Transylvania's Special Collections, housed in the J. Douglas Gay Jr./Frances Carrick Thomas Library, and the Moosnick Medical and Science Museum both include distinctive items that are part of Transylvania’s remarkable history as the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Periodically the university publishes a visually opulent magazine that offers a glimpse into these collections. Transylvania Treasures features stories about some of the unusual items, as well as the people who helped make Transylvania the flourishing, vibrant liberal arts college that it is today.

If you'd like to be added to the mailing list for Transylvania Treasures, please contact the alumni office.

Volume 1, No. 1, Winter 2008

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  • The Collected Works of Hippocrates and Galen
  • Le Jardin de Santé
  • Robert Peter’s Daguerreotype Camera
  • Monroe Moosnick
  • Medical Symposium
  • Horace Holley

Volume 1, No. 2, Spring 2008

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  • Audubon’s The Birds of America
  • Transylvania’s Natural History Collections
  • Borelli’s De Moto Animalium
  • John Wright
  • Mary Phelps Austin Holley

 Volume 1, No. 3, Summer 2008

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  • The Tournament Book of William IV of Bavaria
  • Tulp’s Observationes Medicae
  • Medical Venus
  • Preservation of Special Collections
  • Lucy Shropshire Crump
  • Robert Peter

Volume 2, No. 1, Winter 2009

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  • Rafinesque: Transylvania's Famous Naturalist
  • Rafinesque Comes to Transylvania
  • Charles Darwin: Biologist and Geologist
  • Charles Wilkins Short's Herbarium
  • J. Hill Hamon: A Transylvania Treasure
  • Transylvania Endures as Place of Creative Reflection

Volume 2, No. 2, Summer 2009

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  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon: The French Rival of Linnaeus
  • Carolus Linnaeus: The Swede Who Named Almost Everything
  • Charles Wilkins Short: Immortalized Through Plants Bearing His Name
  • The ‘Magic’ of Selenite Slides
  • Joseph Buchanan: American Psychologist
  • Leland Arthur Brown: Collector and Organizer of Transylvania’s Medical Collection

Volume 2, No. 3, Fall 2009

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  • Transylvania’s Skull with a Hole in It
  • The Incomparable Benjamin Winslow Dudley
  • Benjamin Dudley’s Surgical Set
  • The Anatomical and Surgical Works of John and Charles Bell
  • Byron Young: The Treasure of a Transylvania Education
  • Our Vision for Transylvania’s Treasures

Volume 3, No. 1, Summer 2010

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  • The Clara Peck Collection
  • Rosa Bonheur’s Sketch Book
  • Black Beauty: A Timeless Novel
  • Henry Clay’s Ashland Stud
  • Edward Troye’s Painting of the Thoroughbred Lexington
  • Ted Bassett: A Living Treasure

Volume 3, No. 2, Fall 2010


  • Rafinesque and Transylvania’s First Botanic Garden
  • Community Garden Thriving on Transylvania Campus
  • Five Early American Botanists’ Works and Opinions of Rafinesque
  • Les Fleurs animées
  • Antoine Chazal Drawings
  • Charles Wilkins Short’s Botanical Cabinet

Volume 4, No. 1, Spring 2011

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  • John Marshall Harlan, the Great Dissenter
  • Samuel Woodson Price's Portrait of General George Henry Thomas
  • Francis Preston Blair Sr. and the Hampton Roads Conference
  • Transylvania Medical Alumni Served Both Sides During Civil War
  • Reuben Searcy Sr. Searches for His Sons After a Civil War Battle
  • Frances Dallam Peter's View of the Civil War

Volume 4, No. 2, Fall 2011
  • The Historical Importance of Transylvania University's Medical Department (1799-1859) and the Secret Kappa Lambda Society of Hippocrates

Volume 5, No. 1, Spring 2012

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  • Alfred Wallace: Collaborator and Friend of Charles Darwin
  • Transylvania's 1,760 Early Nineteenth Century Medical Theses–11 on Yellow Fever
  • Victor Hammer: Typeface Designer, Publisher, Portraitist
  • Horace Holley: Transylvania President Wrote Letters To and About Five U.S. Presidents
  • The Exceptional Frank Rose: Transylvania President 1951-57
  • Barlow's Amazing Planetarium

Volume 5, No. 2, Summer 2012

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  • Transylvania's Anatomical Illustrations
  • John Latham's A General Synopsis of Birds
  • Scale of Chemical Equivalents
  • Emmet Horine and Transylvania's Special Collections
  • The Presidency of Raymond F. McLain

Volume 6, No. 1, Winter 2013

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  • Grave Robbing for Anatomical Study
  • The 1818 Medical Faculty Shoot-out
  • Happy Effects of the Tobacco Smoke Glyster
  • Reading Rafinesque's Drawings
  • Meat Rain

Volume 6, No. 2, Summer 2013

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  • George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio
  • John Fryer: Masked Alumnus Unmasked Prejudices
  • Horace and Mary Holley’s Scrapbook
  • Kate Greenaway’s Illustrations for Children’s Books


Volume 7, No. 1, Spring 2015

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  • Part I: Early History & Finances
  • Part II: Hemp in Agriculture & Manufacturing