Street Address
11000 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
Mailing Address
11000 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
phone: 216-368-3648
Dittrick Museum
Monday - Friday9 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, Saturdayclosed
The Museum is closed on January 1, Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance; Memorial Day; July 4; Labor Day; Thanksgiving and the day after, December 25, and 26. The Museum will be closed April 28th and 29th, 2011.
There is no admission charge to the Center or to the Museum.
Ph.D. James M. Edmonson, Chief Curator
phone: 216-368-6391
MA Jennifer K. Nieves, Archivist/Museum Registrar
phone: 216-368-3648
Laura J. Travis, Assistant Curator of Multimedia and Communications
phone: 216-368-3649


The Dittrick Medical History Center is comprised of the museum, archives, and collections of rare books, artifacts, and images. The Center originated as part of the Cleveland Medical Library Association (est. 1894) and today functions as an interdisciplinary study center within the College of Arts and Sciences of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Artifacts Collections

Internationally notable collections at the Dittrick include artifacts and literature on anatomy, endoscopy, microscopy, contraception, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and diagnostic instrumentation.

Research Collections

The image collection consists of paintings, illustrations, prints and photographs. We have a collection of stethoscope drawings and the H. F. Aitken collection of biomedical art. The photograph collection includes dermatology, dissection portraiture, physician portraits, photos of local hospitals, and many other miscellaneous topics. The archives holdings reflect the medical heritage of greater Cleveland and northeast Ohio. Its holdings include the papers of local medical societies and health care institutions, including medical schools, and hospitals. Also included are some physician’s personal papers, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy archives, the Cleveland Medical Library Association archives, and Charles Darwin letters. Strengths in our rare book include Freud, Darwin, dermatology, herbals, obstetrics, surgery, history of science and anatomy, as well as the library of Nicolas Pol, Renaissance physician to the Holy Roman Emperor.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No