Our visit started with a tour of the repository area where the materials are stored, where we discussed the preservation concerns we addressed and our methods for storing the materials in a logical and accessible manner.
|Image via Mark Kemball, OHSU Foundation|
Discussions included our recently-completed project to store the group of SON uniforms and capes that comprise quite a sizable series in the SON collection. Our student assistant Crystal, who took charge of the project, will be addressing this feat in an upcoming blog post!
|I call it, "Anatomy of a Nursing Cape Preservation Box"|
On our reading room table, we displayed some representative selections for a sneak peak of the exhibit, which will run from September through December of 2015 in the main lobby of the OHSU Library. The lamps pictured below mark a tradition carried on during the "capping ceremonies" at commencement each year, pictured in this favorite image from our Historical Images Collection. We also displayed several items related to Multnomah Hospital Training School, which predated the University of Oregon Medical School's Department of Nursing Education, itself a precursor to University of Oregon School of Nursing and the current Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing (did you catch all those name changes?!).
|SON commencement lamp, next to eponymous yearbook!|
|Diploma from Multnomah Hospital Training School, SON's precursor|
|1939 "Pylon", the School of Nursing yearbook|
We are so incredibly fortunate to have such excellent allies and partners-in-archives in the SON Archives committee. As we noted during the visit, HC&A can only preserve and share the historical materials that people think to conserve and transfer or donate to us. It is the foresight of individuals like these dedicated alumnae that ensures that records like those of the School of Nursing become part of the history of the health sciences. We are also very grateful to Mark Kemball of the OHSU Foundation for arranging this wonderful visit!
The complete finding aid to the collection may be accessed here:
Stay tuned as we ramp up preparations for the Fall 2015 School of Nursing Archives exhibit this summer!