Monday, February 23, 2009

A.D. is D-O-N-E

Since, let's say roughly 2003, we've had a project to do preservation copying of the A.D. Mackenzie Letters (Accession 2003-007). When we last updated you all, in October of 2008, we were up to page 245 of volume 2 in the scanning process.

We're thrilled to be able to report that scanning is now complete, to the tune of 440 files for volume 1 and 495 files for volume two, not including the index pages for both volumes (also done). Since many of the pages were already nearly unreadable, digital capture has come not a moment too soon (see some examples below). It's actually quite stunning how much more one can see on the digital surrogate than on a standard photocopy (which was the technology available to this project at its inception in 2003).

Who was Alexander Donald Mackenzie? We still don't know a lot about him. We know that he matriculated at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1891, at which time his residence was listed as Portland. He graduated in 1894 (which makes him a classmate of Esther Pohl Lovejoy of much greater fame) and he was granted a license to practice in Oregon in 1895. He was appointed clinical lecturer at UOMS in 1902, and served as secretary for both the Portland City and County Medical Society and the Oregon State Medical Society. We know (or think we know) he died in 1907, but the 1907 issues of Northwest Medicine don't contain an obituary for him. If any of you readers out there know more about the "Little Mackenzie", we'd love to hear from you.

Take your time. His letters will be waiting.

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