STANLEY B. BURNS, MD, FACS is an ophthalmologist and Research Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, and Professor of Medical Humanities at New York University: Langone Medical Center. He is an internationally distinguished author, curator, historian, collector, and archivist. In 1975, he began collecting historic photography with an emphasis on unique photographs not available anywhere else. Dr. Burns’s collection of over one million vintage photographs (1840-1950) has been generally recognized as the most important private comprehensive collection of early photography. In 1977, he founded The Burns Archive to share his discoveries, and he began his writing career. Dr. Burns has written 50 photo-historical texts and more than one thousand journal articles, and has curated more than one hundred exhibitions. He consults on feature films, documentaries, and television series. He was the Medical, Historical and Technical Advisor to the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK about a New York City hospital in the year 1900, as well as the PBS Civil War series MERCY STREET. When not collecting, Dr. Burns spends his time consulting, lecturing, creating exhibits, and writing books on under-appreciated areas of history and photography.
Since 1982, Stanley B. Burns, MD has donated thousands of historic photographs to
museum, library, and university collections around the world.
Recipients of these images include:
• Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
• National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
• Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
• Museum of Modern Art, New York
• Museum of American Folk Art, New York
• Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego
• Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
• McMullen Museum of Art, Boston
• Israel Museum, Jerusalem
• Center of Contemporary History, Wyoming
• The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York
• J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Monica
• Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore
• Green-wood Cemetery Historic Association, Brooklyn, New York
• Columbia College, Chicago
• American Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, New York
• South Street Seaport Museum, New York
• Cooper Hewitt National Museum of Design, New York
• National Arts Club, New York
• Cushing / Whitney Medical Library, New Haven, Connecticut
Medical advancement at the turn of the century was more profound than at any time in history. Stanley B. Burns, MD '64, has the photographic evidence to prove it...