McGoogan News

May is National Preservation Month

By Jess King

The McGoogan Library invites you to celebrate National Preservation Month with us this May.  During the month of May, institutions across the country celebrate and bring attention to the preservation of our history.  This can range from the preservation of well-known historic sites such as the Acoma Sky City located in New Mexico to the WWII letters and army uniform gathering dust in your attic.     

For this year’s National Preservation Month, we are sharing resources to help you preserve your family history. The social distancing measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic make this the perfect time to consider preserving your family’s history for future generations. One resource to learn how to preserve your family history is from the Library of Congress. They provide methods and guidance for preserving history that you have in various formats (documents, media, books, etc). There are also numerous webinar recordings that you can view, such as Caring for Family KeepsakesPreserving Your Family HistoryCaring for Your TextilesUsing Oral History to Tell Your Family Stories and Preserving Family Recipes.   

We will also be highlighting some of the objects in the McGoogan Library’s collection that we are responsible for preserving.  Follow our Facebook or Twitter accounts this month to learn more about preservation and to see a sampling of the historic materials in our collection.    


Contribute to the COVID-19 Response Archive

The Special Collections and Archives Department of the McGoogan Library of Medicine is launching a campus-wide project to encourage UNMC students, staff, faculty, and alumni to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute them to the library archive.

All members of the campus community are invited and encouraged to participate. We are interested in your stories about the shift to remote instruction and learning, studying and working from home, the impact of closing campus services, the ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during this period of social distancing and self-quarantine, how you are helping during the crisis and so on. Submissions of all physical and digital materials are welcome. Some suggestions include journals, social media posts, photos, videos, audio diaries or voice memos, or documentation of your experience through art or craft. ​ ​

Digital files or communication regarding physical donations can be made through our online form.​ ​

Thank you for your support and willingness to share your experiences with us and helping us document this moment in time for future generations. Please direct any questions to Carrie Meyer, Head of Special Collections and Archives, at

11th Annual Davis Lecture on April 16

Ron Philo, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, will give the 11th annual Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. History of Medicine Lecture at noon on April 16 in the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health, room 3013. 

The title of Dr. Philo’s lecture is “Leonardo the Anatomist,and he will focus on Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical drawings. This year marks the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death.   

Lunch will be available for the first 75 attendees.  

The event can be watched online here.

Dr. Philo, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, UT Health San Antonio, retired in 2010 after more than 30 years of teaching medical, dental and health professions students in The University of Texas Health Science Centers in Houston and San Antonio.  He was the director of willed-body programs at each institution.  He is a former Chair of The Anatomical Board of The State of Texas.  In addition to scientific articles and a Guide to Human Anatomy, Dr. Philo has contributed to three art catalogs of the anatomical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.  Each was coauthored with Martin Clayton of Royal Collection Trust. These catalogs are Leonardo da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man (1992); Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (2010); and Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist (2012).  The catalogs were prepared for exhibitions of Leonardo drawings in Houston, Vancouver and London, respectively.  An app was produced with the Leonardo: Anatomist book—it is ‘Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy’, by Royal Collection Trust, Primal, and TouchPress.  Ron has continued his interest and studies in the Leonardo anatomicals while in retirement.  Dr. Philo earned BS and MS degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).  His Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences/Anatomy Program was granted in 1978 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.  He is a native Texan and currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Joyce Anne LeMaistre, MD.

The Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., History of Medicine Lectureship brings national experts to the UNMC campus to discuss the history of medicine, in support of special collections at the McGoogan Library, including rare books and works on the history of medicine. The lectureship is supported through an endowed fund given by the late Richard B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2010), professor emeritus of internal medicine at UNMC, and his wife, Jean. Davis supported this lectureship out of his long-standing interest in the history of medicine; he was a faculty member at UNMC from 1969-1994.

Omaha Medical College digital exhibit now on display

“The History of the Omaha Medical College”, an interactive digital exhibit, is now on display on the 8th floor of the library. 

The Omaha Medical College (OMC) was a proprietary medical school founded in 1881. The first class was made up of 35 students, including two women and an African-American. Originally located on the southwest corner of Mason and Eleventh Streets, the OMC faculty consisted of prominent local physicians.  It affiliated with the University of Nebraska in 1902 to become the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.

In the exhibit you can browse a timeline of the OMC, learn about some of the founding doctors and graduates, and experience what it was like as a student.  In addition, our first digital exhibit “130 Years of Leadership: Images of the Deans of the College of Medicine 1881-2010,” based on the book by Dr. Robert Wigton, will continue to be on display. 

From the Archives: Medical Technology First Program in Allied Health

By John Schleicher

The medical technology education program at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine was started in 1932.  It was organized in cooperation with the clinical laboratory of the University of Nebraska Hospital (now Nebraska Medicine), which had been established in 1923. 

Medical technology (now Medical Laboratory Science) was the first program in the area becoming known as the allied health professions to be started at UNMC.  Several other programs quickly followed.  With the growth of these various programs, a School of Allied Health Professions was formed within the College of Medicine in 1972.  In 1973, the physician assistant program was started, and other new programs would follow in the last decades of the 20th century.

In 2007, Bennett Hall (built in 1918) underwent an $8.9 million renovation (46,000 square feet of space), and in August 2008, all ten of the educational programs of School of Allied Health were finally housed together, for first time ever in one location, having previously been located across the UNMC campus in various buildings.

On July 1, 2015, the School of Allied Health Professions ceased being administered by the College of Medicine, and became the College of Allied Health Professions, the sixth college established at UNMC.

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