The History of Medicine Collections retains the largest collection of ivory anatomical manikins in North America. There are currently 22 ivory anatomical manikins in the collection. Most display the female body at a full-term pregnancy. The collection also consists of a few pairs of male and female figures. Dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, these manikins may have initially been used by physicians or midwives but quickly became collectors items.
The nonprint collection includes medical instruments, pharmaceutical cases, photographs, prints, illustrations, commemorative medals, apothecary jars, microscopes, and other medical artifacts. The History of Medicine artifacts collection adds valuable learning experiences to instruction and outreach as well as exhibits and displays.