Medical Instrument and Pharmacy Collection


The Health Sciences Library has an extensive collection of medical instruments and pharmacy items, dating from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. Highlights include a Civil War-era surgical instrument kit and a small collection of instruments owned by former UNC Department of Pathology chair James Bell Bullitt. Many of the items came to the Health Sciences Library from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and from the office of former Virginia doctor C. E. Martin.

Materials in this collection include:

  • Dental tools
  • Doctor’s bags
  • Medicine bottles
  • Microscopes
  • Optical kits
  • Pharmaceutical samples
  • Surgical instrument kits

This collection can be used for instructional purposes. Examples of classroom use include:

Student-curated exhibit: Imagining the U.S. Civil War

Last modified: 08/22/18