Special Collections

The LSHSL strives to maintain a comprehensive collection on African-American health related issues including practitioners and conditions and on the Howard University Division of Health Sciences. The collection also serves as a permanent repository for special studies and statistics by and about Blacks in the health field on national and international level. The collection includes:

  • Items on African American health related areas
  • Classical items and materials with historical significance
  • Rare books and several other special collections constitute a well-rounded definitive and significant resource documenting the character and evolution of American medical education and practice.
  • Yearbooks
  • Annual reports, staff newsletters, programs of events, etc
  • Books, pamphlets, and periodicals dealing with the founding of the university and its components
  • Other materials relating to the study and contributions of African American health practitioners to the history of medicine.

The library provides reference assistance in the use of its collections and assists in the use of other resources. The Special Collections Room provides a secure and controlled environment for the display and use of special collections.

A Reference Librarian will provide access to Special Collections materials from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. I.D. is required.

Collection Development

Suggestions for acquisitions can be made by contacting the Senior Collection Management Librarian at (202) 884-1533 or sboni-awotwi@howard.edu