Duke Medical Center Archive Blog

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Your Story Matters! Documenting COVID-19 at Duke
Posted On: May 8, 2023 by Rebecca Williams

In March 2020, COVID-19 changed and disrupted all of our lives, at Duke and around the world. Essential workers remained on site at their jobs, and those who could work remotely did; classes for students from pre-K to professional schools went online; and all planned events were canceled or postponed. All the while we lived with the fear of how this virus would affect ourselves, our loved ones, and the world around us. Nearly 3 years later, we are still collectively living through this historic time and processing the changes that ensued.

As part of our mission to preserve, maintain, document, and make available for research the permanent records of the functions of the Duke University Medical Center and Duke University Health System, the Duke University Medical Center… MORE

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Medical Garden exhibit

Medical Garden Exhibit Now On Display!
Posted On: March 27, 2023 by Rebecca Williams

Beebalm and Butterfly-Weed: Native Plants from the Medical Garden 
Medical Center Library & Archives - Level 1
On Display March 2023 – June 2023


We are excited to announce the installation of a new exhibit on Level 1 of the Medical Center Library & Archives. This exhibit will focus on the Library's Medical Garden, highlighting two of its native plants, Beebalm and Butterfly-Weed.

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Kevin Thomas

Oral Histories from the Archives: Kevin Thomas
Posted On: February 8, 2023 by Rebecca Williams

In November 2021, Dr. Kevin Lindsey Thomas, MD, an electrophysiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine in Duke’s Division of Cardiology, was named the Duke University School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion by Dean Mary E. Klotman. The role is a first for the school, and was among the key action items outlined in the anti-racism and advancing equity strategic plan launched by the School of Medicine in June 2021.  Dr. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and his medical… MORE

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The Duke University Medical Center Archives (DUMCA) actively collects the official records of the DUMC and DUHS departments and divisions, including a variety of materials that provide evidence of business, interests, and activities through the years. In doing so, the DUMCA serves as the institutional memory of the DUMC and DUHS by collecting, preserving, and making accessible materials that provide evidence of day to operations. Guided by our collection development policy, we strive to document the intellectual, administrative, social, cultural, and visual history of the DUMC and DUHS in order to provide evidence of past actions and contribute to an understanding of the structure and history of the DUMC and DUHS. See below for a listing of materials added to the DUMCA. The types of… MORE

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The Medical Center Archives is happy to announce the donation of the North Carolina Licensed Practical Nurses Association (NCLPNA) Records by Mrs. Jessie Parker Smith, a member of the 1946 inaugural graduation class of the Durham School of Practical Nursing, as well as one of the cohorts of the “Trailblazers”, the first African American nurses hired by Duke. Mrs. Smith, an LPN, remained at nurse at Duke for over 40 years.

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MEDSpace Digital Repository

Duke Nursing Magazine Available on MEDSpace
Posted On: December 15, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

Duke Nursing Magazine is now available to users on MEDSpace. Users can view past issues here. Issues available on MEDSpace go back to 2006, and the Archives will continue to add new issues as they become available. MEDSpace is the Duke University Medical Center Archives’ Digital Repository. Digital repositories are “the technical infrastructure, services, and resources for the storage and management of digital information” (Society of American Archivist’s Dictionary of Archives Terminology)… MORE

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MEDSpace Digital Repository

Duke Nursing Magazine Available on MEDSpace
Posted On: December 15, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

Duke Nursing Magazine is now available to users on MEDSpace. Users can view past issues here. Issues available on MEDSpace go back to 2006, and the Archives will continue to add new issues as they become available. MEDSpace is the Duke University Medical Center Archives’ Digital Repository. Digital repositories are “the technical infrastructure, services, and resources for the storage and management of digital information” (Society of American Archivist’s Dictionary of Archives Terminology)… MORE

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MEDSpace Digital Repository

Duke Nursing Magazine Available on MEDSpace
Posted On: December 15, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

Duke Nursing Magazine is now available to users on MEDSpace. Users can view past issues here. Issues available on MEDSpace go back to 2006, and the Archives will continue to add new issues as they become available. MEDSpace is the Duke University Medical Center Archives’ Digital Repository. Digital repositories are “the technical infrastructure, services, and resources for the storage and management of digital information” (Society of American Archivist’s Dictionary of Archives Terminology)… MORE

