Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Here Comes the Annual Archives Crawl


Here's me showing off some of our dental artifacts at the Oregon Historical Society to some interested crawlers, 2011.

Come one, come all to the 3rd Annual Oregon Archives Crawl

Saturday, October 6th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.!

Join us in crawling through downtown Portland, where you can participate with over 25 archives

and heritage organizations in getting in touch with history and having fun doing it! Start your

journey through Oregon’s past by visiting the four host locations: Portland Archives and Records

Center, Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah County Central Library and the

Oregon Historical Society. At each site you’ll encounter archivists, historians and other

representatives from organizations that devote their time to preserving the past so that it will be

available for you and future generations to use. Not only will you get to visit the archives of the

four host locations, but the other organizations will be bringing some of their “stuff” for you to


Celebrate women; celebrate archives!

This year we are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of Oregon women winning the right to

vote by highlighting women in history. Through the crawl, you will learn about the contributions

and impact of women on Oregon politics, health, education, culture and more. Attend a

presentation; learn some tricks for preserving and researching your family’s history; peruse old

photos, maps and documents; or take a behind-the-scenes tour to see where all this history is


To help guide the way, make sure you pick up a free “passport” listing all of the participating

organizations at any of the 4 host locations. Remember to get a stamp at each of the locations so

you can be entered into the prize drawing which will take place at the After Party at

McMenamins’ Al’s Den at the Crystal Hotel. Come for your chance to enter the drawing and stay

to enjoy McMenamins’ food and beer and the company of your fellow crawlers and local

archivists. The After Party is free to everyone, with food and drink available for purchase.

Third Annual Oregon Archives Crawl

Saturday, October 6, 2012

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public

Starting at any of the following locations: Portland Archives &

Records Center, Portland State University Millar Library, Multnomah

County Central Library or the Oregon Historical Society.

The After Party at the McMenamins Al’s Den
Saturday, October 6. 2012

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Open to the Public/No Host Bar

Enjoy fun, music, and prizes!

For more information and a complete list of participants check out our website:

Monday, July 30, 2012

Adrian von Mynsicht - Thesaurus et armamentarium medico-chymicum

Last Friday we received a wonderful donation of 17th-20th century medical books from Dr. Ugo Carpentieri. A highlight is the third edition of Thesaurus et armamentarium medico-chymicum by the German alchemist Adrian von Mynsicht (1603-1638), also known as Henricus Madathanus. Published in Venice in 1696, our copy has a well-worn vellum binding, and suitably mysterious inscriptions from previous owners.

Mynsicht was best known for an allegorical text, Aureum saeculum redivivum, which communicated his alchemical philosophy in symbolic language. But like many alchemists, Mynsicht also made contributions to scientific chemistry: This book, first published in 1631, contains information on pharmaceutical remedies, as well as an appended alchemy text.

Dr. Carpentieri has previously donated a collection of medical artifacts, as well as an Italian translation of Leo Testut's Traité d'anatomie humaine. Items from this gift will be cataloged for our rare book collections, and available for research in the History of Medicine Room.