OHSU Historical Collections & Archives is the special collections department of OHSU Library, and the university's custodian of rare books, archives, and historic artifacts. HC&A preserves and provides access to its unique collections for research, teaching, and private study. We also coordinate the OHSU Oral History Program and the OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture series.

Our collections comprise the university archives, dating from the earliest days of medical education in the state of Oregon to the present day; 16th-20th century rare books on medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and the history of health sciences in the Pacific Northwest; and collections of 19th-20th century medical and dental artifacts. Our staff are available to assist you in identifying and interpreting resources in our collections.

HC&A welcomes the OHSU community and the general public - please contact us to plan your visit!


Access to Historical Collections & Archives, including reference service, is free of charge. HC&A staff do not conduct research on behalf of patrons, but can provide references for independent contractors upon request.

HC&A provides a full range of services, including photocopies and scanning, to support access to our collections. Please consult our Service Fee Schedule for a complete list of services and payment options.