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Archives and Special Collections
A quick guide to understanding and using DMU's archives and special collections.
If you are interested in any materials, please make an appointment with our librarian by contacting email@example.com or 515-271-1537.
S.S. and Ella Still Collection
One of the crown jewels of our institution, this collection consists of about 100 books donated by S.S. and Ella Still before leaving the institution. Most of the books contain the signature of either S.S. or Ella.
As one of the oldest surviving osteopathic schools in the country, we hold a large collection of materials relating to the history of ostepathy. We also have a manipulation table on display in the library and many more artifacts regarding the practice of osteopathy by doctors through the decades.
Consisting of over 200 volumes, we house books dating from the 1630's to 1880. These texts are on various topics but include classics such as Hippocrates (in Latin and Greek), Paré's Works, Edward Jenner on his vaccine, and Gray's Anatomy.
As one of the few podiatry schools in the United States, we also house a collection of historical podiatry texts.
Along with framed works of art, we also boast several historical books depicting anatomy in astonishing detail. At least one of Bourgery's Anatomy (1840) volumes is always on display in the Rare Book Room window, with Lizars' Anatomical Plates and Cruveilhier's Anatomy (1829) available for viewing in the Rare Book Room.
Several doctors bags have been donated throughout the years which include the basic tools always on hand for a D.O. making house calls. Some of these artifacts are on display in cases throughout the library.
Classics of Medicine
These books are reprints of the classic texts on medicine of the past several hundred years. You can browse our holdings with the link below. They are housed in the library near the front desk and can be used within the library.