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The Bert Hansen collection of medicine and public health in popular graphic art

Call Number: Ms Coll 67
Scope and Contents
The Bert Hansen Collection of Medicine and Public Health in Popular Graphic Art comprises material collected over a period of thirty years by medical historian Bert Hansen to document the visual representation of medical practice and research and public health in the United States. The contents of this collection are materials produced for the general public (not medical and public health professionals) from the mid-19th through the early 21st centuries. Hansen collected popular publications containing stories about medicine and medical practitioners or containing satirical illustrations using medical imagery, and ephemera with medical themes including prints, film publicity materials, posters, calendars, and brochures for medical devices. The bulk of materials in the collection were produced in the United States between 1850 and 2010. Series I. Early publications includes German and French materials, Series III. Ephemera includes French and Canadian materials, and Series IV. Reference copies may include copies of publications from other countries.
Language of Materials
Materials in the collection are in English, German, and French.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is arranged in four series: Series I. Early publications, 1850-1927. Series II. Later publications, 1920-2010. Series III. Ephemera, 1894-2008. Series IV. Reference copies, 1850-2007. The collection is further arranged by publication title, item title, and date. Much of the material is housed in archival folders of varying dimensions annotated by collection creator Bert Hansen. As a result, box and folder numbers are often non-sequential within series and sub-series.
Related Materials
Related materials may be found in Pam Coll 7 Comic book collection on medical themes and Pam Coll 8 William Helfand collection of medical ephemera held by the Medical Historical Library, Harvey Cushing / John Hay Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.
1850 - 2010
72 Linear Feet (53 boxes and 92 folders)
Related Names
Hansen, Bert, 1944-
Gillam, Bernhard, 1856-1896
Graetz, F. (Friedrich), approximately 1840-approximately 1913
Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894
Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902
Opper, Frederick Burr, 1857-1937
Rogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Wales, James Albert, 1852-1886
Zimmerman, Eugene, 1862-1935
Language of Materials