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Earlier this summer we unveiled the exhibit, Remembering the 65th: Duke’s General Hospital Unit, which documents the staff, activities, and accomplishments of the 65th General Hospital, Duke's World War II unit. We are happy to announce that digital version is now available online.

Like the physical exhibit, Remembering the 65th features artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Medical Center Archives collections. Items include medical instruments used by hospital staff, an aircrew flak helmet worn by a patient treated at the hospital, original artwork depicting the unit’s doctors and nurses, and a letter from President Ronald Reagan commending the unit.The digital exhibit...

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We are happy to announce that our new exhibit, Remembering the 65th: Duke’s General Hospital Unit, is now on display. Featuring artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Medical Center Archives collections, the exhibit tells the story of Duke Medicine’s World War II hospital unit. Items include medical instruments used by hospital staff, an aircrew flak helmet worn by a patient treated at the hospital, original artwork of the unit’s doctors and nurses, and a letter from President Ronald Reagan commending the unit.

The idea for a Duke hospital army unit was born in October 1940, the brainchild of Wilburt C. Davison, then dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. Activated in July 1942, the Army reserve unit's original crew consisted of...

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The Archives is happy to announce that we have added an oral history with Dr. John Falletta to our collections. Dr. Falletta is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and Emeritus Senior Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the School of Medicine. In this recently conducted interview, he recounts his life and career, from his childhood in Kansas to his advisory role at the IRB.

After receiving his degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Dr. Falletta joined the staff of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where his work on a local cluster of childhood leukemia cases solidified his interest in pediatric hematology-oncology. In 1976 he came to Duke to serve as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology....

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Surviving & Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture Location: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2R Date: May 11-June 20, 2015

The Medical Center Library & Archives is currently hosting "Surviving & Thriving: Aids, Politics, and Culture...

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The Medical Center Archives Spring/Summer 2015 newsletter is now available. To read it, visit: /newsletters or click on the image below.

In this issue:

  • From the Director’s Chair
  • Dr. Robert J. Lefkowitz Papers
  • Archives Awarded Trent Grant 
  • Duke Intercom Now Online
  • Medical Attire Exhibit
  • Medical Center Archives at Work
  • Dr. John D. Hamilton Lecture
  • New Archives Guide

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Please join us on Thursday, May 14 at noon for a lecture by Dr. John D. Hamilton, "The History of Infectious Diseases at Duke in the 20th Century.” The talk will be held in Room 102 of the Medical Center Library & Archives. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

Dr. Hamilton joined the faculty in the Department of Medicine at Duke in 1971, serving first as the Chief of the Durham VA Infectious Diseases Section from 1971 to 1994, and then as Chief of the adult Duke Infectious Diseases and International Health Division from 1994 to 2010. His book, The History of Infectious Diseases at Duke University in the 20th Century, was published this...

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The Duke University Medical Center Archives is happy to announce that the Intercom is now online.

Duke Medicine’s primary news publication from 1953 to 1986, the Intercom featured information about campus construction and events, faculty and staff news, facts and figures, and articles about medical research and innovations at Duke. The Archives collaborated with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center on this project, who digitized the first 25 years of the publication, making more than 500 issues available online. They can be accessed via ...

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In celebration of African American History Month, the Medical Center Archives is excited to publish a new research guide about the history of African Americans at the Medical Center. The guide aims to introduce researchers to materials documenting the history of African American faculty, students, and staff at Duke Medicine. Included are recommended oral histories, archival collections, photograph and AV items, and publications, selected key dates and key figures, and links to suggested digital resources. To view the guide, visit: https://guides.mclibrary.duke.edu/afam

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We are happy to announce that our new exhibit, "Head to Toe: Medical Attire Past & Present," is now on display. Featuring clothing and accessories from the Medical Center Archives collections, the exhibit explores the role of apparel in the health profession, and particularly at Duke Medicine, over the past 75 years. Items include an original 1970's era Duke nursing student uniform, an early medical bag of a Duke physician, and a graduation cap of the first School of Medicine Dean, Wilburt Davison, as well as historical photographs and documents. 

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The Duke University Medical Center Archives is honored to receive a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. Awarded for history of medicine projects at Duke, the grant will enable the Archives to digitize films from the Audiovisual Collection. Because many of the materials in this collection exist solely on older and obsolete media formats, digitization will help the Archives preserve and improve access to important and unique footage documenting the Medical Center’s heritage. Films include interviews with prominent Duke figures such as Drs. J. Deryl Hart and Jay Arena, as well as footage about major innovations and key events, including the groundbreaking of Duke North and the 65th General...

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Please join us on Thursday, January 29 at noon for a lecture by Dr. John J. Freiberger, “The Past and Present of the Duke University Hyperbaric Chamber.” The talk will be held in Room 102 of the Medical Center Library & Archives. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available. 

Dr. Freiberger, M.D., M.P.H., is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke and Director of the fellowship program at the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He is the first Executive Director of Duke Dive Medicine, the extreme environment and diving injury consultation service hosted at the Duke Chamber. In 2014 Dr. Freiberger received the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society’s Craig Hoffman/...

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New Images Added to MEDSpace
Posted On: December 8, 2014 by Jolie Braun

The DUMC Archives is happy to announce that we have added more historic photographs to MEDSpace. Nearly two dozen images from the 1940’s to the 1980’s have been uploaded to the digital repository. Included are portraits of key faculty and staff, images of the 65th General Hospital, photos of nursing students (such as the 1960 image of students in the snow to the right), and hyperbaric chamber images. 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. While some of the people in these images have been identified, others have not. You can help us identify individuals by visiting our ...

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Read the Fall/Winter Newsletter
Posted On: November 11, 2014 by Jolie Braun

The DUMC Archives Fall/Winter 2015 newsletter is now available! To read it, visit: /newsletters

In this issue:

  • From the Director’s Chair: Archival Treasures 
  • New Hyperbaric Medicine Exhibit
  • The DUMC Archives Acquires the Arts & Health at Duke Department Records
  • A Plea for Posterity
  • DUMC Archives at Work
  • DUMC Archives Halloween Event

If you’d like to subscribe to our newsletter, email us at: dumc.archives@mc.duke.edu.

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It Came from the Archives! Halloween Highlights from the DUMC Archives Location: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2, Room 212E   Date: Friday, October 31, 11am – 1pm

The Duke University Medical Center Archives is hosting a Halloween event at the MCL&A featuring a selection of eerie, fascinating, and rarely seen materials from our 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 Jolie Braun at...

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The MCL&A’s new exhibit, “Under Pressure: Hyperbaric Medicine at Duke” is now on display. Featuring the Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology, the exhibit charts the Center’s development, activities, and achievements since its beginnings in the early 1960s. Items on display include documents, photographs, and promotional materials spanning the Center’s history.

The Duke Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Environmental Physiology is the major facility in the Southeast and provides patient care treatment for medical conditions – such as carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness – using 100% pure oxygen. The facility also has been a hub for innovative research, such as the record-breaking Atlantis dives...

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