The McGovern Center welcomes you to research its rare book and historical collections. Whether you know exactly what you want or need reference assistance to narrow a broad research topic, the staff at the McGovern Historical Collections will facilitate access to available materials and resources.
All the materials found in the McGovern Historical Collections, including rare books, manuscripts, photos and artifacts, must be used in reading rooms under the supervision of staff during business hours. Materials cannot be checked out.
Materials Available for Research
The rare books are cataloged in The TMC Library’s online catalog. Medical Subject Headings are used for all the Library’s books. These are different from keywords or the Library of Congress’ Subject Headings. If you need help with finding particular subjects, we’ll be glad to help you.
Many of our finding aids are available online. Unfortunately not all our archival collections are processed. Consult with an archivist about resources in your field that may be available for research.
The McGovern Historical Collections has two photo collections. One collection is cataloged and can be searched using the library’s catalog. The second collection consists of several hundred photos related to the Houston area. Consult an archivist for information.
The McGovern Historical Collections has a small reference collection or vertical files about medical history. Most of the collection is devoted to Houston medical history.
Research guides provide an overview into the archive and special collections, centering on themes and various topics of interest. It’s a good place to start your research.