Thursday, February 27, 2014

Himes & Duniway Society visits HC&A

On Tuesday afternoon we were graced by a visit from the Himes & Duniway Society, who describe themselves tongue-in-cheek as "Oregon's oldest organization of bibliophiles and mansucript collectors, founded in 2010." The group meets several times a year for library tours and bookish socializing. Their members include collectors, librarians, book and manuscript dealers, and bookstore owners.

We pulled some highlights of our collections for the visit, including our copy of Andreas Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica; a 19th century flap book; beautifully illustrated course notes by a medical student of the 1930s; and selections from the Charles Norris photograph collection.  I also wanted to include something from our artifact collections, and chose the skull signed by students of North Pacific Dental College.

The group had a great time browsing, and there were lively debates, fond memories, and new discoveries. It was fun to spend the afternoon with such a lively group of book enthusiasts.