James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY and museum

The Office of NIH History and Museum at the National Institutes of Health advances the historical understanding of the biomedical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health by documenting, preserving, and interpreting records and artifacts. The office creates exhibits and other products, and helps scholars and researchers to navigate the rich history of the National Institutes of Health.



Images of America is a new publication from the NLM, co-edited by Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D., and Kenneth M. Koyle. The publication was made possible through the collaborative research, writing, editing, and technical expertise of staff from across the Library, and many colleagues and friends.

Images of America illustrates the broad history of the Library from the early 19th century through the late 20th century. It comprises over 170 images from the Library's collections, along with images from the collections of the National Archives, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, the Smithsonian Institution Archives, and the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University. View or download at  NLM Digital Collections. A hardback version of the book is available from booksellers.


Exhibition Celebrates the Origins of Modern Neurobiology

The NIH honors Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, with an exhibit of his original neural cell illustrations. Located in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building 35 on the NIH Bethesda Campus. The exhibit opening can be viewed on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QIDUKHXqtg4

Cajal exhibit

The Santiago Ramón y Cajal exhibit is located in the Porter Neuroscience Research Center atrium


Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Terry Lierman  (NEI)
Interview date: December 14, 2005 

Abner L. Notkins
Interview date: April 22, 2017 

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in on our Flickr site and in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


top of page

Twitter Flickr Pinterest Tumblr

Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
Phone: 301.496.6610 | Email: history@nih.gov

Last updated: 25 July 2017
First published: 2 February 2005
Permanence level:
Permanent: Dynamic Content