Category Archives: Historical Collections

Play Ball! The University of Maryland Nine vs. the Orioles, April 13, 1898

The Historical Collectiond department of the HS/HSL is throwing it back to 1898 when the University of Maryland, Baltimore baseball team took on the professional Orioles team. Continue reading

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HS/HSL seeks COVID-19 Stories and Experiences from UMB Community

In an effort to capture the UMB Community’s experiences during the current pandemic for future researchers Historical Collections in the Health Sciences and Human Services Library has launched a project: UnMasking a Pandemic: Stories from UMB during COVID-19.  The project … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Florence Nightingale at UMB

May 12, 2020 marks the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.  UMB’s School of Nursing has ties to Nightingale through its founder Louisa Parsons, an 1880 graduate of the Nightingale Training School for Nurses at the St. Thomas Hospital in London, which was founded by Florence Nightingale in 1860.  The Florence Nightingale Cap was a tradition introduced by Parsons during her two-year term as the superintendent of the University Hospital Training School for Nurses. According to reports in the Nurses Alumnae Association Bulletin, the pattern of the “Flossie,” as the cap is lovingly referred, was given to Parsons by Nightingale to use when Parsons founded her first nursing school Continue reading

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Celebrate the end of the academic year with a gift from the HS/HSL!

It’s the end of the semester, during a global pandemic, things are stressful for everyone, everywhere!  We at the HS/HSL hope this delightful coloring book of charming botanical images from our Historical Collections will help to ease stress and anxiety.  … Continue reading

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Recognizing Nurses with a historic poem this National Nurses Week

In the midst of this global pandemic falls National Nurses Week, May 6 to 12, 2020.  During this monumental time the HS/HSL wishes to show our thanks to our UMB nurses past and present with a fitting poem from the 1905 Bones, Molars, and Briefs Yearbook. Continue reading

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Digital Jigsaw Puzzles From the HS/HSL Historical Collections

The HS/HSL has uploaded images from the Historical Collections Department into a virtual puzzle creator. Check them out today: https://www.jigsawplanet.com/winkta01/university-of-maryland-baltimore Continue reading

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“Her Smile” a Poem by Dr. Bert E. Doyle

Rounding out National Poetry Month 2020, is a beautiful love poem by Dr. Bert E. Doyle, School of Dentistry Class of 1904.  The poem, titled “Her Smile” was published in the 1903 Bones, molars, and Briefs, the original name for the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s yearbook.    Continue reading

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Health: A Poem by the Physician Poet Edward Baynard

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a selection from Historical Collections. In Health, A Poem, Dr. Edward Baynard, a seventeenth century poet and physician, uses poetry to teach. He explains in an understandable—at least to someone in the seventeenth century—tone the manner in which to live a long, prosperous life. Continue reading

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The University Ode: A Celebration of UMB Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, an appropriate time to dig into historical collections to celebrate the literary talents of past members of the UMB community.  Despite deep roots in medicine and other health related fields, Historical Collections materials reveal an appreciation for the arts among faculty, students, and staff alike.  For example, Historical Collection houses a well-loved copy of The University Ode, a piece written for the Alumni Association. Continue reading

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UMB Ties to the Hospital Ship USNS Comfort

On March 30, 2020 the USNS Comfort arrived in New York City’s Harbor on a mission to provide assistance to the city’s overwhelmed hospitals in the midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  The USNS Comfort is a Navy Hospital Ship with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms, which has been deployed in times of crisis and peace around the world.  The USNS Comfort is stationed in Norfolk, VA but for a significant portion of her life (1988-2013) as a hospital ship, she was stationed in Baltimore’s Port.  The location is not her only ties to the city of Baltimore, as several UMB alumni and faculty served on this hospital ship during her 33-year history.  Continue reading

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