The Still Image Collection contains images created by the Society and by organizations, institutions and individuals who have gifted their collections to the Society to be maintained or added to the Society’s digital collection. Slides, photographs, negatives and other print images have been digitized using cameras or scanners. Most of the images are portraits and informal snapshots of individual professional leaders, but many show groups attending various meetings and events. Some images are scanned from magazine, newsletter and newspaper clippings.
Please contact us about photographs or other images that you own and would like to donate to our collection and let us know should you have additional information about any of the images displayed on this website, such as date, names of people in photograph, photographer, contributor, etc.
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A representative selection of holdings from this collection can be viewed by browsing the collections highlighted below.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants has donated their photographic print collection to the Society. Over 800 photographs contained in this collection have been scanned and made available using PastPerfect Online software. This project was supported in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502 with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
A graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and A. T. Still University, Robin Hunter-Buskey currently serves as a senior physician assistant at the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Medical Center in Butner, NC. She holds the rank of commander in the United States Public Health Service. For her dedicated service, she received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) in 1994. She is a past president of the Physician Assistant Foundation (1999 to 2001) and was recognized as the Outstanding PA of the Year (2009) by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). Hunter-Buskey served as a member of the North Carolina Medical Board (NCMB) from 2000-2006. As an active participant in the NYSSPA, the Physician Assistant Foundation and the African American Heritage Caucus, she has accumulated over time an extensive array of photographs of leaders of the PA profession.
Organizations that contribute an annual Educational Research Fee to the PA History Society are known as Associates. This donation goes to provide historical data and support to the institution in helping them educate their students on the history of the PA profession. As Associates, PA programs can choose to have a picture of their first graduating class displayed on our Web site. This collection includes only the pictures sent to us by our Associates. If you are a PA History Society Program Associate, and would like to have your first class graduation picture displayed on our Web site, please email us a copy of your first graduating class or white coat ceremony photograph.
Barton F. Haynes, MD., joined the Duke University Medical School faculty in 1980. As a member of the Department of Medicine, he was an associate of Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. for over 20 years. In 1995, he published a collection of essays written by Stead titled, A Way of Thinking: A Primer on the Art of Being a Doctor (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 1995). A second series of Essays was published in 2001 titled, A way of Working: Essays on the Practice of Medicine (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2001). While editing these books, Haynes collected photographs of Stead taken during his 40 years of practice and into retirement. In 2003, Haynes provided the PA History Society these photographs to be scanned and digitized for the Society’s digital collection. Some of the photographs in the digital collection appear in the fore mentioned books. Haynes donated the original prints and negatives to the Duke University Medical Center Archives and can be found in Collection Number: MC.0024, Eugene A. Stead Papers, 1929-1999. In addition, some of the photographs were donated to the Society as part of the Stead Office Museum Collection and may be duplicates.
Reginald Carter, Ph-D, PA, has been contributing to the advancement of the PA profession since its infancy. After many years of involvement with various PA organizations, such as the Association of Physician Assistant Programs and the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Carter co-founded the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History to serve as a repository of materials regarding the profession. Carter’s still image collection includes photos from the various organizations he contributed to, and some of the important figures also involved with them at the time.