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Two New Digital Collections: Incunabula and World War II U.S. Government Documents

Two New Digital Collections: Incunabula and World War II U.S. Government Documents. NLM Tech Bull. 2017 Jan-Feb;(414):b7.

2017 January 19 [posted]

[Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an announcement published on the NLM Web site on January 12, 2017. To be notified of announcements like this subscribe to the NLM-Announces email list.]

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.

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:

screen shot of an item from the Incunabula collection
Figure 1: An item from the Incunabula collection.

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:

screen shot of a World War 2 US Government Document in the NLM Digital Collections
Figure 2: An item from the World War 2, 1939-1949 collection.

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.

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