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.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

John R. Campbell papers and books

Last week brought an exciting  donation of personal papers and books from pediatric surgeon John R. "Jack" Campbell, M.D. Dr. Campbell was the first full-time pediatric surgeon in the state of Oregon. In 2008, the Campbell Lectures in Pediatric Surgery were established at OHSU "to bring new ideas and thinking in pediatric surgery to OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital." Dr. Campbell was interviewed in 2005 for the OHSU Oral History Program.

Dr. Campbell's papers present a rich personal history, starting with his days as a medical student and extending throughout his career as a surgeon and administrator at OHSU. The book collection includes many titles originally belonging to Dr. Campbell's father, who was also a doctor. Included are 19th and early 20th century volumes on surgery that will be unique additions to our collections.

The materials were previously housed in a departmental library bearing Dr. Campbell's name. As that space is being repurposed, HC&A is pleased to be able to provide a permanent home for the collections, making them available for future research.