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About the Consortium

The History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium is a project that explores the feasibility of crawling, indexing, and delivering web accessible content from external institutions in a union catalog format. The site leverages NLM's enterprise search engine IBM Data Explorer. Using a variety of crawl protocols that are target-site specific, we are able to crawl, index, and provide access to finding aids that exist in a variety of data formats such as xml, html, or pdf. By crawling and indexing content locally with referring links back to an owning repository, NLM can offer a multi-institutional discovery service without managing external data. Crawls are currently performed on a monthly basis. Our method and tools allow for a widely-inclusive harvesting and search, but at the expense of advance-level services such as author or subject-based browsing or searching.

We invite other repositories with collections strongly related to the history of medicine and its allied sciences to participate. Partners must be able to respond to reference requests about their own collections. Please contact John Rees, Archivist and Digital Resources Manager if you are interested in joining or simply learning more about our techniques.

Current List of Participating Institutions
  • NLM History of Medicine Division
  • Archives West
  • American Philosophical Society
  • Boston Children's Hospital Archives
  • The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
  • Center for the History of Psychology, University of Akron
  • Columbia University Health Sciences Library
  • Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscripts Collections
  • DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Duke University Medical Center Archives
  • Duke University Rubenstein Library
  • Emory University Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Library
  • Eskind Biomedical Library Vanderbilt University
  • Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
  • George Washington University
  • Georgia Historical Society
  • Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
  • Library of Congress
  • Lloyd Library and Museum
  • LSU Special Collections
  • Loyola University-Chicago
  • McGill University Osler Library Archives
  • Medical Archives, Johns-Hopkins University Medical Institutions
  • Minnesota Historical Society
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • New Jersey Historical Society
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NMHM Otis Historical Archives
  • Ohio State University Medical Heritage Center
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Physician Assistant History Society
  • Rockefeller Archive Center
  • Rocky Mountain Archives Online
  • Rutgers University
  • Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College
  • State Historical Society of Missouri
  • Tulane University Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
  • UCLA Louise Darling Biomedical Library
  • University of California-San Diego
  • University of California-San Francisco
  • University of Chicago Special Collections
  • University of Georgia Hargrett Rare Books and Manuscripts Library
  • University of Iowa Special Collections
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County Center for Biological Sciences Archives
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Mississippi Archives and Special Collections
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Libraries
  • UPenn Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Rochester Medical Center
  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • University of Virginia Health Sciences Library
  • University of Wisconsin Digital Collections, Archival Resources in Wisconsin
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Wright State University Special Collections and Archives
  • Yale University Library

Last Reviewed: November 19, 2019