Giving Opportunities: Collections

Adopt a Rare Book

Adopt a Rare Book

Help to protect the extraordinary Cushing/Whitney Historical collection and ensure its existence for future generations of scholars and students by making a gift to this project and adopting a rare book. ($4,000-8,000 per book)

Preserving books

Collection Preservation

Long-term care of the physical collections requires the equipment necessary to perform preservation and conservation activities in-house. ($100,000)

Peter Parker paintings

Conservation of the Peter Parker Paintings

One of the gems of the Historical Library is the collection of 83 mid-19th century oil paintings by Western-trained artist Lam Qua. These paintings of Chinese patients under the care of Yale-trained medical missionary Peter Parker need to be cleaned and repaired to ensure their existence for generations to come. ($2000-$6000 per painting)

Conservation Treatments for Rare Books, Manuscripts and Special Collection Materials

The Historical Library is world-renowned for its collections of over 130,000 books, bound manuscripts, journals and pamphlets along with over 5,000 prints and drawings and important collections of historical photographs and objects. A great number of these items need individualized treatment by conservators. ($50,000 to $150,000)

Digitization

Digital Thesis Project

Print copies of Medical, Nursing, and Epidemiology & Public Health student theses are maintained by the Medical Center libraries for future on-site use. This high-quality original scholarship also needs to be made available electronically. Funding is needed for software development and support staff assistance. ($400,000 for an annual endowment of 25,000+)

Fund for Electronic Historical Collections

Endowed funds for the digitization of the Historical collections will enable the library to preserve its unique collections in digital form to meet the current and future research needs of our community and scholars worldwide. ($100,000)

Poster in the Medical Historical collection

Housing the Photograph and Poster Collections

Photographs are sensitive to light, heat and moisture and have specific housing needs. Posters, because of their size and fragility, also require special considerations. Rehousing the photograph and poster collections will protect them while in storage and also while being handled, viewed or exhibited. ($25,000)