Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library records
Collection Scope and Content
Materials in this collection include accession books, office files, correspondence, and film, video, and oral histories. They range in date from 1931 to 1980, and were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.
- Creation: 1925-1989
- Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library (Organization)
Restrictions on Access
Series 2 is closed to research for 25 years from date of record creation.
Restrictions on Use
Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.
Historical or Biographical Note
The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is part of The George Washington University Medical Center. It opened in 1973, when the new medical school (located in Ross Hall) moved from 1337 H Street , N.W. to its current location in Foggy Bottom. The Paul Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library and the Walter G. Ross Hall were dedicated May 24, 1973. The dedication address was delivered by Caspar W. Weinberger, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare.
The Library was a vast improvement on the previous, which had been very cramped and poorly staffed. The bulk of funding for the new building came from Paul Himmlefarb, a self-taught Jewish immigrant who came to Baltimore from Poland in 1890. He made his fortune in oil and real estate and later became a philanthropist. His gift made possible the library named after him, a $10 million structure which was designed to seat 399 readers within its three stories of public space. Its capacity was expandable to 80,000 volumes and 1,500 periodicals, and its audio visual center was among the first of its kind in the nation.
N.B. This history note was written in 2005
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Language of Materials
Materials in this collection include accession books, office files, correspondence, and film, video, and oral histories. They range in date from 1931 to 1980.
Organized into three series: Office files; Accession books; Film and video.
Materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.
General Physical Description note
- Preliminary Guide to the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library records, 1925-1989
- Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English