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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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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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Common Holiday Spices, Flavors, and Nuts and their Traditional Medicinal Qualities

The holiday and winter seasons have common ingredients, usually with bold, warming flavors.  The holiday bread, cookie, and cake recipes call for spices and flavorings like nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and clove or nuts like walnuts and almonds.  Historically however, these ingredients were prescribed for a variety of ailments in botanicals and herbals. Continue reading

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A Look at Winter Fruits and their Medicinal Qualities from Select Historical Botanicals

Lemons, oranges, pomegranates, these are all fruits associated with winter and the holiday season.  Today we eat them as desserts or in desserts or in cocktails.  These fruits bring a sense of freshness to the winter months. While today these fruits are important for a balanced and flavorful diet; in the 17th through the early 19th centuries, these fruits were often prescribed in botanicals for a variety of medicinal purposes.  Botanicals are a form of book published to illustrate plant species and their medicinal value. The HSHSL’s Historical Collections Department is home to a large collection of Botanicals as part of our historic Pharmacy Collection. These volumes were used by the early UMB schools to teach pharmacists and doctors the value of plants for medicinal purposes. Continue reading

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1920: A Look back at the School of Pharmacy 100 Years ago

When the 1920 merger between the University of Maryland (Baltimore) and the Maryland State Agricultural School (College Park) occurred the Department of Pharmacy became the School of Pharmacy. Like many of the schools in the University, the School of Pharmacy was coming off a low period in terms of admissions and graduates because of World War I. At commencement in May 1920 only 16 pharmacists graduated. Continue reading

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Sign up now! Third Annual Flu Shot Clinic at the HS/HSL

Flu shots will be available (by appointment only) to UMB faculty, staff and students* on Tuesday, Oct. 13 from Noon to 4:00 pm and on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Weiss Gallery on the first floor of the Library.   Continue reading

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UMB in WWII: the classes of 1943M and 1943D

On March 26, Dr. Bruce Jarrell, the University of Maryland Baltimore’s (UMB) Interim President, released a video to the Class of 2020.  In the video, Dr. Jarrell, refers to the uniqueness of the 1943 School of Medicine graduating classes and how they had to overcome unusual circumstances surrounding World War II.  World War II began in September 1939, with Germany’s invasion of Poland; however, the United States did not officially become involved in the conflict until after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Continue reading

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Anna F. Clancy & E. Grace Lotz: Early Women Graduates, School of Pharmacy, Class of 1906

Anna Francis Clancy and Elizabeth Grace Lotz, received their degree in Pharmacy in 1906, thus becoming the first woman graduates of the new UMSOP.  According to the Terra Mariae Yearbook of 1906 the two women were close friends.  Clancy even worked at Lotz’ family store during their senior year.  There is little evidence of their time at the school; however, the yearbook gives some hints as to their treatment or standing with fellow male students.  The Yearbook superlatives for both girls mentions potential interest by a “bachelor professor,” a concern never expressed before. Continue reading

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“I Belong Here” : Women’s History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

March is Women’s History Month, the HSHSL will celebrate the month by honoring select UMB women through our blog and an exhibit, The First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the Weise Gallery. The University of Maryland, Baltimore as it is known today was formed through a number of mergers with other Baltimore area Colleges and Universities; additionally, the school was once a branch campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Because of this, the history of women at UMB is intermingled with the histories of these schools and each accepted women into their programs at different times.  Continue reading

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Dean Natalie D. Eddington, First African American Dean of the School of Pharmacy

In 1957, Reverend James E. Hodges became the first African American graduate of the School of Pharmacy.  Fifty years later, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP was named dean of the school becoming the first woman African American Dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).  Continue reading

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