Library Collection

Archivists Visit Nixon Library

On Thursday, May 24, a group from the Society of Southwest Archivists toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. They were welcomed by a thoughtful selection of classic and rare books, including works by Andreas Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), and Robert Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667). Also featured were several local archival documents and historical medical instruments from the 18th and 19th century.

The Society of Southwest Archivists is an organization focused on preserving documentary heritage, and caters to archivists, preservationists, special collections librarians, conservators, and records managers. The Society of Southwest Archivists held their annual conference here  in San Antonio on May 23-26, and the Nixon Library was selected as an official tourist venue for the conference.



Historical Anatomy Books on Display April 12

Illustration of Body Muscles

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will be holding an exhibit of rare and historical anatomical texts on April 12 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the Nixon Reading Room and the Howe Conference Room on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. View a 1st edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem by Andreas Vesalius published in 1543 and a 1481 edition of De Medicina by Aulus Cornelius Celsus, the Nixon Library’s oldest book. The display is open to the general public, and all are welcome to come see these treasures up close.

For more information on the collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library or to arrange a book display or tour, contact Lisa Matye Finnie, Special Collections Librarian, at or 210-567-2406.