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HIST/HIPS 29678 Medicine and Society Colloquium

This guide provides links to resources useful in exploring the interactions of medicine and society from 1800 to the present.

Current Exhibit

The Fetus in Utero: From Mystery to Social Media

Exhibition Dates: January 2–April 12, 2019
Location: Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 

Finding Aids

Archival collections are available to students for use in research. Archival collections contain all sorts of materials, including (but not limited to) letters, manuscripts for published or unpublished materials, programs for events, notes for speeches, reports, official documents, etc.  Users discover materials available in archives through the use of a finding aid, a kind of descriptive list of materials organized typically into boxes and folders.    You can browse and search finding aids for the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center at

To locate collections of interest at other institutions, use a search engine to search "finding aid" and the name of a person, organization or other entity of interest.  Finding aids include not only a description of the collection, but usually have contact information or other details about accessing the materials in the collection.  Some archival collections may be partially or completely digitized, but be aware that often you will need to visit in person to use a collection.

Selected Archives in Medicine at University of Chicago

Contact Information

Andrea Twiss-Brooks
History of Science, Medicine and Technology Librarian
Regenstein Library Room 181
Email Andrea

Nancy Spiegel
Bibliographer for History
Room 463
Email Nancy

Deb Werner
Biomedical Reference Librarian
Crerar Library Room 127
Email Deb

Catherine Uecker
Head of Research and Instruction (Special Collections)
Regenstein Library, Special Collections Research Center, Rm 130
Email Catherine