Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving thanks

This year in HC&A, all of us are thankful for the ten months of cooperative effort that led to the creation of this, our new staff work space:

Above: Student assistant Crystal Rodgers has plenty of room for her processing projects!

Above: Even the mighty Indus scanner fits in our new digs!

Believe it or not, this is the first time in almost four years that all HC&A staff have worked together in the same building. Our staff has grown rapidly in the past few years, and we struggled to find appropriate work space in BICC and the Old Library. This fine office space was made available early in 2014. So this year we give thanks to our colleagues in Library Administration, Information & Research Services, and OHSU Facilities & Logistics for helping make it happen. And special thanks to Indus technician Larry Ruud, who finished the job by relocating our overhead scanner last week.

Finally, all of our support staff (currently numbering four student workers, Archives Assistant Jeff Colby, and a to-be-hired Public Services Coordinator) have dedicated work space, and easy access to the supplies and equipment they need to do their jobs! Stop by BICC 243 and say hello if you're in the building!

P.S. As usual, OHSU Library is closed on Thanksgiving, and HC&A will not hold walk-in hours. Enjoy the holiday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Tour and a Talking Scanner

News from HC&A:

The Portland Emerging Archivists Visit the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives:

On Tuesday evening we hosted the Portland Emerging Archivists group on a tour of the Historical Collections & Archives spaces and exhibits.  PEA members met Department Head Maija Anderson at the lower station for the Aerial Tram and took a ride to Marquam Hill where they were shown the Diversity Wall and the OHSU History Wall on their way to the BICC for a presentation on our current exhibit from Crystal Rodgers, the exhibit curator.

After discussion of the artifacts in the exhibit, we went over to the Old Library where Max and Maija gave short talks on the history of the building and the development of our various programs including the History of Medicine Rare Book Collection, our Oral History Program, our artifacts and a brief discussion of how our archives were started and how the program grew through the years.

The tour continued through our archives stacks and our library closed stacks culminating with a visit to the Pit and the Cage.

Also . . . .

We successfully moved our massive, German book scanner!  On Wednesday morning the long-planned move of the Indus book scanner from the basement to its new home in the Staff Room took place.  The move required the efforts of Larry Ruud our Indus Systems Engineer who flew in from the Midwest, Maija Anderson, Jeff Colby and Max Johnson.  Together, we hoisted the machine onto the cart you see in the image above, moved it to the new room, then moved the massive, purpose-built table, before setting the Indus in its current location.

Below is an image of our new robot overlord, err, the Scanner sitting serenely in its new home.

Did I mention this scanner talks?  It does.  We've had the Indus for approximately five years and according to the log file it has done some 17,000 scans covering rare books, oversize items and newspaper folios.  Even after all those scans and two moves, the scanner calibrated perfectly on the first run. Truly a celebratory moment for all involved!

Till next time,

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Monday! OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture by Dr. David Mulder

Our next OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture is this coming Monday, November 17th!

Canada’s Contribution to "March Madness": the James Naismith Story
David S. Mulder, M.D., M.Sc., FRSC, FACS   
Monday, November 17, 2014
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

David S. Mulder, M.D., M.Sc., FRCSC, FACS was born in Eston, Saskatchewan, receiving his M.D. degree magna cum laude from the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 1962.  Following a year of rotating internship there, he received residency training in General Surgery at The Montreal General Hospital/McGill University in Montreal between 1963 and 1967.  During his residency, he spent a year in research and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Experimental Surgery from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at McGill.  He then moved to the University of Iowa in Iowa City to complete two years of residency in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.  After another year in the Department of Physiology as a Research Associate at McGill University, he was appointed to the Faculty in 1970.  During his formative years as a surgeon, he was exposed to leaders in surgery as mentors that included Drs. H. Rocke Robertson, Fraser N. Gurd, and J.L. Ehrenhaft.

His talent and leadership qualities were recognized early and he became Surgeon-in-Chief at The Montreal General Hospital in 1977.  He was soon appointed Professor and Chairman in the Department of Surgery at McGill University in 1982.  Among the many other positions he holds, he is also the Medical Director of the McGill Sports Medicine Centre and Consulting Staff for the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club and Alouette Football Club.

One of the significant contributions made by Dr. Mulder in health care delivery was the important role he played in the development of a trauma care system in Quebec as a member of the Trauma Committee of the Province of Quebec.  This system was based on regionalization of care, integrating four Level I trauma centers with more than ninety other trauma centers in Quebec.

The lecture will begin at 12:15 pm in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium. Light refreshments served at noon. Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information or to request ADA accommodation, contact Maija Anderson,, 503-418-2287

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oregon Historical Quarterly "Regulating Birth" symposium

Our colleagues at Oregon Historical Quarterly are partnering with Professor Christin Hancock at University of Portland to organize a symposium that is likely to be of interest to many of our patrons and readers.

"Regulating Birth" will take place at Oregon Historical Society in fall 2015, but proposals are due this fall - November 30th, to be exact. They are looking for proposals for scholarly presentations that broadly address the regulation of birth. The goal of the symposium is
"to foster the production and public sharing of scholarship that explores themes and questions including, for example: how ideas of morality impact where, when, if, and how women give birth; how changes in scientific understanding (including genetics) affect the medicines, advice, and practices that attend pregnancy and childbirth; how professionalization of the medical field has affected the work, training, and regulation of midwifes and doulas; relationships between citizenship and birth; worker protective legislation (or lack thereof) and connections to women as child-bearers; relationships between religious beliefs and birth practices; impacts of pesticides, herbicides, and other industrial material on pregnancy, birth, and babies; and how experiences of stillbirth, miscarriage, and post-partum depression are regulated."
Scholarship presented at the symposium will form the basis of a special issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly. This promises to be a novel and engaging program that will bring scholarly attention to new areas of the history of health care in Oregon.

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Accessions - Yamhill County Medical Society Records and an EKG

The past few weeks have seen some great acquisitions for HC&A and I'd like to share some details on one of them.

Pictured above is the box of records I received from George Barker, M.D. who served as the last secretary/treasurer of the Yamhill County Medical Society.  The records, which are currently unprocessed, cover the dates 1971 to 1998 and include meeting minutes, agenda items, correspondence and some materials related to published works by the membership.  The value in these records stem from their being evidence of how physicians collaborated and grew their professional standings as individuals and group practitioners.  If you are interested in medical societies in Oregon, please also check out our Edith Bolten MacCracken Collection on the History of the Physicians of Jackson County.

In addition to the records, HC&A also acquired the electrocardiogram machine that belonged to Henry D. Barker, the father of George Barker.  The machine comes in a standard wooden case with an overlaying canvas case which has zipper pockets for storing cords and other parts for the device.  The device comes complete with electrodes and wires and is loaded with graphing paper.  The device seems like it is a circa 1940's model and was used by Henry Barker in practice.

Lastly, HC&A is also home to the Henry D. Barker Papers, a 1-box collection of Barker's papers from when he was in the Army Medical Corp and materials related to the Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Until next time,