Today I've been continuing my work identifying a stack of old photographs that lack any information: no dates, no names (or names written in a hand I can't read), no places. After a while, every face starts to look familiar. So, I sought answers (or just inspiration) in the image files called "Portraits, Group" and "Faculty, Misc." Lo! and behold! two gems neither I nor Karen knew existed:
Group portrait of Oregon's first neurosurgeon A.J. McLean, German neurosurgeon Otfrid Foerster, and their wives, taken in Germany in 1929. We have seven boxes of the papers of the enigmatic Dr. McLean in the archives, but this was the first indication I had that he was married--and the only photograph of him we have outside of Dr. Daniel Labby's wonderful scrapbook.
Group portrait from a Medical School Alumni Association dinner in which alumnus Herbert Merton Greene is shown receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. I wish I had known we had this when we received Greene's papers (along with his Master Mason apron) from his granddaughter this past year. Luckily, she's coming back to see us soon and we can share this find with her.
None of those faces matched the ones staring up at me from my unidentified pile, but great finds nevertheless! People assume we know all about everything in the collections, but every day we learn something new....