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.