Friday, October 30, 2015

New Accessions: Nurse-Midwifery Program Records

Who is the blogmaster today with two whole posts?!?!?  Yes, dear readers, I promise and deliver.  For the second installment of New Accessions I bring you images and details from the Nurse-Midwifery Program Records.  These records have been steadily arriving all summer as the Nurse-Midwifery program prepared for the retirement of Carol Howe, C.N.M., D.MN.Sc., F.A.C.N.M., D.P.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., Associate Dean for Practice and Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Program (Carol was also referred to as the "godmother" of midwifery - from the Fall 2015 Emeritus newsletter).  You can find more details about Carol's work in this blog post by Meg Langford.
Useful reference material
Today I am going to give you a brief overview of what can be found in this collection.  The records have come directly from the program and were assembled by Carol Howe before being transferred to the archives.  The records include Meeting Minutes from the mid-90s through 2010, grant records covering the entire period of the program, audio-visual materials (a film and several VHS cassettes), photographs, reference materials and a folder that I was always love to find, titled "Program Hx (history)."  That folder contained a wide variety of articles related to birth, midwifery, women's health and the SON program.
The excellent "Hx" folder!
These materials fit nicely with the Nurse Midwifery Program Image Collection, which is composed of 2 deconstructed scrapbooks documenting the formative years of the program.
Meeting Minutes
More Meeting Minutes
Did I mention that we have Meeting Minutes?
The meeting minutes are valuable because they document and provide evidence for the actions, decisions and work of the program.  This can provide valuable insight into the development of higher education health sciences programs in North America, the development of women's health programs, and the history of women's health and treatment.
The cover speaks for itself

Another excellent reference material
The records are in excellent condition and not only feature a strong amount of textual information, but additionally provide a wide-variety of images including images of midwifery practice in action, images of the program faculty, and images of associated clinics, supporters, and colleagues.

As with all of these collections, they are available for research.  All you need to do is contact us to set up an appointment or drop by on Thursday between noon and 3pm (but do give us a heads-up if you want to see something specific, it helps us prepare).

Well, my blogging fingers are tired, so I'll sign off for this week.  Next week I hope to have either New Accessions articles, event recaps, or maybe I'll pontificate on why digitizing your personal images (think at-home archives, family-archives, etc.) for the sake of space-reduction is a bad idea (I am still a huge proponent of the analog).

Till then, Happy Friday, Happy Halloween, set your clocks back this weekend, and see you next week!


New Accessions: David J. Sahn, M.D. Slide Collection

It’s been two weeks since my last blog post!  Unacceptable, I say.  So I am here on this cool and blustery Friday to provide not one, but two glimpses into our new accessions.

The first new accession I want to bring to your attention to is from Dr. David J. Sahn in Pediatric Cardiology, who donated his glass slides and 35mm slides that he used in teaching and instruction.  The glass slides themselves are a collection of slides from the National Institutes of Health, and slides created at UCSD.  Together these slides of different origins form the lecture components used by Dr. Sahn in teaching.

Slide catalog?
As we have discussed previously, glass slides were a common way of projecting images for classroom instruction.  This format was popular until the invention of the 35mm slide which was much, much lighter, more resistant to damage (glass slides are notorious for breaking, cracking, chipping), and easier to create (therefore easier to get new slides, or swap out one slide for another in updating a presentation).

Dr. Sahn completed his medical degree at Yale in 1969 and is an expert in cardiac imaging and cardiac diagnosis.  He currently heads the Clinical Care Center for Congenital Heart Disease and Referrals.  More information on his Provider page here:

NIH Slide
I also acquired several audio tapes of lectures, which I hope to migrate to electronic form in the near future.

NIH Slide
The glass slides were transferred to us in these nifty wooden cases of which there are four.  Each case had three drawers and strongly reminded me of a library card catalog in their design and use.  Unfortunately, many of the slides were cracked or came to us slightly damaged.  Regardless, the information contained on the slides is still readable.

Front view of the Slide Catalog
In terms of preservation, the 35mm slides will be re-housed in archival quality binder sheets that holder about 20 slides each.  The glass will be rehoused in unbuffered archival paper sleeves and placed in archival shoe boxes (no shoes were ever in these boxes, but the shape is awfully similar).  The main difference with storing glass slides versus other photographic mediums is that boxes with glass slides cannot (or should not) have other materials stacked on top of them, due to the weight and the potential for further damage.
Example of the 35mm slides
Hopefully, I get a chance to post another article today.  I am sure I will, so stay-tuned!