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Christian R. Holmes Collection

Identifier: WC-CH-2015

Scope and Content

The Christian R. Holmes collection occupies nearly 3 linear feet and consists of 2 boxes containing 89 folders. The collection is broken down in 7 series: Personal Memorabilia, Photographs and Illustrations, Reprints (of Dr. Holmes), Cincinnati General Hospital, Medical Colleges, Miscellaneous, and Realia. The Medical Colleges series has the following sub-series: Medical College of Ohio, Miami Medical College, Ohio-Miami Medical College, and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The Miscellaneous series contains material that did not directly correspond with Dr. Holmes or any of the other series listed. The Realia series contains two medals awarded to students of the Medical College of Ohio as well as a Loring Ophthalmoscope that may have been used by Dr. Holmes.


  • 1801-1940
  • Majority of material found within 1895-1918


Language of Materials

The records are in English

History of Christian R. Holmes

Christian R. Holmes, M.D. was born in Denmark in 1857 and travelled to the U.S. at the age of 15. He earned his medical degree from Miami Medical College in 1886 before going on to be the dean of the Ohio-Miami Medical College in 1914. Holmes specialized in Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. He was heavily involved in the planning of several Cincinnati healthcare establishments, including the Cincinnati General Hospital, completed in 1915, and the College of Medicine, built in 1917. Dr. Holmes passed away in January of 1920.


2.5 Linear Feet


Materials collected by the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions on Dr. Christian R. Holmes and his influence on the construction of the Cincinnati General Hospital and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Statement of Arrangement

The material in this collection was not stored in any particular order and was, in many instances, mixed together with other items of little to no significance to Dr. Holmes. The collection is currently organized with the most significant items connecting directly to Dr. Holmes situated in the front of the first box and is distributed throughout the second box depending on the size of the framed item or object.

Related Material

University of Cincinnati Medical Center Patient and Operating Records Collection, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, University of Cincinnati Libraries, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Guide to the Christian R. Holmes Collection
Edited Full Draft
Finding aid prepared by Veronica Buchanan
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Cincinnati, Health Sciences Library, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions Repository

Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0574