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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 (266-7425). 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

Hours and Access

The W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library is located on the 15th floor of the Plummer Building.

Research access and tours are available Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment only. At least 24 hours notice is preferred. 

Call or email for arrangements: 

Emily Brown, Librarian


Upcoming Events


Seeing is Saving: 50 years of CT Imaging at the Mayo Clinic

Presented by Cynthia McCollough, Ph.D.


Imaging of internal organs and tissues of the body began in November of 1895, when Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen took the first x-ray image and showed the world the bones within his wife’s hand. Within months, the technique had spread around the world and the field of Radiology began. On June 19, 1973, the Department of Radiology at the Mayo Clinic performed the first CT scan in North America. The scan was performed using the first commercial CT scanner in the world – serial number 101. Inventor Godfrey Hounsfield was later knighted by the queen of England for his Nobel Prize winning contribution to medicine. Mayo Clinic has remained a leader in the field of CT imaging since that time. This presentation will share the fascinating story of Mayo’s acquisition of the first CT system and take a walk through the history of this life-saving technology.


A recognized leader in the development and evaluation of new CT technology and dose reduction methods, Cynthia H. McCollough, PhD, is the Brooks-Hollern Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she holds the rank of professor in both medical physics and biomedical engineering.

Dr. McCollough is a fellow of the American College of Radiology, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has over 400 peer-reviewed papers and multiple NIH grants related to CT imaging and has served as the president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. She received her master's and doctorate degrees in medical physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison after graduating summa cum laude in physics from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Dr. McCollough’s research revolves around the technology of CT imaging and its many clinical applications. She has contributed extensively to the measurement, management, and reduction of CT radiation dose; to the education of health care personnel and the public on the safety of medical imaging; and to the fields of photon-counting, multi-energy, and cardiac CT. Dr. McCollough has an avid interest in the history of CT imaging.

Thursday, June 22nd 6:00 PM CT

Zoom Webinar:

Webinar ID: 928 2222 6645               

Passcode: 650410               

This event is free and open to Mayo staff, residents, students, patients, visitors, and the community. No prior registration is required.


Lecture presentations will be delivered via Zoom webinar and begin at 6:00 p.m. CST. 

Previous lectures are available on the Video Exchange and additional information is available here

For more information contact 


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