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Historical/Special Collections

Richard J. Behles, MS
Historical Librarian/Preservation Off.
rbehles@hshsl.umaryland.edu
410-706-5048

The Historical and Special Collections Department serves as the University of Maryland medical archives documenting the health sciences professional schools on the Baltimore campus. Genealogical and other historical information about the University's medical, dental, pharmacy, nursing, and social work schools is available. The collection includes college catalogs, yearbooks, and selected primary documents such as matriculation ledgers and administrative minutes dating back to the University of Maryland's nineteenth century origins.

The Library's rare book collection also resides in this department. Individual historical collections of chiefly pre-1900 imprints are included, featuring significant works in the health sciences fields. Holdings in the field of social work also are included. Currently there are over 7,000 volumes throughout the collections. The library continues to add new acquisitions as funds and availability of materials permit. Donations of pertinent materials are always welcome. The holdings of the historical book collections are included in CatalogUSMAI.

The Department is located on the Library's fifth floor.

Rich Behles is the moderator of CADUCEUS-L, an email discussion list devoted to the history of medicine and allied sciences.

For research assistance, please fill out the Ask a Historical/Special Collections Reference Question form.

Hours: Weekdays by appointment


  • Cordell Collection

    The library's largest historical collection, includes all aspects of medicine
  • Crawford Collection

    Origin of the University of Maryland Library System, reflecting Crawford's interest in natural history
  • Ferencz Collection

    Collection donated by eminent authority on Congenital Heart Disease
  • Grieves Collection

    Devoted to the history of dentistry
  • Kendall Collection

    Physical therapy collection from the personal holdings of Florence P. Kendall
  • Nursing Collection

    Includes works by Florence Nightingale and other nursing leaders
  • Pharmacy Collection

    Includes early dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, materia medica
  • Social Work Collection

    Originated from the personal holdings of birth control pioneer Marie Stopes
  • UMB Campus History Collection

    Primary sources, such as yearbooks, college catalogs, etc., documenting the history of the UMB campus
  • Woodward Collection

    Historical texts and faculty highlights from one of the School of Medicine's most esteemed educators
Last edited on: Tuesday, March 7, 2017