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Learning and Teaching

The complete nervous system dissection known as “Harriet” (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Dissecting Harriet Cole: Uncovering Women's History in the Archives

Nov 20, 2018

Harriet is a complete dissection of the cerebrospinal nervous system, dissected and mounted in 1888 by anatomist Dr. Rufus Weaver of Hahnemann Medical College. In the blog post the author attempts to use the Legacy Center collections and outside sources to uncover and document any concrete information about the living Harriet.

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Coming Up Black by David A. Schulz (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

We Are Connected, History Connects Us

Nov 08, 2019

Archives intern, Caren Teague, tells of her experience working at the Drexel College of Medicine's Legacy Center and the admiration she gained from working with a newly acquired collection, the Ruth Wilf papers. Dr. Ruth Wilf, an expert midwife, donated a collection of books, training materials, and photos and documentation that reflected her activities as a midwife for the last 50 years to the Legacy Center in 2019.

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Elizabeth Hocker, MD circa 1917 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

"We called them our boys": Primary Sources on WWI Caregiving

Nov 29, 2016

Diana Lewis, 1912 graduate of the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania Nurse's Training School served in the American Expeditionary Forces as a Base Hospital nurse in France during the Great War in 1917-1919 and kept a scrapbook as a record of her time. This blog post explains how the study of Nurse Lewis's scrapbook led to the discovery of Dr. Elizabeth Hocker's letters that spoke to how the women physicians and nurses surrounded by the male soldiers (wounded and dying) felt emotionally connected to them.

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A patient in the American Women’s Hospitals’ Women’s Ward in Istanbul, Turkey (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Picture Perfect: Teaching Analysis Skills with Fundraising Photography

Jul 27, 2016

The American Women Hospitals used photographs for fundraising for their foreign and domestic causes. This blog post explores how the AWH's photograph collection could be used as a teaching tool on how to analyze primary sources and the questions that students should ask to understand the source.

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Elizabeth Cisney Smith dissecting a cadaver with her class (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Hidden Collections 2015

Apr 13, 2016

Archivists follow guidelines for processing and describing collections that allow room for flexibility on collection organization. This blog post explains the need for guidelines through the processing of two different collections: the Isabel Smith Stein collection on Elizabeth Cisney Smith (a collection of personal papers ) and the Kiwanis Club of Jenkintown (a collection on a local chapter of a global philanthropic organization) where Dr. Smith's collection was arranged by her children and reflected a story of their mother's life, and the Kiwanis Club's had less organization and the order decided by the archivist.

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

“We give our vote for a lady physician here”: Welcoming Doctor or Doctress

Sep 23, 2014

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 official launch and future plans for 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

Jan 30, 2014

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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Archivist Alex Miller setting up the American Medical Women’s Association and American Women’s Hospital Service exhibit.(The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Open for Interpretation: Squeezing more use out of our collections

Sep 18, 2010

Interpretation, in the context of museum exhibits, refers to the way a museum staff uses artifacts and materials to relay and create a theme or story with an exhibit. This blog post explains why interpretation is so important and how it can be used by archives and museums alike to help people learn about collections. The blog post also announces several new exhibits at the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center Archives.

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