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Special Events


Mayo Clinic
History of Medicine Society
Lecture Series 2020

To access videos of History of Medicine Society lectures, click on link and in "Search all Media" box, type History of Medicine Society to retrieve listing.

All lectures in this series begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free and open to Mayo staff, residents, students, patients, visitors and the community.

In order to provide adequate seating and food for these events please RSVP at least 2 days before the presentation.  Phone (507) 284-3676 or email:  

January 15 (Wed.) Phillips Hall
Healing Begins When You Walk Through the Door: The "Inside Story" of Memorable Mayo Clinic Buildings
Matthew D. Dacy, Mayo Clinic Department of Development, Siebens 9 

March 18 (Wed.) Leighton Auditorium

May 11 (Mon.) Leighton Auditorium

July 22 (Wed.) Phillips Hall

October 7 (Wed.) Phillips Hall
Of Life and Limb: Surgical Repair of the Arteries in War and Peace 1880-1960
Justin Barr, M.D., Ph.D., General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

November 4 (Wed.) Geffen Auditorium, Gonda Building
W. Bruce Fye Visiting Professor 
Title to be announced

Jacalyn Duffin, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C), Ph.D.  Hannah Chair History of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, CA

About the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library

Specialty: History of Medicine and Rare Books
Tel: 507-284-3676
Fax: 507-266-2295
Pummer Building, 15th floor, room 15-07.

W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library


The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is a specialized library housing important collections in the history of medicine and allied sciences. Several thousand volumes of rare medical classics (from 1479) and early journal literature (from 1665) comprise the core collection of primary literature on all aspects of medicine and allied fields.  More recently published histories, biographies, facsimiles, and other support materials comprise the remainder of the collection of some 23,000 total volumes.  Special strengths include anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, immunology, ophthalmology and neurology.  The library also has a large collection of Mayo physician bound reprints. 

Library Catalog
The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine collection can be searched online at 

Borrowing Privileges
Older works are non-circulating and may be used by calling for an appointment (284-3676). Contemporary support materials (recently published historical accounts, biographies, etc.) are available for circulation. Borrowing privileges are extended to faculty, students and employees of Mayo Clinic.


  • Tours by appointment only
  • Reference consultations
  • Image research for historical medical figures and subjects
  • Digital imaging by arrangement 

Loan Policies

  • Classic monographs and journals: non-circulating
  • Selected contemporary monographs/journals: Two weeks, two renewals
  • Media: Two weeks, two renewals

In The Spotlight


Hilary J. Lane
Instructor in History of Medicine 
Coordinator - W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library 
Phone: 507-284-3676


Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tours by appointment only.
Call or email for other arrangements.