Matas Library Memorabilia Collection


The Matas Library Memorabilia Collections consist of objects and collections with health science historical interest, especially associated with Tulane people and events. The Matas Library has a number of historical collections primarily involved with the history of medicine and public health in Louisiana. The collections include collections of signatures, medals, diplomas, scientific instruments, matriculation tickets, etc. Various memorabilia collections were originally part of the Rudolph Matas estate or donated by Tulane Alumni and their families. Collection examples are: Light collection of scientific letters - a collection of correspondence and memoranda with autographs of renowned scientists donated by David S. Light, M.D.; The Benjamin Bernard Weinstein medal collection - Weinstein medallions, medical and scientific medals and various matriculation tickets from the early days of the Medical College of Louisiana.
David S. Light collection of scientific letters
This digitized collection of letters and notes which contains autographs and signatures of renowned scientists and physicians was originally compiled by David S. Light, M.D., alumnus of Tulane University School of Medicine, 1944. Among the autographs in collection are: Claude Bernard, Sir William Bowman, Jean Martin Charcot, Sir Astley Paston Cooper, Marie Sklodowska Curie, Harvey Williams Cushing, Paul Ehrlich, Sigmund Freud, Herman Ludwig Ferdinand Von Helmholtz, Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, Cornielle Jean Francois Heymans, Johannes Muller, Albert Ludwig Siegmund Neisser, Sir James Paget, Louis Pasteur, Johannes Evangelesta Purkinje, William Ramsay, Louis-Antoine Ranvier, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, Friedrich Tiedmann, John Tyndall, Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow, William Henry Welsh. The letters and notes are in various languages, largely English, French, German or Czechoslovak and are handwritten or typed on various types of stationery or cards. The donation of the Light collection was accepted by W. D. Postell, Jr, Director of the Rudolph Matas Library in March 1993 with supplementary items added to the collection through 2003.