Along with Lavinia Dock's textbook on Materia Medica for Nurses, we received on Friday five boxes of records from the School of Nursing and one and a half boxes of personal papers from Barbara Gaines, RN, EdD, professor of nursing and author of the only available history of the school.
With half-staff this week (our archivist is taking a well-earned week off), there won't be much processing of this material for a while, but I couldn't resist opening some folders. We have received a run of the Faculty News Bulletin, a monthly mimeographed newsletter from the then-named Dept. of Nursing Education within the University of Oregon Medical School. Among the bulletins were a few true memos, sent out by Dean Jean Boyle to the school's faculty and staff. The memo below caught my eye and tickled my fancy: it's a wonderful example of how much simpler campus life--and library collection management--were fifty years ago.
Plus, since I myself am headed down again this warm and humid afternoon on our continuing quest to assess all the volumes in off-site storage, I was interested to see that the faculty used to be as engaged in the process as the librarians were. If only I could get some of the nursing faculty to don grubbies and head down there with us today....!