Information for Image and Film Researchers
NLM collections of prints and photographs and historical films and videos provide a wealth of primary source material for image and film researchers. Administered by the NLM History of Medicine Division (HMD), the two collections present a comprehensive and fascinating visual record of the history of medicine, from 16th-century woodcuts to early dental cartoons to posters dealing with the AIDS epidemic.
Prints and Photographs
The prints and photographs collection contains approximately 100,000 images dating from the 15th to the 20th century. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine. Most types of printmaking are represented: woodcuts, engravings, etchings, mezzotints, aquatints, and lithographs. Also included in the collection are illustrations from the historical book collection.
The films and videos collection is a principal repository for biomedical images in the U.S. The collection includes more than 5,300 films and video recordings dating from 1900 to the present. The collection includes instructional films, public health documentaries, commercial films with medical themes, public service announcements, histories of medicine on film, recordings of public lectures and ceremonies, and documentary footage of biomedical research.
For information about the collection and procedures for access and reproduction, see Films and Videos.