The mission of the Historical Collections (of which the Reynolds-Finley is a part) is to promote the history of the health sciences on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in the state of Alabama, and in the nation as a whole. It seeks to do this through the collection and preservation of books, papers, and artifacts relative to the history of medicine and its allied sciences. In addition, it seeks to actively encourage and contribute to historical scholarship through lectures, publications, and teaching activities when and where appropriate.