Digital Historical Collections

Since 2010 the Health Sciences Library has been a member of the Medical Heritage Library, a consortium of some of the country’s leading biomedical libraries. The MHL is devoted to “free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.”  With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Health Sciences Library has been able to digitize over 6000 volumes (over 2 million pages) relating to the history of the biomedical sciences, broadly interpreted.

Of these, several hundred relate to the history of the Columbia University Medical Center including its four health science schools and affiliated hospitals.  For easy access these are listed below with links to the digital versions.

Access to all the items in the Medical Heritage Library, including rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films, can be found in the Internet Archive.

For timelines, lists, and other historical material please be sure to consult the CUMC History and Databases sections of the website.