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Preservation Exhibit at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Yale's Medical Historical Library houses one of the world’s finest historical medical collections. The collection contains over 130,000 books, bound manuscripts, journals, and pamphlets. This includes 325 incunabula (books printed between 1450 and 1500), a wonderful Renaissance, Arabic and Persian manuscript collection, and hundreds of bound manuscripts from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

The Cushing/Whitney Historical Library also houses the Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings that spans five centuries, an additional 2,500 portrait engravings and over 2,000 original photographs. The Library also has an artifact collection that includes over 1,000 medical and scientific instruments and the Streeter Collection of Weights and Measures containing several thousands items.

The Preservation Librarian for the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library began working in August 2005 to establish a program that will preserve and conserve these collections. The exhibit, which will be on view until August 28, illustrates issues of preservation and solutions that can be achieved to safeguard this priceless collection. For more information, visit: http://elibrary.med.yale.edu/blog/?p=609.