Monday, July 18, 2011

Portland Sanitarium in the archives of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Many months ago, I started working on some writing about the Portland Sanitarium, but abandoned it simply because I couldn't find suitable images in our collections to support the article. I decided to take another stab at it this week, with a little more success. In the process, I ran across the Website of the Office of Archives, Statistics and Research of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Their online archives include a searchable image gallery, with six photographs of the Portland Sanitarium. Other digitized materials from their archives include publications, meeting minutes, reports, maps, theses and dissertations, and audio recordings.

Since the mid-nineteenth century, the "health message" of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church has had a profound and lasting effect on American understanding of personal care, particularly diet and hygiene. The sanitarium movement, as modeled by John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium, played a large part in popularizing the church's message.

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