New York Academy of Medicine Library Launches New Digital Collections
New York (June 6, 2017) – The New York Academy of Medicine Library announced today the launch of its new digital collections and exhibits website, hosted on the open-source framework Islandora and accessible at http://digitalcollections.
The new site makes it easy for the public to access and explore highlights of the Library’s world-class historical collections in the history of medicine and public health.
“The Academy is committed to enhancing access to our Library’s world-class collections through digitization,” said Academy President Jo Ivey Boufford, MD. “With the launch of our new digital collections and exhibits website, users across the globe will have access to an ever-growing number of important resources in the history of medicine and public health.”
The website includes a glimpse into the Library’s rare and historical collections material. In one day, high-end photographer Ardon Bar-Hama, courtesy of George Blumenthal, took photos of a subset of the Library's treasures, which are all accessible via the new website. Visitors interested in cookery can page through the Library’s Apicius manuscript with 500 Greek and Roman recipes from the 4th and 5th centuries. Other highlights includes beautiful anatomical images from Andreas Vesalius's De Humani corporis Fabrica and striking botanicals like this skunkcabbage (Symplocarpus Foetida) hand-colored plate from William P. C. Barton's Vegetable Materia Medica.