The Historical Library

Not long after Harvey Cushing returned to New Haven in late 1933 as Sterling Professor of Neurology, he broached to Arnold Klebs and John F. Fulton the plan of joining forces and donating their combined rare book collections to Yale. Shown here is the text of the first of the series of letters among Cushing, Fulton, and Klebs that were published in 1959 as The Making of a Library. The Making of a Library: Extracts from Letters, 1934-1941, of Harvey Cushing, Arnold C. Klebs [and] John F. Fulton; presented to John Fulton by his friends on his sixtieth birthday, 1 November 1959. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1959.
The “Trinitarian” Plan
"The Making of a Library: Extracts from Letters, 1934-1941, of Harvey Cushing, Arnold C. Klebs [and] John F. Fulton; presented to John Fulton by his friends on his sixtieth birthday, 1 November 1959."
New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1959.
 
Dedicatation Program
Dedication Program of the Yale Medical Library, 1941
The Yale Medical Library was formally dedicated on June 15, 1941. The Rev. Dr. George Stewart, the husband of Arnold Klebs’ only child and a multiple Yale graduate (B.A., 1915, Ph.D. 1921, D.D., 1939), gave the “Blessing over the Books.” It was he who wrote the inspiring lines carved over the fireplace in the Historical Library.

Marjorie Wildes, former librarian of the small library on the second floor of Sterling Hall of Medicine, became Librarian of the "General Medical Library." Fulton was Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Historical Library and Madeline Stanton, former Secretary to Harvey Cushing, became "Secretary in Charge" (later Librarian) of the Historical Library.  The Medical Library was united under Frederick Kilgour in 1948 and became at that time an integral part of the Yale University Library.  Medical books and journals at Sterling Memorial Library were transferred to the Medical Library in the 1940s.

This brochure describes and illustrates the architecture of the new building designed by Cushing’s Yale classmate, the architect Grover Atterbury.  For a complete electronic version, see the Library’s online exhibit, “The Medical Library at Yale, 1701-2001.”

The Yale Medical Library, Dedicated June 15, 1941. Illustrations Reprinted from Pencil Points, January 1942.

Pictorial Description
The Yale Medical Library, Dedicated June 15, 1941. Illustrations Reprinted from Pencil Points, January 1942.
bookplate
Bookplate of the tripartite clover leaf
4.5 x 8 cm
Bookplate of the tripartite clover leaf symbolizing the coming together of the Cushing, Fulton, and Klebs collections
On exhibit were the works of medical illustrators. The decoration of the Rotunda was a 50th reunion gift of Cushing's Yale College classmates from the Class of 1891.  
Rotunda
Rotunda of the Medical Library, 1945
Associates of the Yale Medical Library
The Associates of Yale Medical Library, 1948
This brochure announces the founding of the Library Associates, a friends group that continues to provide support to the Medical Library, including the Historical Library.  In 1955, the Associates raised funds to purchase the Paneth Codex, a beautifully embellished manuscript on vellum that is one of the gems of the Historical Library.  More recently Associates’ funds have purchased a new microfilm reader and paid for the scanning of over 1600 slides of the prints in the Clements C. Fry Print Collection.  Over the years, thousands of new history of medicine books have been purchased through the generosity of the Associates.  
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