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The Archives Acquires "Gathering in the Stories" Exhibition
Posted On: September 19, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

This summer, the Archives received an addition to the Department of Arts & Health at Duke Records collection that individuals familiar with the Morris Clinic Building at Duke South will recognize: the Gathering in the Stories installation created by Jim Lee and Leah Sobsey. This exhibit, installed from 2006 to 2016, displayed 12 large portraits of Duke University Hospital employees and 35 smaller transparencies comprised of both text and images in which the Duke University Hospital employees discussed the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement had on their lives. Because of deterioration of the installation and building code changes, the exhibit was de-installed and is now housed in the Archives. Information about and images of the original... MORE
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The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center Digitizes Duke Medical Center Archives Materials
Posted On: August 15, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

In the spring of 2016, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC), a statewide digitization and digital publishing program that promotes and increases access to North Carolina’s cultural heritage, put out a call for submissions of audiovisual materials repositories wanted digitized and shared online in the Sights and Sounds Collection. This online audiovisual collection is comprised of moving images, sound, and oral histories that document North Carolina’s unique history. The Duke University Medical Center Archives submitted materials, and we are pleased to announce that four of our previously undigitized items were selected, digitized, and are now available online as part of the Sights and Sounds Collection. The materials include a Black History Month lecture by Dr.... MORE
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Jay M. Arena Papers: The Ann Landers Connection, Part 3
Posted On: July 11, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

This is the third blog post in a three part series about Dr. Jay M. Arena. (To see the previous posts click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2) As an archivist, you never know what is inside the next box until you take the top off and take a peek inside. Sometimes you see exactly what you expect, but there are times you discover something completely unexpected, which is what happened when we processed the Jay M. Arena Papers and one box revealed copious correspondence between Esther (Eppie) Lederer, more commonly known by her pen name Ann Landers, and Dr. Arena, documenting their 20 plus years’ friendship. The two struck up an unlikely camaraderie during their 1975 historic visit to China as part of a 16 member American Medical Association (AMA) delegation invited to the country by... MORE
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Read the Summer 2016 Newsletter
Posted On: June 21, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

The Medical Center Archives Spring/Summer 2016 newsletter is now available. To read it, visit: /newsletters or click on the image below.In this issue:From the Director’s ChairMeet the Archives InternsWelcome Lucy WaldropArchives at WorkNew Materials at the Archives65th General Hospital Exhibit Now OnlineTo subscribe to our newsletter, email us at: dumc.archives@mc.duke.edu
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Jay M. Arena Papers: People’s Republic of China Trip with a Side of Peking Duck, Part 2
Posted On: June 15, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

This is the second blog post in a three part series about Dr. Jay M. Arena. (To see the previous post, click here.)In 1974, Duke Professor of Pediatrics, Jay M. Arena, traveled to the People’s Republic of China as part of the American Medical Association (AMA) delegation. As a pediatrician, Arena’s interest lay in the health and nutritional status of children in China.During the trip, Arena met with local Chinese medical delegations and toured hospitals, medical schools, and clinics, paying special attention to children’s wards and pediatric care. The photograph above shows Arena (second row, second from right) with AMA delegates and hospital staff at the Capital Hospital in Peking. Arena took numerous photographs throughout these tours and documented his observations in a daily travel... MORE
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New Images Available on MEDSpace
Posted On: June 9, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that we have added more historic photographs to MEDSpace. Over 30 images from the 1930’s to the 1990’s have been uploaded to the digital repository. Included are portraits of Chairs and Division Chiefs, photos of nursing students, images and artwork of campus buildings, and candids of hospital staff at work. The new additions can be viewed by scrolling down to the bottom of MEDSpace’s homepage and clicking the “Recent Additions” tab on the far right.To view all of our digitized historic images, please visit the Foundations of Excellence digital collection, which is comprised of nearly 700 images documenting the history of Duke Health.
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New MCL&A Exhibit Highlights Duke Health Founders
Posted On: June 3, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

The Medical Center Library & Archives is happy to announce that our new exhibit, “Early Duke Notables,” is now on display. Featuring artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Archives, the exhibit highlights some of the key individuals who helped found Duke Health. Visitors will learn about Dr. Wilburt C. Davison (pictured right), the first hospital director and School of Medicine Dean, who did everything from recruit faculty to help design the hospital; Bessie Baker, the first School of Nursing Dean who also oversaw nursing at the hospital; Dr. J. Deryl Hart, Chair of Surgery who pioneered the use of ultraviolet light in operating rooms to eliminate infectious organisms that cause post-operative Staph infections; and Dr. Frederic M. Hanes, Chair of Medicine, who started the... MORE
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Jay M. Arena Papers: The Collection, Part 1
Posted On: May 18, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

This is the first blog post in a three part series about Dr. Jay M. Arena, a preeminent physician in the field of pediatrics and toxicology. During his career, Arena published approximately 300 articles and pamphlets on poisoning and a variety of pediatric subjects, as well as authoring, coauthoring, and editing numerous books on child safety and poisoning. In addition to writing, Arena also served on the editorial board of numerous publications, was appointed to and served with various government agencies, and served as an advisor on the Committee on Safety for Children and the United States Project Safety Commission. As an advisory expert on the Accidents and Poison Panel of the International Pediatric Association, Arena frequently gave expert witness testimony in cases of accidental... MORE
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Architectural Watercolors of Duke Medicine Buildings
Posted On: April 11, 2016 by
Lucy Waldrop

