Monday, July 16, 2007

Weaving the tangled web

Networking with colleagues has been the name of the game the past few days.

Today, we had a visit from Dr. Elliot Weinstein, M.D., co-curator of the Southern California Medical Museum. Affiliated with (but independent of) the San Bernardino County Medical Society, the SoCal Medical Museum has slowly been accreting material from neighboring county medical societies and now has a sizeable collection of medical and dental artifacts, as well as a small library of mostly 19th century medical texts. Dr. Weinstein sought us out after running across the digital photographs of items from our Medical Museum Collection in the Digital Resources Library. He's compiling a list of medical, dental, and pharmaceutical museums, from the small to the well-established, and would be grateful to hear about others. The museum's phone number is listed on their website, www.socalmedicalmuseum.org.

Also, this week marks the launch of the Small Museums brochure, an all-volunteer effort led by Portlander Carye Bye, curator of the Bathtub Art Museum. Carye graciously included our collections here in Historical Collections & Archives, and our exhibit space in the OHSU Main Library, in the list of off-the-beaten-path museums. We will eventually have these brochures freely available in the library here for anyone interested in seeing more of Portland's (smaller) cultural institutions. You can check out the full list at hiddenportland.com.

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