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McGovern, John P.
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John P. McGovern Museum Health and Medical Sciences collection

  • IC 079
  • Collection
  • 1998-2007

The John P. McGovern Museum Health and Medical Sciences collection is an artificial collection of ephemera from the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science. The ephemera includes a publication called "Headlines," and other printed material. The material was acquired by the McGovern Historical Collections staff. The material covers the years 1998 to 2007. The collection consists of 0.5 cubic feet (1 box).

Subjects: John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science.

John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Sciences

John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents

  • MS 021
  • Collection
  • 1814-1921

The John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents includes historical deeds, medical records, bills, and receipts from the pre-Republic era to the beginning of the 20th century. 117 Texas medical personnel, primarily physicians, were the creators of these 142 digitized documents. The documents are listed alphabetically by the last name of the primary medical person associated with the item. The city and county shown for each individual are the Texas area where they lived the longest, were most active in their profession, or where the document originated. References are provided for as many personnel as possible. Each document is given a genre and a subject heading. A list of documents classed under each heading can be accessed through the lists below. Other Personnel contains names referred to in the documents. If there are no other names in a document, none is shown; if the name is incomplete or illegible, a dash is shown.

McGovern, John P.

Bryant Boutwell papers

  • MS 129
  • Collection
  • 1907-2010

The Bryant Boutwell papers contains certificates and plaques, Osler books Modern Medicine set 1907, JAMA special edition 1969 on Osler, set of two green Osler books, Conversation files, portfolio, yearbooks, and other papers related to Dr. Boutwell and his work.

Subjects: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Boutwell, Bryant

Fred Wittich, MD diploma collection

  • MS 195
  • Collection
  • 1913-1975

This collection consists of one oversize box containing Dr. Wittich’s diplomas and awards. Fredrick William Wittich, MD, (1885-1965) was the first president of the World Allergy Organization, which was first incorporated in the United State in August 1954.

This collection consists of various sizes of diplomas, awards and one photograph, all of which are in good condition. At least two of the diplomas appear to be excellent examples of the calligraphers art and some of the lettering rivals the work of illuminated manuscripts. The box measures 20.5 inches wide, 24.5 inches long, and 1.75 inches deep.

Subjects: Fred Wittich, allergy, medical diplomas

Wittich, Fred

John P. McGovern medical medallions collection

  • MS 200
  • Collection
  • 1773-1971

This is personal collection of medical medallions acquired by John P. McGovern, MD. There are 188 medals, three of which are numbered and stored as pairs.

The collection consists of 6 large boxes, totaling 6.0 cubic feet, of medical medallions dating from the late 1700s to the 20th century. Many of the medals were produced as commemorative items in the 1960s and 1970s. The bulk of the medals come from the Great Men of Medicine Art Medals series. The collection contains two complete sets of the 50 medals, in both the silver and bronze versions. These were sculpted by Abram Belskie and distributed by Presidential Art Medals, Inc. of Vandalia, Ohio, from 1969 to 1974. In addition to the medals themselves, these commemorative series also include pamphlets describing the medals and the accomplishments of the figures portrayed.

A second group of modern medals includes examples from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University, presented by the Medallic Art Company and also sculpted by Belskie. In addition, there are several examples of the medals issued for the Medical Library Association's Seventy-fifth Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota in June of 1976.

The remaining 70 or so items are historical medallions ranging in dates from at least 1773 to 1971, though many of them are undated. Many of them recognize physicians, hospitals, organizations, events, or developments in medicine. Many are in English, while others appear to be in Latin, French, or other languages. Many of these arrived in the archives in envelopes with accompanying notes with information such as their size, composition, and sculptor. These notes have been added to the descriptions of individual medallions when available.

Many of the medals--particularly modern ones--arrived at the archives in their original boxes. These have been retained and are stored along with the medals, separated by tissue paper for preservation reasons.

McGovern, John P.

McGovern Collection on the History of Medicine

  • RB 005
  • Collection
  • 1514-2013

The McGovern Collection contains over 5,500 titles focused on the development of the medical specialties in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth. There are significant sections on pediatrics, allergy and cardiology. The collection emphasis has been American Imprints and English language materials. There are a small number of titles in French or German from the eighteenth century. The Collection holds several early anatomical texts, including a first edition of Vesalius’ Anatomica. A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There is also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society. All items in the McGovern Collection are cataloged in the Library’s online catalog. Some items have been digitized and are available electronically through the Digital Commons@TMC. Making our resources available online is an ongoing project. More books will be available in the future.

Sir William Osler sub-collection. A special section of the McGovern Collection is devoted to the works of Sir William Osler. The collection holds copies of all of Sir William’s writings, most in various editions. There is also a considerable holding of Osleriana, including the annual meetings of the American Osler Society.