Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hello from your new University Archivist

Hello HC&A blog readers. I'm Steve Duckworth, OHSU's new University Archivist. While I've not exactly settled into the position just yet (it's only my 6th day), I wanted to share a bit about myself here to get the ball rolling.

So, I just moved to Portland from Gainesville, FL where I was working as the Processing Archivist at the University of Florida (UF). I'm excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest where the terrain is beautiful and the weather changes from time to time. Before working at UF, I spent about a year working as a Project Archivist for the National Park Service in Anchorage, AK. That was an amazing experience and I'll never forget the awesomeness of the land and the life there (nor will I ever get over my love for the National Park Service). 

Previous to that, I lived in Philadelphia for quite a while. I got my MSLIS degree there at Drexel University. I worked as an Archives Processor on a Hidden Collections project run by the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). I worked as a Records Management Assistant at Drexel University. I processed records as a volunteer at the John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archives and also did cataloging for the Sigma Sound Studios Archives at Drexel University. (So, yeah, lots of stuff happened in Philadelphia.)

Before I got into the world of libraries and archives, I spent my days teaching and performing cello. I have two degrees in music performance and love playing music with others. I'm excited to get into the music and cultural scene of Portland and do some more performing. I, as you might imagine from the National Parks stuff above, also enjoy getting out and exploring the natural world around us. Again, Portland is a great home base for such adventures. And I'm also a baker and a knitter (note the mouse in my photo; he's on Instagram @henrypurlman). 

In my role here as the University Archivist, I look forward to continuing to expand collections and open them up to our users. I hope to add more diversity to our holdings and build upon the work that has been done in the past to highlight underrepresented communities. I am excited to oversee upcoming changes in how we manage and disseminate information to our users, including our finding aids. I'm also eager to work on creating more robust systems to curate and preserve electronic records, websites, social media, and more. 

There’s a lot to learn and get a handle on, so please bear with me over the coming months. Having said that, if you want to talk about records or university history or pretty much anything else related to the archives, please feel free to get in touch. I’m located in BICC 239 and can be reached at duckwors[at]ohsu[dot]edu or 503.494.0186.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Reminder: 2017 OWHC Research Fellowship applications due 11/1/16!

*Applications due 11/1/16*

The Oregon Women's History Consortium will be awarding two annual research fellowships for 2017: a Junior Research Fellowship and a Senior Research Fellowship. The expansion of our  research fellowship is based on the positive response to our initial fellowship award in 2016. Our research fellowship continues the consortium's long-standing goal of supporting scholarship that will lead to a significant contribution in the field of Oregon women's history.

The OWHC Research Fellowships are annual awards for $1,000 each.The application deadline is November 1, 2016.

  • Undergraduate,graduate students, and recent graduates should apply to the Junior Research Fellowship.
  • Academic and independent historians and scholars should apply to the Senior Research Fellowship.

Applications can be downloaded from the Oregon Women's History Consortium website's Fellowship page, or you can find a 2017 OWHC Research Fellowship Application form attached here along with our fellowship announcement flyer.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We're hiring! Student workers (multiple positions), OHSU Historical Collections & Archives

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives has multiple positions open for student assistants in our archives unit. All positions provide valuable experience to a graduate or undergraduate student interested in a career in special collections or archives. All positions are scheduled for up to 20 hours per week at a starting rate of $10.50/hour. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until positions are filled. Please follow the links below to apply; applications received by email cannot be considered.

Student Assistant, Historical Collections & Archives (2 positions)

•             Accession and process archival and manuscript collections in a variety of formats
•             Assist with digitization projects
•             Support reference and research activities; conduct research relevant to collections
•             Shelve and shift materials; perform basic preservation tasks
•             Other general support duties for HC&A

To review a complete job description and apply, go to and search for IRC55111.

Digital Project Student Assistant, Historical Collections & Archives

  • Assist with processing and digitizing collections for grant-funded project on the history of public health in Oregon.
  • Conduct research relevant to collections.
  • Page, shelve, and shift collections.
  • Assist with data curation.
This is a term position funded through June 30, 2017. To review a complete job description and apply, go to and search for IRC50566.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

History of Medicine Society Lectures, 2016-2017

We've set our 2016-2017 lecture schedule! See below and add the dates to your calendars. I'll be updating with additional info as we confirm with our speakers. If you'd like to be added to our email distribution list to receive event reminders, contact me at langform [at]

Friday, November 11, 2016, 12-1pm
"To Engage or Avoid: Matters of Sex for Oregon Physicians, 1900-1925"
Michael Helquist
Historian and writer
Author of Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions (Oregon State University Press, 2015)

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12-1pm
Herbert Rosenbaum Memorial Lecture
Dr. Michael Aminoff
Sponsored by the Department of Neurology

Thursday, January 26, 2016, 12-1pm
Dr. Catherine McNeur
Assistant Professor, Portland State University Department of History
Author of Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014)

Monday, February 27, 2016, 5-6pm 
Dr. Dana Anderson
Sponsored by the Department of Surgery

All History of Medicine Society Lectures take place in the OHSU Auditorium. To request a disability accommodation, please contact me (Meg) at 503 494 5587 or langform [at]

Friday, September 09, 2016

Fall 2016 Exhibit: "Midwives Hold the Future: Advancing Nurse-Midwifery in the U.S., in Oregon, and at OHSU"

Fall 2016 Exhibit:
Midwives Hold the Future: Advancing Nurse-Midwifery in the U.S., in Oregon, and at OHSU
OHSU Main Library, BICC Building 3rd floor

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives is pleased to announce the opening of our Fall 2016 exhibit, Midwives Hold the Future: Advancing Nurse-Midwifery in the U.S., in Oregon, and at OHSU. This exhibit celebrates thirty-five years of nurse-midwifery education at the OHSU School of Nursing, locating OHSU’s program in context of the development of American nurse-midwifery over the past century.

The exhibit will be on display September – December 2016  in the OHSU Main Library, on the third floor of the Biomedical Information and Communication Center (BICC) on OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus. For a campus map, as well as customized driving, biking, and transit directions, please visit the interactive OHSU map: