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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.

Keyword Search

  • Terms will be searched exactly as they are entered.
  • Search results will contain one or more of the terms searched for, but not necessarily all. Shorter searches will result in fewer results.
  • Search results are ranked according to the number of search terms appearing in the results.
  • If a search does not bring back any results, try using different terms.
  • For more control over your search results, use the advanced search feature.

Advanced Search
The advanced search link is located underneath the basic search box.

  • Connect search terms with AND to find image records containing all the terms.
  • Narrow by specific field to search by date, title, people depicted, or other fields.
  • Click "Add a field" to add search terms from separate fields.
  • "Filter by Collection" and "Search by Tags" for more options.

Browse by Tags
Click on the "Tags" tab to browse all tags assigned to images.

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

Medical School Class Composite, 2001

Medical School Class Composite, 2001

Composite photograph depicting the 2001 graduates and faculty of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Vanderbilt Pediatrics House Staff, 1937-1938

Vanderbilt Pediatrics House Staff, 1937-1938

Note the relatively candid or blurry poses of the residents, as though perhaps they were not quite ready to be photographed.

Vanderbilt Hospital in the Blizzard of 1951

Vanderbilt Hospital in the Blizzard of 1951

The blizzard of January 31, 1951 covered Nashville in 8 inches of snow, and on February 2 the temperature had dropped to ten degrees below zero.