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Remembering the Benevolent Benefactor, Kathrine G. McGovern: A Quiet Force in Houston’s Transformation

Patron Saints of Houston Kathrine continued to play a pivotal role in managing the McGovern Allergy Clinic’s growth over the years. But their involvement in the city and community they loved expanded far beyond Dr. McGovern’s medical practice. The McGoverns were eager to give their time, energy, and resources through the McGovern Foundation. The support… Continue Reading Remembering the Benevolent Benefactor, Kathrine G. McGovern: A Quiet Force in Houston’s Transformation […]

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The Christmas Bonus

Baptist Hospital Christmas Card, 1928. MS249-14, MS 249 Lucile Baird papers, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library

By Matt Richardson, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. After processing the Lucille Baird papers, we noticed the handful of letters that had been saved weren’t just any old correspondence—they were actually Christmas greetings. The cards and letters came from Robert and Lillie Jolly, who served as Superintendent and Director of the Hospital Training School for… Continue Reading The Christmas Bonus […]

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Texas Redback Currency: A Hidden Gem in the John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents

Texas Redback bank note (verso), c. 1839. MS 021 John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Historical Medical Documents, Box 2, Folder 28.

By Tara Carron, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. While processing the John P. McGovern Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents, I came across an interesting piece of Republic-era financial history: a beautifully preserved Texas “Redback” banknote. The significance of this curious document nestled within an archival collection primarily comprised of historical medical documents created by… Continue Reading Texas Redback Currency: A Hidden Gem in the John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents […]

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Donald J. Fernbach, MD papers

[Dr. Donald J. Fernbach (right) and another man sitting at his desk, undated. IC042-b80-f20, IC 042 Texas Children's Hospital Historical Archive, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library]

Newly processed! The papers of Donald J. Fernbach, MD, have been processed and a finding aid is available at archives.library.tmc.edu/ms-085. Donald J. Fernbach joined the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine in 1957 and helped found the Research Hematology-Oncology Service (now the Cancer and Hematology Center) at Texas Children’s Hospital in 1958. His contributions include… Continue Reading Donald J. Fernbach, MD papers […]

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Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., 1936-2023

[Nobel Laureate Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., and research associate Yu-Chen Lee, Ph.D., work in one of Murad’s labs at the McGovern Medical School. Photo by George Craig. Monday Morning, October 19, 1998. IC 007 University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library]

By Matt Richardson, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Prize laureate and UTHealth McGovern Medical School faculty member, passed away September 4, 2023 in Menlo Park, California. The McGovern Historical Center is home to the original handwritten notebooks that Dr. Murad used to record his research throughout the 1960s. Murad came… Continue Reading Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., 1936-2023 […]

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Lucile Baird Papers Now Online

[Black-and-white photograph of Lucile Baird standing between two nurses, 1927. MS247-11, MS 249 Lucile Baird papers, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library]

by Matt Richardson, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Newly acquired, processed, and digitized! There’s something to be said for small archival collections. For one thing, they present great training opportunities for interns and volunteers.* On top of that, every now and then, they give an archivist the chance to make that rarest of assertions: This… Continue Reading Lucile Baird Papers Now Online […]

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Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline: Pioneer of Disaster Prediction, Meteorology, and the Climate-Disease Connection

By Tara Carron, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. Dr. Isaac Cline, a remarkable figure in the field of meteorology, played a vital role in advancing our understanding of weather patterns and their impact on human life. Beyond his contributions to meteorology and predicting the Galveston Hurricane of 1900—which slammed into the thriving Texas port city… Continue Reading Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline: Pioneer of Disaster Prediction, Meteorology, and the Climate-Disease Connection […]

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Health, Medicine, and Politics in 19th Century Texas

Receipt for medical and post-mortem services, 1870. [MS021 John P. McGovern MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents, box 2, folder 14, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library.]

By Tara Carron, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian. The John P. McGovern Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents have been fully processed and digitized, and a finding aid is available here: https://archives.library.tmc.edu/ms-021. This collection, donated by Dr. John P. McGovern, includes medical ledgers, bills, apothecary receipts, legal documents, colonization contracts, a book about effects of… Continue Reading Health, Medicine, and Politics in 19th Century Texas […]

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Sidney A. Schnur, MD papers

Black and white portrait of Cardiologist Sidney Schnur, 1954. MS219-n1179, MS 219 Joseph I. Maurer Photographs, McGovern Historical Center, TMC Library

Newly processed! The papers of Sidney A. Schnur, MD, have been processed and a finding aid is available at archives.library.tmc.edu/ms-031. Sidney A. Schnur was a cardiologist and a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition, he served as president of the Harris County Medical Society in 1972. One of Schnur’s patients at… Continue Reading Sidney A. Schnur, MD papers […]

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Robert J. Emery, DrPH papers

[Black and white image of UT School of Public Health building, from the Catalog, 1993-1995, p.158, IC 013 UT School of Public Health records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library}

Newly acquired! A collection of papers from Robert J. Emery, DrPH have recently been acquired—and processed—by the McGovern Historical Center. A finding aid is available at archives.library.tmc.edu/ms-248 and the papers are available for research. Dr. Robert J. Emery is Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management at UTHealth and Faculty at the School… Continue Reading Robert J. Emery, DrPH papers […]

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