The Libraries have received a “Rescuing Texas History” mini-project grant to pay for the digitization of thirteen historical books from the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library collection. The books will be digitized by the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Project Unit and included in The Portal to Texas History.
The Portal to Texas History is an Internet gateway to Texas history materials created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries. The portal features unique collections of materials dating from prehistory to the present day, from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The contents include images, text, and sound and video recordings and are made publicly available by the collection-holding partners for use in research, teaching, and private study.
The books sent to the Portal from the Nixon collection focus on Texas history, climate, and culture. They include:
- The Climate of Texas, published in 1894 by Isaac Monroe Cline. This book describes the effects of climate and weather changes in causing diseases and deaths.
- Queer Quaint Old San Antonio: Its Climate in Throat and Lung Diseases, published in 1895 by C. E. Fisher
- San Antonio de Bexar: a Guide and History, written in 1890 by William Corner
- Texas Surgeon, an Autobiography, by D. T. Atkinson, a surgeon born in 1874 who practiced in rural Texas and the Oklahoma Indian country before moving to Dallas and San Antonio. Published in 1958.
- A Frontier Doctor, by H. F. Hoyt, published in 1929 and describing the experiences and adventures of his pioneering days. Hoyt was the first physician to practice medicine in the Texas Panhandle.
- Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscences, Dr. Rudolph Menger’s observations and reminiscences on Texas insect and animal life, published in 1913. Contains numerous photo-micrographs taken by the author.
- The Menace: An Exposition of Quackery Nostrum Exploitation and Reminiscences of a Country Doctor, a concise history written by Charles Dixon in 1914 of the work involved in ridding Bexar county of quacks and nostrum exploiters.
- Notes on the Newer Remedies, 2nd ed., a book by David Cerna, written in 1894 on the therapeutic applications of various remedies
- An account of the early history of surgery in Texas, Presidential address presented by A. Singleton to the Texas Surgical Society in October 1932
- A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, written by J. Cam Massie in 1854 to describe the treatment of diseases as specially adapted to the peculiar manner in which diseases manifested themselves in Texas