Tuesday, December 04, 2007

New donation: Howard Stroud Papers


Yesterday, in the rain and wind of what people have been calling the most damaging storm in recent memory, I headed out to pick up a donation of materials from Howard Stroud, M.P.H. Mr. Stroud was Director of the Oregon Heart Association from 1960 to 1980, and as such had a front-row view of an exciting time in heart research in Oregon.

The collection includes the "Million Dollar Suitcase," which was used for fundraising efforts around the state. The case contains numerous models of Starr-Edwards heart valves, pacemakers, material for artificial arteries, catheters, one plastinated heart and two plastic-encased hearts, news clippings and photos of Albert Starr, Lowell Edwards, James Metcalfe, Roy Swank, Stan Jacob, heart patients, and OHA staff, among others. The photo seen here is of a giant replica of a human heart, installed at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) with the help of the OHA.

The Stroud Collection will enhance our holdings of materials related to heart research in Oregon, joining the Jeri Dobbs Heart Valve Collection and the Melvin P. Judkins Papers, as well as contemporary publicity materials from the university public affairs department.

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