Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Socially hygienic hijinks

It's been a pretty image-heavy past few days here, as we begin to incorporate all of the photographic materials from the massive OHSU News & Pubs donation into our existing Historical Image Collection.

By default, the pictures we received with this latest donation are categorized by person (since these were the UNP faculty files). But not all of the images are simple head shots. This one was filed under David W.E. Baird--former dean of the medical school, who can be seen smiling, hand to right coat pocket, in the foreground at the far left.

The photo was taken, according to the note on the back, at the Oregon Conference on Social Hygiene, sponsored by the Brown Institute, held February 5-6, 1943. Social hygiene never looked like so much fun! (Well, ok, maybe it did look like a lot of fun, even back then. Check out all the posters in the University of Minnesota's digital collection.)

If you'd like to find out more about what these people are smiling about, check out some of the publications of the Oregon Social Hygiene Society and the Social Hygiene Society of Portland in our collections and in Summit. We also have a history of the Brown Institute, which had a prominent role in the development of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine here at OHSU. Even more information can be found in the (as yet unprocessed) Harold Osterud Papers (Accession 2004-004).

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