Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

OHSU Historical Collections and Archives welcomes, in partnership with Multnomah County Library, this national exhibition based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Multnomah County Library was chosen as one of 80 public, community, college and medical libraries throughout the United States as an exhibition site. The exhibit was developed by the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, in association with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaas Tulp, by Rembrandt, 1632.


The OHSU Library Historical Collections and Archives is providing historical photographs, texts and artifacts from our collection. The exhibit will feature our celebrated edition of Vesalius, Andreae Vesalii Brvxellensis, invictissimi Caroli V. Imperatoris medici, de humani corporis fabrica libri septem. Basileae: per Ioannem Oporinum, 1555. The exhibit will also include items and texts pertaining to anatomy, medical practice at the medical school and ethics in health care.

Execution of the notorious William Burke the murderer, who supplied [anatomist, Robert] Knox with subjects. 1829

A complete listing of events and resources for the exhibit at Multnomah County Library includes: opening reception, lectures, class room resources, related books and websites, film festival information and discussion questions and can be found by visiting the Multnomah County Library Website at index.html.

The National Library of Medicine first produced the exhibit in 1997-1998.

Anatomy Lab, circa 1927. University of Oregon Medical School faculty members, O.B. Wight, Blair Holcomb and Dr. Sellwood.