Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., and so Historical Collections & Archives will be closed. We'll also be closed Friday, for which we are thankful.

A very small sampling of some of the other things we're thankful for this day/week/year:

Pocket-sized digital recording devices and Paul Hull, M.D., who records every meeting of the TFME Collegium for the Study of the Spirit of Medicine and sends CDs to us here in the archives;

The employees of OHSU who have dropped bits and pieces of the institution's history into the campus mail and sent them along to us, sometimes anonymously and sometimes not (like today's receipt from Bill Foust in CFS, which is shown here--thanks Bill!);

Desktop scanners, without which this blog would be, let's face it, ridiculously dull;

Google (no, seriously), which enables searching from around the world on the documents uploaded to our web site and all the posts on this blog, for bringing us to the attention of genealogists and researchers from far-flung locales;

Pencils, because someone mentioned to me the other day that he hadn't used a pencil in years and I can't even imagine the level of certainty in oneself and trust in patrons that would be required before a writing implement other than a pencil would be allowed in an archival setting;


CBC Classical's streaming music, which makes our work environment more relaxing and rarely fails to elicit positive remarks from visitors.

But of course we can't thank everyone who makes our job possible, from donors who deposit material to researchers who correct our mistakes (keep those edits coming!) to drop-in visitors to the facilities folk who are keeping this building in one piece. This work would be meaningless if it were just the staff and the stuff. Thanks to you all for giving it meaning.

1 comment:

Emily said...

I, too, am thankful for Google.
I am also thankful for your blog. Now that my RSS aggregator in Outlook is working, I look forward to reading everyday.