About the R.A. Williams Library Digital Archives
The Digital Archives feature materials from the history of AdventHealth University, as well as other collections related the university, its mission, and health care.
THe Library Archives contain many materials that are not yet digitized. We are actively scanning materials and frequently update the Digital Archives. Please check back regularly for new content from AHU's history.
The Digital Archives are divided into four main collections:
The Sanitarium Collection contains photographs and documents directly related to the Sanitarium campus and date between 1913 and 1991. The collection is named after the original medical facility, Florida Sanitarium and Hospital, that stood on the location of the current day AdventHealth Orlando. The Florida Sanitarium and Hospital opened in 1908, and by 1913 a nursing program was in operation. During the years leading up to 1991, numerous hospital-based medical education programs functioned to train health care professionals in whole or in part, as some students visited from other Adventist educational institutions to solely complete clinicals.
The FHCHS Collection contains photographs and documents that date between 1992 and 2012 and are directly related to the university. The collection is named after the institution, Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, that was created to consolidate health sciences programs that resided in Florida Hospital Orlando.
The ADU Collection contains photographs and documents that date between 2012 and 2018 and are directly related to the university. The collection is named after the institution, which in 2012 was renamed Adventist University of Health Sciences to better reflect the growth in programs and reach of the university.
The AHU Collection contains photographs and documents that date from 2019 and are directly related to the university. The collection bears the current name of the university, which was renamed AdventhHealth University to highlight it as a part of the AdventHealth system.