The Light collection of scientific letters : a collection of correspondence and memoranda with autographs of renowned scientists [1800- ], compiled and donated by David S. Light, M.D. (alumnus, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1944), comprises letters, autographs and portraits of renowned scientists and physicians. Among the autographs in collection: Claude Bernard, Sir William Bowman, Jean Martin Charcot, Sir Astley Paston Cooper, Marie Sklodowska Curie, Harvey Williams Cushing, Paul Ehrlich, Sigmund Freud, Herman Ludwig Ferdinand Von Helmholtz, Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, Cornielle Jean Francois Heymans, Johannes Muller, Albert Ludwig Siegmund Neisser, Sir James Paget, Louis Pasteur, Johannes Evangelesta Purkinje, William Ramsay, Louis-Antoine Ranvier, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, Friedrich Tiedmann, JohnTyndall, Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow, William Henry Welsh.

W.D. Postell, Jr., Director of the Rudolph Matas Library, accepted the donation in March 1993.

Images from the David S. Light Collection are now available in the Tulane Digital Library. Photocopies of originals are filed in a binder. Portraits and the original letters and autographs are kept in the History collection.