Recently I was invited to visit Portland State University's University Honors building after hearing from one of my archives colleagues that it was the home and perhaps business location of Dr. Chauncey E. Marston, a graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School. I was told there were some documents from Marston's practice lurking in the attic and that I should visit and review.
|The box in its original glory|
I visited for the first time in October and went through the nearly disintegrated box of documents. It contained a variety of well-labeled folders that had succumbed to moister, mold, and time. The vast majority of the records were Marston's patient files, which carry a substantial HIPAA burden for archives to take on. There were some individual pages of UOMS Library reading lists and recommended reads for various types of surgery. From what I could gather from the records which included some photographs, Marston did a lot of mastectomies.
|A close-up of the files, still in original order!|
|Sample patient record without PHI.|
|Archival folders, an envelope, surgical gloves and face mask--tools of the trade, sometimes.|
|My work area with "The Box" during my second visit in November|
|Example Vanport record|
|The silverfish was lurking in the financial documents.|
All the best,