Friday, January 30, 2015

First Accession for 2015

Our first accession for 2015 is the Medical Research Foundation (MRF) Collection.  Transferred to the Archives in the early days of January, this collection is currently being processed for public access in the next few weeks.  The collection is composed of images, reports and newsletters related to the work of the Foundation and covers their activity from 1942 to 1992.

The MRF was founded in 1942 by a group of dedicated physicians looking to broaden the scope of, and increase support for, biomedical research at Oregon Institutions.  The MRF’s accomplishments can be seen in the wide range of scientists and research projects they have funded.  This includes the Starr-Edwards mitral valve, research at the Primate Center, and research into neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In the photo above, I've provided some samples of what can be found in this collection including images of MRF Scholars and Trustees, MRF Discovery dinners and lunches as well reports from the Foundation on its activities, a comprehensive history of the Foundation from 1942 to 1992 and copies of the Foundation newsletter “Bulletin.”

Access to the collection may obtained by contacting:

Happy Friday!

Monday, January 26, 2015

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture - February 6th

Our next OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture is February 6th:

Creating the Oregon Health Plan: An Ethics Mosaic
Michael J. Garland, D.Sc.Rel., Professor Emeritus, OHSU
Friday, February 6, 2014
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Dr. Michael Garland is Professor Emeritus in OHSU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Senior Scholar in the Center for Ethics in Health Care. He holds a D.Sc.Rel in Ethics from the University of Strasbourg, an M.A. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, and licentiates in theology and philosophy from Saint Louis University. His academic focus is the social ethics commitment from which public health flows. Beginning his career at OHSU in 1978, Dr. Garland continues to promote prevention, social ethics, public participation, and common good in the arena of state health policy.

Dr. Garland’s publications focus on issues in the allocation of health care resources, social ethics education in health professions' curricula, ethics in human experimentation, ethical issues in withholding treatment from the terminally ill, and the community's role in guiding ethical choices in health policy. He co-founded Oregon Health Decisions, a civic organization that fosters public participation in the development of state health policy. The organization has played a continuing role in maintaining public involvement in critical policy choices affecting the Oregon Health Plan.

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Meg Langford, HC&A Public Services Coordinator

I’m very excited to share the news that OHSU Historical Collections & Archives has hired Meg Langford as our Public Services Coordinator. Meg brings us wide experience in special collections, in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge of public services issues, outstanding communication skills, and enthusiasm for working with the public. This new position for HC&A will bring more efficiency to our work in serving the public, and will strengthen our successful outreach work and public programming.

Meg has a record of progressively responsible experience in Portland State University's Special Collections & University Archives, beginning as a post-baccalaureate intern in a public history class,  where she worked with a student team to process and preserve a collection, prepare a finding aid, and curate an exhibit. From 2013-2014 she worked as Library Technician at PSU performing key public services and outreach activities in special collections, and completing a variety of archival projects. Later in 2014, she worked as Project Consultant for a digital exhibit and outreach program to celebrate PSU’s 65th anniversary. She brings experience in customer service, scheduling, event planning, and expense monitoring from her work as Operations Specialist for Animal Traffic, a Portland vintage and specialty retailer. Meg also comes to us with direct experience working with the OHSU community, through administrative work for the School of Nursing. 

Meg holds a B.A. in history from PSU, and has a strong interest in Russian history. She lives in Southeast Portland, has two cats, and loves karaoke.

Should you contact HC&A to ask a question about our collections, request photocopies or scans, or schedule a research visit, Meg will most likely be the friendly face of HC&A on the other end!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Kim Jensen lecture on Women in the Progressive Era, February 2nd

This event is likely to be of interest to many of our readers. Kimberly Jensen, Professor of History and Gender Studies at Western Oregon University, will be presenting a lecture on Oregon women in the Progressive era as part of the Oregon History 101 series at McMenamin's Kennedy School. Kim's lecture will be on Monday, February 2nd at 7:00pm. Get there early so you can get dinner, drinks, and a good seat! 

Kim's lecture will draw from her research on the People's Institute and Free Dispensary, a Progressive-era effort to improve the health of underserved populations in Portland. Kim lectured on a related topic as part of our History of Medicine Society lecture series in 2013.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Winter Exhibit - Impressions in Time: The Growth of the OHSU School of Dentistry

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives proudly presents our Winter Exhibit.  Curated by the University Archivist, this exhibit contains a unique gathering of artifacts, records and documentation related to the growth, development and student life of the School of Dentistry beginning in the 1950's with the construction of the school on Marquam Hill.  In addition, this exhibit displays a rare collection of unusual teeth carefully preserved by the School of Dentistry for over 50 years.

The recent move of the School of Dentistry from Marquam Hill down to the South Waterfront involved the uncovering of many artifacts in the school, as well as the transfer of records and scientific research data over to the archives.  During this transition faculty and staff from both the school and the archives worked to ensure that nothing was lost during the shuffle.  This collaboration ensured that these materials would be preserved for the long term and available to researchers, faculty and the public in support of the growth of the health sciences.

A special thanks goes out to Dr. J Henry Clarke, DMD, M.S. for advice in selecting truly interesting and unique artifacts as well assisting with text, historical accuracy and dental terminology.

The physical exhibit is open to the public and will be on display in the Library, BICC 3rd Floor, from January through April.