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On This Day: VA Hospital Opens
Posted On: April 6, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

On April 6, 1953, the Veterans Administration Hospital opened here in Durham, NC. The Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a part of the federal Veterans Health Administration (VHA) which seeks to provide medical care and services to America’s military Veterans. The origins of the VHA date back to the Civil War when President Abraham Lincoln “authorized the first-ever national soldiers’ and sailors’ asylum to provide medical and convalescent care for discharged members of the Union Army and Navy volunteer forces.”{1}  Today the VHA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world, partners with medical schools across the country to provide training for health professionals, and oversees medical research programs. 

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J Leonard Goldner Papers
Posted On: March 27, 2018 by Lucy Waldrop

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the J. Leonard Goldner Papers are processed and open for research. The collection documents the professional career of Goldner at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). Goldner was a lauded Duke Orthopedic surgeon and professor from 1950 to 1988. Types of materials in this collection include correspondence, reprints, newsletters, clippings, programs, certificates, awards, photographs, audiovisual materials, biographical materials, notes, memorabilia, manuscripts, and artwork. The collection contains materials from 1930 to 2013, although the bulk the collection dates from the beginning of Goldner’s career at Duke to his death in 2008.

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Nick Carter Travel Club Records
Posted On: March 9, 2018 by Lucy Waldrop

The Medical Center Archives is pleased to announce that the Nick Carter Travel Club Records are processed and open for research. The F. Bayard Carter Society, better known as the “Nick Carter Travel Club,” is an organization associated with Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The society is named for Duke physician F. Bayard Carter. Carter was professor and chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1931 to 1964. During his tenure, Carter was a beloved mentor to many residents in the department. In 1951, a group of 15 of his former residents organized the... MORE

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In honor of Black History Month, our blog this week features Clydie Pugh-Myers, a graduate of the first class of Duke’s licensed practical nursing (LPN) program in 1949.

Duke’s LPN program was established in 1948 as a collaboration of Duke University Hospital, Durham City School, and the North Carolina Department of Vocational Education to train African American nurses. Although 72 women qualified and registered for the program its inaugural year, only 26 would pass the rigorous training and examinations to graduate the following year. The LPN program transferred to the Durham Industrial Education Center, which would later become Durham Technical Community College, in the early 1960s.On January 18, 2006, Jessica Roseberry conducted an oral history interview with Pugh-Myers at...

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Follow Us On Instagram!
Posted On: February 16, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

We are now on Instagram! Follow us @dukemedlibrary. We will be posting historical photographs, fun facts from the history of Duke Medicine, behind-the-scenes looks at archives and library work, information about upcoming events, and much more! 

Please follow us, like our photos, and share with us the types of things that you’d like to see us post. 

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Illustration of Davison Building

#Color Our Collections
Posted On: February 6, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

 

This week we are celebrating #ColorOurCollections with other libraries, archives, and cultural institutions around the world! This week-long social media initiative was launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016. Participating institutions are sharing free coloring pages made using materials from their collections. 

The coloring pages from our collection can be found here. They include two drawings made by Robert Blake, a legendary medical artist at Duke. Along with his illustrations of...

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Mary Thomson Champagne Records
Posted On: February 6, 2018 by Lucy Waldrop

The Archives is happy to announce that the Mary Thomson Champagne Records are processed and available for research. Interested researchers should contact the Medical Center Archivist before use. The collection is organized into the following series: Administrative Records, 1981-2016; Academic Programs and Partnerships, 1979-2016; and Digital Files, 1994-2016. Types of materials in the collections include correspondence, notes, photographs, clippings, newsletters, handbooks, grant applications, reports, charts, speeches, brochures, presentations, meeting minutes, meeting...

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William Longley Papers
Posted On: January 22, 2018 by Lucy Waldrop

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the William Longley Papers are processed and open for research. The collections documents the professional career of Longley, a professor and researcher in the Anatomy Department at Duke University Medical School from 1968 to 1988. Types of materials include correspondence, photographic materials, reprints, writings, manuscripts, drafts, clippings, printed materials, research notebooks, and grant materials. The collections also includes a small amount of personal correspondence. Materials range in date from 1941 to 1987.

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Robert Randolph Jones Jr.

Murder Mystery
Posted On: December 21, 2017 by Rebecca Williams

If you were to stack every box contained in the Duke Medical Center Archives, it would equal the height of approximately 54 Duke Chapels! While we work hard to arrange and describe the over 11,000 linear feet of materials in our collection, it is both impossible and inadvisable for us to read or catalog every individual piece of paper. As foolish as it is to think that an archivist could possibly know all of the stories held within these collections, it is often tempting to believe that the institutional knowledge accumulated through time in the archives creates an omniscient historian or at least something pretty close. Recently I was reminded that I certainly do not know everything and more importantly that archival research can be a thrilling treasure hunt.  

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This is the fourth blog post in a four part series about the Department of Neurosurgery Records and issues archivists confront when accessioning collections. See the following links for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Researchers use archives to discover information when they...

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Eugenia and Samuel Lambeth Papers
Posted On: December 6, 2017 by Lucy Waldrop

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the Eugenia and Samuel Lambeth Papers are processed and open for research. The collection documents the professional careers of wife and husband Eugenia and Samuel Lambeth, as well as also housing personal materials. Types of materials include correspondence, clippings, programs, certificates, diplomas, army records, reprints, travel souvenirs, x-rays, photographic materials, a scrapbook, artwork, memorabilia, and artifacts. Materials range in date from 1925 to 2000....

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Highland Hospital Records
Posted On: November 29, 2017 by Lucy Waldrop

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the Highland Hospital Records are now open to researchers through a reprocessing project. Highland Hospital, a small, for profit, inpatient mental hospital located in Asheville, North Carolina, was owned and operated by Duke ...

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Stuart M. Sessoms Records
Posted On: November 17, 2017 by Lucy Waldrop

Calling all researchers: the Duke University Medical Archives is pleased to announce that the Stuart M. Sessoms Records are processed and open to researchers. This collection is rich with the history of Duke Medical Center during the Civil Rights Era. It illustrates how a large institution in the South adapted to extreme, rapid social changes with grace and dignity. I don’t think you will be disappointed. There are juicy bits. 

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Archival Detective Skills, Part 3
Posted On: November 1, 2017 by Lucy Waldrop

This is the third blog post in a four part series about the Department of Neurosurgery Records and issues archivists confront when accessioning collections. See the following links for Part 1, ...

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This is the second blog post in a four part series about the Department of Neurosurgery Records and issues archivists confront when accessioning collections. Select the following links to see Part 1Part 3, and...

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