Friday, September 04, 2015

New Accessions: Robert Ambrose Pharmacy Collection

Folks, I am back to doing more “New Accessions” posts!  After a few weeks of personal, at-home preservation tips, I wanted to take a short break and fill you in on some of the excellent, research-value laden materials and collections we have acquired recently.

The collection I am highlighting today came to me by way of the Ambrose family, who met with me to donate a prescriptions scrapbook from the 1890’s and some medicinal bottles of unknown vintage (some of the bottles still contain fluid—yuck).  The scrapbook is pretty unique.  We have another prescription scripts collection, the Thornton Pharmacy Prescription Collection, which contains a similar aggregate of scripts written in the early 20th century.  Like the Thornton Collection, this scrapbook has scripts pasted in to it, in order and numbered (Thornton scripts are loose, but in order as well).  The scripts are handwritten and usually contain the name of the Doctor or the Pharmacy that prescribed the medicine.  The book is in amazing condition considering its age and the heavy use of glue within its pages.  The scrapbook was collected by Robert Ambrose, however, we are unsure exactly how he came across this book and why he kept it.

A dusty tome . . .

 . . . Filled with prescriptions!
A few weeks after acquiring the scrapbook, I was sent a few loose scripts from various pharmacies and doctors in the region.  A nice little addition to the collection with the dates being more in the 1907 range.

Loose scripts
The part of the acquisition which I want to point you to is the roughly 25 bottles of medicine—many of which are empty—some of which are not!  The bottles will be stored with the rest of the pharmaceuticals in our Pharmaceutical Preparations Collection, which is kept together due to the types of materials found in there. 

Several of the included medicinal bottles
The next step in processing (taking preservation actions and creating a detailed collection guide) will involve light cleaning of the bottles and some research into what they were used for or what they might have once contained.

The secondary research value I can foresee for this collection involves the analysis of the types of medications prescribed for certain ailments and maladies in the latter 19th century.

This collection is open and available for research.
Till next week!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

It's here! Presenting our fall exhibit: "Pioneering Nursing Education in Oregon: Highlights from OHSU School of Nursing History"

We are very pleased to announce that our fall exhibit on School of Nursing history has been installed! See the official announcement below, and then come on down and check out these great documents, photos, artifacts and textiles from the history of the school!

Pioneering Nursing Education in Oregon: Highlights from OHSU School of Nursing History
September – December 2015
OHSU Main Library, BICC Building 3rd floor

OHSU Historical Collections & Archives is pleased to announce the opening of our fall exhibit, “Pioneering Nursing Education in Oregon: Highlights from OHSU School of Nursing History.”

Drawing from archival documents, photographs and artifacts from the history of the OHSU School of Nursing and its predecessors, this exhibit traces the development of an institution, a profession, and a vibrant educational community. The exhibit includes items from the School of Nursing Archive Collection, which was transferred to OHSU Historical Collections & Archives in 2014.

The exhibit will be on display September-December 2015 in the OHSU Main Library, on the third floor of the Biomedical Information and Communication Center (BICC) on OHSU’s Marquam Hill campus. For a campus map, as well as customized driving, biking, and transit directions, please visit the interactive OHSU map:

For more information, please contact: | 503.494.5587

Monday, August 31, 2015

HC&A Fall Event Schedule

We've finished our event calendar for the remainder of 2015, and this Fall is shaping up to be a wonderfully full season of events! Mark your calendars:

Thursday, September 17th, 10:00am
Michael Helquist, historian and author
Author Q&A and discussion of Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
OHSU Main Library, BICC Building, Room 429
More information

Saturday, October 3rd, 11:00am-3:00pm
Oregon Archives Month Celebration
HC&A will be tabling this fun event with other Portland-area archives.
City of Portland Archive & Records Center, 1800 SW 6th Ave, Suite 550
More information

Monday, October 12th, 12:00pm
David Lubin, Ph.D.
"Behind the Mask:  World War I, Plastic Surgery, and the Modern Beauty Revolution"
Presented by the OHSU Department of Surgery and the History of Medicine Society.
OHSU Auditorium 

Tuesday, November 17th, 4:00pm
Christopher Goetz, M.D.
"Jean-Martin Charcot and the Role of Art in His Neurological Career"
First Annual Rosenbaum History of Neurology lecture, presented by the OHSU Department of Neurology and the History of Medicine Society.
OHSU Auditorium

For campus events,  customized driving, biking, and transit directions may be found on the interactive OHSU map:

I'll add details and appropriate links for later events as I get them. Need more information ASAP? Call or email me! | 503-494-5587