Historical and Special Collections

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library houses a collection of approximately 5000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to the early 20th centuries. The Nixon Library is named after Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, a distinguished San Antonio physician and historian who worked determinedly to build an exceptional medical history collection.

5th floor of the Briscoe Library
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

University Archives

The University Archives contain publications, papers, and other records that document the history of the Health Science Center and the history of medicine in the San Antonio and south Texas area. The Archives provides a reference service for the Health Science Center community and a repository for the preservation of historically important University records. Included in the collection are University publications, correspondence of key officials, minutes, student yearbooks, papers of early San Antonio physicians and more.

Two nursing students in class, 1978

Digital Archive

The Digital Archives is a growing collection of digitized images, documents, and unique materials from the UT Health Science Center collections.

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  • Image of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library
  • A class during the Fall of 1978. Nursing School Yearbook, 1980.
  • Andreas Vesalius, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, 1543.