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Thingamajig: The Mystery Scissors

by Alethea Drexler, archives assistant The past few months have brought us several donations that were heavier on artifacts than they were on paper.  That’s a little unusual for an archive but not necessarily a bad thing.  Honestly, artifact donations are often very entertaining.  The heirs of a Fort Worth-area nurse named Senorita (that was… Continue Reading Thingamajig: The Mystery Scissors […]

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The Electreat Mechanical Heart

by Kate Wilson, Archivist In processing the D. H. Rankin Medical Artifacts Collection I have found myself intrigued with the Electreat Mechanical Heart. I’m not really sure what draws me to this object- maybe the fact that we have six of them in the collection or maybe the incredibly illustrated promotional flyer that accompanies the device.… Continue Reading The Electreat Mechanical Heart […]

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And the Sorting Begins!

By Kate Wilson, Archivist The McGovern Historical Collections recently received a collection of early twentieth century medical artifacts. The collector, a family physician in Austin, Texas, had a personal interest in hearing related devices and quack medicine, so most of the objects in the collection can fall into those categories. The first step in processing a collection is organizing… Continue Reading And the Sorting Begins! […]

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"Hearing" at Finger Tips

by Philip Montgomery, archivist Archives require constant maintenance. We are for ever moving  boxes, finding homes for random items, making lists, checking them twice, shelving, reshelving and processing collections so we can highlight little hidden gems. Today’s picture is one of those little hidden gems. This is a photo of Vice President Hubert Humphrey and… Continue Reading "Hearing" at Finger Tips […]

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UT Dental School's toilet tissue issue.

By Kristin Smits University of North Texas graduate student in Library Science (Kristin is doing a practicum at the McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center. She processed the UT Dental Branch collection as part of her work here.) The images of correspondence at the bottom of this entry are about students getting out of sorts about toliet tissue and… Continue Reading UT Dental School's toilet tissue issue. […]

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Thingamajig: medication packaging

By Alethea Drexler Archives Assistant For this week’s Thingamajig, I dug out some of the more picturesque vintage medication packages.  Sometime, seemingly in the 1940’s or 1950’s, medication boxes and bottles started to look very much like modern boxes and bottles, but some of the older examples are pretty artistic. (These photographs have been spliced… Continue Reading Thingamajig: medication packaging […]

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