Historical veterinary books online

While the Penn Libraries are digitizing books from the Fairman Rogers Collection on the Horse and Equitation, vifavetother veterinary schools have been busy with digitization efforts of their own.

A recent informal survey of veterinary librarians disclosed two other projects of interest to veterinarians, historians and bibliophiles.

A project called ViFaVet at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany (Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover) includes nearly 1400 digitized monographs published before 1890.  Most of the books are in German, as is the search interface.  To download the PDFs, choose Inhaltsverzeichnis “Contents”.   The Google Translate version may be easier for English speakers.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA has digitized over 1400 books, including over 1200 from their John A. Seaverns Equine Collection. The collection includes Sisson’s “A text-book of veterinary anatomy” (1911) and Muller’s “Diseases of the dog and their treatment” (1911). The books are available through the Internet Archive.

The Fairman Rogers digitization project at Penn is now up to 617 titles, with another 149 titles from an earlier digitization project available in the Internet Archive.  The digital collection has been made possible through a grant from the Laurie Landeau Foundation.

John Baxter Taylor (VMD 1908)

Track (men's), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania Archives

Track (men’s), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Courtesy Penn Archives

John Baxter Taylor, a Penn Vet alumnus, graduated in 1908 and went on to make Olympic history that same year. He and his teammates (pictured above) placed first in the 1600 meter relay, making Taylor the first African American to win Olympic gold.

Learn more about Taylor, his time at Penn and the Olympics, and his tragic early death, at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

William Boucher Photo Album

Class of 1940

Members of the Class of 1940

We are pleased to share historic photos of the Vet School, taken by Dr. William Boucher, V’40.  In 2010, Dr. Boucher’s wife, Mrs. Doris Boucher, donated an album containing her husband’s work.  The photographs have since been digitized and archived by Vet Library staff in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Development.  Check out the pictures and learn more about Dr. Boucher and life at the Vet School in generations past!

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