Research

Lloyd Library and Museum offers researchers from across the globe a unique scholarship experience encompassing the history and science of plant-based medicine, pharmacy, and chemistry. The collection focuses on botany, pharmacy, herbal medicine, ethnobotany, horticulture, exploration and travel, and the history of medicine and science. With nearly 150,000 volumes, as well as manuscripts, photographs, medicinal artifacts, and artwork, the Lloyd provides research materials and inspiration to scientists, artists, and the community at large.

  • Books and Serials -- Lloyd Library’s print collections consist of monographs, serials, reference resources, and rare books dating back to 1493.
  • Archives -- Lloyd Library’s manuscript collections chronicle the work of botanists, pharmacognosists, pharmacists, illustrators, artists, and allied organizations.
    • Eclectic Medicine -- One of the Library’s most significant collections focuses on Eclectic medicine, a branch of American medicine which made use of noninvasive therapies and healing practices popular in the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
    • Finding Aids -- Explore specific collections within the Lloyd Archives and their content.
  • Photographs -- Lloyd Library’s photographic collection of prints, photo albums, slides, and glass negatives includes pictures of scientists, pharmacists, physicians, plants, and indigenous cultures.
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Artifacts -- Starting with a large collection of Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists medicine bottles and John Uri Lloyd’s pharmaceutical experiments, the Lloyd Library and Museum has a large number of medical and pharmaceutical artifacts. This collection has grown through bequest and donations from the Lloyd family as well as local pharmacists and physicians.
  • Artwork -- The Lloyd collects a variety of artistic material including illustrations, paintings, three-dimensional sculptures, textiles, and furniture. Our premier art collections include the Vesalius Trust collection of medical illustrations and the Hester Ferguson Henshall Collection of watercolor paintings of American wildflowers.

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