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Sculptures on terrace of Peter O. Kohler Pavilion

Breaking Ground

A historical exhibit of Oregon Health & Science University through some of our best photographs of campus through time.  These images tell the story of OSHU from the creation of the University of Oregon Medical School in 1887, to the establishment of Marquam Hill campus in 1915, the 2006 inauguration of the Portland Aerial Tram, and the 2011 ground breaking of the Collaborative Life Sciences Building. 

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Six Starr-Edwards heart valve prototypes

M. Lowell Edwards Public History Project

M. Lowell Edwards (1898-1982) was an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who spent most of his career in Oregon. With Albert Starr, he co-invented the Starr-Edwards artificial heart valve. Their invention saved thousands of lives, and became a defining moment in the history of  University of Oregon Medical School (now Oregon Health & Science University).
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives, holds archival and rare materials documenting Edwards’ innovative work. These unique resources include photographs, manuscripts, publications, and artifacts. OHSU Library's collections also include oral history interviews and research publications relating to the development of the Starr-Edwards heart valve.

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Public Health in Oregon: Discovering Historical Data

Since the 19th century, public health professionals have collected data about large populations to understand problems, and make changes that improve people’s lives. A wealth of historical data on public health is found in OHSU Library, particularly its Historical Collections & Archives, which contain original studies, surveys, reports, and other records of public health in the 19th-20th century.

What can this data tell us about the past, and how can historical data support public health today? Oregon’s history of leadership and innovation in public health can help today’s historians, health professionals, students, and teachers answer these questions. Digitizing these archival collections helps make data accessible to new generations of researchers.

This exhibit is a pilot presentation of OHSU Library’s work to improve access to public health data held in its unique historical collections. OHSU Library will continue to build this pilot exhibit presentation in 2016-2017. Upcoming work will deliver historical data in machine-readable formats, for use by today’s researchers. In the meantime, we want your feedback on how we can make this site more useful for you!


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