Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy holidays from HC&A

Wishing our readers happy holidays, from all of us in HC&A!


Above: Old Library patio on a rare snowy day. Photograph by Sara Piasecki.

2013 was an exciting year for HC&A. We completed major projects on digitization, collection development, and space planning. We welcomed new student workers and volunteers, and saw others move on to promising new opportunities. We also explored some new directions that will guide our activities next year.

Oh, and with the new year approaching, I thought this would be a good time to bring on a new look for the blog. The trusty old template had outlived its usefulness. The new template is nothin' fancy in this day and age, but offers new features and customization options.

2014 will be a great year of change for HC&A, and we look forward to sharing it with all of you!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Why we're so excited about 60+ volumes of Oregon State Board of Education minutes

If you want to see archivists geek out, present them with several dozen volumes of administrative meeting minutes. Like this complete run of 1927-1993 minutes of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, bound neatly in kelly green buckram.


At first impression, records like these can seem dry, bureaucratic, and impenetrable. But they are also essential to rigorous historical research, revealing the structural underpinnings of institutions, and documenting how authorities made decisions that would affect millions of people. These minutes reveal in detail the administrative workings of higher education in 20th century Oregon. When historians try to answer the question of "What really happened," resources such as these provide the "official" version of the story. Historians can use this to bolster an argument, forge a new narrative, or contrast with the "unofficial" experience of Oregonians.

These minutes were transferred to HC&A by OHSU's President's Office, and have been cataloged by our volunteer Laurel Narizny. The minutes are a valuable resource for researchers interested in the development of OHSU, and the history of education in Oregon in general.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Nancy Bristow's "I Worked Day and Night Trying to Save Them" lecture video available

Streaming video for Nancy Bristow's lecture "I Worked Day and Night Trying to Save Them: Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic" is now available. This was the third lecture in the 2013/2014 OHSU History of Medicine Society series.

We had a whirlwind schedule of three lectures this fall, and will now take a break in programming until March. Please refer to our Website for a full list of past HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the presen

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Exhibit of rare books on primatology - closing end of December

If you haven't seen our current exhibit Selected Works of Art and Science, you still have a few more weeks. The exhibit is on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus, BICC Building 3rd Floor, Main Library lobby.


OHSU Library was privileged to be able to share these rare books from the collection of the Oregon National Primate Center's (ONPRC) Isabel McDonald Library. The exhibit celebrates the completion of ONPRC Library's rare book digitization project, funded by the Library Services and Technology Act via the Oregon State Library.

The exhibit will close at the end of December, and the books will return to their home at the ONPRC. But never fear, their digital surrogates will remain available to the public as a digital collection.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

4 new oral history transcripts in the DRL

Intrepid volunteer Kathleen Feduccia has just added 4 new transcripts to the OHSU Oral History Collection in the Digital Resources Library!





J. David Bristow was interviewed in 1997. He discussed his experiences at the University of Oregon Medical School, Multnomah County Hospital, the VA Hospital, and the U.S. Navy. He reflected on his work for the medical school's Department of Cardiology, including his experiences with notable figures such as Howard "Hod" Lewis and Herbert Griswold.



Bernice Orwig Cochran was interviewed in 1997. She remembered her recruitment to the medical school's nursing program by Elnora Thomson, and her work in turn, recruiting nursing students from across the state of Oregon. She speaks of the general development of nursing education, and shares observations about the variety of nursing programs in the state.


Gwynn Brice Dockery was interviewed twice, in 1997 and 1998. Drawing on her career in university administration, she noted many ways in which the medical school and hospitals responded to changes in health care and educational policy through the mid-20th century.



Ruby Hills, Kay Fisher Hilterbrant, and Edith Moore Richards were interviewed together in 1998. The three nurses discussed their experience during World War II, when they were recruited for service at the 46th General Hospital.

Transcripts and recordings of interviews from the OHSU Oral History Program are also available for checkout from the Main Library.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Donald Blanchard's "Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient" lecture video available

Streaming video for Donald Blanchard's lecture "Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient" is now available. This was the second lecture in the 2013/2014 OHSU History of Medicine Society series.

Please refer to our Website for a full list of past HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tomorrow! OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture by Nancy Bristow


Our next History of Medicine Society lecture is tomorrow at noon!

“I worked day and night trying to save them”: Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Nancy K. Bristow, Ph.D.
University of Puget Sound
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Nancy Bristow is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound, where her teaching and professional service have been recognized with numerous awards. Dr. Bristow earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in social change and World War I led to her research on the cultural and social history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. Her second book, American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was published by Oxford University Press in May 2012 and was praised for its vivid narrative and new scholarly contributions to the topic. Professor Bristow has also published two scholarly articles on the pandemic, and presented her research at several conferences and symposia. She is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giving thanks

Historical Collections & Archives will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Of the many things we have to be thankful for, this year we are all feeling especially grateful to our colleagues and friends at the School of Dentistry. Regular readers of the blog know of our ongoing efforts to preserve the school's irreplaceable collections of books, artifacts, and archival materials. This year was an especially important event, as the school began preparing to relocate from Marquam Hill to the waterfront.

