Laura Heath Hills scrapbook
Held at: Drexel University: College of Medicine Legacy Center [Contact Us]
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Collection consists of a single scrapbook assembled by Dr. Laura Heath Hills. It contains photographs, personal letters, and other mementos covering the life of Dr. Hills from her entrance to Woman’s Medical College in 1892 to 1949. Among photographs are those showing administrators and faculty members of the college such as Dr. Clara Marshall, Dean; Dr. Anna Broomall, Professor of Obstetrics; and Dr. Mary W. Griscom. Also included are photographs showing medical students in the dissecting room, the chemistry laboratory, the library, etc. and personal photographs of Dr. Hills and her friends Grace Shermerhorn, Ellen J. Patterson, Clara Israel, and Nellie Louise Lawrence. One page of the scrapbook holds individual graduation pictures of the class of 1896. most of the photographs in the scrapbook have been labeled. Dr. Hills also included numerous printed materials among which are certificates of enrollment and completion of various courses, commencement announcements and programs for 1895 and 1896, original poems, personal letters, and newspaper clippings.
Photographs and items from the scrapbook are
First page of scrapbook has pencilled, "12-5-60 Rec'd thru Development Dept. via Auxiliary member." Cover of scrapbook reads, "DR LAURA H. HILLS/ WOMENS MEDICAL COLLEGE/ 1892-1896/ PHILA PENN." Item was accessioned in 1980 by Charlotte Kresowich, Archives staff member. Ball point pen inked identifications (by Laura Hills?) probably pre-date acquisition. Further I.D.'s and page numbers handwritten in pencil appear to be by Barbara Malinsky and Jill Gates Smith (former photograph curators). Pages are numbered 1-31 (n.b., page 14 is either missing or misnumbered (page 28?); page 28 is recorded on two separate sheets (one sheet has newsclipping on verso). Photograph P-numbers are in sequence or refer to identical prints in other collections.
As of 1989, the scrapbook had been disbound and pages placed in polypropylene sleeves. Scrapbook pages were extremely friable, damage to edges (containing captions) was advanced. This scrapbook had been microfilmed (along with others) presumably in the 1980s. There are two reels (master and duplicate) available; use is limited due to lack of registrations and targets which were not included in the filming. Limited negatives and slides have been produced from select images. Photographs and other paper items had been glued to acid support pages and accelerated degradation had been noted between the time when some negatives were made (1980s) and the present (3/1993). Artifacts were falling off the page and glue stains had darkened. Because of these concerns (and being aware that the original arrangement had been recorded on microfilm), photograph curator, Michael Angelo, had decided, in consultation, that the scrapbook should be disbound into mylar sleeves and acid-free folders, with the captions recorded on acid-free paper. Five original pages have been left intact because of adhesive resistance. Several other pages where items had been removed have been retained as samples. Future preservation action may include the following: Comprehensive negative and slide duplication of items. Restoration of photographs and other paper items. Remounting treated items on acid-free board (using microfilm as guide).
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The collection is open for research use. Digital images available.
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