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It Came from the Archives: Trained Fleas Now Showing at Hubert’s Museum
Posted On: November 22, 2016 by
Rebecca Williams

When looking for items for our recent Halloween event, we made an interesting and unexpected find that we wanted to share. In a folder titled “The Effect of Radiation on the World's Most Precious Material” in the Charles W. Shilling Papers, we not only found Dr. Shilling’s speech notes withthe aforementioned title, but also an informational pamphlet about Professor Heckler’s Trained Flea Circus at Hubert’s Museum in New York City, shown on the left. We are not exactly sure why Dr. Shilling had this brochure in his papers. Did he visit Hubert’s Museum in Times Square on a whim? Or did someone send this back to him? As a doctor who created a method of radiation sterilization of a fly was he keenly interested in seeing the famous flea circus?One thing is sure—flea circuses were (and are!) a... MORE
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On This Day: The Eye Center Opens
Posted On: November 8, 2016 by
Rebecca Williams

On November 8, 1973, the Duke Eye Center (now called the Wadsworth Eye Center) was opened and dedicated. The $3.7 million project was the result of more than eight years of planning. Prior to its construction, patients with serious or unusual eye diseases often had to be referred to eye centers in distant places like New York, Baltimore, or Miami.The three-story structure built in 1973 contained a 43-bed inpatient unit, operating rooms, a 22,000-square-foot outpatient clinic and one complete floor of research laboratories. It was built from funds received from individuals, foundations, and other private sources. The fact that no government funds or tax money was used on the project was a big source of pride for Duke.Approximately ten years later, on April 22, 1983, the Duke Eye Center was... MORE
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It Came from the Archives: Fallout Shelters
Posted On: October 25, 2016 by
Rebecca Williams

Next Monday is our annual Halloween event and we are so excited about sharing all the spooky (and silly) things that we have in our collections. In anticipation of next week’s event, we are highlighting one group of materials that will be on display at the event—fallout shelter plans and pamphlets. One thing that scared many Americas during the 1960s was the prospect of nuclear war. Consequently, many plans were made across the country for the building or preparation of fallout shelters. These were sites “intended to give some protection against fallout radiation and other effects of a nuclear explosion, either an existing area such as a basement or tunnel, or a structure specially constructed for this purpose” (Dictionary of Energy, p. 218). In the Bernard Fetter Papers, there is an... MORE
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W.C. Davison

Moonshine and Biochemistry: Archives Month at the Medical Center Archives
Posted On: October 20, 2016 by
Rebecca Williams

October is a month of cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and Halloween candy, but also Archives Month! This annual celebration promotes archives, the materials they preserve, and people who work in them. All month events have been held across the country to celebrate. For example, on October 5th, archivists responded to questions on Twitter with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. Upcoming on October 26th & 27th, the National Archives will host a live, two-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on Youtube. And this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of events!On a state level, the Society of North Carolina Archivists sponsors Archives Month events every year. In fact, Gov. McCrory officially declared October to be “Archives Month” in the state of North Carolina and commended “its... MORE
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Celebrate Halloween with the Duke Medical Center Archives!
Posted On: October 10, 2016 by
Rebecca Williams

It Came from the Archives! Halloween Highlights from the Duke Medical Center ArchivesLocation: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2, Room 212EDate: Monday, October 31, 11am – 2pmIn honor of Archives Month in October, the Duke University Medical Center Archives is hosting its third annual Halloween event at the Medical Center Library & Archives featuring a selection of eerie, fascinating, and rarely seen materials from their collections. Brave souls are invited to gaze upon spine-chilling artwork, stare into the faces of frightening death masks, behold macabre medical artifacts and instruments, and much more! Halloween candy will be available…for those who haven’t lost their appetite. The event is free and open to all. For more information, contact Rebecca Williams at... MORE
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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. It was curated by Linda Belans and the Health Arts Network at Duke (HAND) with photographs 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... 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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