Two donations which came in on the same day last week cover the gamut from nineteenth century England to modern day Oregon, and highlight not only the changes in medicine, but the changes in special collections, in the past century.
First, we received fourteen mint-condition reproductions of prints originally published in Vanity Fair magazine in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Caricatures of notable men in medicine by the artists known as Ape and Spy, the prints were reproduced in the 1930s. The set came to us in archival plastic enclosures, with complete typed information on donors, provenance, and print history.
The second item we received was a DVD copy of an original VHS recording of En bloc nephrectomy with in situ flushing by John Barry, M.D. Dr. Barry, OHSU surgeon and urologist and longtime director of the kidney transplantation program here, narrates as the surgery is performed. The donor, current executive director of organ procurement and transplant services here at OHSU, told me that this recording served as a kind of how-to tape for him and his colleague, who traveled throughout the Northwest performing the procedure. The DVD is apparently still useful as a teaching tool, since the techniques shown in it are still used.
From art prints donated by a serious collector to a DVD passed along by a clinician, we in special collections take it all and fit it in to the collections in ways that will make the materials discoverable and usable by researchers. All in a day's work!