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The Friends of the Rare Book Room

The Friends of the Rare Book Room is a special group of contributors who for sixty years have supported public programs in the history of medicine, the acquisition and cataloging of historical scholarly material, and activities that make the Coller Rare Book Reading Room a center for scholarship in the history of medicine and public health and for the study of books and printing.

The Malloch Circle is composed of special Friends of the Rare Book Room who support this work at a level of $1,000 annually. The Malloch Circle is named for Archibald Malloch, a protege of William Osler, who served as the Academy’s Librarian from 1926 to 1949. The continuing support of the Malloch Circle will dramatically improve the library’s efforts to enhance its collections through full cataloguing and archival processing, digitization, and conservation treatment. The Malloch Circle meets several times a year for dinner and conversation, with special presentations of bibliographical and historical interest, and for private tours of notable rare book collections.

To become a Friend of the Rare Book Room, please click here.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Annual Friends of the Rare Book Room Lecture

Bill Hayes, “Writing the Body”

As the New York Times has noted, “Bill Hayes has an unusual set of skills:  part science writer, part memoirist, part culture explainer.”  The author of three works of narrative nonfiction as well as numerous essays for the Times and other publications, he has gone to unusual lengths in pursuit of his subjects. Hayes spent a year studying anatomy alongside medical students for his acclaimed book The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray’s Anatomy and he is now at work on a history of exercise, titled Sweat, for which he is delving into the life of 16th-century physician (and early exercise advocate) Girolamo Mercuriale.  For the 2014 Friends of the Library lecture, Hayes will retrace his steps in researching his books and discuss the varying approaches he has taken in writing about the human body.

The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction (2013-14), Bill Hayes is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and the author of three books: Sleep Demons: An Insomniac’s Memoir; Five Quarts: A Personal and Natural History of Blood; and The Anatomist: A True Story of Gray's Anatomy. He is currently at work on two new books, both to be published by Bloomsbury USA/UK: Sweat: A History of Exercise, and Insomniac City, a collection of his essays about New York. Together with the Guggenheim, he was recently awarded a grant from the Leon Levy Foundation. Hayes has served as a guest lecturer at Stanford, NYU, UCSF, and at the Bay Area History of Medicine Club, and has taught writing workshops at UCSF Medical School and The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. He lives in New York City.


Refreshments at 5:30; Talk at 6:00; Reception at 7:00 P.M.

Please register here.

The 2013 John Stearns Legacy Society Luncheon

The 2013 John Stearns Legacy Society Luncheon was held on October 31, 2013 at the Century Association. NYAM Trustee Frank Savage, CEO of Savage Holdings, was the featured speaker. This annual event recognizes members of The John Stearns Legacy Society and honors those individuals who have remembered NYAM in their will and estate plans or who have given a minimum of $25,000 to an endowment fund.

Learn more about The John Stearns Legacy Society here »

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