Mission and Goals


The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center is a premier medical history collection.


To preserve and make available medical history.


  • 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