Featured exhibit

Blue background poster. Title: "Fostering a Culture of Empowerment in Mental health Care: Selections from the MindFreedom International Records." Text: "Exhibit from Historical Collections & Archives. OHSU web URL." Images: Large colorful image of people smiling with posters affirming their rights as individuals in mental health care. Black logo of brain with two feathered wings in bottom right.
Fostering a Culture of Empowerment in Mental Health Care: Selections from the MindFreedom International Records

Previous exhibits

There's a Place for You: Oregon Women in the Health Sciences

January – March 2020
Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness
A National Library of Medicine/American Library Association traveling exhibition

September-December 2015
Pioneering Nursing Education in Oregon: Highlights from OHSU School of Nursing History

June-September 2015
Ophthalmology 1700-1900: Celebrating the collection of Jerry F. Donin, M.D.

January-May 2015
Impressions in Time: The Growth of the OHSU School of Dentistry

October-December 2010
Editions Medicina Rara Art Prints

July-September 2010
Beautiful Gross Anatomy

May-June 2010
A Persistent Vision

October 2007-January 2008
One of the Best of a Rare Breed: Melvin Paul Judkins, A Pioneer in Coronary Arteriography

June-September 2007
Anatomy at the Bleeding Edge

As an homage to the Body Worlds exhibit that opened June 6, 2007 at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), we have installed a new display in the University Library: Anatomy at the Bleeding Edge. As usual, the exhibit brings together materials from our historical image, book, archives and museum collections, this time to highlight the history of anatomy and anatomical teaching at OHSU.

Notable items include:

  • The Bourgery Atlas
  • Da Vinci drawings
  • Sketches from the Clarice Ashworth Francone Collection
  • Images from Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1955
  • Images of early anatomy labs at the University of Oregon Medical School

April-May 2007
A Return from Oblivion: Portland's First Neurosurgeon, A.J. McLean

January-March 2007
Hope Blooms Under a Benevolent Moon: Valentine Prichard and The People's Institute

July-September 2006
Manuscript mysteries

Looking for a summer research project? Check out some of history's mysteries from the OHSU History of Medicine Collection: Manuscript books are by nature unique, since each is produced individually by an author, known or unknown, rather than mass produced as printed books are. This small exhibit features five bound manuscripts and one printed book with extensive manuscript annotations. All of these volumes are from the History of Medicine Collection in OHSU Historical Collections & Archives. We welcome interested scholars to take a closer look at any of the books on display.

Works included in the exhibit:

Artznei buch dem menschen zu villen krankheiten : gestellten fur mich zu mall...und mit meiner eigeuen hand und Gottes hillfe geschrieben im jar 1668. [Germany?, 1668]
Manuscript on pharmacology, begun January 12, 1733 / by Johann Conrad Keller. [Germany?, 1733]

Medical prescriptions. [circa 1871-1887]

Manuscript concerning procedures and treatment of diseases / by Thomas Goode. [first half 19th century]

Maladies du bas-ventre. [second half 18th century]

Larisch, E. Kurzes Lehrbuch der Physiologie des Menschen in 20 Vorträgen. Marburg: Erhardt, 1870. (Manuscript annotations)

May-June 2006
Superlatives from the History of Medicine Collection

March-April 2006
Citizens of the Week: Five faculty from the University of Oregon Medical School recognized for their accomplishments in colorful posters.

January-February 2006
Richard Bright's "Reports of medical cases: selected with a view of illustrating the symptoms and cure of diseases by a reference to morbid anatomy," 1827-1831

Fall 2004
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit)

Spring 2004
Bridging a Gap in our Historical Collections: The History of Dentistry Collection

Fall 2003 
Colonel Strohm's Nurses

Summer 2003
Medicine and Surgery During the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Winter 2003
Mackenzie's Folly: Marquam Hill: The Beginnings

Summer 2002
Esther Pohl Lovejoy: Pioneer Physician

Winter 2002
Clarice Ashworth Francone

Summer 2001
The Father of Intervention: Charles Theodore Dotter, M.D. 1920-1984

Spring 2001
The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius: The Father of Modern Anatomy and His Most Famous Work