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About the Health Sciences Historical Collections


The UTHSC Health Sciences Historical Collections acquires, catalogs, preserves, and makes available for research materials documenting the history of UTHSC and its predecessor institutions, as well as materials of historical significance to the health sciences and their practitioners, especially in Memphis, Tennessee and the Mid-South region.

Collections include rare and antiquarian books, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and biographical information on Tennessee physicians.

Many of the materials were collected by UTHSC Anatomy Professor Dr. Simon R. Bruesch. A book lover and history enthusiast, Dr. Bruesch collected thousand of books, documents, and objects throughout his lifetime. After his retirement, he donated his collection to the UTHSC Library. 

Hours and Location

The Health Sciences Historical Collections welcomes the UTHSC community, researchers, and visitors.

  • Hours: The Health Sciences Historical Collections are available by appointment only, Monday-Friday, generally between 9:00 am — 4:00 pm.
  • Contact: To schedule a tour or time for research, please contact the archivist and special collections librarian, Jennifer M. Langford, MLIS, at or 901.448.5051. 
  • Location: 5th floor of the Lamar Alexander Building, 877 Madison Avenue, Memphis.
May 26, 2022