Welcome to the Historical Research Center!
The mission of the Historical Research Center is to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials related to the history of UAMS and the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. The Historical Research Center also provides research assistance for those interested in the history of medicine and health sciences in Arkansas. The Center installs and maintains rotating exhibits highlighting items from its collections throughout the Library and UAMS campus, including the History Display located in the lobby area of the Central Building.
Please contact us if you are interested in researching Arkansas's medical history.
The Historical Research Center is located on the fifth floor of the Library, Room 5/109. It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. See the Library Calendar for holiday closings. Researchers may access the Historical Research Center via the staircase or the elevator located on the 1st floor of the Library in the Active Learning Center (ALC) to access the Historical Research Center.
The Robert Watson History of Medicine Room, a component of the HRC, is a quiet study area located in room 1/112 on the first floor.
The Historical Research Center seeks additional items and materials for its collection that document the history of the health sciences in Arkansas . If you have materials you wish to donate, please contact Tim Nutt at (501) 686-6735 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The following information provides additional guidance for donations, but the staff of the Historical Research Center is available in person to answer any questions you might have regarding donations.
The Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions is a friends group for the UAMS Library’s Historical Research Center. Its purpose is to enhance the resources of the history collection beyond the Library’s regular resources.
The Society has sponsored exhibits and lectures, encouraged contributions of both books and funds, and undertaken special projects such as the plaque presented to the Library in honor of early physician donors and the placement of site markers at former locations of the College of Medicine.
A newsletter is published twice yearly. An annual research award is offered to a successful applicant who is interested in preparing a paper on the history of the health sciences in Arkansas. Guidelines for submission of the proposal are available online. Each year a dinner meeting is held in the fall and a distinguished lecturer presents a topic of historical interest.
Dr. Robert Watson served as first president of the organization. If you would like to join us in these preservation goals, please fill out and return the membership form here. For more information on the Society for the History of Medicine and Health Professions, please visit our website or contact Tim Nutt (686-6735).
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