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The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce an addition to the Department of Surgery Records. The collection documents the administrative functions of the Department of Surgery and includes records from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. The new additions to the collection are group photographs of surgical staff from 1964 to 1994 and portraits of past students from 1930 to 2004. The majority of the portraits have handwritten inscriptions written by the students to department administrators and professors. 

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This is the second blog post in a three part series about processing digital files. See the following link for Part 1 and Part 3 (to come).

The Duke University Medical Center Archives (DUMCA) recently began processing the files in our digital files backlog, which goes back to 2009. While the backlog was created in 2009, the files date from the mid-1990s to the present. These files are a mixture of born-digital (records created in a digital format) and digitized (records originally created on paper and converted into a digital format). The DUMCA is primarily working on ingesting born-digital records. 

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Charles and Peggy Hammond

Charles and Peggy Hammond Papers
Posted On: November 6, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the Charles and Peggy Hammond Papers are processed and open for research. Interested researchers should contact the Medical Center Archivist before use. The collection is organized into the following series: Conference Materials, 1976-2007; Correspondence, 1956-2006; Personal, 1985-2005; Photographic Materials, 1978-2005; Printed Materials, 1978-2008. 

Charles Bessellieu Hammond was born on July 24, 1936 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He graduated from Duke with a BS in 1960 and a MD in 1961. Hammond joined the Duke faculty in 1968 and served as...

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#AskAnArchivistDay, Part 2
Posted On: November 2, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

As Archives Month comes to a close, we bring you the second part of our two part blog series answering questions asked by our two interns. Read part 1 here

Caroline Waller: "I would like to know more about the history of the [Duke University Medical Center] archives, like when/why/where was it founded.”

The Archives was formally established in 1977 through the efforts of Elon H. Clark, Barnes Woodhall and G.S.T. Cavanagh, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; however informal efforts to collect materials documenting the history of Duke Medicine existed well before this time. An October 1965 article published in the...

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Location: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2, Room 212E

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 11am – 2pm

In honor of Archives Month in October, the Duke University Medical Center Archives is hosting its fifth 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...

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#AskAnArchivistDay
Posted On: October 3, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

Today is #AskAnArchivistDay! While the Duke University Medical Center Archives (DUMCA) doesn’t have a Twitter account, we do have a blog and two very curious archivists-in-training (interns). For this two part blog series, we asked each of our interns for a question.

McKenzie Long: This is super general, but when I first started in archives I wanted to know how we decide what to keep when we're looking at a new accession. Like how do we decide what's historically relevant/in the scope of the archives enough for us to add it to the archives? 

It depends. 

There are a lot of factors that are part of deciding whether items should be accepted or not at an archives, and, while most of this decision making is done before the materials are...

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McKenzie Long joined the Archives staff as an intern in July. She received degrees in English and History from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she is working towards a Masters of Library and Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill and expects to be finished in 2020. After graduation, she hopes to continue working in Archives. 

McKenzie developed an interest in archives as an undergraduate when she worked in Special Collections at the College of William and Mary. McKenzie is passionate about history, and working with materials from the past like photographs, maps, and letters allows her to constantly discover, explore, and learn. As the Archives Intern, working in an archives also gives her the opportunity to help preserve and make archival materials accessible to...

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Online Resources Round-Up
Posted On: August 13, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

While we always welcome visitors to our physical location, the Archives has a variety of online resources to help users learn about the collections and the Medical Center’s history. The resources listed below can all be found or linked to elsewhere on our website, but they are grouped here together for your convenience. 

MEDSpace – If you’re looking for historic images, our digital repository, MEDSpace, is an excellent place to start. MEDSpace contains nearly 700 photographs documenting the history of Duke Medicine. You can also find early publications, medical illustrations and artwork, and medical artifacts.

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The Medical Center Archives is pleased to announce that the Durham-Orange County Medical Society Auxiliary Scrapbooks are open for research. The Durham-Orange County Medical Society Auxiliary was initially organized in 1930 to oversee the entertainment of the wives of the doctors attending that year’s North Carolina Medical Society meeting in Durham. After the meeting, the auxiliary was inactive until 1944, when 26 doctors’ wives from Durham and Orange Counties formally organized the group and expanded its mission. The objectives of the Auxiliary was to assist the Durham-Orange County Medical...

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The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce we are able to make digital files accessible in our reading room through AXAEM, our content management system (CMS). An archival CMS is necessary for archives to run efficiently. This software is created specifically for the management, organization, and control of archival collections from one central point. AXAEM makes it possible for the Archives to track our collections’ accessions, containers, container lists, description, finding aids, preservation concerns and actions, donor information, and research inquires and use. The ability to easily collate all of this data in one place makes the effective administration of our archival collections possible. Now we can add tracking, describing, and giving access to digital files to the list...

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Galen Wagner and Robin Anderson at computer

Galen S. Wagner Papers
Posted On: June 11, 2018 by Rebecca Williams

The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the Galen S. Wagner Papers are processed and open for research. The collection documents Wagner’s career as a cardiologist at DUMC. Wagner was the director of the Duke Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) from 1968 to 1981 and was involved with the Myocardial Infarction Research Unit, Duke Cardiology Fellows Program, and Duke University Cardiovascular Society. Materials in the collection date from 1964 to 2008. 

During his career at Duke Wagner was instrumental in developing the Duke Cardiovascular Databank. Wagner’s mentor, Dr. Eugene Stead (pictured to the right), began the project in the mid-1960s when he saw the great potential computers offered the...

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Come Enjoy Popcorn and a Movie With Us! Viewing: Young Frankenstein 

Medical Center Library & Archives

Level 2R, Room 212E

Movie: Young Frankenstein

Friday, June 1st

2 – 4pm


FREE and open to 
all!

 

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein.” In celebration and to coincide with our Frankenstein exhibitions, we will be hosting a viewing of the Mel Brooks movie, Young Frankenstein.

Please come and join us for this fun way to relieve stress at the end of a long week. Feel free to pop in for just a couple quick laughs or stay for the entire movie. We will have drinks, candy, and popcorn!

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Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Medical Center Library & Archives - Level 3 (NLM) & Level 1 (MCL&A) 

NLM Exhibit on Display until June 16, 2018 

The Medical Center Library is hosting “Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature,” a six-banner traveling exhibition. Developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, it displays the abiding relevance of the Frankenstein story to contemporary questions about science and technology. Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel explores individual and societal responsibility through its discussion of scientific advancement and medical ethics. ...

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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. 

The Durham hospital has grown since it first...

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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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