Explore the History of
Stanford Medicine



We have thousands of images in a variety of formats.

Our Flickr collections are covered by a Creative Commons license. We require a credit line, "Stanford Medical History Center." For online displays, the credit line must be a link to the History Center.

The Stanford Medical History Center has many thousands of images beyond those on Flickr. The History Center is equipped with a digital imaging station so you can reproduce images from our collections. You are also welcome to use your own digital camera.

Other Image Resources

Permissions to use these images varies depending upon the institution managing the collections.

Publication, broadcast, commercial license fees


Still Images

ApplicationQuantityAcademic and 501(c)3Commercial
Books, Periodicals, Catalogs, Posters, CDs, DVDsPrint runup to 5,000$25$50
5,001 -10,000$100$100
10,001 and above$150$150
Subscription Databases and Software Applications$25$100
Promotional Materials (including brochures, dust jackets, and album covers)Print runup to 5,000$50$100
5,001 -10,000$100$100
10,001 and above$250$250
ExhibitionsUp to one yearFree$100
Permanent exhibit$50$150
Film and Video $50$150
Dissertations and Theses Free-
Broadcast on Network TV, Cable or SatelliteLocal to National$125

Moving Images

 One minute (minimum charge)
All Media and Formats$250

Rare Books

The Stanford Medical History Center has a treasure trove of over 7,600 rare books related to health care going back to the 13th century.

The rare and fragile state of these books requires that they not circulate. However, they are available to be viewed on-site. For most of our materials researchers are welcome to use History Center's digitization equipment to reproduce the content.

This collection includes:

  • herbals
  • illustrated anatomies
  • guides for midwives
  • historical medical dictionaries
  • English, German, French, Latin, Arabic, Italian, and many other languages

To find books, use Lane Library catalog, click the "limits" icon , limit your search to specific years of publication (e.g., 1500-1600, or up to 1725).

Institutional Records

The Stanford Medical History Center has selected inactive administrative records from:

  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
  • Allied Arts Guild
  • Cooper Medical College (predecessor institution)
  • Stanford School of Nursing

Some records may be restricted to researchers for legal or other reasons.

Local History Resources

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