Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Kohler Years

In two installments over two weeks in July, we received from the OHSU Office of the President twenty-nine boxes of pure, unalloyed gold. Well, not really gold, but when one has spent seven years lamenting the loss of administrative records from most of the early years of the university, one becomes easily excited by the prospect of securing high-level documents for posterity.

An overview of the as-yet unprocessed boxes shows that the materials cover the period 1991-2007, nearly all of the reign of Peter O. Kohler, M.D., who served as OHSU president from July 1, 1988, to September 2006. The collection includes correspondence, reports, media stories, speeches, research, audiovisual material, legal records and administrative records pertaining to just about every aspect of the university: infrastructure (e.g., buildings, tram), units (e.g., schools, hospitals), outreach (e.g., community relations, logo), and funding (e.g., philanthropy, OHSU Medical Group, state legislature).

As with all our record groups, the materials are now available to researchers, with exceptions on any information that might be protected by HIPAA or FERPA. Once an inventory is available, we'll post it online; in the interim, any questions about the contents can be directed to Archivist Karen Peterson.

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