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Dedicated to preserving ophthalmic history

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Windows to the Soul

Learn about the powerful symbolism of the eye

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If you need more information about eyes and medicine- these links may help.

Jump to: U.S. Collections With Ophthalmic Heritage
Jump to: Non-U.S. Collections With Ophthalmic Heritage
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U.S. Collections With Ophthalmic Heritage

Association of Vision Science Librarians
Private and public libraries with holdings in the vision sciences

A.T. Still University, Kirksville MO
Museum of Osteopathic Medicine

Brown University, Providence RI
John Hay Library; History of Medicine Collections 

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH
Dittrick Medical History Center

College of Physicians of Philadelphia, PA
Mutter Museum 

Dartmouth, Hanover NH
Rauner Special Collections Library

Duke University, Durham NC
Medical Center Archives

Harvard University, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston MA
Howe Library; Archives and Rare Book Library;
Countway Library of Medicine; Center for the History of Medicine

Indiana University, Indianapolis
Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute; contains the first camera used in fluorescein angiography

The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives

Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
Mayo Clinic Libraries; History of Medicine 

Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami FL
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute; Mary and Edward Norton Library of Ophthalmology

National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring MD
Historical Collections; feat. Helmholtz ophthalmoscopes, etc.;
Otis Historical Archives;

NOVEL (The Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library)
Joint effort by NANOS and AAO, featuring biographies, videos and images from
the work of neuro-ophthalmologists

Optical Heritage Museum, Southbridge MA

Stanford University, Stanford CA
Stanford University Medical Center; Lane Medical Archives;

University of Alabama, Birmingham
Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences

University of California, Berkeley
Bancroft Library; Regional Oral History Office; AAOO Oral History Collection

University of California, Los Angeles
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library; History and Special Collections Division

University of California, San Francisco
UCSF Archives

University of Iowa, Iowa City
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Medical Museum; collection of

University of Kansas, Kansas City
University of Kansas Medical Center; Clendening History of Medicine
Museum; ophthalmic ruby laser and other instruments

University of Louisville, Kentucky
Kornhauser Health Sciences Library; History Collections and Museum;

University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library; Historical Collections and Services

University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Ebling Library; Historical Collections and Services

University of Washington, Seattle WA
Health Sciences Library; Rare Books and Special Collections

Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO
Bernard Becker Medical Library; Archives and Rare Book Section;

Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia PA
Charles D. Kelman Medical Library; feat. ophthalmic journals and rare books

Yale University, New Haven CT
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library; Medical Historical Library;
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Non-U.S. Collections With Ophthalmic Heritage

Academia Espanola de Dermatologia y Venereologia, Madrid, Spain
Museo Olavide; feat. medical moulage (wax casts) of eye diseases

Association of Vision Science Librarians
Private and public libraries with holdings in the vision sciences

College of Optometrists, London, United Kingdom
Formerly the British Optical Association Museum

Museu Virtual da Sociedade Portuguesa de Oftalmologia

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists Museum

Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London, United Kingdom
Feat. a collection of books, diagnostic and surgical instruments

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Library and Archive;

Royal College of Surgeons, London, United Kingdom
Wellcome Museum of Anatomy and Pathology
Hunterian Museum
RCS Archives

University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne Medical School; Medical History Museum; feat. diagnostic and surgical

University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Faculty of Health Sciences; Adler Museum of Medicine; feat. diagnostic and surgical instruments

Wellcome Collection and Library, London, United Kingdom

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Cogan Ophthalmic History Society

The Ocular Heritage Society

Ophthalmic Photographer's Society

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Websites and Blogs

Antique Spectacles

Blindiana Stamps

Burns Archive of medical photography

Doyne's Hall of Fame: faces behind ophthalmic eponyms

Pince Nez Blog

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View selections from the
Spencer E. Sherman, MD
Antique Ophthalmology
Book Collection

In our 3rd floor gallery

Or Visit Online

Oral Histories

The Museum of Vision has collected dozens of oral histories over the years.  Details about our collection can be found here.

American Academy of Ophthalmology