A generous gift from Virginia Bowden, PhD, Library Directoremeritus and Charles Bowden, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and pharmacology, will enhance the development of the UT Health Science Center University Archives. As a repository for the preservation of historically importantuniversity records, the archives house university publications,correspondence of key UT Health Science Center officials,minutes of meetings, and student yearbooks. The archives alsoinclude photographs and papers of many early San Antoniophysicians.In the past the archives have been used to research the history of the UT Health Science Center for publications and exhibitmaterials, genealogy searches, photographs, resources for classesin the history of medicine and anatomical drawing and for many other purposes. Current archives projects include developmentof a digital collection of important materials in the archives,processing of photographs and negatives received from Academic Technology Services and the Ruth Stewartnursing archives scrapbooks, and the creation of finding aids available via the Internet for manuscriptcollections of prominent San Antonio physicians. Photographs and personal papers of Dr. Mario E. Ramirez,donated to the Ramirez Library at the RAHC in Harlingen, are being processed and digitized to tell the story
of Dr. Ramirez’s career as a physician in the Rio Grande Valley. Of particular note is Dr. Ramirez’s collection
of photos taken during the devastation wrought by Hurricane Beulah in 1967. These are only some of theprojects in progress through the University Archives.
In addition to the Bowdens’ gift, The Libraries were recently awarded a grant by the National Endowment forthe Humanities to improve the library’s preservation practices. See the related article
on page 3. The archives are managed by Anne Comeaux, Assistant Library Director for Digital and Special Collections.
Ms. Comeaux also serves as the UT Health Science Center’s Records Management Officer and frequently
consults with departments on the types of records that must be retained, including archival records.
The Bowdens’ commitment to enhancing the Health Science Center’s library will ensure that the archives
continue to provide important materials for historical research into the future. For additional informationabout the archives, including guidelines for submitting documents and other materials, contact AnneComeaux at 210-567-2428 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rajia TobiaExecutive Director of Libraries
Major gift will enhance archives program
Virginia Bowden, PhD, and CharlesBowden, MD recently made a gift in supportof the University Archives and other specialcollections.