UAB’s Reynolds-Finley Research Fellowships in the History of the Health Sciences

The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of the UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences during the 2019 calendar year. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health SciencesReynolds-Finley Historical Library and UAB Archives

 Recipients must travel to UAB to use materials housed in the UAB Archives, the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, and/or the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences.

Past recipients include students, faculty, private researchers, artists, etc.  Research topics of past fellows include:

Ø hospital desegregation during the Civil Rights Movement

Ø creating a portfolio of conditions from medical teaching models

Ø review of Medieval manuscripts

Ø medicine and healthcare during the American Civil War

Ø midwifery in the Jim Crow South

Ø industrial toxins and public health in the urban areas of Alabama

All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2019 to receive consideration.

For details go to:


The History of Medicine Collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University is accepting applications for their travel grant program.

Research grants of up to $1,500 will be offered to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the historical medical collections at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our holdings include over 20,000 print items and 4,500 unique manuscripts along with photographs, prints, and over 800 medical instruments and artifacts including a large collection of ivory anatomical manikins. Collection strengths include but are not limited to anatomical atlases, human sexuality, materia medica, pediatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics & gynecology.

Any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the History of Medicine Collections is eligible to apply. Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply.  All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC.

Grant money may be used for: transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; parking fees); accommodations; and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed once the grant recipient has completed his or her research visit(s) and has submitted original receipts.

Research topics should be strongly supported by the History of Medicine Collections.  We encourage applicants to contact the Curator of the History of Medicine Collections to discuss research projects and Rubenstein Library collections that might support it before submitting an application. 

The deadline for application is January 31, 2019 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2019. Grants must be used between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

More information:

Rachel Ingold, Curator, History of Medicine Collections, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Phone: 919-684-8549


2019 Research Awards at the Osler Library, McGill University

Each year the Osler Library offers a number of awards and travel grants to local and international historians, physicians, graduate and post-doctoral students, and others whose research touches upon the history of medicine. From now through 31 December 2018, we are accepting applications for the following awards/grants and kindly ask you to share this notice widely within your own networks, listservs, and social media outlets to help us spread the word.

Dr. Edward H. Bensley Osler Library Research Travel Grant - Awarded to those whose project requires travel to Montreal to consult material in the Osler Library, such as rare books, archives, and artifacts. Each year up to $4000 in awards will be made available to one or more individuals who require a minimum of 2 weeks to carry out their research.

Mary Louise Nickerson Travel Grant  - This award is open to scholars who need to carry out research using the Osler Library collections (e.g., rare books, archives, and artifacts), as well as other resources available at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the McGill University Archives. Preference will be given to applicants whose research requires them to travel to Montreal from elsewhere.

Dr. Dimitrije Pivnicki Award in Neuro and Psychiatric History - Awarded to one or more students and/or scholars wishing to carry out research utilizing the rich archival and monographic holdings at McGill University, such as the Osler Library (including the Penfield Archive), the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the McGill University Archives.

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Additional information about terms, requirements, how to apply, previous winners, and general information about the Osler Library can be found here. The library’s collections are listed in the McGill Library Catalogue (classic or Worldcat Discovery) and the Osler Library Archives Collection website. Please note that all research in this grant cycle must be completed during the next fiscal year, 1 May 2019 – 30 April 2020. We welcome all further inquiries at

Caveat: on 13 July 2018, a fire broke out on the roof of the Osler Library. While the Osler Room and our oldest and rarest materials were unaffected, the event has had a considerable impact upon the library. Notably, we had to remove our holdings from the McIntyre Building for the duration of the (re)construction. Fortunately, we were able to find climate-controlled space within McGill’s McLennan Library to house our materials in the interim; thus, all of those consulting Osler materials within the next grant cycle will do so in the Rare Books reading room, McLennan Library. Moreover, we are in the process of moving the remainder of our materials from post-fire storage into the library. Our catalogue will show several parts of the collection as “unavailable” until that entire process has been completed, so we ask that you contact Osler Library staff at if you have specific questions about an item’s availability.


 2019 UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships. 

The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.

