New Exhibit at the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library: Treasures from the Browsing Collection of Henry S. Plummer, M.D.
Dr. Henry S. Plummer, Mayo’s very own Renaissance man, harbored a dream for the Mayo Clinic Library. He believed physicians who had completed their medical training were in danger of thinking there was nothing in the world but medicine. His passion was to establish a special collection of fine editions in art, literature, history, travel and philosophy for Mayo physicians to enjoy at their leisure. Sadly, Dr. Plummer did not live long enough to see his dream fulfilled but his devotion to this idea, and his discriminating taste, live on in what is affectionately called the “Browsing Collection”.
This special collection was opened in April, 1937 and many of these beautiful leather bound books were purchased by Dr. Plummer or were gifts from his personal library.
From the day the Browsing Collection was made available it was a favorite spot with physicians. There were frequent winter afternoons when all chairs in the room were occupied. The Browsing Collection was originally housed on the 12th floor and later moved to Plummer Hall to allow more space for study and reflection.
This exhibit was part of Mayo Clinic Heritage Days and displayed in Plummer Hall Saturday, October 1st. It has now been re-assembled in the W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library on Plummer 15 for staff and visitors to enjoy. Viewing hours are between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Submitted to LibLog by:
Hilary J. Lane
Instructor in History of Medicine
Coordinator – W. Bruce Fye History of Medicine Library
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