News from the Archive

The following headlines are from our blog The Black Bag: Foundations of Medicine.

Tribute to Dr. Schull

McGovern Historical Center Staff The McGovern Historical Center has lost a dear friend and staunchest advocate this week, Dr. William “Jack” Schull. He died Tuesday morning at his home. Dr. Schull was the guiding force behind our extensive Atomic Bomb
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: June 23, 2017, 1:55 pm

Mad for Mading: A Glimpse Into the Past of Public Health

Keya Gokhale Special Collections Intern Are you a current public health student or researcher? Do you just love old books? Come check out the Mading collection at the McGovern Historical Center! It is a one-stop shop for information regarding the
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: June 9, 2017, 8:48 pm

Anniversary of the Accident at Chernobyl

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Thirty-one years ago today on April 26, 1986, the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant occurred. It is considered one of the most catastrophic nuclear accidents in history. To recognize the anniversary
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: April 26, 2017, 3:38 pm


By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Center Sophia Hsu, a doctoral candidate at Rice University, is the first Scholar-in-Residence at the McGovern Historical Center. The Scholar-in-Residence program is designed to allow researchers access to the McGovern Historical Center
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Posted: February 8, 2017, 8:29 pm

E-Vesalius comes to TMC Library

  By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Center The Electronic Vesalius project has come to the TMC Library. The e-Vesalius is a digital facsimile of Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica, a landmark text of Renaissance anatomy that
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: December 14, 2016, 3:53 pm

How Dr. Cooley Changed Heart Surgery

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian On November 18, 2016 the Texas Medical Center lost one of its most renowned pioneers in medicine. Dr. Denton A. Cooley revolutionized cardiovascular surgery, transforming open heart surgery from one of the most
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: November 23, 2016, 5:55 pm

Dr. Bertner’s Tuxedo

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian File this under “Not Your Typical Day in the Archive.” We are currently standardizing how materials are stored in the archive, which means rehousing materials in standard document boxes or relocating oversize materials
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: October 6, 2016, 9:08 pm

Houston and the Fight Against Tuberculosis

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian I spent the last couple of weeks processing the records of the San Jacinto Lung Association. It’s a small collection, only 12 boxes, that includes correspondence, tuberculosis statistics, scrapbooks, Christmas seals, and photographs
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: September 26, 2016, 4:46 pm

Rice Students Tour the Archive

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian On Thursday, September 1, 2016, a class from Rice University toured the McGovern Historical Center. The students were from Sophia Hsu’s class, “Literature and Public Health,” which is part of the new medical
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Posted: September 7, 2016, 4:48 pm

The TMC Flatiron that was not to be.

1966: “Bonanza” was in color[1], the shift dress was coming into vogue[2], the Beatles were singing improbably about being paperback writers[3], and international outer space law was well on its way to becoming reality[1]. The Library was considering an addition.
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: July 11, 2016, 8:47 pm