Thursday, February 02, 2012

OT: Osler Library Prints Collection now online

This came through the Archivists & Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences List today. It's notable because 117 images, or about 5%, is tagged as caricature or cartoon and of that, a lot of it is French comic strips from the 1930s collected and donated by William Helfand which probably aren't very common in North America.

Osler Library Prints Collection

The McGill Library is pleased to launch the Osler Library Prints Collection, a searchable and browsable website of 2,500 visual documents related to the history of medicine that spans several centuries, countries, and artistic media. Ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, the collection consists predominantly of prints, though it also includes some photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons. Medical professionals throughout history are represented largely through portraiture, as well as through caricatures and scenes. The images in this collection, acquired from various donors at different times, are fascinating for both their historical significance and their artistic merit. Straddling the disciplines of art and science, the collection is a valuable resource for the history of medicine and the history of portraiture.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact me at

Chris Lyons

Acting Head

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

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