complements and draws attention to their own holdings. Most importantly the library staff's appreciation of the Burns Collection significance is evident and their dedication to preservation and access is exemplary.
Stanley B Burns,MD,FACS
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