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Other Osler Library Special Collections

In addition to the archives, the Osler library has other notable collections. This material is neither in the Osler Library Archival database, nor in MUSE, the McGill Library catalogue. What follows below is a brief description of these collections. More details may be obtained by contacting the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.


The library has approximately 600 artefacts. These include a number of surgical and medical instruments and kits, medals and plaques from a great variety of sources. There are also several objects that belonged to Sir William Osler, including furniture.


There are several hundred photographs in the library's collection, mostly relating to Sir William Osler.

Prints and drawings

The library has an extensive collection of prints and drawings. The largest collections were donated by Dr. Kalz and Dr. Evans. Frederick Kalz had amassed 175 engraved portraits of physicians from the 17th to the 19th centuries. John Howell Evans donated over seven hundred images to the library of cancer and other tumour cases from the late 1860s to the mid 1920s, as well as English physicians of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.