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Tribute to Dr. Schull

Jack Schull in the Special Projects Building mid 1960s [MS 170 Schull Photo Collection, McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library]

McGovern Historical Center Staff The McGovern Historical Center has lost a dear friend and staunchest advocate this week, Dr. William “Jack” Schull. He died Tuesday morning at his home. Dr. Schull was the guiding force behind our extensive Atomic Bomb

Posted in ABCC, Dr. Schull, Japan, Manuscript Collection, Radiation Effects and Events

Dr. Bertner’s Tuxedo

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian File this under “Not Your Typical Day in the Archive.” We are currently standardizing how materials are stored in the archive, which means rehousing materials in standard document boxes or relocating oversize materials

Posted in Archives, Bertner, Manuscript Collection, Special Collections

To Space! Soviet Space Poster

Sandra Yates Archivist & Special Collections Librarian Keeping with the theme of the 1960s (see previous post), I made a very interesting find in the archive this week. It is a 1960 Soviet propaganda poster by the artist Nikolai Litvinov.

Posted in Archives, Images, Manuscript Collection

Voice of Bertner

Sandra YatesArchivist and Special Collections Librarian Bertner Avenue runs north and south through the heart of the Texas Medical Center. And at 1.4 miles long, it is one of the longer streets in the TMC. It starts in the north

Posted in Archives, Audiovisual, Bertner, Manuscript Collection, TMC Streets

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


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

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

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

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

Pulling Teeth from the Man of Steel

by Philip Montgomery, archivist I want to be perfectly clear at the beginning of this post that being an archivist is a tough job. I can’t even begin to describe the trials that come with being an archivist. You have

Posted in Archives, Artifacts, Images, Manuscript Collection, Medical Archives