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Image of The TMC Library, McGovern Historical Center’s collection search website.

Finding historical information about the people and institutions in the Texas Medical Center just got easier! We’re excited to launch a web-based tool that simplifies online research of our collections. Researchers can search across all 323 collections and over 53,000 individual item descriptions. The site provides access to more than 1,200 digital images and documents… Continue Reading Explore Our Collections in Detail […]

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Two Texas Medical Center Collections Online!

St. Luke's and Texas Children's Hospitals Cardiovascular Surgery Team in Operating Room, 1969.

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian The Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center is excited to announce the completion of two important collections: Texas Medical Center records (IC 002) and the Texas Medical Center Photograph Collection (IC 104). Complete finding aids and inventories are now online and available for researchers on the McGovern… Continue Reading Two Texas Medical Center Collections Online! […]

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Radiation Effects and Events

Image of flyer that provides an overview and images fro the Radiation Effects & Events Archive Project of the Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center.

by Philip Montgomery Archivist and Head of the McGovern Historical Center The “Chernobyl” miniseries on HBO has struck a chord with me, because the effects of radiation on large populations has long been one focus of collecting at the McGovern Historical Center. Since the mid-1980s, the McGovern Historical Center has collected material related to the… Continue Reading Radiation Effects and Events […]

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Three for One: Memorial Hospital

Nursing students and faculty of Baptist Sanitarium and Hospital Training School for Nurses (later Memorial Hospital), 1918. [Memorial Hospital System records, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library, IC 022, IC022-Nutrix-p23]

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The McGovern Historical Center has three finding aids available related to the Memorial Hospital System, one of the earliest hospitals in Houston. Founded in 1907 as the Baptist Sanitarium, Memorial Hospital began as a two-story, wood-framed building at the end of the trolley line on Lamar and… Continue Reading Three for One: Memorial Hospital […]

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Medical World News Photograph Collection

Detail of contact sheets from IC 077 Medical World News Photograph Collection. Image shows Dr. DeBakey at the Lasker Awards, 1966.

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The Texas Medical Center Library, McGovern Historical Center is excited to announce the completion of the IC 077 Medical World News Photograph Collection. A complete finding aid and inventory is now online and available for researchers. The Medical World News Photograph Collection is one of the largest… Continue Reading Medical World News Photograph Collection […]

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“I Question" by Anonymous

by Kelsey Koym Archives Intern The Menninger collection contains hundreds of books spanning the various periods of psychological history and its specialties. Although the idealization of Freud and his near idol-like status saturate many of the pages of these books, unique items will stand out written by the patients of these medical professionals. One of… Continue Reading “I Question" by Anonymous […]

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Colonel Bates: enemy of the Klan

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center Yesterday, Colonel William B. Bates and his role in moving Baylor College of Medicine from Dallas to Houston came up in a conversation with Bryant Boutwell, the John P. McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine, at the UT Health Science Center-Houston. Boutwell, an historian and author, described how… Continue Reading Colonel Bates: enemy of the Klan […]

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Dr. Cooley's Eisenhower jacket

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center Today, Dena Houchin, RN, dropped off several of Dr. Denton Cooley’s old military uniforms, including pants, shirts and an Eisenhower jacket,  along with his Johns Hopkins University academic regalia robe, hood and hat. The Johns Hopkins regalia is pretty snazzy, but it was the Eisenhower jacket that… Continue Reading Dr. Cooley's Eisenhower jacket […]

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Railway Surgery

By Philip Montgomery Head of McGovern Historical Center The McGovern Rare Book Collection just added a book on treating railway injuries published in 1899. Dr. Clinton B. Herrick’s “Railway Surgery: a handbook on the management of injuries” is quite an interesting book. The library’s resource management assistant Mireille Clark discovered the book in the stacks… Continue Reading Railway Surgery […]

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