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Collections by Subject: Science and Technology

A Selected List of Holdings in Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries

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Maryland Manuscripts

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The Maryland Manuscripts collection consists of a variety of materials such as letters, lists, invoices, notes, and account books. A number of these items deal with the field of medicine, such as the account book of John G. Hersey describing cures for various diseases and complaints and the letter of Silvestre Rebello to Dr. Joshua Cohen discussing the use of Colonia Water as a cure for leprosy. Other subjects covered include plant taxonomy and veterinary medicine.


Among the departmental photographic holdings are images which depict various fields of science. The photographs relate to plant and animal diseases, medicine, poultry culture, and biology, including an especially large collection of images of snakes, amphibians, and fish from the papers of Romeo Mansueti. Also included are photographs of insects, the effects of fertilizer applications on plants, and climatology instruments.


Two items of memorabilia pertain to the subject of science. The first (item #31) is a section of wood from an original Maryland iron wood tree dated 1636 which was donated by G. W. Fogg. The second (item #96) is a balance with two brass pans and four brass weights which belonged to Charles E. White, professor of chemistry at the University of Maryland.