Collections

The Reynolds Collection

A part of Historical Collections at the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, the Reynolds Historical Library maintains a growing collection of over 13,000 rare books (including 30 incunabula) and manuscripts pertaining to the history of medicine. The library has strong holdings in anatomy, surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, botanical medicine, electrotherapeutics, Civil War medicine, and 19th century diagnosis and therapeutics. Included in the collection are many of the world's most important medical works, such as first editions of William Harvey's De motu cordis (1628) and Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica (1543). Manuscripts held by the library include medieval tracts such as the Ninth book of the Al' Mansuri, Tractatus de magnete et operationibus eius, and Dis artzatt buch gross pratica as well as letters by Louis Pasteur, Florence Nightingale, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Sir William Osler, among others. Regional history is represented by an 1875 article on the cholera epidemic that nearly decimated the city of Birmingham in 1873. The library is open to the public.



Southern Surgical Association (SSA) Archive


In 1987 the SSA designated UAB the official repository for its archives. The Transactions for the Southern Surgical Association (1888-) are housed in the Reynolds Historical Library. UAB Archives stores all other SSA material. Please visit the Archives' SSA web site for further information.