The MHL Welcomes a New Content Contributor

The Medical Heritage Library is pleased to announce the addition of over 100 titles relating to medical history from the Brandeis University Libraries.



Since 2008, the Brandeis library has digitized more than 1700 books and other out-of-copyright works, in partnership with the Boston Library Consortium and the Open Content Alliance, to make them freely accessible online through the Internet Archive.

Brandeis Special Collections texts available on the Internet Archive include a number of books related to the history of medicine, including books from the collection of the now-defunct Samuel Gridley Howe Library at the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham. Topics include eugenics, juvenile delinquency, child labor, and criminal psychology.

The Medical Heritage Library (MHL) is a content centered digital community supporting research, education, and dialog that enables the history of medicine to contribute to a deeper understanding of human health and society. It serves as the point of access to a valuable body of quality curated digital materials and to the broader digital and nondigital holdings of its members. It was established in 2010 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation via the Open Knowledge Common to digitize 30,000 medical rare books. In addition to the participants named above, MHL principal contributors are Johns Hopkins University, New York Academy of Medicine, the New York Public Library, and the Wellcome Library. The MHL has since grown to include content from a variety of contributors including Duke University, University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library, and the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto.

As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!


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