Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project records

Interview with W. Leland Anderson Interview with Hines H. Baker Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 1 of 3 Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 2 of 3 Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 3 of 3 Interview with Randolph Lee Clark, MD Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 1 of 5 Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 2 of 5 Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 3 of 5 Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 4 of 5 Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 5 of 5 Interview with Ella Fondren Interview with John H. Freeman, Part 1 of 2 Interview with John H. Freeman, Part 2 of 2 Interview with Earl C. Hankamer Interview with William A. Kirkland Interview with Chauncey D. Leake, PhD. Interview with Julia Williams Bertner Naylor Transcript of Interview with W. Leland Anderson, 10/9/1973 Transcript of Interview with Hines H. Baker Transcript of Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 1 of 3, 4/19/1973 Transcript of Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 2 of 3, 4/19/1973 Transcript of Interview with Colonel William B. Bates, Part 3 of 3, 4/19/1973 Transcript of Interview with Jared E. Clarke, MD, 2/11/1974 Transcript of Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 1 of 5, 7/19/1973 Transcript of Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 2 of 5, 7/23/1973 Transcript of Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 3 of 5, 7/25/1973 Transcript of Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 4 of 5, 7/27/1973 Transcript of Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 5 of 5, 7/31/1973 Transcript of Interview with Ella Fondren, 10/25/1973 Interview with Jared E. Clarke, MD

Identity elements

Reference code

IC 084

Level of description

Collection

Title

Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project records

Date(s)

  • 1973-1991 (Creation)
  • 1973-1978 (Creation)

Extent

7.75 cubic feet (8 boxes)

Name of creator

(1970-1991)

Administrative history

In the early 1970s, leaders within the Texas Medical Center recognized the importance of documenting the stories behind its formative years. In response, Dr. William Seybold, TMC President Richard Eastwood, historian Don Macon and others set in motion the Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project. With the support of the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center—including use of its recording studio—Macon and others began creating a series of video interviews featuring early leaders and other influential figures in the TMC.

Over the years, the project’s focus expanded to “video profiles” that also included significant visitors to the TMC. Given M. D. Anderson’s involvement, it’s no surprise that several of these feature national and international figures in cancer research on their visits to Houston.

From the beginning, copies of the interviews were presented to the TMC Library so they would be available for research. Later, most of the master tapes (3/4” U-matics), also made their way to the McGovern Historical Center for preservation. The collection of interviews now archived at the MHC includes conversations with thirty-seven different interviewees spread across nearly one hundred tapes.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Historical Resources Project records contain video oral histories of notable personalities associated with the TMC. The initial group of interviews focuses on individuals involved in the founding or early days of the TMC. Later “video profiles” also include significant visitors to the TMC. Several of these feature national and international figures in cancer research on their visits to Houston. In total the collection features thirty-eight individuals.

Don Macon, Director of the TMC Historical Resources Project, serves as interviewer in all but one of the recordings. They are all staged as one-on-one conversations, with the exception of his interview of Isaac Berenblum and Philippe Shubik. A typical interview begins with some biographical information about the interviewee, followed by accounts of their involvement with the Texas Medical Center. They each tend to be approximately 30-60 minutes long; the shortest interview is about 18 minutes, with the longest being 2 hours and 18 minutes.

The bulk of the interviews took place from 1973-1978. There are also interviews from 1982, 1988, and 1991. Most if not all of the interviews were recorded in the studio at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The conversations with thirty-eight different interviewees are spread across nearly one hundred tapes. Some interviews are divided into multiple segments, while many tapes are duplications.

This videotapes are primarily 3/4" U-Matic with some VHS. There are many original master recordings, as well as duplicates on a variety of media--including a dozen interviews transferred to DVDs. Transcripts have been created for some of the interviews.

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

The collection is open for research.

In October 2010 and again in August 2022, MHC staff confirmed that there are no known signed released by the interviewees. However, documents in the Control Folder make clear that copies of the video interviews had been provided to the TMC Library to facilitate access.

Physical access

Materials are in relatively good condition. Some tape degradation has been found.

Technical access

All interviews have been digitized. Original U-Matic tapes cannot be played due to lack of equipment. It is possible to play VHS tapes on-site at the MHC, but use of digital surrogates is preferred.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply. Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Yes

Uploaded finding aid

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Deed-5

The videos were created in the television studio at M. D. Anderson. Documentation now included in the IC 084 Control Folder suggests that M. D. Anderson retained the master tapes, and that copies were presented to the TMC Library so they would be available for research. While the timing and exact source of the transfer of the master tapes is unknown, it appears that most of these (3/4” U-matics) also eventually made their way to the McGovern Historical Center for preservation.

Immediate source of acquisition

Beginning in at the TMC Historical Project Luncheon on December 14, 1973, some tapes were provided directly to the TMC Library by the Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project. Many videos in the MHC collection have markings indicating they were indeed part of the Library's circulating collection.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Accruals

No accruals are expected for this collection.

Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

Notes element

Specialized notes

  • Citation: Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project records; IC 084; McGovern Historical Center, Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: In August 2022, the inventory was updated and the DVD interviews were posted online. In October 2022, the collection front matter was revised based on documents located in MS 004, MS 070, and IC 002 (which were then copied and filed in the Control Folder). -Matt Richardson

Alternative identifier(s)

TARO

00103

Description control element

Rules or conventions

Sources used

Documents regarding the Historical Resources Project found in MS 004, MS 070, and IC 002 have been scanned and are available in the MHC Control Folders.

Archivist's note

Inventory prepared by Sandra Yates, 2019.

Archivist's note

Updated by Matt Richardson, 2022.

Access points

Place access points

Accession area