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The Legacy Center Blog

Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, 1918 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Working with the Sources: The American Women’s Hospitals in the Near East

This blog post is an excerpt from Virginia Metaxas, Ph.D., Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Southern Connecticut State University and Legacy Center 2010 M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner Fellow, about the American Women's Hospitals efforts in helping war torn Greece rebuild their country. 

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Hartwig Kuhlenbeck (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

The Mystery of the Shrunken Head

The Hartwig Kuhlenbeck collection contains materials from Dr. Kuhlenbeck, a professor at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania who travelled all around the world and collected cultural objects, including a shrunken head from the Jivaro people in South America. This blog post disputes the authenticity of the tsantsa, through research.

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Doctor or Doctress beta header (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Beta has arrived for Doctor or Doctress?

Doctor or Doctress? is a digital history project of Legacy Center's collections designed to help students understand and interpret history through the lens of early women physicians. This blog post announces the beta testing phase of the website and the Legacy Center's wait for feedback.

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Doctor or Doctress story page (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Almost beta: High school students and our (yet unnamed) digital history project

Philadelphia high school students tested the basic version of the Legacy Center's digital history project. The blog post provides insight on the students' views of the website.

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Jessie Laird Brodie, MD collection before processing (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Guest post from intern Tracy Ulmer

The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories was created with the intent to make small archival collections known. Processing the collections, as this blog post explores, can be different depending on the collection and space allowed.

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Hahnemann Hospital and Nurses’ Building, 15th Street, circa 1910 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

PACSCL Hidden Collections comes to DUCOM

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL) started a new phase of uncovering "hidden collections" in small archives. The Legacy Center joined in this phase with processing materials from Hahnemann Medical College, including papers from former deans, faculty members, and academic departments.

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Constantine Hering, circa 1850s (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Constantine Hering: The Father of American Homeopathy

This blog post is about Constantine Hering, considered the "father of homeopathy" in America and was one of the founders of the first homeopathic medical college in America. Homeopathy is based on the concept that like cures like.

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Neatline timeline tool (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Timelines as exhibits?

This blog post explores three options the Legacy Center considered for a new digital history project including an interactive timeline.

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Mary Putnam Jacobi, undated (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Mary Putnam Jacobi: Still famous after 150 years

Mary Putnam Jacobi is a 1864 graduate of the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania. This blog post explores her life and impact on medicine 150 years after she began practicing medicine.

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