The Fellowships

 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships

Thayer fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2017 averaged $1,500 and in 2018 averaged $1,235. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.

 Barbara Rootenberg Short-term Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences

The Rootenberg fellowship promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Service and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.

 Kenneth Karmiole Endowed Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections

The Karmiole fellowship supports the use of UCLA Library Special Collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. One annual fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 to allow scholars to pursue research lasting from one to three months. The award is funded by an endowment established by Kenneth Karmiole, an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller who earned his master’s degree in library science from UCLA in 1971. Information and application details are available at .

 Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Books

Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections. These include: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer, Rootenberg, and Karmiole fellowships, and delivered to a different address; information is available on the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center’s website at .


 Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to three months between January 7 and December 13, 2019.

 Karmiole Fellowships:  United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last from one to three months between January 7 and December 13, 2019.  Information and application details are available at:

 Ahmanson Fellowships:  United States and international graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Applications are due March 1, 2019; research residencies may last up to three months between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Information and application details are available at: .

 Application Contents and Instructions for Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships

Researchers can submit a single application for “Research Fellowships” in order to be considered for either the Thayer or Rootenberg fellowships. Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2018.

 Applications must include:

·         Cover letter

·         Curriculum vitae

·         Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)     

·         Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses

·         Dates to be spent in residence

·         Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.

 Application materials for the Thayer and Rootenberg Fellowships, including letters of recommendation, may be submitted in PDF format by email to .  Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.

 Review Process and Notification

 A committee will evaluate the research proposals, and applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by email on or before December 7, 2018.  Fellows may be asked to speak briefly about their recent or ongoing research at an informal brownbag session with local scholars during their visit.

 Contact Information

Submit applications or direct questions about fellowships to:

 Short-term Research Fellowships Program

UCLA Library Special Collections

A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library

Box 951575

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

 Phone:     310.825.6940




Publication Opportunity:  Optometric History

From: David A. Goss, OD, PhD, MLS <>
Subject: Optometry history research

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2019, the Optometric Historical Society (OHS) is planning a special issue of Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History.  We are seeking papers not only on the history of the OHS, but also papers on the importance of and resources for optometry history research.  I would appreciate having the following call for papers distributed on the AVSL listserv or other appropriate distribution method.
 Call for Papers
Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History
Theme Issue Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Optometric Historical Society

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Optometric Historical Society.  Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History, the quarterly journal of the OHS, will publish a theme issue in 2019 celebrating its anniversary.

We welcome submissions to Hindsight on topics such as the following:
● Remembrances of OHS co-founders Maria Dablemont and Henry Hofstetter ● Remembrances of personal involvement with the Optometric Historical Society ● Personal experiences that demonstrated how knowledge of optometry history has influenced you and benefited your optometric work ● Essays on archives, museums, libraries, websites, or other resources which have been or may be helpful in conducting research on optometry history ● Essays on the importance of knowledge of optometry history as a guide for decision making and optometric directions in the future

The Optometric Historical Society is a program of Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation.  Hindsight is a refereed journal published online with distribution of print issues to OHS members who have paid to receive the print copy.  Information about Hindsight and OHS, along with back issues of Hindsight, and instructions to authors can be found at the journal website,  Current issues of Hindsight are accessible to all OHS members at that website.

Authors who wish to have their papers considered for inclusion in this theme issue should submit them by October 15, 2018.  Papers can be submitted on the journal website or by sending an email with a Word document to the journal editor, David Goss,



Research Travel Grant for Yale University's Cushing/Whitney Medical History Library

The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its annual Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.  The Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of theHarvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library. In any given year the award is up to $1,500 for one week of research.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. 

The Medical Historical Library holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. It was founded in 1941 by the donations of the extensive collections of Harvey CushingJohn F. Fulton, and Arnold C. Klebs. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Haller, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anatomy, anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects, and the collection has expanded to approximately 10,000 items.  Themes include social justice, war, drug use, reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS, activism, and more.  Although the Historical Library does not house the official archives of the Medical School, it does own a number of manuscript collections, most notably the Peter Parker Collection, papers of Harvey Cushing, and the John Fulton diaries and notebooks. The Library also owns an extensive Smoking and tobacco advertising collection, the Robert Bogdan collection of disability photographs and postcards, medical imagery from popular publications donated by Bert Hansen, and smaller collections of patent medicine ephemera from noted collector William Helfand.

