Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
In the course of my research for the Library Centennial, I met the first full-time librarian of the Houston Academy of Medicine today, and I have to say that it has been one of the more exciting days in the archive. Helen Holt began working at the Houston Academy of Medicine Library in 1927, soon after the library and Harris County Medical Society moved into the brand new Medical Arts Building. I can imagine her first few months were spent unpacking and getting the library into shape.
By August 1927, Miss Holt was entering new book and journal titles into the accession log. The image below shows her first entries.
The Medical Arts Building broke ground in 1926, and it was part of the construction boom in Houston during the 1920s. Image below is the groundbreaking ceremony with leaders of the Harris County Medical Society.
Here is the finished Medical Arts Building at Caroline Street and Walker Avenue. The Houston Academy of Medicine Library and Harris County Medical Society Meeting Room occupied half of the 16th Floor. The building was demolished around 1986.