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Project Spotlight: Dallas Medical History, 1890-1975: A Digital Collection

On March 30th, 2011 The Library of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX debuted an online collection of more than 500 historic photos documenting the development of medical care and medical education in Dallas. This online repository, titled Dallas Medical History, 1890-1975: A Digital Collection, is viewable on the web at http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/dallasmedicalhistory.

This project, made possible through a Historic Preservation and Digitization Award from the NN/LM SCR, consists of two complementary parts:

Historic photo of Baylor laboratory

Dallas Medical Images, 1890-1975 http://utswlibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/: A repository of more than 500 images from the Library’s collection which portray institutions, people, and events that have played a role in Dallas medicine. Each photo is dated and accompanied by searchable descriptive information. About 200 of the images portray the history of UT Southwestern’s predecessor institutions including Southwestern Medical College. Another 200 illustrate the history of St. Paul Hospital (now part of UT Southwestern) from 1896-1975–including many fascinating photos of the St. Paul interior and exterior around 1905–and the St. Paul School of Nursing from 1900-1971. The remaining 100 or so images document other institutions, people and events in Dallas medicine, including about forty images of Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Parkland Hospital School of Nursing, which operated from 1914 to 1955.

Medical Care Milestones in Dallas, 1890-1975 http://utswlibrary.omeka.net/: An exhibit of sixty high-interest images, arranged in chronological order, showing highlights in the development of medical care in Dallas. Expanded descriptions explain the significance and context of the subject matter. Most of these images are also in the repository, but—to enrich the exhibit—thirteen have been added from the Dallas Public Library Texas/Dallas History and Archives collection and from other sources.

For further information, contact Bill Maina, Archivist and History of Medicine Librarian, at the Library, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, via email at bill.maina@utsouthwester.edu or by phone at 214.648.2629.

Special thanks to guest writer Matthew Zimmerman, Manager, Digital Services & Technology Planning, UT Southwestern Medical Center Library.

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