Posts Categorized: Historical Collections

That Dread Disease

Members of the public are invited to attend the opening of That Dread Disease: A History of Tuberculosis in Virginia, 1870-1920 in the main lobby of Claude Moore Health Sciences Library on Friday April 24, 2015 at 4:00 PM. That Dread Disease is a poster exhibit that explores the history of tuberculosis in Virginia during… Read more »

Hidden Medieval Manuscript Found in Library

Historical collections staff at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library have discovered two pages from a medieval European manuscript hidden among its rare books. The pages, which remain unidentified, were found when a University of Virginia medical student requested to view a book in the library that was printed in 1550. Staff members pulled the… Read more »

Library’s Medical Artifacts Now Online

Beginning this week, researchers will be able to view from the comfort of their homes some of the rare and unique medical artifacts housed at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. A new online resource, the University of Virginia Medical Artifacts Collection, displays over 350 artifacts from the library that relate to the history of… Read more »

Andreas Vesalius Turns 500

From 12:30 to 1:30 on Wednesday, January 21 join us in the Jordan Hall Conference Center for the first Medical Center Hour Presentation of 2015, Celebrating Modern Anatomy’s Birthday: Andreas Vesalius Turns 500. Medical historian Luke Demaitre will describe the life and accomplishments of the famed Renaissance anatomist, Andreas Vesalius, and discuss his role in… Read more »

Christmas at Base Hospital 41

Four years after the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, the first post-WWI Christmas was a season of mixed emotion. Coming quickly on the heels of the November 11th Armistice, the holidays of 1918 were a time when relief and celebration for the end of the war were mingled with sorrow from the physical and emotional… Read more »

Von Frieling’s Green Butter Salve

Authored by Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Assistant at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library From wedding dresses to embalmed lice, Historical Collections has its share of the unexpected, including some items you could describe as downright odd. Recently a new set of unusual objects in the collection came to our attention. In the early 20th… Read more »

Bloodletting Exhibit

Breathing a Vein: The History of Bloodletting in American Medicine will be on display from October 7 to November 21 in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Bloodletting, an ancient medical treatment, was widely practiced in the United States well into the nineteenth century. Although it no longer enjoys the dominant position… Read more »

History of the UVA Health System Exhibit

One of the Health Sciences Library’s permanent exhibits recently received some much needed love and care. Since 2001, the exhibit “Celebrating 100 Years. A Legacy of Care. A Framework for the Future.” has hung in a heavily-used corridor near the hospital’s main cafeteria. The exhibit tells the history of the University of Virginia Health System and… Read more »

Artifacts from Historical Collections: Memories of the 8th Evacuation Hospital

Authored by Emily Bowden, Historical Collections Assistant at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Earlier this summer, Historical Collections made the news when two brothers visited the library to see the wedding dress worn by their mother, Lt. Hilda “Frankie” Franklin. Franklin was a 1938 graduate of UVA’s Nursing School and a member of the… Read more »

“Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist” Now On Display in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Frank L. Lowther: Enlisted Man, Fledgling Archivist will be on display from June 18 to September 1 in the lobby of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. The exhibit features items from the library’s collections that were owned by Frank L. Lowther. Lowther was an enlisted man in the 8th Evacuation Hospital Unit, a UVA-sponsored unit… Read more »