News from the Archive

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

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
Author: mcgovernhrc
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

To Space! Soviet Space Poster

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Keeping with the theme of the 1960s (see previous post), I made a very interesting find in the archive this week. It is a 1960 Soviet propaganda poster by the artist Nikolai Litvinov.
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: June 17, 2016, 6:19 pm

The TMC Library in 1961

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The TMC Library has been located in the Jesse H. Jones Library Building since the building opened in 1954. Below are promotional images of the library’s interior and facilities from 1961. It is
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: June 3, 2016, 9:15 pm

Next time, just give it one star on Goodreads

Alethea Drexler archives assistant Gina and I have been numbering the rare books so that they will be easier to reshelve when they’re moved to the new space on the first floor. Yesterday afternoon, I pulled a volume of Wood’s
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: January 8, 2016, 4:30 pm

Dr. Jared E. Clarke & the Library

Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian As the centennial year of the Texas Medical Center Library comes to a close, we at the McGovern Historical Center have found a fitting send off. In February 1974, Don Macon interviewed Dr.
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: December 17, 2015, 10:01 pm

Voice of Bertner

Sandra YatesArchivist and Special Collections Librarian Bertner Avenue runs north and south through the heart of the Texas Medical Center. And at 1.4 miles long, it is one of the longer streets in the TMC. It starts in the north
Author: mcgovernhrc
Posted: October 22, 2015, 6:06 pm