Please email Melissa Grafe, PhD, Head of the Medical Historical Library, with any questions:  or 203 785-4354


 Smithsonian Libraries Research Opportunities for 2018-2019

The Smithsonian Libraries, situated at the center of the world’s largest museum complex, is a vital part of the research, exhibition, and educational enterprise of the Institution. The Libraries offers exceptional research resources ranging from 13th-century manuscripts to electronic journals. We are happy to offer the following fellowship opportunities for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Baird Society Resident Scholar Program: $3,500 per month for up to six months to support scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Smithsonian Libraries in Washington, D.C. and New York, NY, in an extensive range of subject areas. Doctoral students, post-doctoral and independent scholars are welcome to apply. Collections include printed materials on world’s fairs; manufacturer’s commercial trade catalogs from the 19th and 20th centuries; natural history rare books (pre-1840 works on topics such as botany, zoology, travel & exploration, museums & collecting, geology, and anthropology); air and space history (late 18th to early 20th centuries); James Smithson’s library; rare materials in European and American decorative arts, architecture, and design (18th to 20th centuries); and history of art and artists (exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, dissertations and artists’ ephemera).

The Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program:  $3,500 per month for up to six months to support scholarly research in the Special Collections of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology in Washington, D.C. Doctoral students, post-doctoral and independent scholars are welcome to apply.

The Dibner Library has manuscripts and rare books dating primarily from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Collection strengths are in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, classical natural philosophy, theoretical physics (up to the early 20th century), experimental physics (especially electricity and magnetism), engineering technology (from the Renaissance to the late nineteenth century), and scientific apparatus and instruments.

The Margaret Henry Dabney Penick Resident Scholar Program: $30,000 for six consecutive months to support scholarly research into the legacy of Patrick Henry and his political circle, the early political history of Virginia, the history of the American Revolution, founding era ideas and policy-making, as well as science, technology, and culture in colonial America and the Early National Period. Available to post-doctoral scholars only. Senior scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.

Fellowship recipients are expected to be in residence during their appointments. For further information about the Smithsonian Libraries’ Resident Scholar Programs listed above, including application information, please visit our web site: For additional questions, email or call 202-633-3872.


W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine  announces its  annual W. Bruce Fye Medical History Research Travel Grant. The grant is available to physicians, historians, medical students, graduate students, faculty members, and independent scholars who wish to use archival and library resources at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The grant (up to $1,500 in one calendar year) may be used for transportation, lodging, food, and incidental expenses relating to the research project. It is available to residents of the United States and Canada who live more than 75 miles from Rochester.

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine houses archival collections that contain official records of the Clinic and its administrative offices, official and unofficial publications, departmental annual reports, committee minutes, photographic and moving images, sound recordings, personal papers, and memorabilia relating to the Mayo Clinic, its mission, programs, and people. To search our archival holdings, please visit our online catalog (MAX) (

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields. More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes. Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology. The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints.

Contact information: Renee Ziemer, coordinator W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine & Mayo Historical Suite, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905

Telephone: (507) 284-2585 E-mail:


The Boston Medical Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine at the Countway Library

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine offers annual fellowships to support research and scholarship in the history of medicine.  The Countway Library is the largest academic medical library in the United States, and its Center for the History of Medicine holds 250,000 books and journals published before 1920 and is strong in virtually every medical discipline.  The Countway's archives and manuscripts include the personal and professional papers of prominent American physicians, many of whom were associated with Harvard Medical School.  The printed, manuscript, and archival holdings are complemented by prints, photographs, and the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum.