A major building move on a university campus is always a critical time for preserving historical collections. In the name of convenience or efficiency, staff can be tempted to throw things out rather than make sure they're saved. Fortunately, this was not a problem this time! We worked with dozens of SOD faculty, staff, and students to make sure that historical collections were identified, packed up, and transferred safely to the archives. Each and every individual took a personal interest in making sure the school's history was preserved. The process also brought about exciting new opportunities for research and collection development.

Above: Dental students help prepare collections for the archives

We continue to receive additional materials from SOD as staff find them in closets, offices, and cabinets. We are proud to provide these materials with a permanent home as the dental school moves on to its next adventure.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kimberly Jensen's “'Venereal Girls', The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary" lecture video available

Streaming video for Kimberly Jensen's lecture “'Venereal Girls', The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary" is now available. This was the first lecture in the 2013/2014 OHSU History of Medicine Society series.

Please refer to our Website for a full list of past HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "'I worked day and night trying to save them': Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic"



OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture sponsored by the OHSU Department of Pathology
“I worked day and night trying to save them”: Health Care Professionals and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
Nancy K. Bristow, Ph.D.
University of Puget Sound
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Nancy Bristow is a Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound, where her teaching and professional service have been recognized with numerous awards. Dr. Bristow earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in social change and World War I led to her research on the cultural and social history of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic. Her second book, American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was published by Oxford University Press in May 2012 and was praised for its vivid narrative and new scholarly contributions to the topic. Professor Bristow has also published two scholarly articles on the pandemic, and presented her research at several conferences and symposia. She is a member of the Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tomorrow! History of medicine lecture by Don Blanchard

Our next History of Medicine Society lecture is coming soon!

Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient
Donald L. Blanchard, M.D., Oregon Health & Science University
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Donald L. Blanchard, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Oregon Health & Science University.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University, and earned his M.D. in 1973 from University of Oregon Medical School. Dr. Blanchard completed an internship at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, CA; and a fellowship and residency in ophthalmology at UOMS. In 2008, OHSU honored him with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work at Casey Eye Institute. He has also held practices in La Grande, OR and at Kaiser in Portland. In addition to medical research published in JAMA and leading ophthalmological journals, Dr. Blanchard has published over a dozen works of historical scholarship, including articles on the history of ophthalmology, and translations of German classics for Wayenborgh’s The History of Ophthalmology series.  In 2012, his research on Emily Dickinson’s consultation with Dr. Henry Willard Williams was published in the Proceedings of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society, and reprinted in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

OHSU Oral History Program update

Last week we recorded our third oral history interview with faculty from the School of Nursing's Ashland campus. Our subject was Juliana Cartwright, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She was interviewed by Barbara Gaines, R.N., Ed.D., who is Emeritus Professor at the School of Nursing, a nursing historian, and a longtime supporter of our oral history program. It was easy to see why Julie has received so much recognition as a teacher during her career: she is an outstanding storyteller and narrator and brought all her experiences to life.

This session concludes our series of three interviews in support of the Ashland program's current efforts to document their history. Previous interviews were conducted on the campus last September. Each interview will result in an edited DVD and a transcript, which will be available for checkout from the Main Library.  Copies will also be retained in the archives of Southern Oregon University.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Job announcement: Digital Project Student Assistant (2 positions)



Digital Project Student Assistant, OHSU Historical Collections & Archives

The Oregon Health & Science University Library in Portland, Oregon, is seeking two student assistants to support a grant-funded project in OHSU Historical Collections & Archives (HC&A).  The grant project is active through June 2014, with the possibility of extension. This position will provide valuable experience to a student interested in a career in archives or digital collections.


Duties
•        Assist with processing and digitizing collection for grant-funded project.

•        Support reference and research activities; conduct research relevant to collections

•        Shelve and shift materials in HC&A collections; perform basic preservation tasks


Requirements/Qualifications
  • Required: Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program at least half-time
  • Required: Attention to detail combined with ability to balance multiple responsibilities
  • Required: Strong experience using desktop PCs and Windows 2000/XP, including word processing and Internet/WWW
  • Required: Excellent oral and written communication skills; tact and discretion in communication
·         Required: Ability to repeatedly lift and move objects weighing 20-50 lbs.; pushing and maneuvering loaded book trucks; bending and stooping
·         Required: Ability to handle rare and fragile library materials
  • Strongly Preferred: Demonstrated interest in archives and/or special collections
  • Strongly Preferred: Previous library work experience
  • Strongly Preferred: Experience with scanning equipment and software
  • Preferred: Enrollment in MLS or library technician program
  • Preferred: Undergraduate or graduate training in history or a related field

Immediate Supervisor
Head, Historical Collections & Archives

Hours/Schedule
20 hours per week during normal business hours (Monday through Friday), specific hours and days to be arranged. A small number of weekend meetings and training sessions may be required.

