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The Chesney Archives includes collections of fine and decorative arts and material culture from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

This large collection of more than 10,000 artifacts and artworks represents the history of the people and work of Johns Hopkins Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. These collections highlight the personalities of Johns Hopkins, demonstrate the tastes and cultural milieu of Baltimore residents, and document the changes in medical practice at one of the world’s premier medical institutions. The cultural properties enhance the archival holdings of the Medical Archives, complementing and enriching our holdings for our researchers.

Items in the collections are accessible for viewing, teaching, and research. We maintain files on the provenance of items in the Art and Artifact Collections. Please contact us regarding access to items in these collections.


Fine and Decorative Art

Florence Rena Sabin by Griffith Baily Coale, 1920, oil on canvas

The Fine and Decorative Arts category is comprised of the following materials:

Prints and Drawings
Sculpture, Plaques, and Relief Works
Antique Furnishings

Material Culture

Set of brass weights, circa 1900

The Material Culture category is comprised of the following materials:

Medical Illustration
Architectural Plans and Elements
Armamentarium of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health
Awards and Medals
Personal Effects and Mementos

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