Stanford Medical History Center
The Stanford Medical History Center collects and maintains materials related to the history of health care, medical research, and medical education at Stanford and beyond, including: unpublished documents and records; historical photographs, diagrams, and other visual materials; and rare medical books going back to the 13th century.
These materials are available for purposes of scholarship, genealogy, faculty and student recruitment and development, alumni relations, public relations, and curriculum development.
Also available are electronic databases and standard reference tools in the history of medicine; as well as instruction in developing effective strategies for discovering primary source materials and secondary literature.
300 Pasteur Dr., L109 Stanford, CA 94305-5123
Schedule & hours
Open to the public on an appointment basis, Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Directions to the archive
The Stanford Medical History Center is located inside Lane Medical Library on the Stanford University campus. Directions can be found here: http://lane.stanford.edu/about/hours-directions.html#directions
Institutional records of the Stanford University Medical Center (includes Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital); collections of personal papers of individuals affiliated with the Stanford University Medical Center; a collection of over 7,600 rare books related to medicine going back to the 13th century
A government-issued photo ID (e.g., a driver's license or passport) or a Stanford ID are required for registration during your first visit.
Permitted and prohibited items
- Permitted: paper, pencils, laptop computers, digital cameras
Document ordering and delivery
Contact the Stanford Medical History Center staff in advance, and indicate your research interests when scheduling an appointment.
Photocopying, photography, microfilming
A digital imaging station is provided on-site for researchers. Also, researchers are welcome to use their own digital cameras. To reproduce content from the collections for personal, scholarly, or instructional purposes, there is no charge - though a permissions form must first be filled out. A computer with internet access is available so that researchers can email their digitized content to themselves, or place it on their own memory devices (such as a CD or memory stick).
Drew Bourn, Curator
Internet access is available within the reading room. Bathrooms are located outside of Lane Library. Near-by food options on campus include the Nexus Cafe, the Bytes Cafe, and Ike's Sandwiches.
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