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A Photographic Gallery: Images of NLM and NIH


Institutional Images - People Associated with NLM - The NLM Building Complex - Interior Views - The Lister Hill Center - Images of NIH



Institutional Images


Gilded title carved in granite slab at the main entrance of Building 38.

Gilded title carved in granite slab at the main entrance of Building 38.

The seal of of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) appears in gold on a circular field of reflex blue. On the interior edge are the words Department of Health & Human Services USA. While in the center there is a symbol representing the American People sheltered in the wing of the American Eagle.

Seal, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)


Gilded text carved in granite inside entrance of NLM, describing in brief the history of the NLM.

Gilded text carved in granite inside entrance of NLM,
describing in brief the history of the NLM:

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE Founded in 1836 as the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office, United States Army + developed as a national resource under the leadership of John Shaw Billings, Librarian from 1865 to 1895 + named Army Medical Library in 1922, and Armed Forces Medical Library in 1952 + made a part of the Public Health Service of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1956 + established on this site in 1961, the one hundred and twenty-fifth anniversary of its founding.

The Seal of the National Library of Medicine appears in a circular field with a staff and serpent in the center of an open book with three clasps. Around the interior edge are laurel branches and the words National Library of Medicine, 1836.

Seal, U.S. National Library of Medicine

The Library's official seal, designed in 1986 by the Army Institute of Heraldry, shows the familiar staff and serpent adapted from the staff of Aesculapius, the mythological god of medicine; an open book with three clasps which represent knowledge in three primary areas--medical research, education and practice; electronic flashes, which suggest NLM's leadership in applying new technology to communications; and laurel branches symbolizing the Library's preeminence as a medical resource available to institutions and individuals throughout the world.



People Associated with NLM


Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., seated at a table with historical books on the table.

Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D.,
Director of the NLM (1984-present)

Bronze bust of John F. Kennedy.

Bronze bust of John F. Kennedy.

While a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, Kennedy joined Senator Lister Hill in putting forward a bill creating the National Library of Medicine in its present form. Kennedy later signed the bill into law as a newly elected President (bust created by artist Robert Berks in 1969, approximately 16 inches tall).

Bronze bust of Lister Hill.

While a U.S. Senator from Alabama, Hill joined Senator John Kennedy in putting forward a bill creating the National Library of Medicine in its present form (bust created by artist Robert Berks in 1969, approximately 16 inches tall).



The NLM Building Complex


National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Spring.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Spring.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west, Spring

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west, Spring.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.


National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, illuminated at nighttime.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking west from Rockville Pike, illuminated at nighttime.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking southeast, Summer.

National Library of Medicine complex (Buildings 38 and 38A), looking southeast, Summer.


Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west from Rockville Pike, Summer.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking southwest, Summer.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking southwest, Summer.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west, Summer.

Entrance to National Library of Medicine (Building 38), looking west, Summer.



Interior Views


A library patron sitting at a computer workstation beneath the rotunda of the National Library of Medicine  (building 38).

Patron sitting at a computer workstation beneath the rotunda
of the National Library of Medicine (building 38).

A computer room at the NLM, containing a mainframe computer.

A computer room at the NLM, containing a mainframe computer,
circa 1976.



The Lister Hill Center


Lister Hill Center Center (Building 38A), looking northwest, Summer.

Lister Hill Center Center (Building 38A),
looking northwest, Summer.

Lister Hill Center (Building 39A) auditorium (MEDICOM meeting, 1985).

Lister Hill Center (Building 39A) auditorium
(MEDICOM meeting, 1985).

Audience area, Lister Hill Center auditorium.

Audience area, Lister Hill Center auditorium.



Images of NIH


Building 1 (Main Administrative Building), NIH, looking northwest, Summer.

Building 1 (Main Administrative Building), NIH, looking northwest, Summer.

Two workers in a NIH research laboratory.

Two workers in a NIH research laboratory.


The NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), looking southwest.

The NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), looking southwest.

Two surgeons performing surgery at the NIH Clinical Center.

Surgeons at work, NIH Clinical Center.