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Directory of Oral Histories of Medicine and Health Sciences


Center for the History of Medicine


Center for the History of Medicine
100 Simpson Memorial Institute
102 Observatory St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0725


(734) 647-6914

Fax number

(734) 647-6915

Website URL

Contact Person

Alexandra Minna Stern, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for the History of Medicine


Access and Services

At this point, the interviews, as audio (DVD) and transcriptions, are available for researchers only at the Bentley Historical Library. Over the coming years, we hope to digitize them and make them accessible over the web. See for further information.


This project is capturing for posterity the voices and stories of leading University of Michigan scientists, clinicians, and administrators. Many of the interviewees' relationships to the university reach back to the 1930s and 1940s and their careers reflect the development of the University of Michigan Medical School and illuminate significant developments in American medicine in the 20th century. The aim of this project is to interview a diverse group that includes clinicians, bench scientists, and medical researchers from many fields and with differing life experiences. Thus far, the collection includes the oral histories of medical men and women from the Departments of Physiology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Pharmacology, Internal Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as two former Deans. The first set of six interviews has been transferred to the Bentley Historical Library, where they are available for researchers. 10 more interviews will be transferred in 2006, and by 2007, we hope to have 30 interviews in the collection.


As of 2005, it contained 6 interviews; by summer 2006, it will contain close to 20; and by summer 2007, 30. Interviews are being added at a rate of 8-10 interviews per academic year.

Collection Description

This expanding collection is held at the Bentley Historical Library on the University of Michigan's North campus. Visit the Bentley's website and/or contact the medical history archivist Brian Williams for information about consulting the interviews at the library.


Material Type

It contains audio (DVD).




Yes, but they are not yet available on the web.