Special Collections

History of Medicine collection

Norris Medical Library’s History of Medicine collection holds more than 4,000 items including medical biographies and works on the history of diseases and medical institutions.  This collection is shelved on the back wall on the lower level of the library.


Leisure Reading collection

The leisure reading collection features selected literary fiction and popular non-fiction for leisure reading. Funds for the collection are provided primarily by celebratory or memorial contributions. This collection is located on the west side of the lower level.


Rare Books collection

The Rare Books collection contains over 1,500 volumes from the 16th to the 20th century, including 80 folio volumes.

Some highlights from the Norris Medical Library Rare Book Collection. More highlights.

Andreas Vesalius Opera Omnia Anatomica & Chirurgica 1725. This beautiful 2-volume set, bound in red velvet, contains the full works of the father of modern human anatomy.
Andreas Vesalius Opera Omnia Anatomica & Chirurgica 1725. This beautiful 2-volume set, bound in red velvet, contains the full works of the father of modern human anatomy.
Herbals of the Five Centuries 1958. This 1485 German plate from a 1958 collection of herbals is the oldest item in the Norris Medical Library collection.
Robert Hooke Micrographia; or, Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses 1665. This is the first book published in English on the microscope, and introduces the scientific definition of the word “cell.”
Bernhard Siegfried Albinus Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body 1749. Albinus went to great personal expense to produce this gorgeous folio.  The work is more than two feet tall and is fancifully engraved by artist Jan Wandelaar, who also did the artwork in our 1725 Vesalius.
William Hunter The Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus 1774. This anatomical atlas is the first to depict the fetus within the uterus, and still one of the only medical depictions of autopsied pregnant women.

The Rare Book Room is a secured space located on the upper level. To arrange a visit view the visiting guidelines and complete the request form.

 


Far West Medicine collection

The Far West Medicine collection contains more than 90 titles on the history of medicine in California and the west from the early 20th century. This collection is shelved in the Webb Room on the upper level.


Classics of Medicine collection

The Classics of Medicine collection includes more than 100 volumes of reprinted classic texts in fine leather-bound volumes. This collection is shelved in the Rare Book Room on the upper level.


Webb Ethnopharmacology collection

The Webb Ethnopharmacology collection originated with materials on American Indian Ethnopharmacology donated by Dr. John Webb, a professor at the USC School of Pharmacy. Since that time the collection has been supplemented by the purchase of newer materials on the topic. This collection is shelved in the Webb Room on the upper level.


Webb Memorial collection

Dr. Webb’s personal library includes works ranging from botany to travel, and an extensive collection of early to mid-20th century literature and poetry. It is also housed in the Webb Room.