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NLM Announces Two New Digital Collections: Incunabula & World War II U.S. Government Documents

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, is pleased to announce the addition of two new collections to NLM Digital Collections, the Library's free online repository of biomedical resources including books, still images, videos, and maps.

NLM Incunabula - A collection of books and broadsides printed in Europe before 1501.

Incunabula: A collection of books and broadsides printed in Europe before 1501 includes over forty items from the Library's world-renowned collection of more than 580 incunabula on subjects relating to science and medicine, from printed classical works of Galen and Hippocrates to materials on the plague and other "pestilences." Incunabula (from the Latin for "cradle") are books and other materials produced with movable type on a printing press between the mid-1450s through the end of 1500 — the infancy of the age of printing.  This digital collection will grow over time as the Library scans more incunabula titles.

Highlights of this new collection include:

NLM WW2 US Government Documents - Federal, state, and local government materials produced during the World War 2 era.

World War 2, 1939-1949: A collection of U.S. government documents includes more than 1,500 federal, state, and local government publications. Among the variety of materials included are government reports, first aid manuals, informational pamphlets, and recruitment materials that demonstrate the efforts of government, military personnel, health professionals, and scientists, among others, on the home front and overseas during and immediately following the Second World War.

Highlights of this new collection include:

All of the content in NLM Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. As with all printed materials added to the NLM Digital Collections, items from these new collections will also be included in the Internet Archive, and as part of the Medical Heritage Library through the ongoing collaboration with that international digital curation collaborative.

For more information about the content of these two new digital collections, please contact the History of Medicine Division Reference Desk at NLM Customer Support.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine https://www.nlm.nih.gov has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. NLM is the world's largest medical library, and millions of scientists, health professionals and the public around the world use NLM services every day.

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