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Historical/Special Collections

Historical Room
Tara R. Wink, MLS
Historical Collections Librarian
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.

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

Hours: Weekdays by appointment

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The Health Sciences and Human Services Library Historical Collections' strives to provide broad access to our diverse collections both in person and digitally. Materials in our collections appear as they originally were published or created and may contain offensive or inappropriate language or images and may be offensive to users. The University of Maryland, Baltimore does not endorse the views expressed in these materials. Materials should be viewed in the context within they were created.

  • Cordell

    Cordell Collection

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

    Crawford Collection

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

    Ferencz Collection

    Collection donated by eminent authority on Congenital Heart Disease
  • Grieves

    Grieves Collection

    Devoted to the history of dentistry
  • Kendall

    Kendall Collection

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

    Nursing Collection

    Includes works by Florence Nightingale and other nursing leaders
  • Pharmacy

    Pharmacy Collection

    Includes early dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, materia medica
  • Social Work

    Social Work Collection

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

    UMB Campus History Collection

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

    Woodward Collection

    Historical texts and faculty highlights from one of the School of Medicine's most esteemed educators
Last edited on: Wednesday, February 5, 2020