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Update: Archiving the Pandemic

1 minute reading time

When the COVID-19 pandemic dominated much of the world in 2020, cultural heritage institutions actively began documenting this experience. This included Columbia University. In May 2020, Archives and Special Collections (A&SC) in the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library submitted a call for personal stories and digital recordings to help document the experience in the CUIMC community.

"A Situation as Grave as the Presbyterian Hospital Has Ever Faced": The Spanish Flu in New York, 1918-19

5 minutes reading time

How did New York City’s hospitals deal with the worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918, the so-called “Spanish flu”?  Some idea of how they were affected can be found in the annual reports of Presbyterian Hospital, which had been the main clinical partner of Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons since 1911.

Alfred Owre, College of Dental Medicine Dean, 1927-1933

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Alfred Owre, who served as Dean of the College of Dental Medicine, 1927-1933, arrived at Columbia with much promise only to leave in a cloud of controversy a few years later.  Perhaps no other leader of the University’s health sciences schools has had such a tumultuous tenure.

Archiving the Pandemic

2 minutes reading time

Archives & Special Collections in the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library has created a submission form for the CUIMC community to donate their personal reminiscences, photos, videos and other digital content reflecting their experiences from COVID-19.

Collecting Florence Nightingale

6 minutes reading time

The worldwide celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) and the parallel designation of 2020 as “The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife” recognizes her immense contribution not just to the creation of the nursing profession but also to modern health care in general.