Name and location of repository
Level of description
McGovern Collection on the History of Medicine
- 1514-2013 (Publication)
1269 linear feet
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
The McGovern Collection contains over 5,500 titles focused on the development of the medical specialties in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. There are significant sections on pediatrics, allergy and cardiology. The collection emphasis has been American Imprints and English language materials. There are a small number of titles in French or German from the eighteenth century. The Collection holds several early anatomical texts, including a first edition of Vesalius’ Anatomica. A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There is also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society. All items in the McGovern Collection are cataloged in the Library’s online catalog. Some items have been digitized and are available electronically through the Digital Commons@TMC. Making our resources available online is an ongoing project. More books will be available in the future.
Sir William Osler sub-collection. A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There is also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society.
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
Open for research. Reading Room access only.
Materials are in good condition.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright restrictions may apply. Reproduction depends on condition of the item.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Available through library catalog.
Generated finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Books related to the history of medicine have been added to the collection from various donors.
Immediate source of acquisition
Dr. John P. McGovern donated his personal collection of rare and historical book to the Library in 1982.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Accruals may occur for this collection.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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Rules or conventions
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- McGovern, John P. (Subject)