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Rush University Medical Center Archives: Videos

Welcome to the Rush University Medical Center Archives. The Rush Archives, a department of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

Rush History Videos and Related Content

*SEE BELOW for links to VIDEOS related to Rush History.*

Learn more about the Time Capsules salvaged from the cornerstones of historic Rush buildings that were demolished in 2016: 

"Time Capsules Reveal Rush, City History" from Rush News

Learn more about the Historic Salvage Project for the demolished Superblock buildings:

"Holding on to Pieces of Rush's Past" from the Rush InPerson blog

Emily Blackwell at Rush Medical College: Janice Nimura, author of The Doctors Blackwell, speaks at Rush (2022) [RT: 1 hour]

Screenshot of virtual eventJanice Nimura's award-winning book, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine, delves into the lives of Elizabeth Blackwell and Emily Blackwell (who briefly attended Rush Medical College, 1852-1853), the first women to receive medical degrees in the United States.

In this event, Nathalie Wheaton, Rush University Medical Center Archives, introduces Emily Blackwell's time at Rush Medical College, her relationship to founder and president, Daniel Brainard, MD, and further historical context for Chicago's first medical school.

This event was hosted by Rush’s Women’s Leadership Council, in partnership with Rush’s American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and the Rush Archives. [Presented February 2, 2022.]

For more on Janice Nimura and The Doctors

Recording available here: [LINK]

Looking Back and Looking Forward: Diversity and Anti-Racism in Rush’s Past and Present (2020) [RT 55:00]

Hosted by Rush Alumni Relations: A virtual event featuring Rush University Medical Center archivist, Nathalie Wheaton, MSLS, and a student representative for Rush's Racial Justice Action Committee and current third-year in the medical college, Niyi Soetan. We will start by exploring Rush's past and how Rush Medical College awarded David Jones Peck, MD, a doctor of medicine degree in 1847, making him the first Black person to receive this distinction from an American medical school. While learning more about Dr. Peck and his history at Rush, Niyi will help connect the past to the present with his personal experiences in medical school as a Black man and how that dovetails with current diversity and anti-racism efforts at Rush. [Presented September 30, 2020.] [LINK

Using the Rush Archives

Rush Archives Service Hours: 

The Rush Archives offers on-site services one day a week. Often, we can assist researchers using digital resources.

Please explore this webpage and our online resources before contacting the Rush Archives for assistance.

Summer 2022 Update: We will have limited appointment availabilities this summer but will try our best to accommodate researchers.

Ask the Archives buttonContact the Archivist: 

Submit Request to Nathalie Wheaton, MSLS, Archivist: Ask the Rush Archives

Note for researchers: Internal reference requests are given precedence. External requests will be addressed as time allows. However, our website will lead you to a number of digital resources from the Rush Archives that may meet your information needs.

Visiting the Rush Archives: In-person visits from researchers must be approved by the archivist ahead of time.

Location: 1700 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 086, Chicago, IL 60612.

Using our Material in your Publication/Exhibit/Presentation: Contact the Archivist for a Permission to Publish form and fee table.

Citing our Collections: Footnotes or captions should indicate the collection or other identifying information from our finding aids. Please contact the Archivist for more information. Basic format for citation:

[Identification of item], in the [Name of Collection] [Collection Number], Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago, Ill.

Looking for Medical Records/Patient Records? Visit Rush University Medical Center's Health Information Management Office.

Looking for Student Records/Transcripts? Visit Rush University's Office of the Registrar.

Looking for Verification/Credentials for Residency or Fellowship Programs? Visit Graduate Medical Education.

Looking for Birth, Death or other Vital Records? Visit the Illinois Department of Public Health.

About Our Collections

The Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago, Ill., is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

The Rush Archives strives to tell the story of Rush and its esteemed history of education, research, patient care, and community leadership in a meaningful way through our collections.

The Rush Archives holds almost 3000 linear feet of material from Rush and its predecessor schools and hospitals going back to the founding of Rush Medical College in 1837, two days before the city of Chicago was incorporated. The Rush Archives also includes the personal papers of many individuals related to those institutions. Photographs, audiovisual material, paintings, artifacts, nursing school uniforms and caps, and digital assets document the history of Rush, also. 

The Rush Archives preserves, identifies, organizes, and provides access to records of long-term historical, evidential, and administrative value to the institution. 

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