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VETERINARY ARCHIVAL and

RARE BOOK COLLECTIONS in U.S. and Canada

Archival and rare book collections and other resources related to the history of veterinary medicine can be found at a number of institutions across the United States and Canada.

 

Click underlined links below to consult Catalogs and Find Aids/Guides. Some books may be accessible online.

Directory of History of Medicine Collections

US National Library of Medicine

Rare and Manuscript Collections (RMC)

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Ithaca, New York

 Veterinary Medicine Historical Collection  

Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Division

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

East Lansing, Michigan

Includes: Dr. Fred R. Beaudette Collection of over 150 rare books, incunabula, and manuscripts related to veterinary medicine.

See: Dean M, Berg P. A rich historical tapestry: Michigan State University Libraries' rare veterinary medicine collection. Vet Herit. 2007 May;36(1):9-11. 

Historical Veterinary Research Collection

Medical Sciences Library

TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY

College Station, Texas

Includes:

Robert Thomson Leiper Helminthological Collection of materials related to helminths and other parasites from the 19th-mid-20th centuries.

John G.P. Woods Collection of "One Health"-related books and artifacts on veterinary medicine, agriculture, medicine, and public health from 16th-20th centuries.

Norman Comben Reference Collection of books from the 16th to 20th centuries.

Niall Kenny Collection of books and artifacts from 17th -19th centuries.

John Clewlow Collection of early English imprints from 16th-19th centuries.

John N. Case, Jr. Veterinary Corps Collection of over 2, 600 items related to military veterinary medicine.

C. Trenton Boyd Historical Veterinary Postcard Collection

John A. Seaverns Equine Collection

Webster Family Library

TUFTS UNIVERSITY

North Grafton, Massachusetts

Includes:

John A. Seaverns Equine Collection

Division of Special Collections, Archives and Rare Books

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - COLUMBIA

Columbia, Missouri

Penn Vet History Resources

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Collections

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON

Madison, Wisconsin

Includes:

Dr. Robert R. Shomer Veterinary Rare Book Collection

Special Collections 

U.S. NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL LIBRARY

Beltsville, Maryland

Includes:

USDA's Contributions to Veterinary Parasitology

History of Medicine 

U.S. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE

Bethesda, Maryland

Includes:

Rare books on horses, digital images, and more.

Smithcors Collection of Veterinary History (Guide)

Manuscripts and Special Collections (MASC)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

Pullman, Washington

See: Five Centuries of Veterinary Medicine: A Short-Title Catalog of the Washington State University Veterinary History Collection, compiled by J. F. Smithcors and Ann Smithcors. (1997)

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