Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dr. Winslow’s Badges

Randolph Winslow, M.D. (1852-1937) held a membership in the American Medical Association, Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association, and was a Vice President of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

In these roles, Dr. Winslow travelled to many of the AMA’s annual meetings in cities across the country and collected House of Delegates’ badges from each meeting. We recently found the badges from these trips, which he gave to MedChi before his death in 1937. Each of the badges is distinctive, featuring notable images from each of the cities in which the meetings were held.

San Francisco, California 1923IMG_1327

St. Louis, Missouri 1922IMG_1333

Detroit, Michigan  1916IMG_1345

Minneapolis, Minnesota 1913

Cleveland, Ohio  1934IMG_1359

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  1931IMG_1365

New Orleans, Louisiana 1932IMG_1367

Detroit, Michigan, 1930IMG_1375

Minneapolis, Minnesota 1928IMG_1378

New Orleans, Louisiana  1920IMG_1334

Atlantic City, New Jersey  1919IMG_1335

Chicago, Illinois  1918IMG_1338

Chicago, Illinois  1918IMG_1339

New York, NY 1917IMG_1342

New York, NY 1917IMG_1344

San Francisco, California  1915IMG_1349

Los Angeles, California  1911IMG_1352

Los Angeles, California 1911IMG_1354

Portland, Oregon 1905 (please note the beaver!)


Atlantic City, New Jersey  1904IMG_1356

No identificationIMG_1364

Columbus, Ohio 1899IMG_1357

Milwaukee, Wisconsin  1933IMG_1369

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  1931IMG_1373

Detroit, Michigan  1930IMG_1374

San Francisco, California  1923 (please note the bear!)IMG_1380

It’s always fun to look through the old strong-boxes in the archives. You never know what treasures you will find!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Getting Booked

One of the things that’s always bothered me is the empty bookcases in the Krause Room. When we de-accessioned our book collection a few years ago, the cases were left bare. image21

I measured and there were 176 linear feet of shelving that needed to be filled. Not all of it would be filled with books, I wanted to add some artifacts and other items to create vignettes to help illustrate the story of MedChi.

I wandered up to the stacks and selected a range of books. 10-03 (3)Some were gorgeous old leather-bound tomes, others were foreign-language annuals, and still others were on specific topics.
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All of the books had to be dusted and cleaned, using paintbrushes and soft cloths, before we could put them back on the shelves.

It is astonishing to see the beauty of these old books, and to contemplate the craftsmanship that went into making them. 10-03 (12)10-03 (10)10-03 (19)10-03 (11)10-03 (22)

I am a huge fan of marbling techniques and thought that the edges of these pages were particularly gorgeous, as were their covers. 10-6 (13)

And it’s always fascinating to see the different type-faces and fonts that were used…even on the same books!10-03 (15)10-03 (16)10-03 (17)10-03 (18)

Once I finished dusting and cleaning, I started shelving the books.10-03 (2)

And shelving… 10-03 (6)10-03 (26)10-03 (27)10-03 (28)

There’s still a bit to finish up. I am waiting for stands for some of the framed pieces, and some more artifacts from donors.

The Krause Room is really starting to shape up and we should be finished shortly!10-6 (2)