History and Archival Resources on the Web

Ohio History Centers

Dittrick Museum of Medical History is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. The Center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Lloyd Library and Museum holds, acquires, preserves, and provides access to both historic and current books and journals, as well as archival materials, on a wide variety of disciplines that fall under the subjects of natural history, botany, pharmacy, medicine, scientific history, and visual arts.

Ohio History Connection collects, preserves and makes available to the public written and graphic information concerning Ohio's history. As the State Archives of Ohio, it is also the designated repository for state government records of enduring historical value. An extensive collection of newspapers, photographs, manuscripts, books, maps and more are available to the public in their third-floor Research Room at the Ohio History Center in Columbus.

Ohio University Archives and Special Collections is the principal repository for rare books, manuscripts, and Ohio University archives material.  The Center’s mission is to support the education, research, and creative endeavors of the Ohio University community.

Henry R Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions is a medical archive, library, and exhibit facility that encourages visitors and researchers to explore the Cincinnati area’s rich medical history and to discover the people who have contributed to important advances in medicine, nursing, and pharmaceutical sciences.

Wright State University, Special Collections and Archives is dedicated to making materials in their collections available for researchers, including faculty, staff, and students of Wright State University as well as to the general public.

The Ohio State University Resources

The Ohio State University Libraries provides patrons with access to information at 15 locations across the Columbus campus, through the website, and by phone. Access to the library catalog is through this website.

The Ohio State University Special Collections collect, preserve, and promote the use of distinctive collections, unique resources and primary research materials. There are nine special collections at Ohio State that can accessed through this website.

Professional Archival Associations

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences is established exclusively for educational purposes to serve the professional interests of librarians, archivists, and other specialists actively engaged in the librarianship of the history of the health sciences by promoting the exchange of information and by improving standards of service.

Society of Ohio Archivists mission is to exchange information, coordinate activities, and improve professional competence in Ohio’s archives and manuscript repositories.

Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists.

Professional Medical History Associations and Resources

Always There is a statewide campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of Ohio's county boards of developmental disabilities.

American Association for the History of Medicine is a professional association of historians, physicians, nurses, archivists, curators, librarians, and others. The AAHM promotes and encourages research, study, writing, and interest in the history of medicine including the history of public health, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and allied arts, sciences, and professions.

American Osler Society is a history of medicine organization dedicated to perpetuating the life, teachings, and ethical example of Sir William Osler, who has the reputation of being the world’s greatest living physician.

Chronicling America is a resource that provides free online access to over 17 million digitized historic newspaper pages covering 1789 – 1963 from over 50 U.S. states and territories.

Directory of History of Medicine Collections is a directory of history of medicine collections throughout the world.

Library of Congress is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with millions of items including books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Division collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease.

National Library of Medicine History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium is a discovery tool providing keyword search services across a union catalog of finding aids describing archival collections broadly related to the history of medicine and its allied sciences.

New York Academy of Medicine is dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of people living in cities.

Ohio Academy of Medical History seeks to promote interest in the state’s medical heritage, to encourage research and publication, and to provide a forum for the discussion and sharing of information. The latter of which is accomplished mainly through an annual meeting held each spring.

Ohio Memory, the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, documents Ohio's rich history, from prehistory to present day, including photographs, diaries, archaeological artifacts, books and more.

Your Contact

Kristin Rodgers, MLIS

Collections Curator
Medical Heritage Center

Prior Hall 512


Fifth Floor, Prior Hall

The Ohio State University
Health Sciences Library
376 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210


Open by appointment only.

Email mhcmail@osumc.edu for reference services or to schedule an appointment.

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