Thursday, February 01, 2007

The aptly named Dr. Woolley

In the course of arranging and describing our University Relations & Public Affairs Records (Accession 2004-008), we uncovered a letter from faculty member Dr. Ivan Woolley outlining his hestitation in hiring a certain candidate for a position in social services. The comments are, themselves, a bit wooly (in the sense of being a little rude in nature) and perhaps not quite appropriate for reprinting in the 21st-century blogosphere. Suffice it to say that it made us a little more interested in Dr. Woolley, whose papers we also have here in the archives (Accession 2002-004).

Taking a look at the guide for the Woolley Collection, we learn that Dr. Woolley, a 1919 graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School (the last year before the move to Marquam Hill) was the founder of both the Oregon Radiological Society and the Pacific Northwest Radiological Society, and served as vice-president of both the American College of Radiology and the Radiological Society of North America. His book, Roentgenology in Oregon: the first fifty years, remains the only work on the history of radiology in the state.

Taking a look at the inventory for the collection, though, we see some things we might not expect to see in the papers of a radiologist, such as the "old style phone shoulder rest" (old as of when? It was hard to get good help in the early years). More interesting are the physician's patient register and the early photographs of the Medical School. Also of potential value to researchers is the correspondence with the various organizations with which Woolley was affilliated, including the Multnomah County Medical Society. Having seen, in the URPA Records, how Woolley was wont to express his opinion in writing, I'm guessing that there are a few more howlers lurking in these folders!

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