OHSU Digital Commons



Historical Collections & Archives

This collection includes images, documents, and artifacts from OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, which preserves and provides access to unique and rare materials on OHSU and its predecessor institutions, health sciences in the Pacific Northwest, and the health sciences in general.  Most of the items in this collection are images from the university archives. They date from the late 19th century to the present, with a focus on health sciences education and research, campus activities, student life, and campus architecture. The collection also contains digitized selections from our rare books and artifact collections. Digitization of HC&A’s collections is ongoing. Thousands of additional photographs are available for research in OHSU Historical Collections & Archives.

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Oregon National Primate Research Center Rare Books

This collection includes eleven digitized books from the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) Isabel McDonald Library’s rare books collection. This historic collection dates from the early 1960’s when librarian Isabel McDonald, after whom the ONPRC library is named, worked with then ONPRC Director William Montagna to start the collection. For many years access to the collection was limited. The Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library, supported the digitization project, facilitating worldwide access to these significant works. Selection of books from the collection for digitization was difficult. Decisions were based on rarity, interest, artistic and scientific merit. Collection highlights include the children’s book Tess: An Educated Chimpanzee by Marthae Buhre and Storia naturale delle scimie by French artist Nicolas Henri Jacob.

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Oral History Collection

This collection consists of selected interview transcripts from the OHSU Oral History Program. Since 1997, the OHSU Library has conducted over 115 interviews with individuals who have contributed to university history. The subjects have included OHSU employees and alumni, as well as legislators and policymakers who have affected the university's development.

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A Comprehensive Thalamocortical Projection Map at the Mesoscopic Level

Here we present a collection of images and associated data analyses aiming to understand how the thalamus is connected to its targets in the cortex, a part of the brain necessary for integrating sensori-motor information and higher executive functions. The Mao Lab used modern viral tracing techniques and high-speed imaging to label thalamic projections and image their cortical targets from 75 brains with 254 injections. A comprehensive thalamocortical projection map, with a quantitative description of the thalamic origin of 19 cortical targets is presented.

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Campus Collection

Primarily a collection of contemporary building, grounds, and aerial images of Oregon Health & Science University. Included are a significant number of photographs chronicling the contruction of the Portland Aerial Tram.

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Naturopathic Medicine Historical Collection

The National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) is the oldest accredited naturopathic medical college in North America. This collection includes digitized 19th-20th century publications on naturopathy, homeopathy, nutrition, and hygiene from NCNM’s library. Digitization was supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), administered by the Oregon State Library.

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Student Scholar Archive

Contemporary and historical thesis, dissertations, portfolios, and presentations created by Oregon Health & Science University students.

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FDA Drug Approval Documents

This collection contains documents from Drug Approval Packages generated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The collection currently contains documents regarding two drug classes:   antipsychotics and antidepressants. The FDA review documents in this collection formed the basis for two articles published by Dr. Erick Turner entitled "Publication Bias in Antipsychotic Trials: An Analysis of Efficacy Comparing the Published Literature to the US Food and Drug Administration Database" and "Selective Publication of Antidepressant Trials and its Influence on Apparent Efficacy".

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Reports generated by faculty, staff and students of the Oregon Graduate Institute Department of Computer Science and Engineering (now referred to as the Biomedical Computer Science Division of the Department of Science & Engineering, OHSU School of Medicine), from 1982 - 2005.

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CORI Image Collection

This collection contains gastrointestional endoscopy images from the National Endoscopic Databases produced by the Clinical Outcomes Research Initiative. CORI was developed to study outcomes of gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopic procedures in "real life" settings. Physicians participating in the CORI consortium produce GI endoscopy reports using a specialty electronic health record. Data from the reports are sent electronically to a central data repository, the National Endoscopic Database (NED). The NED now contains over 2.7 million reports.

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Classic Article Collection

A collection of historic articles from OHSU's print journal holdings, scanned and available as PDFs. Articles were selected from Lee Ash's Serial Publications Containing Medical Classics and Morton's Medical Bibliography. The articles date from 1809-1922 and describe some of the most important discoveries in Western Medicine.

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