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Welcome to the Health Sciences Library's Artifacts Online Collections Database!

The Health Sciences Library has a unique collection of medical artifacts collection, consisting of a wide range of objects, dating from the 19th century. There are several rotating exhibits of the artifacts throughout the library. The collection is also available for research by appointment only. Please contact Paul Andrews (303.724.2113) in Collection Development.

The artifacts collection can also be made available for institutional loans -- see Loan Policy for Museums and Historical Societies.

Tips for Searching

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Surgical Kit will return records associated with surgical artifacts OR any kits). If you want to find records where both keywords are found, type in AND between the two words. You can also use the asterisk (*) as a wildcard (e.g. a search for surg* would come up with records containing surgery, surgical, surgeon, etc.). Searches are not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search button can help you be more specific with your search. You can search for a word or phrase within a particular search category or use multiple categories to further narrow down your search results. You can also search People and Creator records through Advanced Search. Phrase searching with quotes and use of wildcards (*) are available in Advanced Search.

Random Images

The Random Images button is a great way to just browse the collection. Each Random Images page displays a random assortment of images from the records online. If something piques your interest, click the thumbnail to view a larger version of the image.