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New “Medical” Collection on New York Heritage: Nickell Snake Oil Collection

Nickell Snake Oil Collection, a digital collection from Western New York Library Resources Council member institution Center for Inquiry Libraries, processed by University at Buffalo’s Digital Libraries Spring 2012 class, is now available on New York Heritage:  http://www.nyheritage.org/collections/snake-oil

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.

Explore Center for Inquiry Libraries and their collections on New York Heritage: http://nyheritage.nnyln.net/cdm/landingpage/collection/ZCQ001

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