About the Historical Collections

The Historical Services unit at the Ebling Library maintains one of the preeminent collections of rare and older health sciences books in the country. Ranging in date from the late fifteenth century to the early twentieth century, the collection encompasses the development of western medicine and related disciplines as it is recorded in books, journals, and pamphlets.

Titles in the collection can be found by searching the Library Catalog, where their location is identified as "Ebling Historical Vault". Guidelines for access to these materials can be found on the Using the Collections page.

The rare book collections have been amassed over time in large part due to generous donations from benefactors. Their contributions continue to represent some of the best items in the collection, and they illuminate general subject strengths, such as anatomy and vaccination, which we continue to collect. The collections have also grown through the timely purchase of major groups of materials, made possible by further donations and skillful pursuit by former health sciences librarians, like Helen Crawford. For a look at a few of these collections and the stories behind them, choose from the links below:

Page last updated: July 10, 2013
Questions or suggestions? Contact Micaela Sullivan-Fowler