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History of Medicine Collections

These collections have moved to main campus. 

Please visit the Rubenstein Library Website for more information or contact Rachel Ingold, History of Medicine Curator.

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Need assistance with historical research?

Contact the History of Medicine Curator, Rachel Ingold.
         Box 90185
         Durham, NC 27708
         History of Medicine


    Quiet Reading Room
    Study Space

    Reading Room

    Level 1 - Room 102

    Researchers, students and visitors are welcome to use this quiet study space. Occasionally it will be used for lectures and special events and will be closed.

    Group Study Rooms

    Level 1 - Room 102A, 102B, and 102D (Richmond House Room)




    Books about the history of medicine are still available at the Medical Center Library!

    • Find information in our collection about the development of medicine as a profession, as well as scientific discovereies leading to today's diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions.
    • Borrow the early works of key leaders in medicine and science from the Klintworth collection, a beautiful collection of reproductions of major and rare works in the field.

    Doing more extensive research?  Many other historical works are now part of the circulating collection on main campus and the History of Medicine Collections Curator (see left hand box) can help you find books and treasures now housed in Duke's David M. Rubenstein Rare Books and Special Collections Library.

    Additional special collections! 

    The Library has these other special collections as well:

    • Historical Images in Medicine (HIM)
    • Duke Authors -  works by and about Duke Medicine
    • Medical instruments and artifacts (1st/lower level)
    • Medical Garden -- located on the rear Library terrace, just above the Searle Center terrace
    • Samples of older medical works, including the Netter illustrations series
    • Neurosurgical stereotactical devices exhibit (3rd floor)
    • 65th General Hospital paintings (3rd floor)
    • Ongong exhibits by Library, Archives and History of Medicine

    Unique collections

    65th General hospital

    Painting of 65th General Hospital in World War II by Frank Beresford.  See the series on Library's 3rd level.


      Materials about Duke

      Medical Center Archives preserves the records and history of Duke Medicine.

      Archives provides access to reports, records, images, and oral histories.

      Visit the Archives Website for more inforamtion:

      Or contact 919.383.2653

      Books about Duke Medicine:

      The Library has a number of books in its collection written about the founding of Duke Medicine.  This book is available for sale from the Library:

      Foundations for Excellence: 75 years of Duke Medicine. Written by Walter E. Campbell. Duke University 2006.

      A historical look at the development of Duke medical center, hosptial, school of medicine, and research enterprise.

      $20.00 Contact Library Administration 919.660.1150 for more information; copies are also for sale at the Library's Service Desk.



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