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Medical Heritage Library

In alignment with the Harvard Library’s goal to collaborate with other libraries and share Harvard’s rare and unique resources with the world and the Boston Medical Library’s goal to increase the reach of its remarkable rare books collection, the Countway’s Center for the History of Medicine is a founding member and principal contributor of the Medical Heritage Library (MHL). The Medical Heritage Library (MHL), a digital curation collaborative among some of the world’s leading medical libraries, promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine. The MHL’s goal is to provide the means by which readers and scholars across a multitude of disciplines can examine the interrelated nature of medicine and society, both to inform contemporary medicine and strengthen our understanding of the world in which we live. The MHL’s growing collection of digitized medical rare books, pamphlets, journals, and films number in the tens of thousands, with representative works from each of the past six centuries, all of which are available through the MHL’s website (including a full text search option) and the Internet Archive. The MHL collection is also discoverable through the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).



[1]   Drew Gilpin Faust, February 8, 2012, “we must collaborate more extensively with other institutions to allow broader access to needed books, journals, and databases”. http://www.harvard.edu/president/reflections-on-future-harvard-library. Sarah Thomas, September 25, 2013, “[Among her long term goals is] expanding digital initiatives so more of the library’s archival treasures can be accessed, not only by Harvard scholars and students but by scholars around the world”. http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/09/sarah_thomas_appointment/