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History of Science
401 W. Brooks Street, Rm. 521NW
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-2741
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The History of Science Collections, located on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library, is a premier research collection in its field. Holdings of nearly 100,000 volumes from every field and subject area of science, technology and medicine range chronologically from Hrabanus Maurus, Opus de universo (1467) to current publications in the history of science. The Darwin collection illustrates the capacity of the holdings to support research: it consists of all of Darwin’s works in their first editions and several autograph letters. In addition, it includes hundreds of subsequent editions and translations (for example, the Descent of Man in Yiddish, 1928). These rare works, along with current works about Darwin, are all shelved together in the same area to facilitate browsing and research.

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This guide highlights materials that can be used for research and study in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

This guide will help you use the OU library website for research and study in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.

Collections

Bizzell Bible Collections

Many Bibles in the Bizzell Collection are significant cultural artifacts, testifying to historical and political events and the history of printing, as well as the cultural heritage of devout peoples. Many are also works of art, reflecting the skill and artistry of master craftsmen. Elegant typeface, tooled leather binding, fore-edge painting, and woodcut illustrations (some from designs by Hans Holbein the Younger) attest to the fine workmanship exhibited in these Bibles.

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John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections

The John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections are comprised of rare books and special materials in English, European, and American literatures dating from the 15th century to the present. A collection of general rare books, including several incunables, and a Bible collection complement the focal literature collections. These collections offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as literary studies, the history of printing, and religion. The collection is open by appointment.

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