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Chemical and Philosophical Apparatus at the University of Maryland

A brief history of the purchase and investment in chemical and philosophical apparatus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The scientific equipment used in the labs in the 19th century were prized possessions of the school. At the time the appartus was extremely expensive to purchase and was kept well guarded; however, this did not stop theft. The post highlights the use and procurement of the equipment. Continue reading

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Vaccine lessons from the early 1800s: The Boon of Jenner and Covid-19

Blog post written by Spring 2021 HSHSL intern, Hanna Takemoto, highlights the similarities of hesitancies towards the COVID-19 Vaccinations and those of Smallpox and other 19th and 20th century illnesses that have been eradicated through inoculations. The post highlights three historic School of Medicine disserations from the 19th Century, which discuss vaccinations. Continue reading

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Happy 275th Birthday Dr. John Crawford!

May 3, 2021 marks 275 years since the birth of Dr. John Crawford, an influential figure for the HSHSL.  His impressive collection of medical texts was purchased by the School of Medicine’s Faculty of Physik for $500 from his daughter Eliza Godefroy after his death in 1813.  The volumes founded the medical library, which was believed to be the first associated with a school of medicine. Today the HSHSL dates its foundation to 1813 and the purchase of this collection.  Dr. Crawford’s volumes remain an important part of the HSHSL’s collections; the 569-volume John Crawford Collection sits in a place of prominence in the Historical Collections’ reading room and represents medical texts from 1565 in English, Latin, French, German, and Dutch.  Most of the texts in the Crawford Collection have been digitized and are available in the UMB Digital Archive. Continue reading

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Doctor Poet: Dr. Harry M. Robinson, Sr. 1884-1963

April is National Poetry Month, learn about one of UMB’s doctor poets, Dr. Harry M. Robinson, Sr., School of Medicine Class of 1909. Dr. Robinson was a faculty member in the dermatology department from 1937 to 1954; he also wrote six books of poetry. Continue reading

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UMB and MLB: Our four baseball stars

In celebration of the Oriole’s 2021 opening day, let’s take a look back at some of UMB’s major leaguers: John Francis Hayden, Robert Baker Lawson, Archibald Wright Graham, and John Frederick Anderson.  From 1901 to 1918, four UMB graduates appeared in major league baseball games, including the World Series!  The players graduated from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine with the Classes of 1902, 1905, and 1909.   Continue reading

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UMB’s Championship Basketball Team, 1904-1905

It is the end of March, which means March Madness and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in full swing!  The first NCAA tournament occurred in 1939 with eight teams competing for the championship.  The first time a University of Maryland team appeared in the tournament was 1958.  The 1958 team was composed of players from the University of Maryland, College Park.  The University of Maryland, Baltimore has never had a basketball team in the NCAA tournament; however, UMB has produced a championship Basketball team.  Continue reading

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A Brief History of UMB African American Student Organizations

As Black History Month 2021 draws to a close, the Historical Collections in the HSHSL could not let the month past without looking back on UMB’s African American history. The following highlights a few of the many student organizations throughout UMB’s history in an attempt to acknowledge the work of many to make our campus more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading

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UMB and the United States Presidency: Faculty and Alumni Ties to the Country’s Highest Office

In celebration of President’s Day, Historical Collections at the HSHSL is looking back on University of Maryland, Baltimore’s connections to the United States Presidency.  With a founding date of 1807, UMB is just thirty-one years shy of sharing a birthyear with the United States and with a home in Baltimore a mere thirty-eight miles from Washington, D.C. it is not surprising to find ties to the U.S. Presidency.  The following outlines three UMB faculty and alumni and their ties to the highest U.S. Office.  Continue reading

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Remembering Dr. Burt Jacob Asper, School of Medicine Class of 1911 on Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day the HS/HSL highlights the life of Dr. Burt Jacob Asper, School of Medicine Class of 1911. Dr. Asper served in the Navy on the USS Cyclops during World War I. He was the doctor on the ship when it disappeared in March 1918. To this day the Cyclops wreckage has not been found and it is unclear how the ship was lost. Continue reading

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1920: A look back at the School of Medicine 100 Years Ago

In 1920 the School of Medicine (SOM) was beginning its 113th academic year.  The 1920-21 academic year marked the first as a public institution following its merger with the Maryland State College of Agriculture (College Park).  This merger prompted the Faculty of Physic, as the SOM faculty was known, to tender their resignation as sign of acceptance of the new University charter.  Continue reading

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