Moving Image Collections
The Medical Archives holds a collection of over 1,300 cans of motion picture film, including complete prints, production elements, outtakes and trims.
The bulk of films represent productions created within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, mostly by the Motion Picture Production unit of the School of Medicine Department of Audio Visual Medicine. Also included are collections of films from individuals associated with Johns Hopkins and a collection of commercially produced medical and educational films transferred from the circulating audiovisual collection at the Johns Hopkins Welch Medical Library.
Highlights of the Moving Image Collections
Ranging from the 1920s into the 1980s, the Medical Archives film collections document the use of film for clinical research, medical education, surgical training, and institutional documentation. Highlights include:
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, a 1932 film detailing daily operations and procedures at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Some Biochemical, Pharmacological, and Medical Stories, a lecture given by Dr. John Jacob Abel in 1930
- Journey into Medicine, a 1947 United States Information Service documentary featuring the School of Hygiene and Public Health
- A series of 16mm amateur films of Johns Hopkins units in World War II
- Footage of the Johns Hopkins Hospital operating room featuring neurosurgeon Walter Dandy in 1937
Access to the Moving Image Collections
While a few films are included in our online catalog, the vast majority remain un-cataloged. To search for cataloged films use the advanced search option and select Type = moving image. Please contact the staff for more information about un-cataloged films. Access copies can be made for a fee.
Contact us for information on un-cataloged films