Collections

The Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine is the pre-eminent library for historical medical research in the Midwest.

Rare Books

Rare Books

Over 60,000 rare books cover topics such as surgery, pharmacy, botany, cookery and hospital care.

Manuscripts

Manuscripts

Handwritten papers from the 15th to the 20th c. show personal experiences and ideas about medicine and science and cover several languages.

Artifacts

Artifacts

The library has over 1,000 medical & scientific artifacts, from glass eyes to traveling pharmaceutical kits (above), from the 19th & 20th c.

Exhibits

Exhibits

Bodies and Spirits: Health and the History of Fermentation and Distillation, coming September 2015.