The Taubman Health Sciences Library’s (THL) rare book collection is moving to the Special Collections Library on the seventh floor of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Containing titles that range from 1470 to the early 20th century, the rare books present a wide range of materials related to the history of medicine. . Of special interest are several named collections originally gathered by famous collectors and scholars, including Le Roy Crummer (1872-1934), Lewis Stephen Pilcher (1845-1934), and Alfred Scott Warthin (1866-1931). The subjects represented in these collections range from the very specific, such as the depiction of the “Dance of Death” in early illustrated books, to to the very broad, including the histories of surgery and anatomy.
The Special Collections Library provides the optimal environmental conditions to preserve these valuable resources while also offering additional hours to access the materials. Much of the collection is represented in the University Library’s online catalog, MIRLYN, where patrons can click on a “Request this” link to submit a request to use the item in the Special Collections Library.