Just in time for spring’s colorful blossoms, the Duke Medical Center Archives acquired three vibrant watercolors of Duke Medicine buildings from the Facilities, Planning, Design/Construction department. The paintings were added to the Facilities Planning and Development Collection. The watercolors depict the Medical Center (2003), the Duke Cancer Center (2009), and Duke Medicine Circle (2009). The Medical Center and Duke Medicine Circle include campus views, while the Duke Cancer Center painting shows the front of the building with flowers in full bloom. Click to enlarge the image.The artwork, ranging in size from 22.5” x 14” to 30” x 22”, was painted by architectural watercolorist Michael McCann, winner of both the “Hugh Ferris Award" from the American Society of Architectural... MORE
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Wikipedia Event Featuring Women of Science and Philosophy
Posted On: March 23, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

The Duke Medical Center Archives is happy to be a co-sponsor of the upcoming Wikipedia event. Full details are below. Women of Science and Philosophy: Reframing the Canon with the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and Project Vox When: Tuesday, March 29, 6-9pm Where: The Edge Workshop room Wikipedia Meetup page: Women_of_Science_and_Philosophy Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1519930418312442/ Please join us for an opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles about the history of women in science and philosophy. From labor, science and activism, to art and philosophy, the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and Project Vox document the many ways women have been productive, creative, and socially engaged over more than five hundred years. Put your knowledge and intellectual... MORE
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Navigating Duke Hospital with SEDO
Posted On: March 14, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

If you think the Medical Center is easy to get lost in now, consider what it may have been like decades ago, before standardized signage was created. 45 years ago this month, March 1971, Duke University Medical Center introduced its first major signage system, SEDO.During the 1960s, the Medical Center experienced unprecedented growth. New development meant more buildings, more employees, and more patients. As it expanded, the need for a way to easily navigate the growing complex became increasingly important. To address this issue, Duke hired a graphic designer to produce and oversee the implementation of a new wayfinding system. The result was SEDO, or “System for Environmental Direction and Orientation.” This new approach divided the Medical Center into eight major, color... MORE
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Oral Histories from the Archives: Prentiss Harrison
Posted On: February 17, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

In honor of Black History Month, in this blog post we’re featuring Prentiss Harrison, who, upon graduating from Duke’s program in 1968, was the first African American PA in the nation.Harrison first heard of Duke’s fledging PA program while working as an operating room technician at the UNC Chapel Hill Hospital. Established in 1965, Duke’s program was a two-year course intended to train students to practice medicine and provide health care services under a doctor’s supervision, and was the first of its kind in the nation. Harrison, who had been trained as a medical corspman while serving in the Army, recognized that this new field could offer professional opportunity and advancement. He applied and was accepted into the second class.The Medical Center Archives has a 2009 interview... MORE
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Mildred Sherwood's Japan Scrapbooks
Posted On: January 5, 2016 by
Jolie Braun

We have several scrapbooks of programs and individuals associated with the Medical Center in our collections at the Archives, but a particular favorite and one we want to highlight in this post is those of Mildred Sherwood.Sherwood (pictured right, in the center of the top photo) dedicated her professional life to Duke, having been recruited by the first School of Medicine Dean Wilburt C. Davison (like many of her colleagues, from a position at Johns Hopkins Hospital) to be pediatrics supervisor at Duke University Hospital when it opened in 1930. She also was an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics, teaching medical and nursing students about patient care. She remained at Duke until her retirement in 1960.What’s so special about Sherwood’s scrapbooks? From July 1952 from August 1955... MORE
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Arts & Health At Duke Records Now Available for Use
Posted On: December 22, 2015 by
Jolie Braun

We are happy to announce that the Department of Arts & Health at Duke Records are processed and open for research. This interesting collection documents the department’s history of providing cultural services programming for Duke Hospital. Fittingly, the collection displays material in a variety of formats, from published poetry compilations to scrapbooks highlighting sponsored performing arts programs, as exhibited in the image on the right.    The Arts & Health Department at Duke was established in 1978 as the Cultural Services Program. Founded by James H. Semans, MD, and Wayne Rundles, MD, with initial support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the program’s goal was to explore the roles that the arts and humanities might play in a... MORE
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William H. Briner Papers Now Available for Research
Posted On: November 16, 2015 by
Jolie Braun

We are happy to announce that a new collection, the William H. Briner Papers, is now available and open for research. Captain William Harold Briner was a pharmacist who began his career in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in 1954 and later went on to establish one of the first nuclear pharmacies in the country. After retiring from this service in 1970, he worked at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as an adjunct professor as well as at Duke Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Radiology. During his time at Duke, Briner was a prolific member of the nuclear medicine community, establishing the first nuclear pharmacy in North Carolina and serving as a director of both Radiopharmacy and the Nuclear Medicine Laboratory.Early in his career, Briner worked... MORE
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