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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Northwestern Memorial Hospital Archives


329 West 18th Street
Suite 901
Chicago, IL 60616-1122


(312) 926-3090

Fax number

(312) 926-6957

Website URL

Contact Person

Susan Sacharski, Archivist
(312) 926-3090


Access and Services

Transcribed copies of some interviews are available.


Oral and videotaped interviews with former and current medical staff, nurses, administrators, trustees, donors, members of support organizations and long-term employees.


Approximately 50 interviews. New interviews are conducted periodically.

Collection Description

Highlights of the collection include interviews with Eleanor Garen, R.N., a survivor of the Santo Tomas internment camp in the Philippines during WWII; noted hospital physicians and faculty at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine; nurse alumnae; enlisted personnel of Base and General Hospital #12 (World War I and II); former administrators and current staff.

Material Type

Audio and Video


Yes; access is restricted to in-house staff and qualified researchers.


Some transcripts are available. None are on the web.