Salary
$9.50/hour to start.

To Apply


Duration of this appointment and indicated salary may be changed or eliminated if gift, grant, or contract funds supporting this position become unavailable.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

RFP for Oral History Project Manager - closing November 7th.

The deadline for proposals for a Project Manager for the OHSU Oral History Program is at the end of this week. We hope to hear from many qualified public history firms!

With over 125 years of historic contributions to health care, research, and education, OHSU celebrates and documents its heritage through its oral history program. OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, a department of OHSU Library, directs the program with collaborative input from the university community. The program is funded by university administration, academic departments, and individual donors. We seek to further develop our successful, long-running program while making the best use of OHSU resources.

Potential bidders should express interest in the RFP via the ORPIN site.  (Browse --> Browse Opportunities --> By Organization --> Issued By --> Oregon Health Sciences University). Registration is required.

To ensure fairness to all bidders, all questions regarding this process should be submitted to the OHSU Contracts Office, whose contact information is available from the ORPIN announcement.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oregon Historical Society symposium on death, dignity and the settlement of Oregon

Our colleagues at Oregon Historical Society are hosting a symposium on the theme of death in Oregon history, which may be of interest to many of our blog readers.

Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon: An Oregon Historical Quarterly Symposium
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Oregon Historical Society

The full-day symposium includes presentations by historians, anthropologists, and tribal leaders. Lauren Kessler, Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon, will give a keynote speech titled “Death with — and without — Dignity: Oregon's Progressive — and Regressive — Attitudes toward Ending Life.”


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture, November 15th: Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient

Our next History of Medicine Society lecture is coming soon!

Emily Dickinson: Poet and Eye Patient
Donald L. Blanchard, M.D., Oregon Health & Science University
Friday, November 15, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Donald L. Blanchard, M.D. is Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Oregon Health & Science University.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University, and earned his M.D. in 1973 from University of Oregon Medical School. Dr. Blanchard completed an internship at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, CA; and a fellowship and residency in ophthalmology at UOMS. In 2008, OHSU honored him with the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work at Casey Eye Institute. He has also held practices in La Grande, OR and at Kaiser in Portland. In addition to medical research published in JAMA and leading ophthalmological journals, Dr. Blanchard has published over a dozen works of historical scholarship, including articles on the history of ophthalmology, and translations of German classics for Wayenborgh’s The History of Ophthalmology series.  In 2012, his research on Emily Dickinson’s consultation with Dr. Henry Willard Williams was published in the Proceedings of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society, and reprinted in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

New in the DRL: Faculty in repose

New additions to the Digital Resources Library include some of notable faculty in candid moments:


  Above: Keith R. Claycomb, M.S., Ph.D. strikes a pose at University of Oregon Medical School, circa 1951-1952.


  Above: Louis J. Fitzpatrick, D.D.S., former Dean of North Pacific Dental College, circa 1930s.



Above: William Fitch "Pop" Allen, Ph.D., naps on the campus lawn, 1946.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tomorrow! OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture by Kimberly Jensen

Please join us tomorrow, October 18th, for our first OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture of the season!

“Venereal Girls”, The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary: Gender, Public Health, and Civil Liberties in the First World War and its Aftermath

Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Kimberly Jensen received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women's and U.S. history and is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Oregon’s Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and a Life in Activism (University of Washington Press, 2012). She served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in Fall 2012, serves on the editorial boards of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and the Oregon Encyclopedia Project, and is a board member of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Announcement of RFP - OHSU Oral History Program



OHSU is seeking proposals from qualified and experienced firms to serve as Project Manager for the OHSU Oral History Program. With over 125 years of historic contributions to health care, research, and education, OHSU celebrates and documents its heritage through its oral history program. OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, a department of OHSU Library, directs the program with collaborative input from the university community. The program is funded by university administration, academic departments, and individual donors. We seek to further develop our successful, long-running program while making the best use of OHSU resources.

Potential bidders should express interest in the RFP via the ORPIN site.  (Browse --> Browse Opportunities --> By Organization --> Issued By --> Oregon Health Sciences University). Registration is required.

To ensure fairness to all bidders, all questions regarding this process should be submitted to the OHSU Contracts Office, whose contact information is available from the ORPIN announcement.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

New oral history transcripts in the DRL

Kathleen just completed digitizing her first batch of 15 oral history transcripts for the DRL! But with 100 more transcripts (and counting) in the collection, it's full steam ahead:

Mary Elizabeth "Betsy" Baptist was interviewed by Heather Rosenwinkel in 1999. Ms. Baptist discussed her studies in medical technology at University of Oregon Medical School, and her career in teaching and medical technology.

