Our Collections

At its inception, the Medical Heritage Center began acquiring historic material and artifacts that speak to central Ohio's rich health sciences history. All MHC collections are housed in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment. All collections are available for viewing by appointment.

The College of Nursing produced a video for Homecoming 2020, highlighting some of the nursing artifacts in the Center's collections.

Rare Book Collection

The rare book collection contains over 20,000 volumes representing limited edition and one-of-a kind monographs dating back to 1555.

All rare books are catalogued and searchable through The Ohio State University Library Catalog.

Artifact Collection

The artifacts collection represents medical equipment used as early as the 1800's and ranges from those now perceived as quackery to those that were truly innovations of their time.

Please contact the Collections Curator for more information and access to the artifact collection.

Archival Collection

The Center's archives include the papers and memorabilia from regional and nationally recognized luminaries such as Arthur G. James, M.D., William G. Myers, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Zollinger, M.D., as well as medical organizations such as the Ohio Health Sciences Library Association and the Mid-Ohio District Nurses Association.

Finding aids of the archival collections can be viewed at the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository On the left hand side of the screen click on “By Contributing Institution”, near the top middle of the screen click “M”, and then scroll down the page until the institution name appears as “Medical Heritage Center.” There each finding aid for the Medical Heritage Center can be viewed.

Contact Us

An archival medical photo

Medical Heritage Center


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.

Pay an MHC invoice online by credit card

NOTE: The Ohio State University is transitioning to a new financial system. Credit card payments can only be processed through December 15. If credit card is the desired method payment and it is after this date, please let us know. An invoice will be created in the new financial system on or after January 7, which will include instructions for method of payment