Category Archives: Historical Collections

Fatal Beauty: An Exhibit

The HSHSL’s Historical Collections is home to the Pharmacy Historical Book Collection, which includes influential pharmacy and medical texts, dispensatories, pharmacopoeias, botanicals, and herbals from around the world dating from the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. Fatal Beauty, an exhibit in … Continue reading

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First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore: Exhibit Returns

In March 2020, the HSHSL was celebrating Women’s History Month with a gallery exhibit featuring the accomplishments of the First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Unfortunately, a week after the exhibit opened, the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Maryland … Continue reading

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Historical Collections Highlight: Club Latino-Americano

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, historical collections highlights Club Latino-Americano, an organization created to support early Latin American students at the University of Maryland. The first student to graduate from countries we associate with Hispanic culture was Jose Raphael … Continue reading

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September Connective Issues Newsletter is Here!

In this edition: Welcome and Welcome Back! HSHSL Fall Hours Save the Date – 4th Annual Flu Shot Clinic Coming in October Advice for New Students Meet Your Librarian Help Us Refresh the Kinnard Leisure Reading Collection HSHSL’s Open Access … Continue reading

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Early Japanese Graduates at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

The 2020 Summer Olympic games are well underway in Tokyo, Japan. To commemorate the games, Historical Collections in the HSHSL is highlighting two early Japanese graduates: Shinjiro Asahara and Tameji Takashima. Continue reading

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HSHSL Continues to Collect COVID-19 Stories: Be a part of UMB’s Story

The HSHSL is seeking stories about the Pandemic and the return to the office. Consider submitting items today! Continue reading

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Dr. Gideon B. Smith, UMSOM Class of 1840: 17-Year Cicada Expert

Dr. Gideon B. Smith, University of Maryland School of Medicine Class of 1840 is credited with identifying the cycles of the 17-year cicadas (Brood X) in the United States. Read about his life and work in Baltimore. Continue reading

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Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus at the University of Maryland

A brief history of the purchase and investment in chemical and philosophical apparatus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The scientific equipment used in the labs in the 19th century were prized possessions of the school. At the time the appartus was extremely expensive to purchase and was kept well guarded; however, this did not stop theft. The post highlights the use and procurement of the equipment. Continue reading

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Vaccine lessons from the early 1800s: The Boon of Jenner and Covid-19

Blog post written by Spring 2021 HSHSL intern, Hanna Takemoto, highlights the similarities of hesitancies towards the COVID-19 Vaccinations and those of Smallpox and other 19th and 20th century illnesses that have been eradicated through inoculations. The post highlights three historic School of Medicine disserations from the 19th Century, which discuss vaccinations. Continue reading

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Happy 275th Birthday Dr. John Crawford!

May 3, 2021 marks 275 years since the birth of Dr. John Crawford, an influential figure for the HSHSL.  His impressive collection of medical texts was purchased by the School of Medicine’s Faculty of Physik for $500 from his daughter Eliza Godefroy after his death in 1813.  The volumes founded the medical library, which was believed to be the first associated with a school of medicine. Today the HSHSL dates its foundation to 1813 and the purchase of this collection.  Dr. Crawford’s volumes remain an important part of the HSHSL’s collections; the 569-volume John Crawford Collection sits in a place of prominence in the Historical Collections’ reading room and represents medical texts from 1565 in English, Latin, French, German, and Dutch.  Most of the texts in the Crawford Collection have been digitized and are available in the UMB Digital Archive. Continue reading

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