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Organizational and Hospital History: Overview

Discover digitized historical materials including books, pamphlets, photographs and other items from Advocate Aurora Health and its predecessor hospitals

Purpose of this Guide

Advocate Health - Midwest and its legacy institutions have a rich history, going back over 150 years. These historical collections contain both images and documents showcasing our past.

To learn more about what type of content has been digitized for inclusion, check out our Finding Aid.

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Historical Images from our Collection

IMMC Medical Library, 1965

Chicago, IL: This 1965 photograph from the Medical Library at Illinois Masonic Medical Center shows Resident Dr. Richard C. Zimmerman paging through a journal while Library Assistant, Margaret Winters, shelves the book "Advances in Internal Medicine".

Ravenswood Hospital, 1925

Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago, IL opened in 1907. Picture is taken from a 1925 Ravenswood School of Nursing yearbook called The Raven.

Birds eye view of Milwaukee Sanitarium: 1914

Picture of a painted postcard that shows the buildings and grounds of the Milwaukee Sanitarium around 1914.

St. Luke's Hospital exterior: 1928

Exterior view of St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee, WI at the Hanover and Madison Street location.

Milwaukee Hospital Diabetes Education Program: 1969

In 1969 Milwaukee Hospital held its first diabetes education program with over 100 people attending. Physicians, student nurses, and hospital dietitians, including Mrs. Ann Agee, Therapeutic Dietitian (second from left) presented at the talk. Mrs. Agee also appeared on WITI-TV6 and the Milwaukee Journal radio station to talk about artificially sweetened food and diabetes.

Milwaukee Hospital Children's Ward: 1932

Milwaukee Hospital children's ward circa 1932. 

Christ Community Hospital Expansion Construction, 1974

Oak Lawn, IL: This 1974 photograph shows construction of a $25 million expansion mand remodeling program. The sign reads "Christ Community Hospital regrets any inconvenience caused by our expansion program". At the time Christ Community Hospital was part of Evangelical Hospital Association, precursor to Advocate Health Care.

Illinois Masonic Hospital Laboratory: 1926

Illinois Masonic Hospital, Chicago, IL: Two women working in the lab at the hospital. One is seated and looking through a microscope and the other is standing, working with a beaker.

Illinois Masonic Hospital Laboratory: 1926

Mt. Sinai Nurse Reserve parade: 1918

Mount Sinai School of Nursing (Milwaukee, WI) students marching in a U.S. Student Nurse Reserve parade. August 10, 1918.

Lutheran General Hospital Start of Construction: 1958

The start of construction at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL on April 15, 1958. From left to right: William E. Schweitzer, General Contractor; Fred W. Mathison, Treasurer, Board of Trustees; Virgil W. Nelson, Executive Director; Dr. N.M. Nesset, President, Board of Trustees.

Students from the Augustana Hospital School of Nursing: 1960s

The Augustana Hospital School of Nursing trained a total of 3,245 nurses from its start in 1896 to its end in 1987.