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The Friends of the Rare Book Room

Become a Friend of the Rare Book Room and support our mission of preserving and promoting the heritage of medicine and health. 

Our 550,000 books, manuscripts, archives, and illustrations form our extraordinary collections. We make our treasures freely available to scholars, researchers, and the general public alike.  With their vast reach across medicine, public health, food and cookery, botany, anthropology and myriad other subjects, our collections trace the development of medicine from its Greek roots through today. This legacy offers invaluable and fascinating insights into historical attempts to understand health and illness, as well as illuminating today’s critical issues. 

By becoming a Friend of the Rare Book Room you’ll support our public programs and outreach activities; the acquisition, conservation, and cataloguing of remarkable historical materials; and digitization of our key treasures.

In return, you’ll join an engaged and intimate group, passionate about preserving our collections.

Find out more about Friends levels and benefits here.

Friends receive alerts for upcoming special events and opportunities. For more details about Friends programs throughout the year contact

Our Friends ensure the vitality of our library and our collections.  Join us today!

The John Stearns Legacy Society

For more than 160 years, NYAM has been dedicated to advancing the health of people in cities. Gifts and bequests sustain this mission. Creating a fund for the future enables a donor to make a contribution that will continue to grow, have a long-range impact, and create a living memorial to a loved and respected person.

NYAM established The John Stearns Legacy Society to honor individuals who remember NYAM in their will and estate plans or have given a minimum of $25,000 to an endowment fund.

Learn more about The John Stearns Legacy Society here »

Ways to Give

Your donation provides essential support for NYAM’s efforts to advance the health of people in cities

Please click here to make your tax-deductible donation online through our simple, secure form.

By Mail
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make checks payable to The New York Academy of Medicine and mail to:
The New York Academy of Medicine
Office of Development
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

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