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J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital collection now available

The J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital collection is now available on the New York Heritage website: http://bit.ly/jnadam.

This digital collection contains magazines and postcards chronicling life within the J.N. Adam Memorial Hospital in Perrysburg. The hospital was founded by James Noble Adam, former mayor of Buffalo, in 1909 with the purpose of caring for city residents with tuberculosis.

The magazine, Grit-Grin, was produced by hospital residents and staff, and offers valuable insight into this isolated community. Patients were often unable to see family or friends for weeks or even years. The Grit-Grin magazine was one venue through which this community could express itself. Content included columns documenting stories about the patients, events happening within the immediate area, drawings and poetry.

A longer story on this collection has also been posted on the site, “New Collection Takes Us Inside an Isolated Community,” New York Heritage Blog, Dec. 1, 2016. The web address is: www.nyheritage.org/blog/2016/12/01/new-collection-takes-us-inside-an-isolated-community.

New York Heritage is a collaborative project of the Empire State Library Network and its member libraries. The site is always looking for new collections and contributors. If interested in becoming a project participant, contact jmckewan@wnylrc.org.

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