Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
The Countway's Center for the History of Medicine (incorporating the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Library) is one of the largest medical history resources in the world and is open to scholars and researchers from around the globe. The Center oversees the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Countway and also administers the archives of the Harvard Medical School, and the Schools of Dental Medicine and Public Health, and oversees a records management program. In addition, the Center houses an extensive collection of prints and photographs, works of fine art, and medical artifacts, and has responsibility for the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.
Holmes Hall, the reading room of the Center, is open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. The Center is usually closed on major holidays and university holidays; call 617.432.2170 for additional information.
Recent classes at the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine include Art and Science from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth Centuries, Stories of mental illness and Freshman seminar.
- Assistance with presentation of materials in class
- Assistance with selection of materials
- Bibliography of materials used in class
- Pre-class appointment for instructor (required for first time requester, recommended for everyone)
- Ongoing reference assistance for students interested in using collections for course assignments
- Creation of library research guide for class
- Introduction to Archives and Special Collections Research
- Live demos with materials
- Computer and data projector
Class limit: 15
The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine does not have a publicly available calendar. When making a request, please submit with your preferred times and a staff member will get back to you.