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News from the Libraries - February 2011

News from the Libraries - February 2011

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News from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, February 2011. This issue covers the current photo exhibit in the library, partnership updates, and more.
News from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio Libraries, February 2011. This issue covers the current photo exhibit in the library, partnership updates, and more.

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February 2011
Rajia Tobia,Executive Directorof Libraries
(210) 567-2413tobia@uthscsa.edu
San Antonio
Administration
 (210) 567-2400
Circulation Desk
 (210) 567-2440
Information Desk
 (210) 567-2450askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu
(210) 358-3939
 (210) 567-2450
Harlingen
 (956) 365-8850
 
Laredo
 (956) 523-7404
FOR LIBRARY CLASSES,go to page 6 
In the news this month:
Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7  Page 7  Page 8 Page 9 Page 9 The University Archives, which contain photos and papers documenting the history of The UT Health Science Center and area health care efforts, recently received twosignificant gifts in support of preservation efforts. Shown here: A 1903 photo of anambulance at the entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in San Antonio is oneof many historic photos housed in the collection. Learn more on pages2 and3. 
 
 
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 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 atcomeaux@uthscsa.edu.  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.
 
 
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In January the Special Collections of the UT Health ScienceCenter Libraries received a $5,547 Preservation Assistancegrant from the National Endowment for the Humanities(NEH). Special Collections houses the P. I. Nixon MedicalHistorical Library, a collection of rare and historical bookson the history of the health sciences; and the University  Archives, a collection of historical papers and audiovisualsdocumenting the history of the university and of physiciansand other health care professionals practicing in San
 Antonio and Central and South Texas in the 1800’s and1900’s. The books and archives are housed in several
different locations on the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th floors of theBriscoe Library.The NEH grant will pay for a preservation/conservationassessment of the collections by a professional materialsconservator, who will help draft a long-range plan for thecare of the collections. The conservator , Rebecca Elder, will visit the Special Collections to assess policies, practices,and conditions affecting the care and preservation of thecollections. She will make recommendations for improvingthe storage or re-housing of collections, prioritize futurepreservation action on aging materials, and suggestappropriate preservation supplies.The grant will also pay for the purchase of environmentalmonitoring equipment, allowing library staff to track environmental conditions in the various collectionlocations, and to adjust temperature, humidity, and dew point to create the best preservation conditions possible. Anna Beyer, a University of North Texas Library andInformation Science student, will work as an intern inSpecial Collections during Spring 2011. She will help withthe preservation needs identified by the consultant andrecord and analyze environmental data information. Anne Comeaux Assistant Library Director forDigital and Special Collections
Special Collections receives preservation assistance from theNational Endowment for the Humanities
 
The Special Collections of The Librariesinclude the papers of many early San Antonio physicians and a large number of photographs that document the early history of health care in San Antonio and SouthTexas.Dr. Graham Watts, top, was a foundingmember of the Bexar County MedicalSociety.Dr. F.M. Hicks, below, practiced surgery inSan Antonio from 1888 to 1929 and was oneof the first Texans to be elected to the American College of Surgery.

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