Throughout her life, Annette Cravens has successfully combined a passion for the arts and medicine with a love of collecting. A longtime supporter of UB and the University Libraries, Mrs. Cravens’ interest in acquiring medical instruments and artifacts was first sparked after viewing carved medical figures in the personal collection of Dr. Robert L. Brown, former Associate Dean of the UB Medical School.
Annette Cravens recognized that Dr. Brown’s collection could be expanded and, in 1985, after many years of determined and fruitful collecting, she formally established the Edgar R. McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection in the Health Sciences Library in memory of her father, Dr. Edgar R. McGuire, who served as Professor and Chair of UB’s Department of Surgery from 1915 until his death in 1931.
Mrs. Cravens’ search for intriguing objects to enhance the Health Sciences Library’s Historical Medical Instrument Collection has taken her around the world. From archaeology and ethnography to the arts and health sciences, Annette Cravens’ continuing generosity has greatly enriched not only the History of Medicine Collection, but the University Libraries, the University at Buffalo, and the Western New York community.