Medical World News Photograph Collection

Institutional Collection No. 77

 Repository: Houston Academy of Medicine- Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, 1133 John Freeman Blvd. Houston, Texas 77030

Creation of Document: August 15, 2016

Dates: 1960-1994

Quantity:  172 cubic feet (350 boxes)

Scope and Contents:  The Medical World News Collection is one of the largest and most interesting in the McGovern Historical Center. Comprised of over 80,000 photographic prints, slides, and negatives, it offers an expansive visual tour of medical advances from 1960-1994. Through biographical files, subject files, article files, and raw negative footage, this collection documents the production of a premiere medical news magazine, and it contains almost all images published in the magazine from 1960-1982. The materials are in good condition and open for research.

Arrangement: The collection is separated into two general series according to type of photographic materials: Prints and Negatives. The Prints series consists of biographical files, subject files, article files, and oversize. Biographical and subject files are each arranged in alphabetical order according to subject title. Article and oversize files are arranged according to article number (an identification number given to each article by the publisher), which is essentially in chronological order and correspond to publication dates of each magazine issue. The Negatives series consists of the raw photographic footage and copy negatives produced by staff photographers for each Medical World News story. Negatives are arranged by negative number (an identification number given to each story assignment by the graphics vendor), which is in chronological order.

The Prints series has been processed and inventoried.

The Negatives series is currently being processed and inventoried. The inventory will be updated periodically until processing is complete.

The archive also maintains a complete set of Medical World News from 1960-1994.

Custodial History: The McGovern Historical Center received the Medical World News Photograph Collection from HEI Publishing, which published the magazine in Houston for a few years before selling it to a company in New York. The photograph archive was originally donated to the archive in 1985. After the publication was sold to Miller Freeman, Inc . in San Francisco, CA, the archive had an agreement to archive materials with the new publishing company for a time. During this time 19 boxes were added to the collection.

Accruals: There have no more accruals for this collection since 1994.

Available Inventories

View Print Inventory (Biographical/Subject Files and Article Files are under separate tabs.)

View Negatives Series Inventory