I think a lot of people forget that we here in HC&A handle not only the old stuff, but current OHSU history as well--today's breaking news may be tomorrow's research paper. Yesterday afternoon, we received a fabulous donation: a VHS tape of planning information for the South Waterfront property (complete with a color label featuring an artist's rendering of the tram). We have a small collection of materials related to the Waterfront Campus and the tram, mostly ephemeral pieces like news clippings and flyers (including the anonymous April Fool's Day flyer announcing that tram funding would be furnished by beer sales at either terminus).
If you think about it, how do we know about McLean's will and the splash it made (see yesterday's post)? It's because a contemporary saved those news items and donated them to the collections here, where they were organized into searchable categories, stabilized through preservation photocopying, and made accessible to interested researchers. How do we know the years he worked at the Medical School and in what capacity? Because we have the complete run of school catalogs from that period of time--1887 through what should be the present, but isn't, mainly because the School of Medicine has gone to an electronic-only catalog.
How will the researchers of 2056 be able to reconstruct events of 2006? We're doing all we can to make sure that the materials donated to us are saved for future generations. We count on donors to help us in that endeavor. So, a hearty thanks to all you who have given and you who may yet give!