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Annual Reports

We are pleased to announce the digitization of the Boston Children's Hospital Annual Reports Collection.  All reports are now available online via the Internet Archive. Special thanks to the Digital Commonwealth and Boston Public Library for their generosity in digitizing these reports free of charge.

The History Wall

The Archives Committee unveiled the Boston Children's Hospital History Wall on September 28, 2011. This museum quality exhibit celebrating Children's illustrious history is on display in the main hospital building, near the Patient Entertainment Center.

Stay tuned for our next exhibit, titled "Ten Patients."  This interactive exhibit will feature the stories of ten former patients throughout the hospital's history, providing a look at the hospital experience through a child's eyes.

Follow the Archives in Social Media

The BCH Archives is on Twitter and You Tube!

Follow BCH Archives on Twitter and be apprised of current Archives activities. We tweet a weekly BCH history fact in our feed. Also, find us on You Tube under the same name to see a sampling of our historic film collection.

The Boston Children's Hospital Archives Receives a Second Grant from the NFPF

The National Film Preservation Foundation has funded the preservation of five historic films in the Archives collections. These films are now available for viewing onsite in the Hospital Library. For a complete list of films, see "Guides to the Collections."

The Children's Hospital History Trail

The Archives Committee is pleased to announce the completion of a self-guided walking tour of Children's Longwood campus. The tour features sixteen stops with signs describing historic events, people or structures that have been important in the history of the hospital. Brochures for the tour, created in collaboration with the hospital's Senior Graphic Designer, Patrick Bibbins, will be made available in the Main Lobby and at all reception desks on the Longwood campus. A portion of the brochure was featured as a center spread in the August 2007 issue of Children's News. Guided tours will be offered to groups of up to ten people on a monthly basis, by appointment. For more information, contact Alina Morris, Hospital Archivist at bch.history@childrens.harvard.edu.

The Oral History Program

The Boston Children's Hospital Archives Oral History Project was designed to enhance and humanize the Hospital's historical record, supplementing our archival collections with eyewitness accounts of the hospital's history. Oral histories provide insight into the evolution of both the hospital and the field of pediatrics that cannot be obtained from other sources. The Oral History Project captures stories from physicians, researchers, nurses, administrators, trustees and other non-clinical personnel. Potential interviewees are actively sought by the Archives Committee.

The Hospital History Book

In 2005, the Archives Committee published a pictorial history book, featuring historic images from the archives collections. The book was an additional title in Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series, Boston Children's Hospital. Single copies are available for purchase online, in bookstores and in the Children's Hospital lobby stores (CVS and Trinkets & Treasures). Children's employees receive a discount on bulk orders. Contact Archivist for details. All proceeds benefit the Archives Program.

The Time Capsule

The Boston Children's Hospital Time Capsule, dedicated in 2003, was the first major project of the Archives Committee. On permanent display in the hospital lobby, it will be opened in 2069 to commemorate the hospital's 200th anniversary. The time capsule contains various photographs, publications and ephemera pertaining to the history of Children's. The theme of the display is "frozen in time."
 

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