Category: News, Collection Spotlight

MEDSpace Digital Repository

Duke Nursing Magazine Available on MEDSpace
Posted On: December 15, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

Duke Nursing Magazine is now available to users on MEDSpace. Users can view past issues here. Issues available on MEDSpace go back to 2006, and the Archives will continue to add new issues as they become available. MEDSpace is the Duke University Medical Center Archives’ Digital Repository. Digital repositories are “the technical infrastructure, services, and resources for the storage and management of digital information” (Society of American Archivist’s Dictionary of Archives Terminology)… MORE

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Adonna Thompson joined the Archives staff in August 2022 as the Rice Diet Program Collection Processing Librarian, a 2 year grant funded position. Adonna, a familiar face to some of the Library, has over 15 years of experience working in Archives with a strong background in archival management. In her previous roles at the Duke Medical Center Archives she served as Director and Archivist of the Physician Assistant History Center; Librarian for Research, Outreach and Education; and Archives Assistant Director. After leaving Duke she worked for six years as the founding archivist for the Martha Smith Archives and Research Center at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. During her time there she was responsible for managing all aspects of the archives including policy creation and… MORE

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The Medical Center Archives, in partnership with Rachel Ingold, Curator of the History of Medicine Collections at the Rubenstein Library and Josephine McRobbie and Joseph O’Connell, local oral historians, received a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund in the amount of $5,400 to document the history of maternal health in Durham through oral history interviews with members of the Duke Midwifery Service and Durham County Health Department. The title of this project is “Documenting the Duke Midwifery Service and Durham Maternal Health Through First Hand Narratives”. The idea for this project was spurred by the 2021 donation of the Duke Midwifery Service… MORE

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Dr. Samuel Katz

Remembering Dr. Samuel Katz
Posted On: November 11, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

Dr. Samuel L. Katz died last week at the age of 95. He was a world-renowned pediatrician and virologist. He joined the Duke University School of Medicine faculty as chair of pediatrics in 1968 and led the department until 1990.  

Katz began his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College in 1944. In 1945, he joined the Navy and was sent to San Diego to attend hospital training school. Afterwards, he returned to Dartmouth and completed the undergraduate premed requirements, graduating in 1948. He then attended Dartmouth Medical School, which, at the time, was a two-year preclinical program and received a BMS in 1950. Katz completed his MD at Harvard Medical School in 1952. He had internships at Beth Israel Hospital followed by a residency in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General… MORE

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It Came From the Archives exhibit

It Came from the Archives Exhibit Now On Display!
Posted On: October 24, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

It Came from the Archives
Medical Center Library & Archives - Level 1
On Display October 17, 2022 through January 31, 2023

We are excited to announce the installation of a new exhibit on Level 1 of the Medical Center Library & Archives. “It Came From the Archives” celebrates the Duke Medical Center Archives by spotlighting two remarkable stories found in the Archives’ collections — one that goes underground and one that takes flight!

 

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Location: Medical Center Library & Archives, Level 2, Room 212E
Date: Monday, October 31, 11am – 2pm

After an unexpected multi-year hiatus, the Duke University Medical Center Archives is excited to announce the return of our annual Halloween event! This casual open house event will feature a selection of odd, intriguing, and rarely seen materials from our collections.

All are invited to drop in to view detailed medical illustrations, touch old medical instruments, explore forgotten stories from the history of Duke Health, and much more.

Come by for a fun break to learn some history and enjoy free Halloween candy!

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Follow Us on Instagram
Posted On: September 23, 2022 by Rebecca Williams

We are on social media!  Follow us @dukemedlibrary on Instagram  Our Instagram page is a fun and simple way to learn more about both the Medical Center Library & Archives as well as Duke History! Our posts often highlight archival materials from our collections including historical photographs, illustrations, publications, and artifacts. We also provide behind-the-scenes looks at archives and library work, information about upcoming events, and much more! 

Caption Text: We love the beautiful details on this watercolor drawing of the Duke Cancer Center entrance by Michael McCann. This art is… MORE

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