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The Medical Heritage Center (MHC) was founded in 1997 with the mission to collect, preserve and promote the rich health sciences history of the central Ohio region. Since its inception, the MHC has enjoyed the support of its founding partners, The Ohio State University Medical Center and the Columbus Medical Association (CMA), as well as the generosity of individuals dedicated to supporting the Center’s mission through financial donations.

If you would like to help the Medical Heritage Center in its mission through a financial gift, there are several options available to you detailed below.

Financial Gifts through CMA

Checks made payable to the Columbus Medical Association Foundation can be mailed to:
Columbus Medical Association Foundation
c/o Ann Eliot
1390 Dublin Rd
Columbus, OH 43215

Please indicate “Medical Heritage Center Fund” in the memo line of your check.

To contribute to the Medical Heritage Center through the Columbus Medical Association Foundation, please visit their site here

Financial Gifts through OSU

Checks made payable to "The Ohio State University Foundation" can be mailed to:
The Ohio State University Foundation
1480 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43221

Please indicate the fund number in the memo line of your check from those listed below.

To give to the Medical Heritage Center through The Ohio State University development website, please select the name of an endowment fund below.

  • The John C. Burnham Lecture Series Fund in the History of Medicine/Science
    Established August 30, 2000, by his wife, Marjorie Burnham, through The Foundation. Income is used by the Department of History in collaboration with the Medical Heritage Center-Prior Health Sciences Library, to sponsor the annual John C. Burnham Lecture.
    Fund Number: 640982
  • Coleman Memorial Alcove Fund
    Established October 3, 1991, from the estate of Marietta Comly in memory of Dr. N.R. Coleman. Income purchases rare books, medical artifacts and/or furnishings for the Coleman Memorial Alcove in the Health Sciences Library.
    Fund Number: 601382
  • Nathaniel R. Coleman Library of Medical Literature
    Established October 6, 1913, with a donation of 538 volumes and cash from Sarah J. Coleman, wife of Dr. Coleman, and Marietta Comly. Income purchases books on medicine.
    Fund Number: 601383
  • Friends of Nursing History Fund
    Support Various Project and Activities in Medical Heritage Center at Health Science Library Related to the Preservation and Archiving of Nursing History in Central Ohio
    Fund Number: 311336
  • Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Fund
    Support The John Prior Health Sciences Library Historic Preservation Area
    Fund Number: 305434
  • Paul S. Metzger, M.D. and Lee Metzger Medical Heritage Center Endowment Fund
    Established March 1, 2002, by the Metzgers through The Foundation. Income supports the Medical Heritage Center’s historic collections. If need ceases, income supports Prior Health Sciences Library’s rare book collection.
    Fund Number: 644925
  • Barbara Van Brimmer Endowment Fund
    Established September 22, 2004, by family, friends and colleagues in her memory. Distribution supports the Prior Health Sciences Library, specifically benefiting the librarians and/or students in library and information science interested in preservation training and education
    Fund Number: 640820
  • The James V. Warren, M.D. Medical Humanities Fund
    Established May 1, 1998, by friends and colleagues of the late Dr. Warren, professor emeritus. Income supports medical humanities education, research, and programs in the Health Sciences Library.
    Fund Number: 607561
  • The Robert M. Zollinger Legacy Endowment
    Established July 7, 1995, by family and friends. Income supports the preservation and availability of the collection of writings, materials for research and memorabilia of Dr. Zollinger, which is part of the Health Sciences Library historic collection.
    Fund Number: 607724

For more information about how you can help preserve our local medical history and share it with future generations through a financial gift, please contact Assistant Director for Special Collections and Outreach Judith Wiener at (614) 292-9273 or judith.wiener@osumc.edu.

Material Gifts

The Medical Heritage Center also accepts historical material gifts that fit within our collection development policy and scope. For more information about our policy or to make a donation, please contact Collections Curator, Kristin Rodgers at (614)292-9966 or kristin.rodgers@osumc.edu.