The Boston Medical Library Fellowships in the History of Medicine at the Countway provide stipends of up to $5,000 to support travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible period.  Besides conducting research, the fellow will submit a report on the results of his/her residency and may be asked to present a seminar or lecture at the Countway Library.  The fellowship proposal should demonstrate that the Countway Library has resources central to the research topic. Preference will be given to applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway.  The Boston Medical Library’s Abel Lawrence Peirson Fund provides support for the fellowship program.

Contact: Boston Medical Library Fellowships, Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115.


New York Academy of Medicine Library Fellowships

Applications may be made to the New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here:

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to:

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS, Historical Collections Librarian




Museums of Ophthalmology


Chinese Museum of Ophthalmology

Nantong, China

Open by appointment


Madras Medical College / Elliot School of Ophthalmology

Chennai, India

Open by appointment


Retina Foundation & Eye Research Center / Museum of Ophthalmology

Ahmedabad, India

Open by appointment


Royal College of Ophthalmologists Museum

London, England

Open by appointment


University College London /Moorfields Eye Hospital Museum

London, England

Open to public


Portuguese Society of Ophthalmology

Virtual museum

Online only


Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology Museum

Virtual museum

Online only


American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation / Museum of Vision

San Francisco, USA

Open by appointment

The above list was compiled by Jenny E. Benjamin for the Cogan Society.


Finding Aids for Historical Research

The History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium has created in online index to help researchers find archival collections:

It indexes aids for material at NLM and many other archival collections, and can be searched by topic or name.



The Medical Heritage Library in 2017 completed its National Endowment for the Humanities-funded initiative Medicine at Ground Level: State Medical Societies, State Medical Journals, and the Development of American Medicine1900-2000 
News provided by the Medical Heritage Library

The Medical Heritage Library has released 3,907 state medical society journal volumes free of charge for nearly 50 state medical societies, including those for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, through the Internet Archive ( The journals –  collectively held and digitized by Medical Heritage Library members The College of Physicians of Philadelphia; the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at The New York Academy of Medicine; the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, the Founding Campus; and the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at the University of California at San Francisco –  consist of almost three million pages that can be searched online and downloaded in a variety of formats. State medical society journals document the transformation of American medicine at both the local and national level, serving as sites not only for scientific articles, but for medical talks, local news regarding the medical profession, pharmaceutical and device advertising, and unexpurgated musings on medicine and society throughout the 20th century. 

Project supporter and former president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Distinguished Professor of History Nancy J. Tomes, Stony Brook University, notes: “The value of this collection lies precisely in the insights state journals provide on issues of great contemporary interest. They shed light on questions at the heart of today’s policy debates: why do physicians treat specific diseases so differently in different parts of the country? Why is it such a challenge to develop and implement professional policies at the national level? How do state level developments in health insurance influence federal policy and vice versa? How do factors such as race, class, gender, and ethnicity affect therapeutic decision making? How have methods of promoting new therapies and technologies changed over time? These are issues of interest not only to historians but to political scientists, sociologists, and economists.”

The digitized collection offers unprecedented, centralized access to one of the richest resources concerning the evolution of American medicine and will open the texts to new forms of analysis in the digital humanities, such as those supporting the investigation of health trends and outcomes over time and region, as well as visualizations.

Journals were digitized between 2015 and 2017 through the National Endowment for the Humanities (grant number: PW-228226-15), with additional funding provided by the Harvard Library and the Arcadia Fund, as well as Harvard Medical School. All publications found in the collection are provided free of charge by individual journal publishers agreeing to open access for content currently under copyright. Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. For more on the NEH Office of Digital Humanities visit

Beyond the Internet Archive’s portal through which MHL content is delivered, the Medical Heritage Library hosts state-by-state links to the journals ( and the MHL’s advanced search interface (, which offers full-text, proximity, date, and language searching among other features.  

About the Medical Heritage Library
Founded in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to digitize 30,000 medical rare books, the Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries that promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. The MHL’s goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen our understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL’s growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number over 200,000, with representative works from each of the past seven centuries, all of which are available through the Internet Archive. Information about the MHL may be found on our website,

Media Contact
Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook.


1870 Medico-Botanical Map

From the archives of the National Libraries Scotland:

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