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Nickell Snake Oil Collection

Center for Inquiry - Center for Inquiry Libraries

Dates of Original: c. 1880 - 1910

Nickell Snake Oil Collection
Although snake oil has become synonymous with medical quackery in today's parlance, not many are aware of how it came to be so. This digital collection from the Center for Inquiry Libraries' Dr. Joe Nickell Collection features 27 items relating to the sale of these "patent medicines," including bottles of snake oil, other cure-all liniments, various advertisements, and even a taxidermic rattlesnake.
The latter half of the 19th century saw an influx of Chinese immigrants bound for work on the railroads. Some of them brought the... Read more

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East Meadow Collection

East Meadow Public Library

Dates of Original: 1974-1995

East Meadow is an unincorporated area in the Town of Hempstead. In 1655, two surveyors for Hempstead Town reported that the "east meadow" would be suitable for grazing. The area quickly became a grazing area for cattle and later, in the 18th century, for sheep. During the American Revolutionary War, East Meadow was occupied by British forces when they discovered the vast amounts of livestock herded there, and remained under their control until the end of the war. The community was home to many Gilded Era estates. The old Hoeffner homestead is now the site of Veterans Memorial... Read more

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Half Hollow Hills Historic Melville

Half Hollow Hills Community Library

Dates of Original: c.1920-1950

Melville is a hamlet located in the town of Huntington in Suffolk County, NY. In the 17th century it was known as Samuel Ketcham's Valley, named for a local resident. Afterwards it was known as Sweet Hollow. This name was replaced by Melville in school records in 1854. Melville is home to the U.S. headquarters of several national and international corporations, including Canon USA.

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SUNY Biomedical Communication Network

SUNY Upstate Medical University - Health Sciences Library

Dates of Original: 1968 - 1973

The SUNY Biomedical Communication Network (BCN) was the first online bibliographic network in the world for accessing medical literature. Operating from 1968-1977, the network also experimented with access to the shared cataloging of monographs as well as serials records. The BCN was hosted in the Health Sciences Library at what was then called Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Irwin Pizer (1934-1991), as Director of the Health Sciences Library, was also the Director of the BCN. There were nine original medical libraries in the network. Over the years membership grew to 32 institutions.... Read more

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