Wednesday, July 09, 2014

OHSU's next archivist!

This spring, we conducted a search for OHSU's next archivist, who will take the reins from Karen Peterson after her retirement. A committee of library employees and another local archivist led this national search, with input from across the OHSU community. The search ended successfully in June. 

I'm very pleased to announce that on August 25, Max Johnson will join us as University Archivist.
Max Johnson comes to us with over three years of experience in archives and records management in government and academic settings. He holds an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Literary Studies and Russian from Beloit College. Max Johnson was previously employed as Records Management Analyst for Multnomah County, where he worked with colleagues to develop and implement policy for the county archives and records center, conducted training on electronic records management, and consulted with county managers and program leads on records and archives appraisal, policies, procedures and services. From 2011-2013, Max worked as an Archives Assistant at both OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, and the Portland Archives and Records Center. Max is active in Society of American Archivists and Northwest Archivists, and co-founded the Portland Emerging Archivists group.
Max brings well-rounded experience in archives and records management, including work in processing, digital collections, exhibits, collection management, public services, and donor relations. Our donors and researchers will appreciate Max's experience in health sciences libraries, as well as his confident and service-oriented approach to archives management. His dedication to service and work with professional associations will make him a productive member of the library faculty.

We are lucky to be able to plan for Max to spend some time with Karen before she departs in September. This will ensure continuity of projects and services, help transfer Karen's complex knowledge of the archives program, and make the transition as stress-free as possible for our small department.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

VIP guest at Oregon Medical Board 125th anniversary: Dr. William A. Cusick's surgical kit

This Thursday evening, student assistant Crystal Rodgers and I will be visiting the Oregon Medical Board in downtown Portland, with a special delivery: A surgical kit that belonged to Dr. William A. Cusick, and which is now part of our artifact collections.
 Above: Dr. William A. Cusick's surgical kit, circa late 19th century

While planning for the OMB's 125th anniversary celebration, the board's administrative staff found a photo of the kit in our digital collections. Identifying Dr. Cusick as an early member of the board, they wanted their anniversary partygoers to be able to see his surgical kit in person. We agreed to bring the kit, escorted by our staff, to share in a special display on the board's history.

Dr. Cusick (ca. 1837-1919) was one of three graduates in the first medical class of the Willamette University Medical Department in July 1867.  Practicing in Gervais and Salem, he was one of Oregon’s most prominent physicians, and an early member of the Oregon Medical Board. He also served in the Oregon State Legislature and as president of Capital National Bank in Salem. His historic home in Salem was a contender to serve as the Governor's mansion, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.