About the Oskar Diethelm Library

The Library


The Oskar Diethelm Library is a special collection devoted to the history of psychiatry. It is part of Weill Cornell Medical College's DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry and includes approximately 50,000 titles in English, French, German, and Latin dealing with psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, mesmerism, spiritualism, phrenology, witchcraft, and related topics. Journal holdings include long back runs of psychiatric journals as well as current journals dealing with the history of medicine, psychiatry, and psychology. Archival holdings comprise the papers of numerous organizations and individuals. The library also has an impressive collection of hospital and asylum reports of the 19th and early 20th centuries, amounting to more than 3,500 items.

To learn more about the library's collections, please view our website.




Rights Statement


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