Kenneth Swan was interviewed in 1997 by Joan Ash. Dr. Swan reflected on his sixty-year career as an ophthalmologist at University of Oregon Medical School. He discusses the development of the Department of Ophthalmology and the Elks' Children's Eye Clinic, and Dean David Baird's vision of a nationally prominent medical school.

Transcripts and recordings of interviews from the OHSU Oral History Program are also available for checkout from the Main Library.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

New in the DRL: Division of Medical Psychology photos

We have lots of photos of the medical school's pathbreaking Division of Medical Psychology in the DRL. Some great photos of its founding faculty and staff have just been added:

 Division of Medical Psychology faculty and staff, 1960s


 Dr. Ruth G. Matarazzo, one of the founding faculty, 1962



Dr. Joseph Matarazzo, founding chair and husband of Ruth Matarazzo, in a 1943 photo from Navy boot camp...


... and Dr. Matarazzo in naval reserve uniform, circa 1960s


University of Oregon Medical School recruited the Matarazzos in 1957, creating the first Department of Medical Psychology in the country.

Friday, October 04, 2013

We love legacy data!

We've posted before about the longitudinal study records from the Oregon Child Study Clinic, which were recently transferred from the School of Dentistry to HC&A. We've been learning more about an ongoing grant project, funded by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, which draws on this collection. The project, titled AAOF Legacy Collection Project, Stage II: Development of a Longitudinal Craniofacial Records Base for Teaching and Research, digitizes legacy records of longitudinal facial growth held at nine different universities. The goal of the project is to create a shared database for the use clinicians, students, researchers, and the general public.

The records of the Oregon Child Study Clinic are particularly extensive, making it a vital part of the project.  The School of Dentistry’s participation is managed by Alex Vo, under the direction of David Covell. Now that the collection has been transferred to HC&A, we are excited to work with the Department of Orthodontics to complete this project!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture, October 18th: “Venereal Girls”, The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary

Our first lecture of the 2013/2014 season is coming up soon!

“Venereal Girls”, The Cedars Detention Home, and the Portland Free Dispensary: Gender, Public Health, and Civil Liberties in the First World War and its Aftermath

Kimberly Jensen, Ph.D.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Kimberly Jensen received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in women's and U.S. history and is professor of history and gender studies at Western Oregon University. She is the author of Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War (University of Illinois Press, 2008) and Oregon’s Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovejoy and a Life in Activism (University of Washington Press, 2012). She served as guest editor for the special issue of the Oregon Historical Quarterly on women and citizenship in Fall 2012, serves on the editorial boards of the Oregon Historical Quarterly and the Oregon Encyclopedia Project, and is a board member of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

OHSU Oral History Program update



Above is a behind-the-scenes peek at our oral history interview session earlier this week. Working from a lovely meeting room on the Southern Oregon University campus, we recorded interviews with Betty Haugen and Rosalie Caffrey, two retired faculty members from the School of Nursing's Ashland campus. They were interviewed, respectively, by Kathleen Bennett and Donna Markle, also of the Ashland program. Many thanks are also due to video producers Matt Simek and Ralph Cunningham, and to Ashland campus Associate Dean Joanne Noone for arranging the facilities and rallying all the participants.

Each interview will result in an edited DVD and a transcript, which will be available for checkout from the Main Library. The interviews will be an important part of the Ashland program's current efforts to document their history. Copies will also be retained in the archives of Southern Oregon University, acknowledging the ongoing link between OHSU and SOU in developing the nursing program.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New in the DRL: Ella Dearborn's spoon collection

We often get reference questions that have nothing to do with the health sciences or OHSU. Often, the connection to our collections is an interest or hobby that the researcher shares with someone in our history. Take, for example, Dr. Ella K. Dearborn. A prominent Portland doctor in the early twentieth century, she is best-known to many as the owner of what was once considered the largest spoon collection in the world:



We've received many requests over the years for photographs of Dr. Dearborn's spoon collection, and now have this donated image available to share in the Digital Resources Library.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

OHSU Oral History Program update

Next week I'm headed to southern Oregon to join our video producers in recording two interviews with faculty of the School of Nursing in Ashland! Located on the campus of Southern Oregon University in one of the state's most charming towns, the Ashland program offers the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

Above: Southern Oregon University campus

Earlier this year, I was thinking it had been far too long since we'd last interviewed some nurses for the OHSU Oral History Program. Coincidentally, I was soon contacted by Joanne Noone, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.E. and Associate Dean of the Ashland program. She was interested in developing a historical project for the program, and both Karen and I were delighted to assist. Pooling resources and contacts, we've scheduled two interviews with two nursing faculty who were key in developing the program during its early days.