Thursday, January 09, 2014

Oral history interview with Kenneth R. Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Bright and early this morning, we had the opportunity to add another interview to the OHSU Oral History Program. The subject was Kenneth R. Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.R., Emeritus Chairman of Radiation Medicine at OHSU. Dr. Stevens completed his residency at the medical school, served in the Vietnam War on the Berry plan, and then returned to the medical school as a faculty member in 1972. He was appointed Department Chair in 1985, and retired 20 years later.

Dr. Stevens was interviewed first by John Holland, M.D., in a conversation that traced the path of his childhood, education, and career. Dr. Stevens also reflected on changes that had taken place at OHSU and in the field of radiation oncology, and told some remarkable anecdotes about what he had learned from his patients over the years. Frances J. Storrs, M.D. then stepped in as interviewer, with follow-up questions about Dr. Stevens' experiences working with other departments, and with physicians in other specialties.

The interview will result in a DVD and transcript. Transcripts and recordings of interviews from the OHSU Oral History Program are added to the archives, and are also available for checkout from the Main Library.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

HC&A receives records of Mindfreedom International

Late in 2013, HC&A became the repository for the records of Mindfreedom International, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to human rights in mental health. Inspired by the civil rights movement, Mindfreedom was founded by self-described psychiatric survivors who sought social change in the mental health field. Based in Eugene, Oregon, the organization unites grassroots organizations in activism around a group of campaigns for human rights and alternative mental health care.

The records we received include correspondence, publications, photographs, posters, and more, focused on the leadership of former Executive Director David W. Oaks. Mindfreedom staff prepared the records in Eugene and delivered them to Portland, where they were ushered into the archives by Jeff Colby:

Above photograph via

You can read more about the collection, as well as the group's interest in preserving it in an archive, on David W. Oaks' blog. It was gratifying to see notes and comments about similar collections held in other institutions. We are proud to be able to preserve and provide access to Mindfreedom International's records as part of our commitment to documenting the full spectrum of the history of health care in the Pacific Northwest.