The Cornell University Library Historical Mathematics Monographs is a collection made from selected expired-copyright material in fragile condition which was digitally scanned to create facsimile editions. These editions are now available online, and may also be purchased in hard copy from the library's Digital Books Project. Details are available on the website, along with information on the technology used in preserving these documents and the organisations involved in the project. The site is straightforward to use, offering a 'Browse' section, which is an alphabetical list by author's surname, or more specific 'Search' facility. Tips on searching the collection to best advantage may be found in the 'Help' section, which offers comprehensive advice. Authors whose work forms part of the collection include, August Adler, René Descartes, Niels Nielssen and Oswald Veblen. The quality of the scanned images is high, making online use straightforward.
The Dibner Library is the Smithsonian Institution Library for the history of science and technology. It holds a number of special collections of manuscripts and rare books dating from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. It has grown from Bern Dibner's original collection of works about Leonardo da Vinci to now include over 35,000 rare books covering such fields as engineering, transportation, chemistry, mathematics, physics, electricity, and astronomy, and 2,000 manuscript sources. The website describes the history of the library and its collections, along with access details and its services for scholars and the general public. A section on new acquisitions provides an annual report, and a PDF newsletter gives details on other projects and developments. Lectures and digital editions of primary works are accessible from the site. The library also offers research grants for students and an annotated list of links to other online resources. The library's holdings are included on the international OCLC database and on the Smithsonian Libraries own catalogue, SIRIS. There is a list of further reading for those interested in learning more about the library.
The Digital Clendening site is published by the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum, part of the University of Kansas Medical Center. The site features eight digitised collections related to the history of medicine in several countries. The collections are an eclectic mix, and include a database of rare text images, taken from medical and natural history books published before 1800, a collection of some 500 portraits of historical medical figures, and images of the history of medicine in the Ralph Major Photographs collection. There are two other fascinating visual collections of Japanese medical prints and Chinese public health posters. The final three collections are of documents, the Samuel Crumbine papers, the Rudolf Virchow manuscripts, and the Florence nightingale letters.
The online catalogue for the Haddād manuscript collection, part of the Wellcome Library website, provides catalogue details for the 87 Arabic manuscripts in the library's collections. The manuscripts come from the collection of Dr Sami Ibrahim Haddād (1890-1957), a Lebanese physician and historian of medicine, and range from the 14th to the 20th centuries. They include works on medicine by a number of well-known Islamic scholars like al-Majusi and Ibn Sina, as well as works by Jewish authors writing in Arabic and lesser-known works written or transcribed by Christian Arabs, including Arabic versions of medical manuals by the 19th-century French physician who practised in Egypt, Antoine Barthelemy Clot Bey. The catalogue entries include information on the physical aspects and history of the manuscripts themselves as well as descriptions of the contents of the texts (in Arabic). The full catalogue entries must be viewed as PDF files. This resource allows researchers to consult the contents of the collection in detail before visiting the library to use the manuscripts themselves, and will be of interest to researchers in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies as well as those interested in the history of Islamic medicine.
The UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections website provides information about their collections, has online exhibits, and details of their online projects. The site has general information about the history and content of their collections. Details of opening hours and information on using the collection are also available for anyone wishing to consult the collections. As well as providing general information about the library and its collection the website has a number of online exhibitions, including ones on the relief of pain and suffering, bloodletting, and smallpox. The History and Special Collections department of the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library are developing a number of digital projects. Details of these projects are available from the site. The site also has a list of medical history websites and details of fellowships and prizes.
The History of the Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association was set up to encourage and support interest in the history of health sciences among medical librarians and libraries. The section's website offers information for medical librarians, or researchers in the area, at all levels. A full history of the section and its development is available, with joining information and ordering details for the hardcopy newsletter, 'Incipit'. Possibly of most interest to online researchers will be the Listserv forum section of the website. It has a members-only access, offering a forum for members to discuss their work and concerns. The site also has details of short occasional Continuing Education Courses, such as 'The History of the Health Sciences: A One Day Overview', and 'Introduction to Reference Sources in the History of the Health Sciences'. A useful series of links is also available. The site is primarily a source of access to further information, rather than a comprehensive resource in itself, but as a contact for medical librarians, it offers a useful starting-point that is regularly updated.
The home page for the J. R. Ritman Library (Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica) provides information about the library's collections and activities. This private library (unaffiliated to any university or other institution, but freely accessible to the public) houses materials relating to the Hermetic-Christian tradition (Hermeticism is a set of religious and philosophical beliefs based on a body of writings attributed to the mythical philosopher and alchemist, Hermes Trismegistus). Topics covered include: alchemy; mysticism; Rosicrucianism; and Hermetic philosophy. It is possible to search the library's catalogue online, and a digitisation project is underway, although at time of review the works were not yet available via the website. The site also offers a series of articles on subjects relating to the Hermetic tradition, a bibliography of other relevant works, and access to the library's online exhibitions.
The National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine Division website provides access to a variety of resources relating to medical history. The website presents a wealth of resources and information on a wide range of medical history topics. Perhaps of greatest benefit will be the 'Historical Collections' section of the website, which presents a number of sub-themes (including 'books and journals', 'archives and manuscripts' and 'digital collections'). The information presented here is excellent laid out and will prove to be of significant interest to those interested in the history of medicine.
The homepage of the Warburg Institute Library provides information on the collections of this impressive library that specialises mainly in the History of Art; Religion; Science; Philosophy; and Social and Political History. The library is particularly renowned for its holdings on the Renaissance and Humanism. With holdings of over 350,000 volumes, the Library, based in Central London, also has around 2,500 runs of periodicals. There is a complete microfiche edition of 4,800 pre-1800 volumes of the Cicognara collection in the Vatican Library. Another significant collection is the Holkham Hall Manuscripts, from the library of the Earls of Leicester, which contains classical, patristic and humanistic texts. The libraries of the Royal Numismatic Society and the British Numismatic Society are also housed at the Warburg. The website lists the subjects covered in the collections, links directly to the School of Advanced Study catalogue listings in that subject and displays the items held at the Warburg. Practical advice and information on using the library and access to collections are also provided.
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine is one of the largest medical history libraries in the world. As the leading national resource in the history of medicine this website is accessed by international academics, historians, students and the general public. The site provides a comprehensive guide to the library's collection of books, journals, manuscripts, pictures, archives and films. Though somewhat confusing to navigate, packed as it is with information, the online catalogue itself is simple to use with searches made by keyword, author, title or subject. Although none of the holdings are available to download there is information on a photocopying and inter-library loan service. Online access to a collection of over 130,000 digitised images from the Wellcome Trust's Medical Photographic Library are available for searching. The site is regularly updated and includes recent news and details of developments on the website and in the Library itself.