Waring Historical Library Inaugural Theses

The 1,858 inaugural medical theses in the Waring Historical Library collection are, in the words of John Harley Warner, "one of the finest extant collections of antebellum American medical theses."


Thank you for helping us Revive! our medical history collections with your transcriptions of these handwritten works.

Revive! is the Waring Historical Library's online portal for inviting you to transcribe its historical and archival collections. As a 2015 recipient of the Express Library Digitization Award of the Southeast/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), the Waring began the planning and the design of this project, digitizing nearly 400 handwritten theses pertaining to fevers produced by antebellum students of the Medical College of South Carolina, later merged with and named Medical College of the State of South Carolina, from the 1830s to 1860. The theses help to account for 1,858 inaugural theses in the holdings of the Waring Historical Library. 

With Revive!, we aim to produce searchable text transcriptions for handwritten manuscript and archival materials existing in our digital collections. The transcriptions that you produce through Revive! will allow us to better serve you by further enriching our collections, enhancing your searches, and by increasing your engagement with our digital materials and with us. 

Revive! was created utilizing the original open source content management system and plugin created by the George Mason University Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the transcription project designs of the University of Iowa Libraries and the Virginia Memory efforts of the Library of Virginia, DIY HIstory and Making History - Transcribe, respectively. The project is powered by the Omeka 2 installment of the content management system, and the user interface was adapted using an open source theme originally designed by Edward M. of Emedara Studio. To enable user transcription, Revive! utilizes the Scripto plugin of Omeka, which employs the open source wiki application, MediaWiki, allowing you to obtain personal accounts to maintain your progress and contributions to the project.