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Finding People
Over 3000 different people have been identified and indexed in these images, including many of the class composites and group images. You can find these people by searching either by keyword, or through the "People Depicted" field available in the advanced search. If the image has been indexed, clicking on the name in the "People Depicted" field of the image will show you other images of that person. Please be aware that a great many of our images have not been indexed, and you may need to use other information to find the person you're looking for.

All Vanderbilt medical school catalogues (dating from 1894-1895) are available online, together with an alumni catalogue for the combined University of Nashville/Vanderbilt medical departments for the years 1875-1894. These catalogues contain the names of students and descriptions of their courses of study. There is not yet a corresponding collection of catalogues or alumni list for the School of Nursing.

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Contributing to VUMC Through Time
Users are encouraged to add their own images of VUMC and its people through the Contribute an Item link. Before your item is visible on the site, it will have to be approved by History of Medicine Collections staff, which may take up to two business days.

Featured Items

Vanderbilt Hospital Operating Room, ca 1925

Vanderbilt Hospital Operating Room, ca 1925

Operating room, ca 1925. The door to the anesthesia room is to the left, and the door to the scrub-up room is to the right.

Vanderbilt Hospital and School of Medicine Construction (seen from Peabody)

Vanderbilt Hospital and School of Medicine Construction (seen from Peabody)

View of the final stages of construction, probably taken from a Peabody College building, in November of 1924. Two horse-drawn dairy vans are visibleā€¦