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Take part in expanding access to the Center for the History of Medicine’s renowned manuscripts collections. Making accessible our hidden collections is one of the most urgent challenges facing the Center.

Hidden collections are research resources that cannot be discovered—or used—by students, scholars, or the general public today. These letters, research notes, photographs, speeches, and writings are not visible to users because they are:

  • Unprocessed: records, archives and manuscripts, must be analyzed, organized, and described so they can be discovered and understood by researchers. 

  • Under-processed: technology and user expectations have changed rapidly over the past several decades and continue to evolve. Online descriptions and indexes now allow scholars to investigate collections prior to visiting the repository, speeding their research.

  • Unavailable for remote use: Digitization reduces the limitations of space and time on scholarship, empowering researchers to examine remarkable resources in geographically distant repositories.

Every gift makes a difference! Gifts of all amounts help us increase access to research resources. For example:

  • $ 100 can convert an hour-long lecture or oral history interview for online delivery

  • $ 500 provides the specialized containers needed to preserve fragile one-of-a-kind letters, anatomical drawings, lantern slides, nineteenth century surgical instruments, and other rarities

  • $1,000 can digitize 500 pages for online delivery to remote users

  • $10,000 ensures that a contents list will be created for every incoming collection for a year, enabling rapid access for researchers

  • $20,000 can organize and describe a collection of personal and professional papers in an online guide 

 Your unrestricted gift is applied to our most urgent priorities: collections that researchers are currently waiting to use, collections that will be the subject of upcoming exhibits and events, and those that are currently unprocessed and thus invisible to researchers.

Will you help us? See Support Our Activities for more information.