The P.I. Nixon Library includes the University Archives, Medical Historical Library, and the Digital Archives. The special collections cared for in this library consist of rare and classic historical medical texts, instruments, photographs, publications, recordings, student yearbooks, maps, correspondence, and more. It is located on the fifth floor of the UT Health San Antonio Briscoe Library.
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and University Archives Reading Room welcomes all students, faculty, staff, visiting researchers, and laypersons. Extraordinary historical medical books, manuscripts, photographs, archives, and other restricted materials can be examined by appointment.
Because the reading room procedures are so different than the main library, what to expect may be a bit daunting. This LibGuide aims to help first-time visitors navigate the reading room by deconstructing the mystery and touching on the basics of how to properly handle and care for special collection resources so we can all contribute to the preservation of the University's historical artifacts for future generations.
Monday through Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, excluding University holidays.
Appointments are required for tours and viewing. If specific materials are requested, advanced notice is appreciated as some materials are stored in remote locations. Call 210-567-2470 or email SpecialCollections@uthscsa.edu to make an appointment.
Unless special arrangements are made beforehand, no more than two books and/or two manuscript boxes will be retrieved at a time. No items will be retrieved after 4:00 pm and items must be returned by 4:15 pm.
Call: Main Library: 210-567-2440
Andreas Vesalius, De Humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1543)
Robert Hooke, Micrographia (1667)
(Left) Albrecht Dürer, De symmetria partium in rectis formis humanorum corporum (1532)
(Right) Thomas Pole, The anatomical instructor (1790)
For a complete list of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives reading room policies, visit http://library.uthscsa.edu/2014/03/p-i-nixon-medical-historical-library-policies/
Cupples Casebook (1853)
Written by Texas pioneer physician, George Cupples.
This handwritten casebook contains fascinating details of patient encounters including accounts of opioid addiction, gunshot wounds, and amputation.
Joe J. Nix dairy farm one month before medical school construction begins.
Bernard Albinus, Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body (1749)
Tiemann surgical set