University Archives

Archivists Visit Nixon Library

On Thursday, May 24, a group from the Society of Southwest Archivists toured the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. They were welcomed by a thoughtful selection of classic and rare books, including works by Andreas Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), and Robert Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667). Also featured were several local archival documents and historical medical instruments from the 18th and 19th century.

The Society of Southwest Archivists is an organization focused on preserving documentary heritage, and caters to archivists, preservationists, special collections librarians, conservators, and records managers. The Society of Southwest Archivists held their annual conference here  in San Antonio on May 23-26, and the Nixon Library was selected as an official tourist venue for the conference.

 

 

From the Archives: Celebrating 50 Years of Nursing

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the UT Health School of Nursing and celebrations are in full swing! Through a unique collaboration with the School of Nursing, the Library is assisting in bringing the rich history of the nursing school to life. This collaboration started a little over a year ago and has proven to be a very fruitful endeavor. Librarians, library staff and nursing school historians have worked together to organize, identify, and digitize hundreds of photographs in preparation for the 50th anniversary.  Many images were used to produce multiple exhibits and slideshows throughout the school during the Open House and Visionary Leader Awards Luncheon on March 2. The library will continue to develop the nursing school historical collection of history books, class photos, and oral histories, which will soon be available in the library’s Digital Archive.

Library Participates in Historical Symposium

The UT Health Libraries participated in a historical symposium celebrating San Antonio’s 300th anniversary and the School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary. The symposium titled, 300 Years of History and Advances in Health was held on Saturday, May 12 in the Holly Auditorium. The symposium highlighted the past, present, and future of health care in San Antonio.

There were several exhibits on display including a library exhibit featuring historical photographs, programs, timelines, and yearbooks. Presented throughout the auditorium foyer was a historical slideshow featuring founding faculty, building developments, and early students. Also on display, a snapshot of the library’s rare book collection and information about the P.I. Nixon Historical Library.

The symposium included representatives from local organizations and included several esteemed speakers such as County Judge Nelson Wolff, Carlos Pestana, and Henry Cisneros.

School of Nursing Historical Photographs On Display

Please come take a look at the latest library exhibit!

In honor of the recent National Nurses Week and the 2019 50th Anniversary of the UT Health School of Nursing (SON), a photography exhibit has been installed in the library. The exhibit features photographs from the archives of the Briscoe Library and the SON collection. Note: A number of the photographs discovered in the SON collection while preparing for the 50th Anniversary will become part of the library archival collection making them accessible to a wider audience.

With one exception, all of the photographs on display can generally be identified as circa 1970s and 1980s. Historical photographs often come to library archives unidentified which is the case with some of the photographs on display.  Challenge: However, one photograph is distinctly more recent than the others and we think viewers will be able to tell which it is.

For questions about the library archives, please contact Melissa DeThorne at 210-567-2470 or dethorne@uthscsa.edu.