Friday, September 23, 2011

Calling all Crawlers!

Oregon's 2nd Annual Archives Crawl

Here's a simple reminder that the 2nd annual Oregon Archives Crawl is happening on October 15th, which is just around the corner. Check out the Web site for a list of participanting Archives (including yours truly), venues and locations, and After-Party details. This year the party will be held at McMenamins Mission Theatre and Pub and will feature live music, food and drink and a raffle. Anything else you might want to know about the event is just a click away.

Me and Ian Terrell setting up for last year's Crawl.

Oh! And I can't forget to say that the Crawl is FREE and there's no need to register and it'll be really fun. Thirty-three institutions have signed up to host tables that will be full of informative and fascinating things to see and to do. At your first location (yes, you can start anywhere), pick up a passport, get it stamped at each destination and win a chance at one of our fabulous prizes that will be raffled at the After-Party. The passport has a map so you can't possibly get lost.

This is a kid friendly event and activities are being planned at each venue for old and young alike. Portland can be lovely on an October day and "crawling" through downtown Portland to Portland State University, the Portland City Archives, the Oregon Historical Society and the downtown branch of the Multnomah County Library can be a great way to spend the day with friends and family or meet some new friends or, if you prefer, take a stroll on a solo tour through history.
The Beaver Archivist posing with my head and heart, 2010.

Come see what I'll have in store for you to handle at this year's Crawl.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hippocrates in the classroom

It's the beginning of the academic year here at OHSU. I'm excited about participating in my first full year of the School of Medicine's History of Medicine I course. The course is led by Dr. Lynn Loriaux and coordinated by Dr. Peter Sullivan, but also features guest lecturers from throughout the university. It's a classic history of medicine course, beginning with Asclepius in September, and ending with in June.

It's also an outstanding opportunity to bring rare books into the classroom. Following in Sara's footsteps, each week I select one or more books from our collections to share with the class.

Here's what I'll be bringing to class for tomorrow's lecture on Hippocrates:

Hippocrates. Hippocratis Coi Aphorismi graece & latine ; breui enarratione, fidáque interpretatione ita illustrati, vt ab omnibus facilè intelligi possint. Lvgdvni Batavorum: ex officina Ioannis Maire, 1638.

This is a small book of about 16mo size, printed in Leiden, the Netherlands. You can read more about the provenance of our copy in Karen's post from this time last year.

For most of the M.D.s-to-be in this class, this will be their first experience with a rare book. It's always fun to help students with their first hands-on encounter with history!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More on participatory archives

Last month I mentioned an exciting Society of American Archivists conference panel on participatory archives. For our many readers who are not archivists themselves, or are unfamiliar with the idea of participatory archives, here are some really fun examples:

Help New York Public Library transcribe its menu collection! I love this project, not just because it deals with food, but because it's very easy to dip in and out when you have a moment to pitch in.

At, you can help weather researchers predict future weather patterns by transcribing WWI-era ship's logs. They're 85% complete!

Africa through a Lens
is a project from the U.K.'s National Archives. They've posted over a century's worth of ethnographic and geographic photographs of Africa on Flickr, and invited the public to help with identifications - A great outreach project, as well as a nice example of using a low/no-cost platform for a digital project.

Of course, this gets me thinking about the potential for a participatory project here in HC&A. The possibilities are endless!