Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) includes materials such as:
- printed works (books, pamphlets, journals, broadsides, posters, and ephemera)
- student notebooks
- medical illustrations
- medical instruments
- pharmacy artifacts
These materials range in date from the 1500s to the present day, encompassing the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, and the allied medical sciences. The history of the health sciences in North Carolina is strongly represented.
A few noteworthy items among many are:
- Vesalius’ 1543 anatomical classic, De Humani Corporis Fabrica
- Edward Jenner’s 1798 work on smallpox, An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae . . .
- The Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal
- Frank H. Netter Papers
The mission of Special Collections at the HSL is to provide a secure and controlled environment for materials of historic value, fragile condition, or those requiring special treatment, and to provide research services and related programming in the history of the health sciences, such as exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and other events.