Elizabeth Wilcox photograph collection


The over 100,000 images, the bulk negatives and contact sheets, taken by Elizabeth "Libby" Wilcox (1916-2000), the unofficial Medical Center photographer from 1957 to 1991, comprise an unparalleled picture of life at one American medical center during the last half of the 20th century. As the wife of Herbert Wilcox, Jr., a long-time faculty member and attending physician at Columbia-Presbyterian, Mrs. Wilcox had access to the workings of the Medical Center.  She illustrated countless in-house publications including annual reports, fundraising brochures, school catalogs, and the Center's monthly newsletter, the Stethoscope. While it covers a wide range of activities, the collection is unusually rich in images of nursing, pediatrics and surgery. It is also a visual record of the vast changes that took place in the physical fabric of the Medical Center during this period.


Elizabeth Wilcox, 1916-2000

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Physical Description: 

25 cubic feet (56 boxes)



Digitized copies are provided for research before the use of originals. Because the records include Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information. Some photographs may not be permitted to be published due to the provisions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule.

Rights: Herbert & Elizabeth Wilcox ceded the copyright to her photos jointly to Columbia University in the City of New York and Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York.  Please contact Archives & Special Collections for information on using images from the collection.

Cite as: 

Elizabeth Wilcox Photograph Collection, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.