Mission and Goals


The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center is a premier medical history collection that preserves the history of the past for current and future generations by following the best archival practices for preservation and open access.


To preserve and make available medical history showing the development of healthcare in the¬†Texas Medical Center, Houston and Texas and to demonstrate the Texas Medical Center’s widespread effect upon medicine and health science in the world.


  • Obtain important, unique and interesting personal papers, institutional records, books, artwork, artifacts and realia that document, explain and interpret medical history, especially as it relates to:
    • Texas
    • Arthritis, Rheumatism and Gout
    • Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis
    • 19th and early 20th century public health
    • Cardiology
  • Preserve and maintain all items to ensure their longevity and usefulness
  • Process and catalog all items and collections in an expeditious manner so they are available for use
  • Make knowledge of the items and collections available through many access points
  • Provide all resources users need to fulfill their objectives as efficiently as possible
  • Work collaboratively with other libraries, archives and educational institutions to advance the profession