Our final blog post for Archives Month is more in keeping with the spooky October season, focusing on spooky and scary things found in the archives. The committee invited other Ohio archives to share stories and items from their collections online using #ScaryOHArchives.
Today, while I may be highlighting some things that I personally find spooky or scary from the collections of the Clark County Historical Society at the Heritage Center in Springfield, Ohio, I also wanted to point out the subjective nature of what one may find to be scary.
Several years ago our collections staff here in Springfield decided to put together an exhibit based around scary stuff. We quickly found that each of us had different ideas about what specifically we found creepy in our collections. We decided to lean into the subjective nature of creepiness and allowed members of the staff to determine their objects of choice and write their own text to explain the scary factor, eventually coming up with thirteen objects or themes.
Congressman Samuel Shellabarger. Maybe a great guy…perfect for a haunted house wandering eye portrait. Clark County Historical Society.
My number one choice? Creepy eyes. Maybe it stems from my four-year-old self’s fear of the Wicked Queen/Old Hag from Snow White On Ice. Could have been that ill-advised screening of Children of the Corn during a middle school sleepover. Whatever the reason, I’ve never been a fan of big spooky eyes. You may be familiar with the “following-eye” portraits seen in haunted houses and scary movies. They make you feel as if someone is always watching you, not in a reassuring way, but more in a “make-you-hair-stand-on-end” kind of way. Continue reading →
About the Cincinnati Children’s Archives and its Collections
By A&O Committee member Erin Wilson, Ohio University Libraries
The Cincinnati Children’s Archives are a unique community resource, preserving the history of local patient care, institutional research, and developments in pediatric medicine. With collections dating back to the hospital’s founding in 1883, the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Archives document nearly 140 years of healthcare in the Queen City.
Articles of incorporation of the Hospital of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, 1883. Cincinnati Children’s.
The Center’s first facility, the “Hospital of the Protestant Episcopal Church” was a rented home in Cincinnati’s Walnut Hills neighborhood with a capacity of fourteen beds. The hospital was cooperatively governed by a Board of Trustees and a Board of Lady Managers until 1921. The first annual report from 1884 concludes with a historically significant statement by the Board of Lady Managers affirming their commitment to patient admission and care regardless of faith, race, or ethnicity, “all being welcomed and treated alike…” Continue reading →
View of Dittrick Medical History Center Archives. Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University.
Archival Spotlights: Post #2
The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee (A&O) wanted to celebrate Archives Month in a new way, so we are featuring a handful of archives in a series of posts we are calling Archival Spotlights. Since the Archives Month poster’s theme was “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of it All,” we felt it a good idea to feature archives that focus on healthcare or have interesting collections related to healthcare.
About the Dittrick Medical History Center and its Collections
By A&O Committee Member AmyCzubak, Ohio History Connection.
Have you ever wanted to read a letter written by Charles Darwin? Examine intricately detailed medical drawings? Maybe see inside of a Civil War era amputation kit? The Dittrick Medical History Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, has all of these things and more! Named after the first curator, Dr. Howard Dittrick (1877–1954), the museum and archives has been collecting medical history for nearly 100 years and has the most comprehensive collection concerning medical instruments and implements in the United States.
Diagrams found in the Dittrick Medical History Center Archives include this one of a disk oxygenator. The disk oxygenator removes carbon and gasses from the blood and adds in oxygen. Disk oxygenator diagram engineered by Richard Jones, PhD. Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University.
The Cleveland Medical Library Association, established in 1894, developed a historical committee in 1898. At its helm was a prominent Cleveland area surgeon named Dr. Dudley Peter Allen (1852–1915), who was tasked with caring for and preserving donations given to the Cleveland Medical Library Association by Dr. Allen and other members of the Association. A new medical library built on land donated by Western Reserve University, and funded by money donated by Dr. Allen’s widow, was established in 1926 and featured a third floor museum gallery. Continue reading →
Who here in Ohio is planning on taking part in #AskAnArchivist Day?
