Classes of Materials to be Considered

The Health Sciences Historical Collections does not include university, college, or department archival information or student records.

  1. Early Imprints
    1. Books and periodicals printed before 1800
    2. American books prior to 1850 (with later dates for states West of Appalachians)
    3. Tennessee Imprints to 1900
  2. Non-Standard Formats
    1. Pamphlets and fragile books of significant value which may be easily damaged or lost
    2. Portfolios containing expensive plates
    3. Other materials requiring non-standard storage facilities and/or supervised use (manuscript collections; broadsides; rare maps; early original newspapers; engravings, woodcuts, and other rare or historic prints; etc.)
  3. Special Features
    1. Books from notable presses
    2. Association items — books that have no value in themselves but have belonged to famous people, etc. (These include autographed books, those bearing bookplates of interest, or those bearing important marginalia)
    3. Significant illustrated books
    4. Fine bindings
    5. Limited editions (250 copies or less)
    6. Significant first editions
    7. Expensive items (books which cost, or are valued at, unusually high figures)-for example, art or architecture books valued at $500.00 or more
    8. Facsimile editions of health science books with superior quality paper and binding
  4. Subject Specialties
    1. Books about Tennessee health care or Tennesseans (history, biography, fiction etc.) as well as books by Tennesseans and Tennessee imprints (all press issues before 1850 and uncommon imprints to 1900)
    2. Books on the history of health care, especially by health care specialty
    3. Books in related subject areas, such as Civil War health care histories related to Tennessee battles or published before 1900

Last modified: June 23, 2009