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New Exhibit Cases

exhibit caseFor the first time since our founding in 1997, the Medical Heritage Center has professional archival quality exhibit cases!

What makes an exhibit case archival quality you may be wondering? The answer lies in the materials used in the construction. The top of our cases is an acrylic vitrine with a inert cloth deck that allows minimal air exchange from the outside to the inside of the case (ie. a sealed environment).

The current exhibit on display through June is artifacts about central Ohio nursing and the Breathing Association. Stop by Prior Hall (376 West 10th Ave), 5th floor to view.

Finding Aids: What are they?

A finding aid is a guide to an archival collection. One could think of it like the table of contents for a book. It contains all of the content needed by a researcher to know what they will find in the collection.

The elements, or sections, of a finding aid at the Medical Heritage Center include Access, Citation, Processing Notes, Property Rights, Provenance, Series Listing, Related Collections (if applicable), Historical Sketch, Scope and Content Note, Series Descriptions, and Container Listing.

Access lists any restrictions, such as copyright, on the collection.

Citation is the preferred citation to use when citing materials from the collection.

Processing Notes is the information about who processed the collection and when they did so.

Property Rights lists who owns the collection.

Provenance explains from who and when the collection was acquired.

Series Listing is the listing of the series in the collection. This only applies to larger collections as small collections do not have series.

Related Collections lists what other collections within the MHC relate to this one. This is not always applicable and when it is not, it is not included in a finding aid.

Historical Sketch is biographical information about the person or organization the collection is about.

Scope and Content Note is an overview summary of the collection.

Series Descriptions are a listing and summary of what is found within each series.

Container Listing is the listing of the box, file or item, description and date of what is contained within the collection.


To see all of the Medical Heritage Center finding aids, click here.


Convalesce (v.): to recover health and strength gradually after sickness or weakness. The first known use of the term was in the 15th century.

While sorting through an archival collection last week, while a cold was beginning to establish its hold within me, I came across the following passage: “Unfortunately this was complicated and interrupted by an atypical pneumonia and nephritis. I came home to my sisters to convalesce.”

As my cold developed and fully grew within me over the weekend, I found myself thinking more about the term convalesce and why it has fallen out of favor when it so perfectly captures the more frequently used term recovery. I, for one, have used it multiple times over the past several days and plan to add it to my general vocabulary for future use.

To all of you suffering from winter illnesses, I wish you a speedy convalescence.

The History of Nursing: An Infographic

History of Nursing

Graduates PDF now available

Graduates, 1836-1968

The most common research question the Medical Heritage Center (MHC) receives is from family members looking for confirmation of when their ancestor graduated from medical school.

The MHC has catalogs from the following medical schools that were used to compile the data for this searchable PDF. In certain cases people do appear as a student at some point but were never listed as a graduate. These individuals were included in the database with no graduation date listed.

  • Willoughby University of Lake Erie (1836-1846)
  • Willoughby Medical College of Columbus (1847)
  • Starling Medical College (1847-1907)
  • Columbus Medical College (1876-1892)
  • Ohio Medical University (1892-1907)
  • Starling-Ohio Medical College (1907-1914)
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1914 – 1968)

Additionally, in many cases the MHC has a photograph of the graduating class. If you locate your ancestor, please contact us to see if we have a photograph.

The PDF is located at:

Local Nursing Legends

Based on a national model developed to recognize outstanding physicians, the Local Nursing Legends program is overseen by the Friends of Nursing History Steering Committee of the Medical Heritage Center (MHC) at The Ohio State University. The MHC was established to collect, promote, and preserve the rich health sciences history of central Ohio.

The Local Nursing Legends have made a significant contribution to the nursing profession and the health care of people in central Ohio. Pioneers in their field, these nurses were nominated by members of the central Ohio nursing community as those who provided exemplary service to this population and whose actions and lives can be seen as legendary.

The MHC is working to induct 11 new legends. These individuals will be recognized at our upcoming lecture on April 25, 2013.
For more information about past legends, please visit our digital exhibit at

New Reading Room Hours

Starting today, January 7th, the MHC is changing our open reading room hours to better accommodate our researchers. The new hours are Monday-Thursday 1-4pm and by appointment.

Holiday Hours

The Medical Heritage Center reading room hours are affected due to the upcoming holidays. Please see below:

December 24 – 25: closed for Holiday
December 26-31: please contact Carol Powell for assistance
January 1: closed for Holiday
January 2 – 4: by appointment

MHC Closed Thursday and Friday

In observance of the University holidays, the Medical Heritage Center is closed November 22 and 23.

2012 Annual James V. Warren Memorial Lecture

2012 Annual James V. Warren Memorial Lecture
Diane L. Gorgas, MD
“Reflections from Haiti: A View from the Ground”

Haiti is a country torn by war, poverty and natural disaster. Dr. Gorgas will discuss her experiences in delivering medical care in this challenging setting along with some of the future directions for international health initiatives in the country.

Dr. Gorgas came to The Ohio State University in 1994 and has acted as Associate Residency Director and subsequently Residency Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She serves as an Associate Professor within the College of Medicine and works clinically in the Emergency Department at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She has written about her global health interests and challenges in a monthly column she authors in the Columbus Dispatch.

Her lecture will accompany the national traveling exhibit, Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health, that will be on display at the Medical Heritage Center from May 7 through June 16, 2012. The exhibition is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Reception at 4:30 pm; Lecture at 5 pm
OSU Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center (5th Floor)
Prior Hall | 376 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH
The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University
FREE and open to the public
Parking: We suggest parking in the SAFEAUTO Hospitals Garage. Please visit for maps and parking information. Visit or call (614) 292-9966 for event information.
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