The Archives consist of more than 250 collections (3,600 cubic feet) of personal papers, institutional records, photos, graphic arts and medical-related objects.
Institutional Collections: These collections contain materials from the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), the NASA Space Life Sciences Archives, Texas Medical Center institutions and Houston area hospitals and medical organizations. The materials include administrative documents, financial records, photographs, newsletters, directories, brochures and patient log books.
Manuscripts: These collections contain materials from prominent physicians, healthcare professionals, who were influential in the Texas Medical Center, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission or American rheumatology. The papers of John P. McGovern, MD and R. Lee Clark, MD are representatives of these collections.
Texas Medical History: The history of medicine in Texas is represented by papers and government records, as well as instruments and equipment used by physicians, nurses and institutions.
Medical Artwork: The Archives holds many original artworks that are related to the topic of healthcare. The art includes oil paintings, pastels, ink drawings, prints and sculptures, as well as numerous original works used to illustrate medical-related journals.
The Rare Book Collection has approximately 20,000 items in five major historical collections that focus on: medical educations; dental education; gout, rheumatism and arthritis; public health in America and mental health care. Most of the rare books are cataloged and are available for use in the Rare Book Room on the 2nd Floor of The TMC Library.
Burbank / Fraser Collection on Arthritis, Rheumatism and Gout contains more than 3,600 volumes with publications ranging from a 16th century manuscript to current works.
Cora and Webb Mading Collection on Public Health houses books and pamphlets on urban sanitation in the U.S. and infectious diseases in the 19th and early 20th century.
McGovern Collection on the History of Medicine focuses on the development of the medical specialties and medical education of the late 19th and early 20th century. The collection also holds serveral first editions of classics of medical history including a 1543 De Humani Corporus Fabrica by Vesalius, a first edition Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus by William Hunter and all editions of William Olser's Principles and Practices of Medicine.
Thomas D. Dow Historical Dental Collection is a collection of books and dental society reports primarily from 19 to mid-20th century.
Menninger Collection of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis holds a number of books and journal from the 1500s to modern times. It includes many early journals on psychoanalysis, German psychiatric texts, reports from American asylums and texts on community mental health.
The McGovern Center seeks to document the history of medicine in Texas, specifically in Harris County, Houston and the Texas Medical Center, and to make that information broadly available. Many books, documents, maps, pamphlets, photographs and ephemera that deal with Texas medical history are available online.
Other resources are available online including several of William Osler's works, anatomical texts of Vesalius, Eustachi and Pauw and illustrations from the Heart Bulletin.
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