Historical Collections

Historical Collections is open for in-person appointments on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visitors must adhere with all current and applicable Emory COVID-19 health and safety protocols at the time of their visit, including face covering requirements, symptom checking, and recommended hygiene practices.  For additional information, please reference the Emory University Visitor Policy.  Emory University faculty, staff, and graduate students, please refer to the Emory Forward guidelines.

To make an appointment, email: historical.collections@emory.edu.


The Historical Collections of the WHSC Library primarily documents the history of Emory medicine and health sciences, from the first graduating class in 1855 to current day. The collection contains records, artifacts, and printed material related to the Emory medical schools and health sciences, the history of medicine & nursing, and the history of the health sciences in Georgia and the broader southeastern United States.

Notable items in our collection are the 1543 first edition of Andreas Vesalius’ book De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body), the most important anatomy book in history as it redefined our understanding of human anatomy; the personal papers of renowned cardiologist J. Willis Hurst, who served as cardiologist to President Lyndon Johnson for 18 years; and the papers of Daniel Elkin, a pioneer in vascular surgery in the mid-20th century.

Online Resources

To access Historical Collections’ finding aids, visit Emory Finding Aids.

To view the Health Sciences Center Library’s Artifact collection, visit Emory Digital Library.

To access Historical Collections’ LibGuides:

Contact Information

Researchers seeking to use the WHSC Library Historical Collections should contact Ashley Stevens to schedule a research appointment.

Ashley D. Stevens, Archivist 
Phone: (404) 727-5819 
Email: historical.collections@emory.edu