Harvard teams up with other medical libraries to create digital collection

The Center for the History of Medicine has joined with peer libraries to initiate a digital Medical Heritage Library. The Center will receive $400,000 over the next two years to digitize 10,000 rare books from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries that relate to the intersection of medicine and society. The initiative is funded by a $1.5 million award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to the Open Knowledge Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a universal digital library for democratic access to information.

To date, the partners have scanned 1.5 million pages that are accessible through the Internet Archive.

For more information, see the Center for the History of Medicine blog.


book printed in 1730


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