This is an opportunity to talk with the public so they can learn about archives and archivists. Questions vary widely but we hope you will hop on Twitter and respond to questions tweeted with the hashtag #AskAnArchivist. We hope to see you there, next Wednesday, October 12!
Athens Mental Health Center Administration building, winter 1981. Tom O’Grady. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.
Announcing a New Series
The Society of Ohio Archivists Advocacy and Outreach Committee wanted to celebrate Archives Month in a new way, so we will be featuring a handful of archives in a series of posts we are calling Archival Spotlights. Since the Archives Month poster’s theme was “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of it All,” we felt it a good idea to feature archives that focus on healthcare or have interesting collections related to healthcare. The first archive to be featured is the Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, focusing on their Athens Mental Health Center collection.
About the Mahn Center, and the Athens Mental Health Center Collection
By A&O Committee Chair Collette McDonough, Kettering Foundation.
The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, part of Ohio University Libraries in Athens, Ohio, contains the Ohio University Archives, Rare Books, Manuscript Collections, and the Documentary Photography Archive. The Mahn Center’s mission “is to support the education, research, and creative endeavors of Ohio University, or broad community of researcher, and anyone with an interest in the preservation of cultural heritage.” Ohio University is in the rolling foothills of Southeast Ohio and is a center for arts and culture in the area.
Athens is renowned for what is now known as The Ridges. Originally called the Athens Lunatic Asylum and later named the Athens State Hospital, The Ridges opened in 1874. The Athens Mental Health Center collection documents its evolution.
Plan for buildings and grounds of Athens Lunatic Asylum, 1872. Athens Mental Health Center collection, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Libraries.
This fold-out map from 1872 was pasted into some copies of the first annual report of the Athens Lunatic Asylum. The construction of the campus started in 1868. The grounds were designed by Herman Haerlin, who was also the landscape architect of the Oval at The Ohio University. The architect was Levi T. Scofield. Continue reading →
The 2022 theme for the Ohio Archives Month poster is “Ohio’s Healthcare Workers: The True Heart of It All.”
For the past two years, health-care professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so health care issues are on the minds of many people. This is our way of recognizing their work. The SOA Advocacy and Outreach Committee invited repositories and institutions across the state to submit their photographs, documents, or other graphical materials that highlight Ohio’s healthcare related materials.
We received submissions on the theme from 23 institutions, for a total of 52 photographs and documents! The submissions were compiled, and 10 images were selected as winners through online voting by you. Thank you to everyone who submitted images. We could never make this poster without your great images!
Below are the images that were chosen by you as the top ten. Each one of these has a chance to appear on the final edit of the poster. Stay tuned for this year’s poster as we get closer to October and Archives Month!
Thank you to the following institutions for your submissions: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Archives of the Chancery; Bexley Public Library; Bowling Green State University Center for Archival Collections; Case Western Reserve University; Cincinnati Children’s; Clark County Historical Society; Columbus Metropolitan Library; Defiance College; Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Congregational Archives; Greene County Archives; Hudson Library & Historical Society; Huron County Community Library; Logan County Historical Society; Mahoning Valley Historical Society; Ohio History Connection; The Ohio State University, Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center; Ohio University Libraries, Mahn Center for Archives and Special Collections; Sandusky Library Archives Research Center; University of Akron; University of Cincinnati, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of Health Professions; University of Dayton, U.S. Catholic Special Collection; Western Reserve Historical Society, African American Archives; Youngstown State University, Melnick Medical Museum and University Archives.
“Top 10” Images
As voted on by you, selected from the 52 submitted. In no particular order….
Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD, founder of the Cincinnati Children’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, 1986. Cincinnati Children’s Department of Marketing and Communications.
Help select the images used for the 2022 Ohio Archives Month Poster!
This year for the annual Society of Ohio Archivists’ October Archives Month poster we asked for archival images having to do with the theme of Healthcare in Ohio. For the past two years, healthcare professionals throughout the country have helped us through a pandemic, so this topic is in the forefront for many. Continue reading →