Prints, Drawings, Posters, and Paintings

Prints and Drawings

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library’s Collection of Prints and Drawings shows how artists have portrayed issues and events related to health and medicine over six centuries. It is one of the best known collections of its kind.

The extensive collection of Clements Collard Fry, bequeathed in 1955, forms the core of these collected works. To it are added works from the collections of the library’s founders Harvey Cushing, John F. Fulton and Arnold C. Klebs and from the collections of Edward Clarke Streeter, Gertrude van Wagenen, and William Helfand. Today, the collection continues to grow through gifts and purchase from endowments.


  • The historical medical posters is was formed as a collection in the Library in 2009.  Parts of the collection are being digitized and are available through the Digitized Collections.