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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 medical...

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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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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 the...

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

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 11am – 2pm

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

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School of Nursing Table Display

School of Nursing Alumni Weekend
Posted On: April 12, 2017 by Rebecca Williams

This past weekend Duke welcomed back alumni from a variety of academic disciplines and classes and the Archives were honored to participate in the celebrations on Friday at the School of Nursing. We set up a table display (shown below) with a historical timeline, photographs, old brochures and handbooks, and even a nursing uniform and cap. 

 

 

We heard many fun stories about campus life, nursing classes, and changes in nursing over the years.  Many alumni recognized the nursing uniform on display from their student days, but several commented that ours did not have nearly enough starch! 

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Space is often a contentious issue in archives because physical collections take up, well, so much space, but as collections grow, all archives must confront the issue of diminishing storage area. The Medical Center Archives recently met this issue head on by turning unused office space into a new storage area for low use collections. The addition of the new storage unit added 2,430 linear feet of space for the Archives to grow our collections. Translated from archives speak, this means the Archives now has the capacity to add 1,620 more boxes at our location. Onsite storage at the Archives can now hold 10,506 linear feet or 7,004 boxes. The creation of a new storage area, will help the Archives better collect and preserve the official records...

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we are featuring Women in Duke Medicine: An oral history exhibit, our online exhibit containing of oral history interviews with many pioneering women at Duke Medicine. The digital exhibit includes brief biographies, sound clips, photos, and interview transcripts of women from multiple fields at Duke Medicine. 

Many of these women were pioneers or in some way “firsts” in their respective disciplines, so each has a unique historical perspective. The exhibit chronicles both the stories of individual women in addition to providing a deeper look into the context in which those stories took place. Oral history, the primary...

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February is Black History Month and we will be celebrating it all month long here at the Duke Medical Center Archives. On our blog this month, we will highlight some important people and events in Black history at Duke Medicine. 

We encourage you to check out the Archives’ research guide African American History at Duke Medicine. The guide aims to introduce researchers to materials documenting the history of African American faculty, students, and staff at Duke Medicine. Included are oral histories, archival collections, photographs, audiovisual materials, and publications, selected key dates and key figures, and links to recommended digital resources.  

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nursing uniforms over the years

Pictures of Nursing Now On Display
Posted On: January 26, 2017 by Rebecca Williams

The Medical Center Library & Archives is happy to announce that the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, “Pictures of Nursing:  The Zwerdling Postcard Collection” is display through February 25th. It is now accompanied by a display of “Pictures of Nursing at Duke” featuring pictures from the Duke Medical Center Archives. 

Nurses and nursing have often been the subject of postcard art for over a hundred years; thus, the postcards from the Zwerdling Collection provide insight into popular social and cultural perceptions of the nursing profession. In conjunction with these artistic renderings of nurses, the “Pictures of Nursing at Duke” display provides archival photographs of nurses working and studying at Duke Hospital and the School of Nursing respectively.  ...

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Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie

Remembering Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie
Posted On: December 13, 2016 by Rebecca Williams

The Duke Community was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. H. Keith H. Brodie earlier this month. As both chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and president of Duke, he had a profound impact on Duke University and Duke Health.

There have been several well-written tributes to Dr. Brodie and his legacy in the past couple of weeks, so rather than attempt to write another, we thought that we would share some of his own words. We conducted an oral history interview with Dr. Brodie in 2004 that hopefully provides a glimpse of the type of leader that he was.

When asked about his continued dedication to psychiatry, Dr. Brodie shared the following:

“It’s been fun. You know, I’ve always felt...

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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...

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It Came from the Archives! Halloween Highlights from the Duke Medical Center Archives

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

Date: Monday, October 31, 11am – 2pm

In 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. 

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