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Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library records

 Collection
Identifier: RG0058

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.

Dates

  • 1925-1989

Creator

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

Extent

11 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Materials in this collection include accession books, office files, correspondence, and film, video, and oral histories. They range in date from 1931 to 1980.

Collection Organization

Organized into three series: Office files; Accession books; Film and video.

Acquisition Information

Materials were transferred to the University Archives by the Director of the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library.

General Physical Description note

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Title
Preliminary Guide to the Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library records, 1925-1989
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

Contact:
2130 H Street NW
Washington 20052 United States of America