Special Collections at the Health Sciences Library

The library's Special Collections Room is in the third floor of the library. The entrance lies just west of the building's south elevator. The room provides ample seating for reading, study, and research. Food and drink are not allowed.   

Amesse Collection

Leisure reading collection includes novels, biographies and nonfiction, in addition to some popular magazines and newspapers. The Amesse Collection is located in the Health Science Library's first floor Information Commons, not in the third floor Special Collections Room.


The Health Sciences Library has a small medical artifacts collection, consisting of a wide range of objects, dating from the 19th century. The artifacts collection is available for research by appointment only. Please contact Paul Andrews (303.724.2113) in Collection Management. A small collection of medical artifacts can be made available for institutional loans -- see Loan Policy for Museums and Historical Societies

Bartecchi Southeast Asia Conflict Medical Collection

Donated by Dr. Carl E. Bartecchi, the Bartecchi Southeast Asia Conflict Medical Collection is a collection of books on the conflicts occurred in Vietnam and Southeast Asia during 1950s through the 1970s.  It includes works on medical topics, politics, biographies, and fiction related to the time period.

Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection

Formerly the Arts in Medicine Collection, includes resources related to the humanities (literature, philosophy, ethics, history and religion, social sciences, anthropology, cultural studies, psychology, sociology), and the arts (literature, theater, music, film, and visual arts) and their application to health sciences education and practice. Books, DVDs, and online resources are included in this endowed collection.

Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin Collection

Donated by Mrs. Estelle Meskin in honor of her husband Dr. Lawrence H. Meskin. The Meskin Dental Collection is a collection of books and journal issues on dental education.

Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection

The Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine Collection includes books, journals and other resources related to complementary health practices from around the world. (Complementary health practices are also sometimes known as "alternative medicine").  

James J. Waring, M.D. History of Medicine and Health Sciences Collection and Rare Materials Collection

The library's historical collections, the Waring Collection consists of ca. 6,000 modern works on all aspects of the history of medicine and related fields, plus works on medical topics published between 1876 and 1913 that do not require the special handling of rare materials. Items in the Circulating Collection are shelved in the Special Collections Room on the third floor of the library. They are available any time the library is open, and most of them may be checked out.

The Rare Materials Collection is comprised of items that because of age, value, or rarity require special handling and security. It consists mainly of books and journals, a small collection of photographs related to the history of the university and the medical campus, and a small collection of medical artifacts, a wide range of objects dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. Rare materials are housed in a secure temperature- and humidity-controlled area, which is not open for browsing. All materials must be requested individually. They are available for use in the third-floor Rare Materials Office by appointment only.