Blog Archives

Winter morning glory

By Philip Montgomery Head of the McGovern Historical Collections The Christmas season is here along with damp, grey skies. My to-do list is longer than usual, and my cure for holiday despair is eating sweets or spending money. First of all I

Posted in Archives, Manuscript Collection, Special Collections

Hermann Hospital Radiology Department

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian The TMC Library will be celebrating its centennial next year, and I’ve been searching high and low for images to adorn the website. These may or may not help the website, but

Posted in Archives, Centennial, Hospitals, Medical Archives

Medical World News: Contact Sheets and Photo Shoots

by Sandra YatesArchivist and Special Collections Librarian I’ve been working with a media firm to find archival materials for a documentary about the history of cancer. They are specifically looking for images within our Medical World News Collection. This project

Posted in Archives, Institutional Collection, Medical World News


by Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian As you may or may not know, the McGovern Historical Center houses the personal and professional papers of Philip S. Hench, MD. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1950 as co-developer

Posted in Archives, Manuscript Collection

The Doctor and the Herb-Woman

By Kiersten Bryant, archives metadata intern The McGovern Collections and Research Center is home to an extensive collection of original artwork published in various journals produced by the Medical Arts Publishing Foundation beginning in the early 1950s. One of these

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Dr. E. Trowbridge Wolf’s Notes

by Sandra Yates, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Have you ever wondered what four years of medical school looks like? Or maybe even wondered about the courses, material, and techniques taught in medical schools in the 1930s? Well, you’re in

Posted in Archives, Manuscript Collection

Hanger Artificial Legs and Arms

By Sandra Yates Archivist and Special Collections Librarian We all know how amazing old magazine advertisements are. I found this gem in a June 1938 issue of the Texas State Journal of Medicine. Looks to me that the Hanger artificial

Posted in Archives, Images

Archival Surprises

by DK Smith, Project Archivist In part, the fascination of an archivist’s job lies in the discovery of bits of lost history hidden in doctors’ papers. For example, the photo below contains a wonderful unknown trophy, faceless major characters, and

Posted in Archives, Images, Manuscript Collection

Moving Mayhem

We were closed last Friday because of a move. Two of our excellent staff members from the Rare Books Room at the Texas Medical Center Library have joined us over at the HRC. Moving is exhausting!

Posted in Archives

Dental Decks

by Philip Montgomery This Dental Deck for the NDB exam appeared at the Texas Medical Center Library’s book drop. Staff on the circulation desk called the McGovern Historical Center and offered us the deck. We snapped it up. It is

Posted in Archives, Artifacts, Manuscript Collection, Medical Archives