FAQ for the History of Medicine

Q: Does the OHSU Library have any historical materials?
A: The OHSU Library has several historical collections, available through OHSU Historical Collections & Archives. Collections include the History of Medicine Collection, the History of Dentistry Collection, the Pacific Northwest Archives Collection, the Archives, the Historical Image Collection, and the Medical Museum Collection.

The History of Medicine Collection contains books on medicine and allied sciences published before 1901, plus selected materials published after 1901 which are rare, fragile, or of high value.

The History of Dentistry Collection contains books on dentistry published before 1925, rare journals, and other materials designated by the School of Dentistry's Committee for the History of Dentistry.

The Pacific Northwest Archives Collection contains books, periodicals, and some unpublished materials related to the practice of medicine in the Pacific Northwest as well as materials published by OHSU and its legal predecessors (such as the University of Oregon Medical School, University of Oregon Dental School).

The Archives contains unpublished papers of individuals and organizations connected with medicine in the Pacific Northwest, plus records of some university offices and administrative bodies.

The Historical Image Collection contains over 8700 images chronicling the history of the university and the history of medicine in the Pacific Northwest generally. Formats include photographic prints, negatives, glass lantern slides, and daguerrotypes.

The Medical Museum Collection contains instruments, equipment, and other artifacts related to the practice of medicine, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Medical instruments and equipment from the late 19th century and the 20th century makeup the bulk of the collection.

Q: How do I access materials from the historical collections?
A: The historical collections are made available in the History of Medicine Room, Room 300 of the Old Library/Auditorium Building. Access to the collections is by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact  Max Johnson, Archivist, at (503) 494-0186 (e-mail johnsmax@ohsu.edu).  Please note that historical materials cannot be checked out, so allow ample time for research when scheduling visits to the History of Medicine Room.