The special collections came into being mostly through the efforts of Truman G. Blocker, Jr., M.D. (1909-1984), plastic surgeon, medical educator, and the first President of UTMB. The expansion of the rare book library began in the late 1960s. With funds provided by foundations UTMB clinical departments, and with donations from various individuals, the historical collections grew steadily in the 1970s and the 1980s.


RARE BOOKS: About 18,000 titles, with strengths in anatomy and surgery; anesthesiology; immunology; occupational medicine; psychiatry and behavioral sciences. ARCHIVES & MANUSCRIPTS: Selected institutional records, personal papers of UTMB faculty and alumni including the Centennial Oral History, and records of several Texas organizations in the health sciences. VISUAL MATERIALS: 10,000 photographs, mostly relating to UTMB; 6,000 portraits of historical figures in medicine; over 100,000 postage stamps; 5,400 hospital postcards. ARTIFACTS: About 2,000 items including microscopes, medical and surgical instruments, pharmaceutical collection, medals, and related memorabilia.

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  • Louis Pasteur Bibliography 

    Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections. (2013-05-21)
    Bibliography created by the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collection for use by Elementary (English and Spanish), Middle School, High School, and Higher Education.
  • Notice sur les titres et travaux scientifiques 

    Baillet, Casimir Célestin, 1820-1900. (Corbeil typ. Crété, 1872)
  • Théorie des germes et ses applications à la médecine et à la chirurgie. 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895.; Chamberland, Ch., 1851-1908.; Joubert, J. (Jules), 1834-1910. (G. Masson., 1878-04-30)
    Lecture faite a l'Académie de médecine par M. Pasteur en son nom et au nom de MM. Joubert et Chamberland.
  • Séance publique annuelle :Presidee Par M. Ch. Lévèque. 

    Lévêque, Charles, 1818-1900. (Typogr. Firmin Didot frères, fils et Cie, 2013-05-21)
    Séance publique annuelle du samedi 5 décembre 1874.
  • Réponse de M. Pasteur au Discours de M.J. Bertrand 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. ([Firmin-Didot et cie.], 2013-05-21)
    Prononce dans la seance du jeudi 10 decembre 1885.
  • Finding Aid to the Louis Pasteur Collection 

    Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections. (2013-05-21)
    Finding Aid for the Louis Pasteur Collection held by the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collection.
  • Nouvelle note sur la maladie des vers a soie : presentee a la Commission Imperiale de Sericiculture. 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-05-21)
    Proof of a presentation by Pasteur to the Commission Imperiale de Sériciculture in January 1867.
  • Discours prononcés sur la tombe de M. Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 

    Milne-Edwards, Alphonse, 1835-1900; Quatrefages, A. de (Armand), 1810-1892; Delaunay, Charles, 1816-1872; Robinet, Stéphane, 1796-1869; Drouyn de Lhuys, Édouard, 1805-1881; Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895; Auzias-Turenne, Alexandre, 1812-1870 (Impr. de L. Martinet, 1861-11-13)
    Speeches at the grave of Mr. Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. Includes one by M. Pasteur.
  • Inauguration de la statue de J. B. Dumas, à Alais, le lundi 21 octobre 1889 : Discours de M. Pastuer. 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. ([impr. F. Didot et Cie], 1889-10-21)
    Speech by M. Pasteur at the Inaguration of the statue of J. B. Dumas.
  • Discours du Professeur Pasteur : International Medical Congress [Lundi 8 Aout, 1891] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (International Medical Congress (7th : 1881 : London, England), 1881-08-08)
    A speech given by Professor Pasteur to the International Medical Congress relative to the germ theory in connection with the inocultion of animals as a means of protecting them against virulent diseases.
  • Recherches sur la densité de l'ozone 

    Soret, Jacques Louis, 1827-1890. (Imprimerie Ramboz et Schuchardt, 1867)
    Research on the density of the ozone.
  • Budget de la science 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (Gauthier-Villars, 1868)
  • Dear Inspector General [Letter 3] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-08)
    Minutes of a report on the foundation project for a scientific collection specific to the Ecole Normale which could be called "Annales scientifiques de l'École normale." Includes a typed translation into English and audio ...
  • My Dear Architect [Letter 7] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-08)
    Letter from L. Pasteur to Mr. J {Bouchoir] thanking him for his friendly letter and letting him know it would be fine to plant a few bushes in the squares. Also, that Pasteur would take over the extension of the laboratory ...
  • Pasteur [Letter 10] 

    Priestley, Eliza (Chambers), Lady.
    French translation (translated by Mrs. Baroness Le Fin) of Eliza Priestley's article titled "Pastuer." The translation has Pastuer's autograph and his occasional corrections in text.
  • Considered in the ratio of their forms and their identical parts [Letter 11] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-08)
    Manuscript in Pasteur's hand of a lecture which he gave at the Société chimique de France giving the results of his researches on molecular dissymmetry. This manuscript was probably given to the Abbe F. Moigno who directed ...
  • On the 12... [Letter 12] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-04)
    Note written by Pasteur, at top of page describing his request from the Emperor and to the Minister of Public Instruction for the creation of a laboratory, that he has spoken to a number of people to ask for the request ...
  • Sir, [Letter 2] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-04)
    Letter to Sir (unknown) by Pasteur requesting to check for memos of invoices that can be given to Mr. De Cardaillac who has accepted to cover expenses for the laboratory. Written on Ecole normale supérieure (France) ...
  • Dear Minister [Victor Duruy][Letter 5] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-04)
    Letter from Pasteur to the Minister for Public Instruction requesting funding for the annual expense of his laboratory. Written on Ecole normale supérieure (France) letterhead. Includes a typed translation into English and ...
  • Producing acetic acid [Letter 4] 

    Pasteur, Louis, 1822-1895. (2013-04-04)
    Letter stating that Pasteur is taking a patent for the production of vinegar and explains the process. Includes a typed translation into English and audio of the translation.

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