Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Charles Dotter and the penguins

Our friends in Alumni Relations at the School of Medicine recently dropped off some bound volumes of alumni newsletters that we'll be adding to our collections. In addition to being reliable sources of information about newsworthy events on campus, these publications are great for fun tidbits about university history. Like, say, the time in 1957 that Charles Dotter helped save Portland Zoo's penguins.

Using radiology techniques he had pioneered, Dotter and his staff x-rayed 29 penguins to determine which had been infected with life-threatening aspergillosis fungus. I snapped a quick photo of the full article, below:

Karen wrote more about Dotter's work with penguins in a 2010 blog post. Dotter is also well-known for  x-raying another Portland Zoo inhabitant, Rosie the elephant.

Monday, May 21, 2012

ONPRC architectural graphics

While doing some research on the history of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, I happened across some great 1960s graphics from the center's early publicity materials.

The artist's rendering above shows the Central Services Building. It's printed in a 1961 pamphlet that announces, "The overall Center plan by the architectural firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, represents one of the most outstanding contributions to laboratory design in America in recent years." The campus was designed to be both self-contained and easily expandable. Aesthetically, the buildings were intended to be modern, while respecting the surrounding landscape:
"Center campus facilities have been designed to make the best possible use - both scientifically and aesthetically - of a two hundred acre site in the suburban Tualatin Valley near Beaverton. Architecturally, the buildings are low in silhouette and are placed to accentuate the charm of the gently-rolling, wooded countryside."
Our collections include a variety of reports and publicity materials from ONPRC, as well as relevant photographs, biographical material, and subject files. ONPRC's Isabel McDonald Library also holds historic materials about the center, and is developing an archives program.