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Recent Acquisitions

The National Library of Medicine is constantly developing its historical collections through generous donations, transfers from government entities, and purchases that adhere to the Library’s Collection Development Policy and support its mission.

Read about some of our recent acquisitions on our blog Circulating Now

Archives and Manuscripts

A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg—Myrna Weissman

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:00 AM

On March 17, 2015, the National Library of Medicine held a special event, “A Tribute to Marshall Nirenberg,” the first of a “triplet” of events at NIH being held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his deciphering of the genetic code. View the event here. The program included presentations from his wife, Dr. Myrna Weissman[…]

A Pharmacist’s Mate First Class

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 11:00 AM

In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the Archives and Modern Manuscripts program highlights the recent acquisition of the Charles Henry Stevens Papers, 1945–1946, selections of which are currently on display in our reading room at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. The collection was generously donated by his nephew via the American Veterans for Equal Rights.

Films and Videos

Emmy Immunity

Thursday, August 20, 2015 11:00 AM

By Sarah Eilers It’s August. Students are facing summer’s end and the start of another school year. Parents are scrambling to arrange physical and dental checkups, and pediatricians’ offices are deluged with immunization forms. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has nearly 200 cataloged films about vaccination and immunization. One recent acquisition features a pigtailed […]

Prints and Photographs

Dr. Schwartz’s Stamp Collection

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 11:00 AM

By Ginny A. Roth The Prints and Photographs collection in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine holds many treasures that not only serve as research materials, but are also visually captivating. One does not need a trained eye in the arts in order to appreciate collection items that are as […]

Rare Books and Journals

NASA Collection Received

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 11:00 AM

By Margaret Kaiser On May 5, 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American to fly into space, riding the Mercury capsule on a 15-minute suborbital mission. Project Mercury was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) first high-profile program involving human spaceflight. Recently, the National Library of Medicine received from NASA a wonderful […]

Wonderful Works on Horses

Thursday, September 10, 2015 11:00 AM

By Margaret Kaiser The Library has acquired two wonderful works on horses. The first, Il Cavallo da maneggio… is by Giovanni Battista di Galiberto, a Neapolitan count and riding master to Emperor Ferdinand IV, King of Hungary and Bohemia. This book, printed in 1650 in Vienna, Austria, is the first edition of this beautifully illustrated […]

New collection materials of all kinds are regularly arriving and being processed for inclusion in the Library’s catalog. While in processing materials may not yet be listed in the catalog. Please contact us to learn more about our recent acquisitions.