The Stanford Medical History Center collects and maintains materials related to the history of health care, medical research, and medical education at Stanford and beyond, including:
- unpublished documents and records
- historical photographs, diagrams, and other visual materials
- rare medical books from the 13th century and later
- historical medical instruments and other artifacts
- oral histories
- digital media
These materials are available for purposes of scholarship, genealogy, faculty and student recruitment and development, alumni relations, public relations, and curriculum development.
We also offer electronic databases and standard reference tools in the history of medicine and guidance in developing effective strategies for discovering primary source materials and secondary literature.
Although the rarity and fragility of our materials prevents their circulation, we provide an on-site digital imaging station for visiting researchers to reproduce materials from our collections. We also handle permissions for publication and broadcast.
Contact Historical Curator
- Drew Bourn, PhD, MLIS, CAP profile