Thursday, May 17, 2007

One folder down, 42 more boxes to go

We finished reboxing the donation we received from News & Pubs yesterday, and the grand total is 42 document boxes of materials. Since we have a patron coming by this afternoon to see some of this new information, I had occasion to process one folder completely. Here's a preview of the type of thing we'll be seeing for months to come as we work through the whole collection:

Folder: Krippaehne, William W., M.D.
Krippaehne was chair of the Department of Surgery here at OHSU for almost twenty years before retiring in December of 1984. He didn't have long to enjoy retirement before his death in June 1985 at the age of 68.

The UNP folder contains fourteen photographic prints of new images of Krippaehne, plus five associated proof sheets and some negatives. It has news clippings from the time of Krippaehne's death, along with the euology delivered at his funeral (unsigned). There are also clippings from the time of Krippaehne's retirement, his CV, and lists of accomplishments of the surgical divisions under Krippaehne's tenure as chairman. The folder also contains the original media announcement made by Dean David Baird when Krippaehne was named as chair in 1965.

Many news clippings in this folder relate to Stanley Jacob, M.D., primarily his research on DMSO--an example of a controversial story which unfolded during Krippaehne's era. Several offprints relate to the development of the Fogarty catheter--an example of a research advancement made on Krippaehne's watch.

There is a "confidential advance notice" from the U.S.D.H.E.W. to Kenneth Niehans, Public Information Director at the Medical School, announcing the award of a major grant to the school in September of 1966 (Krippaehne was acting PI for the grant). The original application is also in the folder, in duplicate, running to 92 pages.

Finally, a plethora of little news clippings related in one way or another to Krippaehne: appointments, media statements, and the like.

Here at OHSU, where we have never yet in our 120-year history implemented a records retention policy, this is about as close to "the record" as you get. It's clear that these files will become a veritable treasure trove of information for future researchers. All we need now are some more photo sleeves...

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