Search our collection of 73,000 print materials from 1430 to 1945, with strengths in anatomy, women’s health, surgery, natural history, and pharmacy.
Wangensteen Historical Library
The Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine collections contain materials and objects that broadly represent health, medicine, and biological sciences from 1430 to 1945.
The digitized collections of the Wangensteen Historical Library are freely available online. They cover a broad range of topics from East Asian History to Clara Barton’s diaries.
Our artifact collection contains 8,000 objects, including pharmaceutical, medical and surgical equipment, instruments, and products.
Drawn to Health: Bodies and Medicine in Popular Visual Culture (September 12, 2022 - December 29, 2022)
Explore the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health, featuring comic book imagery from the Children’s Literature Research Collections.
Take a closer look at six books that the Wangensteen purchased in the last year.
Explore some of the Wangensteen’s fascinating artifact collection in these photo journals, crafted by the Health Sciences Library’s summer 2022 StepUp intern.
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2-340 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
516 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
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Materials from the Wangensteen Historical Library are available by appointment.
Meet with curators to locate materials for your research topic.
Collaborate with curators to support student learning and student interactions with texts, historical images, manuscripts, and objects.
Partner with the library to create or enhance conversations about the history of health, medicine, and biological sciences through exhibits, lectures, and material loans.
Learn more about travel grants that support in-depth research drawing on the library’s holdings and staff expertise.
In the 1960s, Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen, distinguished surgeon, became the force behind the creation of the library that bears his name.
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Exhibits & events
This exhibit seeks to examine the historical underpinnings of graphic medicine, through collections held at both the Wangensteen Historical Library and the Children’s Literature Research Collections. Explore the materials on display outside the Wangensteen to discover more about the historical and contemporary use of visual narratives to communicate about health and medicine!
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This exhibit celebrates the stories of our books — from the stories woven in their bindings to the comments written on their pages by readers.
Our library holdings come together to illuminate the medical themes threaded throughout Masterpiece Theater’s wildly popular Downton Abbey.
This exhibit is centered on a 17th-century apothecary manuscript from Toulouse, France, and a student’s research project involving translating the manuscript and mapping where in the world the ingredients may have been sourced.
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