Moving Forward, Looking Back: A Retrospective on WHSC Library Exhibits

The Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library is proud to announce the opening of our latest exhibition, Moving Forward, Looking Back: A Retrospective on WHSC Library Exhibits.  

The exhibition highlights the efforts of Emory faculty and library staff, past and present, to tell the history of medicine, nursing, public health, and the health sciences from an Emory perspective and to showcase the library’s diverse collections.  

Each case in the exhibition represents a past exhibition from Medical Treasures (2013), When the Emory Unit Went to War (2014), To Care for Others: 100 Years of Nursing at Emory (2016), and History of Teaching Medicine at Emory (2018). A fifth case and adjoining computer terminal pays homage to the 100th anniversary of the library (1923-2023). The library was originally founded as the result of a $10,000 gift given by Dr. F. Phinizy Calhoun to Emory University for the establishment of a medical library in honor of his father Abner Wellborn Calhoun, a notable ophthalmologist. The Calhoun Medical Library was renamed in 1987 to the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library after moving to its current location. 

This exhibition invites viewers to contemplate the evolution of medicine, nursing, and public health, the impact of historic events in these areas, and the role of institutions in shaping our shared knowledge.   

Visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts on the exhibition in the guest book. The exhibit is expected to run through February 2024. 

The exhibit, open to the public at no charge, is located on the main level of the WHSC Library (1462 Clifton Rd). The library’s About webpage provides links to directions, parking, hours, and maps.  

A color still depicting the circulation desk of the A.W. Calhoun Medical Library from the 1963 film, The National Library of Medicine, produced by the United States Public Health Service. National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland