Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Special collections libraries on YouTube

We're getting ready to take on some additional volunteer and student labor here in HC&A, which got me looking for some good training material. It was great to see how many special collections now have introductory videos on YouTube. In particular, I thought these provided great background material for orientation to special collections:

University of Manitoba's "Rare Research: How to Do Primary Research with Rare Documents"

Michigan State University's "Special Collections Overview"

University of Waterloo's "Using Rare Books and Archives for Your Research"

These are aimed at researchers and are specific to the institution that produced them. However, it's remarkable that taken as a group, they show that while all special collections libraries are unique, they share a set of service values, reflect the identity of the institution, and exist to support research. For new staff and researchers, I think it's also helpful to see that rules about handling and use of materials - which might seem arbitrary or pedantic to new people - are also common to most special collections libraries.

All of this reminds me of my first day of work as an archives processing assistant. All I knew was that I was thrilled that someone was actually going to pay me to go through boxes of old stuff.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A John BeVier White Christmas

Back in August, Sara posted about an incoming donation of books belonging to John BeVier White, (UOMS MD, 1927). I'm now in the midst of reviewing some of these as possible additions to our collections.

One of the unusual challenges of selecting material from donations is that a donated book is rarely just a book. People annotate, doodle, stamp, bookplate, and mark up their books. Then there are those who bookmark pages with cards, notes, clippings and even cash. Occasionally these alterations and additions add to the historical interest of the book, and we jump through hoops to document that. But sometimes a grocery receipt used as a bookmark is just a grocery receipt.

Dr. White is one of those readers who loved to tuck family letters, notes, articles, and bits of ephemera into his books. I just picked up his copy of Cora Williams' A System of Ethics Founded on the Theory of Evolution (1893) , and this charming greeting card happened to fall out:

Other surprise gifts in this book are a circa 1960s birthday card to White from his family, and a business card from a local aluminum window supplier.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Stores from the Clippings

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Well, it's that time of year, jingle bells, mistle toe and stockings all hung in a row... and A Christmas Story. No not the "Christmas story" but the movie, A Christmas Story.

If you have seen it, you will well remember this scene:

Ralphie is visiting Santa at the department store, only he can't remember what he wanted.

Santa Claus: How about a nice football?

Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] Football? Football? What's a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out "football".

Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.

Ralphie: Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!

Ralphie: [Ralphie is shoved down the slide, but he stops himself and climbs back up] No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!

Santa Claus: You'll shoot your eye out, kid.

This scene is particulary funny because what child (of my generation anyway) can't remember his mother or father yelling, "Don't run with those scissors/that knife/that stick, you'll poke your eye out." With a BB gun... "Be careful with that thing, you'll shoot someone's eye out!" I did happen to imbed a BB in my brother's thumb one day regardless of our mother's warnings. We siblings still have two eyes, despite our reckless childhood.

Today's story from the clippings seems to be one of those that parents tell to their children to teach a lesson as to why they're not going to get them a BB gun for Christmas. I don't know, maybe kids don't beg for BB guns like they used to.

Johnny Klien and his friends were playing on the cliff at the back of the old Montgomery Wards store, when one of the boys with a BB gun shot Johnny lodging a BB in the right eye. According to Johnny, he had been yelling at his friends to stop shooting. They had yelled back, "We're not going to shoot you, Johnny". Johnny's mom claimed that she would never have bought Johnny a BB gun. He was happy with a bicycle, a baseball and a football.

Johnny, one of nine children, had a paper route and had been the first savings depositor in the new industrial branch of the First National Bank that past December. He deposited $70.00 worth of buffalo head nickles and pennies he had saved from his paper routes. His father was not able to work, his older brother worked a paper route and his mother rented out rooms to provide for the family.

The mother of the boys with the BB gun said that she was sorry and that yes, she knew that kids weren't suppose to have BB guns in the city but her boys pestered her so...

So... a physician at the Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children removed the BB and Johnny reposed in bed, couldn't move his head much or sit up nor could he even stir a little. The prognosis was that he would probably only see a bit of light out of what remained of his bright blue eye.

So this is the season... if your children are begging for an Official Red Ryder Carbine Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle for Christmas, take heed.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

"The Michelangelo of Medicine"

Via the New York Times Well blog, I discovered the exhibition Frank H. Netter, MD, Michelangelo of Medicine, now on view at the Morris Museum in Morristown, NJ.

Netter established himself as a commercial artist, a career of which his parents disapproved. Pressured to find a more dependable vocation, he attended New York University's medical school and trained as a surgeon. This unusual combination of skills gave him the background to become "the foremost master of medical illustration."

If a trip to New Jersey doesn't fit into your travel plans, the OHSU Library holds many of Netter's classic texts. In the HC&A collections I found one of the many promotional items that Netter designed for CIBA Pharmaceutical Products:
Published in 1938, this pamphlet excerpts "Anatomy of the Gall-Bladder and Extra-Hepatic Bile Ducts" from Cunningham's Text-book of Anatomy, and promotional copy for the drug Trasentin. But Netter's illustrations - in a beautiful art deco color palette - steal the show.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Stories from the Clippings

Hector Spends the Holidays at Charlie's House
Those of you who follow the "Stories from the Clippings" might recall a story I told about Charles T. Dotter, radiologist, and Rosie the Elephant. At the end of that tale, I asked if you had heard the one about the penguins? I thought it might be time to tell the story since Dick Stueve brought it up in his History of Medicine lecture on "Not So Crazy Charlie" this past week.

Yes, this is my third post on Charles Dotter, but you must remember that what I write mostly is what the newspapers were publishing and we know that journalists do love the sensational, the controversial and the strange. Charlie was certainly that and much more.

So the story goes that Hector, an Adelie (some say Humboldt) penguin, was temporarily kept at Peninsula park... that's right Portlanders, at Peninsula park, Portland's first community center in the park system! In 1957, while the Zoo was completing their new penguin habitat, the penguins enjoyed the lovely pool just outside the Italian-villa style community center.

The penguins fell ill with aspergillosis, a lung fungus that threatened to wipe out the entire flock.

Charlie took the first x-rays of the birds in the fight to save them. Why Charlie got involved is a question not yet answered but he did. He asked Jack Marks, Zoo Director, if he could have the bodies of those already dead for the pupose of autopsy. A body was delivered to the medical school on New Years Eve along with another ailing bird not long for this world.

Charlie was ready to close his office for the holiday but couldn't bring himself to lock up, leaving the ailing bird - now known as Hector - to suffer alone. He took him home. New Years day, Charlie and Zoo veternarian, Dr. Clifford Bjork, gave Hector his first injection of a new antibiotic. Along with a very understanding and sympathetic Mrs. Dotter, Charlie gave Hector his vitamins and herring each day.

Hector recovered and did not show any symtoms of his disease but it was not determined whether he would carry the disease back to the flock. Hector enjoyed the hospitality shown him by the Dotters. In fact, Charlie proclaimed Hector, "a darned fine patient". And the Dotters had only one complaint regarding their holiday house guest: Hector was not yet house trained!

Discussing the recovery, Charlie said, "Maybe the city will dig me up another old rug." Another, who knew about Hector, said that all that penguin needed was a little TLC. It seems that Charlie was just what the doctor ordered.

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Post #1,001

So, when preparing Monday's post, I completely overlooked that it should have been a landmark event: The 1000th post on our blog. So instead, I'm kicking off the next 1000 posts with a brief retrospective:

Post #1: Sara Piasecki welcomed readers to HC&A's brand-new blog on August 22, 2006

241 posts later, the blog had its first birthday.

March 12, 2008's "Morningside Hospital: What We Know" still draws traffic and remains our most-commented post.

In 2009, HC&A won the coveted "Best Institutional Blog" award from Archives Next.

August 31, 2010's "Ave atque vale" was the last post from departing HC&A head Sara Piasecki.

This blog would not be what it is without the positive feedback and consistent support it gets from our researchers and library colleagues. Join us for the next 1,000 posts!

Monday, December 06, 2010

Shields Warren: pathologist, radiation researcher, hobo

The National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division recently launched a new interface for its oral history collection. The content includes full-text searchable transcripts as well as audio.

I ran across an intriguing 1972 interview in which Dr. Shields Warren (1898-1980) described his "hobo years" in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Boston University in 1918 and serving in WWI, Warren set out to see the country:
"I had picked up a bicycle at the Dalles and went down to, among other places, Portland, Oregon which I liked very much; it was a very clean city. Shipyards there--they were still building the iron ships--and I worked on the night shift again; this was from eleven to seven. I remember it very vividly because it was always foggy or raining in Portland and the effect of the lights on the unpainted and the red painted iron in the hulls shining in the wet, the arc as the rivet was tossed from the forge to the riveter."
The young adventurer did much of his traveling by bicycle:
"Well, after I had explored the Oregon territory quite thoroughly and I was greatly taken by the Columbia River Valley, Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, all that area, I got restless again and took my bike and went up to Seattle...I wrote up for the Boston Herald (I worked on the Herald as a reporter when I was in college to get some extra dough) accounts of the work in the shipyard and how things were in the West of that time and conned them into thinking that it would be a good thing to write a series of stories on riding a bicycle around the Olympic Peninsula."
The conditions were not ideal:
"I worked my way down the coast going up the various streams until I made a series of zigzags up to the Olympics on the western side and back down and then came to another Indian settlement at the Bogachiel River and that was too deep and too swift or me. I ordinarily put my things on a log and swam them across but I couldn't do it. I got one of the Indians--he had sort of a half raft affair--and we were almost over to the other side when the current caught the thing against a rock and it tipped and spilled my gear and bike into the water. Boy, that water was cold to retrieve it."
After Warren had his fill of hoboing, he used the money he saved from working odd jobs to enroll in medical school at Harvard. He became an internationally renowned pathologist, and was particularly concerned with radiation and atomic energy. He conducted the first systematic examination of radioactive fallout and worked to control radiation's health threats and benefits. He earned the Enrico Fermi Award in 1971.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture: "Charles T. Dotter, MD: Not So "Crazy Charlie"


The OHSU History of Medicine Society invites you to the next presentation in the History of Medicine Society Lecture Series:

“Charles T. Dotter, MD: Not So ‘Crazy Charlie’”

Guest speaker: Dick Stueve, RT (R)

Friday, December 3, 2010

Public lecture: 12:15pm

Refreshments served at noon

Location: Old Library Auditorium

Clarence R. Stueve is a national leader in cardiovascular image quality and x-ray dose issues. From 1962-1978, Mr. Stueve worked with Dr. Charles T. Dotter and Dr. Melvin P. Judkins at Oregon Health Sciences University and Loma Linda University Medical Center. Known as the “father of interventional radiology,” Dr. Dotter introduced transluminal angioplasty in 1964. He went on to develop other pioneering techniques in the field of interventional radiology. At OHSU, Dr. Dotter served as the chairman of School of Medicine Department of Diagnostic Radiology from 1952-1985. Mr. Stueve’s work with Drs. Dotter and Judkins included technical support during the development of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty, selective coronary angiography, and selective neuroangiography.

As a nationally recognized lecturer, Mr. Stueve has participated in cardiovascular image quality symposia presented by Harvard Medical School of Continuing Education, the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions, Philips Healthcare and Northwest Imaging Forums. Mr. Stueve has published numerous scientific papers and was awarded medical device patents from General Electric Medical Systems and Philips Healthcare. He was charter member of the cardiovascular, general x-ray and surgical systems global image quality teams of Philips Healthcare. He has also served as the National Vascular IQ Team Leader for General Electric Medical Systems, and on the national committee that developed the NEMA XR21 cardiac dose / image quality phantom. While at Loma Linda, Mr. Stueve began the first national postgraduate training program for Cardiovascular Radiologic Technologists.

The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Chris Shaffer (503-494-6057) at least five business days prior to the event.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Jews@Work: Law and Medicine

Here is a great activity for the whole family during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and an opportunity to celebrate the diversity that is Oregon.

For one more month only ~ At the Oregon Jewish Museum there is "An exhibition that charts the remarkable progress Oregon Jews made as they integrated into the life of the state. From their days as immigrants to fully participatory Oregonians, their journey is reflected in the work they plunged into over the 150 years of Oregon's history. The pursuit of knowledge, combined with the quest for justice and the sanctity of life, has drawn Jews to professions in law and medicine. Through compelling narratives, artifacts and photographs, the exhibition chronicles the history, growth and culture in Oregon that made it possible for Jews to become full participants in the community and pursue these prestigious professions."

Heather Brunner, curator, spent months in the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, and other regional historical societies and archives, researching the Jewish physicians and lawyers who are now featured in this remarkable exhibit of sound and vision. I've seen it and I highly recommend it.

The Oregon Jewish Museum is located near restaurants and boutique shops at 1953 NW Kearney and borders the bustling Pearl District, so go and make a day of it.

Museum Hours are: Tuesday - Thursday 10:30a - 4:00p; Friday 10:30a - 3:00p; Sunday 1:00 - 4:00p

Admission Adults: $6; Students/Seniors: $4; Members: Free; Children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian: Free


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

Historical Collections & Archives will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday.

We have much to be thankful for here in the History of Medicine Room, but today I am feeling extra-thankful to our many casual donors who drop off treasures for our collections - just because they think it's important, and they want to do it. I'm thinking in particular of a faculty member who emailed us biographical material on a long-deceased surgeon, a resident who walked in with a set of antique syringes for our museum collection, and administrative staff who send us records of campus events.

On a personal note, I am deeply thankful to all the library employees who have helped ease my transition here - especially those who are still covering interim responsibilities, which I hope to relieve them of very soon! And special thanks to Sara Piasecki - not only for building such a great program in HC&A, but for leaving me so many helpful files and documentation of her work - otherwise I'd be lost without a compass.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Monday, November 22, 2010

The historical frontier

I spent much of the past six years facilitating research on the history and culture of Chicago. While Chicago is a fascinating place, it’s also exceedingly well-documented. Every year brings hundreds of new publications on "Chicago studies," and researchers have to work hard to find a new angle or an untapped resource. That’s one of the things that made it so exciting to come to the Pacific Northwest, where many untold stories hold rich opportunities for new research.

For example, in my first week on the job I learned that the most comprehensive work on the history of medicine in Oregon was published over 70 years ago! Olof Larsell’s The Doctor in Oregon: A Medical History (Portland: Binsford & Mort, 1947) documents the unique development of the practice of medicine in Oregon from the late 18th century to the mid-1940s. While there are inevitable errors in the 600+ painstakingly detailed pages, I’ve already found it an indispensable source for reference and research.

Needless to say, a lot has changed in medicine since 1947 - as has our perspective on the early history that Larsell wrote about. Who will write the next definitive work on this subject?

Image: Olof Larsell forging new research frontiers. See the online exhibition, too!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Stories from the Clippings

Fred's Older Sister

For the traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians", I was curator of the exhibit that accompanied the panels NLM sent. One of the Oregon physicians I highlighted was Amelia Ziegler, MD. The label for her exhibit case read:
Dr. Amelia Ziegler was born in 1861, a native of New York State and was educated in the Midwest. She taught school for several years in New York and Missouri before studying medicine at the Women’s Medical College in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated in 1898 with highest honors.

Dr. Ziegler moved to Portland and began her practice that same year, working mainly with women and children. It was said that she delivered 3,032 Oregon babies and never lost a mother. Her office was in the Alisky Building on 3rd and Morrison, where for several years, she shared a reception area with Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy.

In 1903, she went to Chicago to serve as senior physician at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital; later she worked at Cook County Hospital and in the clinic of Dr. Isaac Arthur Abt. Returning to Portland, she joined the staff of the Women’s Convalescent Home, Florence Crittenton Home and the Portland Sanitarium.

Dr. Ziegler was a charter member of the Portland Woman’s Medical Club, a member of city, county and state medical societies and the American Medical Association. She served on the staff of the Women’s Convalescent Home and the Portland Sanitarium. She was also a lifetime member of the Medical Women’s National Association and an active member of the Social Hygiene Society.

Her brother was Frederic J. Ziegler, a graduate of the University of Oregon, Class of 1901, Jefferson Medical College Class of 1905, and a member of the University of Oregon Medical School faculty from 1911-1922 (surgery).

Apparently that very last paragraph had escaped my notice, though I wrote it, printed it and mounted it. When I read Frederic's obituary dated November 1953 , I was surprised to read that here was Amelia's baby brother, 17 years her junior.

Fred had practiced medicine in Portland for 46 years and was still in active practice when he fell ill and, after only 3 weeks, died. He attended the University of Oregon Medical School from 1897-1901, where he starred on the football team, (here's that football photo again, though it must be before Ziegler's time since it does not include Ziegler) and served as a member of the UOMS faculty in the department of surgery from 1911-1922. He was a member of the Multnomah County Medical Society, the AMA Upsilon chapter of Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity and Sigma Mu social fraternity; as well, Dr. Ziegler served in the Medical Corp as a captain during WWI.

Sadly enough, we don't have a single photograph of Dr. Fred Ziegler.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reimagining the Archive




Last weekend I attended Reimagining the Archive: Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era , a symposium hosted by UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television. As a traditionally-trained archivist and librarian, this symposium was a great way to challenge my assumptions about what an archive is, how an archive is used, and the roles and relationships of its stakeholders of an archive.

For my talk on the dissipating distinction between private collections and public archives, I was teamed up with two terrific co-presenters. Amelia Abreu of University of Washington presented “Tag games, tweets, and recipes: collections in networked public,” exploring the relationship between sharing and saving in social networks. Beth Capper of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago presented her impressive efforts to preserve the documents of filmmaker Shirley Clarke’s Tee Pee Video Space Troupe workshops.

I was inspired by Rick Prelinger’s keynote address “We Are the New Archivists: Artisans, Activites, Cinephiles, Citizens.” My other favorites were Megan Winget on video game preservation; Ricardo Punzalan on the virtual reunification of colonial archives; and Portland’s own Anne Richardson and Dennis Nyback on their project The Portland that Was.

With so many film scholars, artists, and independent archivists in attendance, this was an incredibly diverse mix of attendees, making for a refreshing change from the usual professional conference. Bravo to the organizers for getting all of us together for a few days!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stories from the Clippings

Dressed to Heal
Fashion is fickle. Like the leaves of a tree, stlye comes and then goes round again, one cycle on the heels of another. Spring and summer's array of soft and velvety greens transforms into fall's yellows, shades of purple, pink, bright orange and yellow flashes of light; seasons change and seemingly moments later the leaves turn dry and brown and blow away in the wind. But in the seamless turn of the seasons, the trees return once again to their glorious splendor just as we become accustomed to the tree's winter austere attire.

Campus photographs in the Archives bear witness to the seasons of campus fashion as it has changed through the years. In years gone by campus attire held a more formal stance. Students could be seen lying about on the grass having picnics in summer and having snowball fights in winter, sitting, listening to lectures or sleeping. Male students were most always in shirts, ties and slacks, while female students wore skirts and dresses and all identified by their neatly ironed white coats. Nursing students are seen in starched white uniforms and stockings. But times have changed.

On August 8, 1954, the Oregonian published a shoot by photographer, Carl Vermilya showing back to school clothes for the college bound. Among the local settings chosen for the project was the University of Oregon Medical School. Here you see 5 young women in front of Mac Hall with the Old Library in the background. The journalists point out that UOMS "has few girls but does offer a suitable photo setting".

These days residents and students alike dress for the rigors of life on the front-line. One must look at campus badges to make out the difference between a medical, dental or nursing student. When on duty, most everyone is in scrubs.

As an observant archivist, I've noticed the changes in fashion through the years. As I process photographs and watch the students on campus going about their business, what I see is a huge change between the more formal "then" and the more casual "now". Now, students wear sandals, shorts and t-shirts when the days turn warm, and fleeces, sweatshirts, weatherproof jackets and jeans as summer turns into fall and as the damp, cold days of winter require more protection.

To be fair, today I did see
two young men out of 50 in the cafeteria, one with a shirt and tie and another in slacks and sport shirt.
And there are those days during the year when prospective students arrive for their interviews and all are in shiny black dress shoes and dark suits, men and women alike.

It appears that tradition still has a place, and it makes me wonder, if like the the leaves of the tree that return in their season, if foramlity might once again return to campus fashion.

History of Medicine Society Lecture: “Charles R. Drew, MD, FACS – Surgical Paragon”

The OHSU History of Medicine Society invites you to the next presentation in the History of Medicine Society Lecture Series:

“Charles R. Drew, MD, FACS – Surgical Paragon”

Guest speaker: LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Public lecture: 12:15 p.m.

Refreshments served at noon

Location: Vey Auditorium, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 11th Floor

LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. the Charles R. Drew professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, is a surgeon, oncologist, medical educator, and leader in professional and civic organizations.

He was born on May 22, 1930, in Tallahassee, Florida and grew up in Quincy, Florida. At age eighteen, he was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude), from Florida A&M College. In 1952 he received his M.D. degree from the Howard University College of Medicine, ranking first in his class. From 1952 through 1959 his medical training continued as an intern at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, assistant resident in surgery at Freedmen's Hospital, and senior fellow in cancer surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He began his military career at the rank of Captain, serving as Chief of General Surgery at the United States Army Hospital in Munich, Germany. He joined the Howard University faculty in 1962. In addition to teaching, he has served as Acting Dean of the School of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, a position he held for twenty-five years. In 1992, he was named the Charles R. Drew Professor, a position he currently holds. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Leffall has served as Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer at more than 200 medical institutions in the United States and abroad. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 articles and chapters. His professional life has been devoted to the study of cancer, particularly among African-Americans. In 1979 as national president of the American Cancer Society, he launched a program (the first of this type) that focused on the challenge of cancer in Black Americans with special attention to the increasing incidence and mortality of cancer in this group. Completing his forty-second year on the Howard University faculty, he has taught approximately 4,500 medical students and helped train nearly 250 general surgery residents.

He was the first African-American President of the American Cancer Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Surgical Chairmen, the Washington Academy of Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. He has received ten honorary degrees, among them: Howard University, Florida A&M University, Georgetown University and Amherst College. In 1987 The Biennial LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Award was established by the M.D. Anderson Hospital, the Tumor Institute, and the Intercultural Cancer Council, in Houston, Texas. This award recognizes Dr. Leffall’s contributions to cancer prevention, treatment, and education in minority and economically disadvantaged communities. In 1989, the citizens of Quincy, Florida named a street, a path, and the surgical wing in the Gadsden Memorial Hospital in his honor. The LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Surgical Society was formed in March 1995; the Leffall Chair in Surgery was established in February 1996; and the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons established the LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Prize in 1996. He was named Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Leffall and his family established the Martha J. and LaSalle D. Leffall, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund and Endowed Professorship in Science at Florida A & M University in 1997 in honor of his mother and father. His memoirs entitled “Grace Notes—A Cancer Surgeon’s Odyssey,” will be published by the Howard University Press in 2004.

In addition to his professorship at Howard University; he is also currently chairman of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the President’s Cancer Panel; the Board of Directors of the National Dialogue on Cancer. Dr. Leffall and his wife Ruthie have one son, LaSalle, III an honors graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law and Business Schools. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Housing Partnership Foundation in Washington, D.C. Dr. Leffall is an avid supporter of jazz music. Because of his long-standing and close relationship with Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Dr. Leffall represents an important link with one of the most imposing figures in modern jazz.

The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Chris Shaffer (503-494-6057) at least five business days prior to the event.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A short introduction

Allow me to introduce myself: Maija Anderson, the new Head, Historical Collections & Archives at OHSU Library. On my second full day in the office, I’m amazed by the accomplishments of my predecessor, Sara Piasecki. Her leadership and vision will inspire me as I step into this new role. I also feel very fortunate to be working with such dedicated colleagues within HC&A and throughout the library. I look forward to getting acquainted with our researchers and donors, and with the Northwest special collections and archives community.

I come to OHSU from University of Chicago, where I worked as an archivist at the Special Collections Research Center. I hold an M.A. in Library Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in Art History from University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the history of medicine, and bring my background in social history and material culture to our unique collections. As a special collections librarian, I have a strong interest in issues of access and outreach, and recently spoke on these topics at the Midwest Archives Conference and the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. Later this week, I’ll be in California for Reimagining the Archive: Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era, an exciting symposium hosted by UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.

As Emily announced, I’ll be taking the reins of our blog starting this week. My sincere appreciation goes out to Emily and Karen for their blogging efforts in this interim period. As I continue to develop OHSU Library’s Historical Collections & Archives, I look forward to sharing the experience with you on the blog.