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gift policy

Rare Books

The generosity of donors has played an important role in the development of our rare book collections. The Rare Books & Manuscripts Section accepts donations of books deemed historically significant in all areas of the biomedical sciences published before 1940.

Archives & Manuscripts

The Archives of the Rare Books & Manuscripts Section focuses on the papers of Medical Center faculty. Other types of collections that have local medical historical interest (e.g., the papers of prominent local physicians, local medical society records, etc.) are also considered for addition to archives and manuscripts.

Photographs & Prints

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Section solicits donations of photographs and/or negatives depicting Medical Center buildings, rooms (e.g., laboratories, patient care areas, surgical theatres, etc.), personnel and events.

Instruments & Objects

The Rare Books & Manuscripts Section does not generally encourage the donation of objects. Exceptions are made, however, for microscopes, surgical kits, physicians bags, medicine chests, obstetrical forceps, and, oddly enough, bed pans.

Appraisals for Tax Purposes

Tax laws forbid the institutional recipient of a donation from providing the donor with an appraisal for tax purposes, or of paying a third party for such an appraisal. Although the Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarian may recommend appraisers, the solicitation and fees of an appraiser are the responsibility of the donor.

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Contact Information

Christopher Hoolihan

(585) 275-2979

Christopher Hoolihan and Dr. Edward Atwater