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Bell Memorial Hospital photograph

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH PH P2842(f)


Includes a photograph of nurses and doctors in front of the Bell Memorial Hospital from 1918.


  • Creation: 1918

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Bell Memorial Hospital

In 1894, Siméon B. Bell, a prominent physican and real estate developer in the Kansas City area, donated land and a generous sum of money to the University of Kansas to build a hospital and medical school in Rosedale, Kansas in honor of his late wife, Eleanor Taylor Bell. After an 11-year debate among state legislators over establishing a medical school in more centralized locations in Kansas, such as Topeka, the Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial Hospital was built on Seminary Street, Rosedale and occupied in 1906. During this year, a training program for nurses was established and a research laboratory and outpatient clinic was also opened to support the new medical school. In the years following, because the 35-bed Bell Memorial Hospital was proving too small, a second and larger building was constructed circa 1912.

In 1924, due to the need for expansion and the limited accessibility of the Hospital's hillsite geography, a new hospital was constructed at 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard, and the campus was moved to this larger site. The new hospital retained the Bell Memorial Hospital name and the original building became the Murphy Administration Building. In the following years, the building held classes in pathology and pharmacology, as well as serving as a laboratory. In 1958, after being abandoned for a period of time, the building was used by the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis and then the National Institutes of Health as a laboratory, until the building was demolished in 1972.


1 folder (1 oversize folder) ; Folder measures 39x49 cm.

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH PH P2842(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Catherine Zahner, 1993.

Guide to the Bell Memorial Hospital Collection
Bell Memorial Hospital photograph
Finding aid prepared by cmp, 2021. Finding aid encoded by cmp, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Bell Memorial Hospital photograph, RH PH P2842(f), Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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