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THE BURNS ARCHIVE

  • Photographic History
    Photographic History
  • Therapy & Treatment
    Therapy & Treatment
  • African American
    African American
  •                           War & Conflict
    War & Conflict
  • Death & Memorial
    Death & Memorial
  • Operative Scenes
    Operative Scenes

    DEATH & MEMORIAL

  •                           People & Places
    People & Places
  • Medicine & War
    Medicine & War
  • Occupation & Industry
    Occupation & Industry

    OCCUPATIONS & INDUSTRY

  •          Nursing
    Nursing

    NURSING

  • Pioneers & Innovators
    Pioneers & Innovators

    PIONEERS & INNOVATORS

  •                    Hospitals and Wards
    Hospitals and Wards
  • Social & Cultural
    Social & Cultural

    OPERATIVE SCENES

  • ANATOMY & EDUCATION
    ANATOMY & EDUCATION

    ANATOMY AND EDUCATION

  •                           Disease & Pathology
    Disease & Pathology
  • Crime & Punishment
    Crime & Punishment

    CRIME & PUNISHMENT

  • Medical Specialties
    Medical Specialties
  • ALTERNATIVE PRACTITIONERS
    ALTERNATIVE PRACTITIONERS

    ALTERNATIVE PRACTITIONERS

  • Judaica
    Judaica

    JUDAISM

  • Laboratories and Doctors Offices
    Laboratories and Doctors Offices

    LABORATORIES AND DOCTORS' OFFICES

  • Interesting Cases and Medical Curiosities
    Interesting Cases and Medical Curiosities

    INTERESTING CASES & MEDICAL CURIOSITIES

Spanning from the birth of photography to the atomic age, the Burns Archive houses the world’s largest private collection of early medical and historic photographs. Best known as one of the world’s most important repositories of early medical history, the collection is made up of images of the darker side: anatomical and medical oddities, memorial and post-mortem photography, and original historic photographs depicting death, disease, disaster, crime, racism, revolution, riots, and war. The collection traces the history of photography from the birth of photography through the atomic age, and includes hundreds of thousands of Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, carte de visites, and hand-colored photographs. The Burns Archive actively acquires, donates, researches, lectures, exhibits, consults, and shares its rare and unusual photographs and expertise worldwide.