John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History, Head of the Medical Historical Library
Medical Library, Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney
Program in the History of Science and Medicine
- Serve as your single point of contact to all things library
- Tailor an instruction session for you or your class, incorporating the Medical Historical Library's special collections.
- Receive your suggestions for new purchases – books, journals, databases, videos, and any other type of material. Purchase special collections for the Medical Historical Library.
- Help you search for information in any of the Medical Library’s and University Library's many databases.
- Identify special collections in the Medical Historical Library based on your research topic, and help to provide physical and/or online access.
- Discuss the process for gifts and donations to the Medical Historical Library.
- Organize exhibitions within the Medical Library using Medical Historical Library collections.
- Manage the Medical Historical Library and help coordinate daily operations.
- Assist in Cushing Center tours and operations.
Contact me for:
- Any research question relating to topics in the history of medicine.
- Discovering online historical materials.
- Understanding and using bibliographic citation management systems such as Zotero.
- Creating and refining search strategies to find information on your research topics in databases such as History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.
- Donations to the Medical Historical Library.
- Staging exhibitions in the Medical Library.
- Digitizing Medical Historical Library collections.
- CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) postdoctoral fellow, Lehigh University, 2009-2010
- Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University, 2009
- BA, Ursinus College, 1999
- Medical Heritage Library, Steering Committee Chair
- American Association for the History of Medicine
- Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences
- Affiliate, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University
- "Finding 19th and Early 20th Century Materials
Online," MLA News, 55, no. 6 (June/July 2015): 1.
- Co-authored with Denise Hersey, Sarah Calhoun, Gwyneth Crowley, and Jana Krentz, a paper on "Understanding the Research Practices of Humanities Doctoral Students at Yale University" 2015. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/denise_hersey/10
- Book Review of: Jeanne E. Abrams, Revolutionary Medicine: The Founding Fathers and Mothers in Sickness and in Health. By Jeanne E. Abrams, (2013), in Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 45, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 85-86.
- Book review of: Elaine G. Breslaw. Lotions, Potions, Pills, and Magic: Health Care in Early America, (2012), in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 68, no. 4 (2013).
- Co-authored with Daniel Dollar, Julie Linden, and Greg Eow, “Distinctive Collections: The Space Between ‘General’ and ‘Special’ Collections and Implications for Collection Development,” Accentuate the Positive: Charleston Conference Proceedings 2012. Edited by Beth Bernhardt, Leah Hinds, and Katina Strauch. West Lafayette, Ind: Purdue University Press, 2013.
- Co-authored “The History of Atlantic Science: Collective Reflections from the 2009 Harvard Seminar on Atlantic History…” with members of the 2009 Harvard International Seminar in the History of the Atlantic World in “Itineraries of Atlantic Science -New Questions, New Approaches, ”Atlantic Studies, 7, no. 4 (2010): 493-509.
- Dissertation: “Making "Medical Hall": Dr. John Archer, medical practice, and apprenticeship in early America, 1769-1820,” Johns Hopkins University, 2009.
- “Collaborations between Subject Liaisons and Special Collections Staff,” Reference, Instruction and Outreach Committee Forum with Sarah Calhoun, Elizabeth Frengel, Bill Landis, and David Gary, Yale University Library, October 2014.
- “Omeka: Piloting a Web Platform for Digital Exhibitions at Yale,” SCOPA Presentation with Francesca Livermore, Yale University Library, October 2014.
- “Bones in the Archives: Medical and Health Special Collections at Yale,” SCOPA Presentation with Bill Landis, Yale University Library, July 2014.
- “Maximizing the Medical Heritage Library’s Usefulness for Research: New Content, New Tools.” Co-presenter at the American Association for the History of Medicine, 2013, in Atlanta.
- “Give Back the Head: Learning Medicine in Early America.” Presentation for the Beaumont Club, Yale University, January, 2013.
- “Building a Medical Practice: Smallpox, Inoculation, and Community, 1775-1783”- American Historical Association, Boston, 2011.
- “Making a Medical Practice: the Business of Medicine in Early America”-Lehigh University, November 2009.
- “‘An Almost Infallible Remedy’: Seneka Snakeroot, Medical Practice, and the Circulation of Knowledge in the Atlantic World”- International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, 1500-1825, Harvard University, August 2009.
- ‘“To Medicine and Attendance’: the shape of medical practice in Maryland, 1769-1820,”-American Association for the History of Medicine, April 2008.
Read the Yale Medicine article, "How an 18th- century doctor enticed a librarian to study the history of medicine" on my work and research.