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Rare Books and Manuscripts

Rare Books and Manuscripts is the repository for an impressive collection of primary and secondary resources in the field of medical, dental, and nursing history. The rare book and periodical collections are representative of western medical literature in every period and specialty.

Our manuscript collections focus mainly on UR Medical Center faculty, but also include resources of local interest outside the Medical Center. Both collections are supported by some 5,000 titles on the history of medicine and the biomedical sciences.

Services include:

  • Access to the historical collections.
  • Bibliographic assistance in locating primary and secondary sources.
  • Medical historical reference services.

The resources and services of the Rare Books and Manuscripts section are available to anyone whose research needs can be met in our collections.

Materials in special collections do not circulate, nor are they available through interlibrary loan.

Rare books, manuscript collections, historical photographs, etc. may be used under supervision in the Rare Books and Manuscripts department during departmental hours. Please contact the curator to make an appointment.


Contact the curator at (585) 275-8827;


8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday