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Mission and Goals


The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center is a premier medical history collection that preserves the history of the past for current and future generations by following the best archival practices for preservation and open access.


To preserve and make available medical history showing the development of healthcare in the Texas Medical Center, Houston and Texas and to demonstrate the Texas Medical Center’s widespread effect upon medicine and health science in the world.


Obtain important, unique and interesting personal papers, institutional records, books, artwork, artifacts, ephemera, and realia that document, explain and interpret medical history, especially as it relates to:

  • Health science in Texas
  • Arthritis, rheumatism and gout
  • Psychiatry and psychoanalysis
  • Dentistry
  • 19th and early 20th century public health
  • Cardiology
  • Healthcare in Houston
  • Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission and radiation effects
  • Preserve all items in the collection to ensure their longevity and usefulness
  • Process and describe all items and collections in an expeditious manner so they are available for use
  • Make items and collections available through many access points and promote those access points
  • Provide all resources users need to fulfill their research objectives as efficiently as possible
  • Work collaboratively with other libraries, archives and educational institutions to advance the profession, increase public awareness of archives, and promote access to collections.