The historical microscope collection housed in the Moody Medical Library is considered one of the major collections of its type owned by an academic institution in the United States. The collection consists of representative samples documenting the development of microscopy from the 18th through the first quarter of the 20th century. The work of more than 30 individual makers or firms is included. The microscope collection dates from 1967, when the Library acquired 33 microscopes from Dr. John Bunyan (1907-1983) with a grant from the Moody Foundation of Galveston. A past president of the Royal Microscopical Society in London, and a collector, Dr. Bunyan provided additional instruments as well as partial cataloging for the collection in subsequent years. Of the 82 instruments, 60 percent are associated with him. The remaining consists of microscopes from the Departments of Anatomy and Pathology, gifts from former faculty and friends of the University, and a purchase of replica microscopes.

Recent Submissions

  • 1.080 

    Dixey, Charles W. (2012-03-05)
    Moody Medical Library collection also includes a very similar but an unsigned Gould-type microscope (1.080).
  • 1.051 

    Spencer Lens Co. (2012-03-05)
    There is an earlier Spencer instrument in the collection (1.051), with similar features to the above, which may date from about 1920. Signed: Spencer Microscope ALOE Co. Sales Agents No 61515.
  • 1.027 

    Ross, Andrew. (2012-03-05)
    The binocular compound microscope has a heavy brass casting that serves as a Y-shaped base and vertical flat pillars. The standard large circular stage is attached to the limb, which is carried on a trunnion. It comes with ...
  • 1.026 

    Ross, Andrew. (2012-03-05)
    Very similar to Ross microscope described above, except that it is larger and has a more elaborate stage and condenser fittings. It comes with a carrying case, eye pieces, and one objective lens, with engraving "A. Ross, ...
  • 1.023 

    Reichert, Carl. (2012-03-05)
    Moody Medical Library has two other microscopes by C. Reichert: A compound microscope (1.023), similar to (1.047), except with a double nosepiece and a rotating stage, and signed, "C. Reichert Wien 64650" Both (1.022 ) and ...
  • 1.022 

    Reichert, Carl. (2012-03-05)
    A smaller student microscope (1.022) with a horseshoe-shaped foot, tubular pillar that supports the tube and the stage, and signed, "C. Reichert Wien No 45247." Dates from the early part of the 20th century.
  • 1.075 

    Leitz, Ernst. (2012-03-05)
    Another Leitz microscope from the 1920s, with serial 290899.
  • 1.066 

    Leitz, Ernst. (2012-03-05)
    Another Leitz microscope similar to the above (1.061) with wooden carrying case, about 1896, and signed: E. Leitz Wetzlar & New York No 28744.
  • 1.021 

    Leitz, Ernst. (2012-03-05)
    The oldest Leitz instrument in the collection is a small microscope, Stand V. The horseshoe base supports a circular pillar, to which the body-tube, square stage and mirror are attached. There is no substage. Focusing is ...
  • 1.045 

    Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. (2012-03-05)
    The collection includes two all-brass Continental model microscopes by Bausch & Lomb, which are similar to the above. The instrument (1.044) with serial number 40315, and instrument (1.045), with a serial number 26124, ...
  • 1.044 

    Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. (2012-03-02)
    The collection includes two all-brass Continental model microscopes by Bausch & Lomb, which are similar to the above. The instrument (1.044) with serial number 40315, and instrument (1.045), with a serial number 26124, ...
  • 1.076 

    Verick, Constant. (2012-02-07)
  • 1.052 

    Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. (2012-02-07)
    The horseshoe base and the pillar, cast as one piece, and the limb are made of iron and painted black. The brass arm supports the body-tube, which has a triple nosepiece. The coarse adjustment is by rackwork, and the screw ...
  • 1.056 

    Bryson, Robert. (2012-02-07)
    This all brass monocular microscope has a bent claw foot, a feature found in James Swift & Son instruments. The stage, attached to the base by trunnions, supports the tubular limb with an arm. The coarse focusing is by the ...
  • 1.014 

    Powell & Lealand. (2012-02-07)
    The instrument, referred to as "Student's Compound Microscope" in Powell & Lealand catalogs, has a cast-iron foot and limb, painted black. It is also called the "iron" microscope. The limb supports the stage and the ...
  • 1.071 

    Spencer Lens Company. (2012-02-07)
    The horseshoe base and the pillar are cast as one piece. The curved limb is attached to the base by means of trunnions. Below the square stage are the Abbe condenser, iris diaphragm, and a mirror. The body-tube with a ...
  • 1.034 

    Zeiss, Carl. (2012-02-07)
    The instrument sits on a horseshoe base and a slotted rectangular pillar supports the stage and tubular limb. Below the stage are a rotating double mirror, a swinging platform for the iris diaphragm (which moves on the ...
  • 1.041 

    Cuff, John. (2012-02-07)
    This unsigned, Cuff-type microscope is attributed to Tiedemann of Stuttgart. The instrument is attached to the box-foot by a beveled rectangular brass base. The curved pillar supports the limb, to which are attached the ...
  • 1.033 

    Zeiss, Carl. (2012-02-07)
    This is the latest Zeiss microscope in the collection and dates from about 1908. It has many features in common with the earlier Zeiss instrument (1.034) below. Additionally, it includes the "jug handle," an elaborate stage ...
  • 1.030 

    Ross, Andrew. (2012-02-07)
    The binocular compound microscope is a variation on the Ross- Zentmayer instrument described above (Ross 5062). It features an A-shaped, tripod foot which supports the double pillars. The limb, attached to the pillars by ...

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