Monthly Spotlight

We have a wide variety of types of collections on this site, some of the these include journals, dissertations, thesis. staff publications and book galleries. There is also a wealth of archival materials, digitized by our library staff at McGovern Historical Center. Please check back regularly as the featured highlights update on a monthly basis.

2023 Oral History Project (Oral History Interviews and Memories)

This contains the digital files created for the Friend's of the TMC Library Oral History Project in 2023. The project is completed annually consists of two distinct interview formats.

One is more traditional with in-depth oral history interviews where interviewees are chosen through a nomination process, and the interviews are prepared and edited by an historian. The others are moments interviews which shorter interviews that usually focus on specific events. The document is the inventory of all the files in the Archival Information Package (AIP).

Caring Minds (Cizik School of Nursing)

Caring Minds is an annual publication of the UT Health School of Nursing that celebrates achievements in philanthropy, research, faculty excellence, and other areas of interest in nursing. See the most updated issues at Cizik School of Nursing: Caring Minds.

#Color Our Collections 2024 (#Color Our Collections)

John P. McGovern Historical Collections joins other libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions sharing coloring pages created from our historical materials. First time joining this annual celebration, hosted by The New York Academy of Medicine.

Beginning in the late 1940s, Houston’s Medical Arts Publishing Foundation sought to create “highly readable pictorial magazine[s]” in order to make specialized medical knowledge more accessible to general practitioners. The publications also highlighted the history and development of their respective specialties. Dr. R. Lee Clark, president of MD Anderson Cancer Research Center (1946-1978), conceived of the enterprise. Joseph F. Schwarting was the Art Director and principal artist; other artists included Eva Marie Schubart, Imelda Schubart, Peter Spier, Jo Spier, George Shackelford, Mary Shackelford, and Joseph Doeve.

Find out more about visiting John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center at The TMC Library and make an appointment to visit its special collections.

Dissertations & Theses (Open Access) (MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School)

Open-access, full-text copies of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences dissertations from 2009 onwards. Topics include all aspects of the biomedical sciences.

Authors who expect to publish do have the option to withhold full text for a limited period of time. When that has been done, the reader will see a release date posted with the abstract.

Older GSBS dissertations (from approximately 1979-1999) are available, in print format only, at McGovern Historical Center. They can be found via OneSearch. Search by subject heading: "Dissertations, Academic--University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences" for the full list, click DigitalCommons@TMC, or use the main search box on the left navigation menu section to search for known individual dissertations.

Some older GSBS dissertations are also available online via ProQuest, but full-text access is restricted to TMC academic institutions affiliated with The TMC Library.

Institutional Finding Aids (Finding Aids)

Below is a list of the available finding aids (guides) to the collections held by the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, located in Houston, Texas. The main strengths of the McGovern Historical Collections are history of cancer research, Texas Medical Center history, Houston-area hospitals, Texas medical history, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, mental health, and vintage medical equipment.

Institutional collections consist of the records of organizations, such as not-for-profit groups, hospitals, governmental agencies, private or public clinics, and other types of entities.

Institutional collections are designated by "IC" plus a number followed by the title of the collections, such as "IC 018 Records of the Harris County Hospital District".

For additional questions about this collection, contact an archivist at 713-799-7145, 713-799-7165 or

Journal Articles (School of Public Health)

Open-access full-text journal articles from students, staff and faculty publishing articles in academic journals, 2003-present.

Journal Articles (McGovern Medical School)

Open-access full-text journal articles from McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston from 1999-present.

Journal of Family Strengths (Children at Risk)

ISSN 2168-670X

The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center - Prairie View A&M University and The TMC Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.

If you have questions about the submission or review process, please contact for assistance.

See the new Call for Papers updated on January 22, 2024 on the Victim-Offender Overlap in Youth and Young Adults


Medical World News Publications (Medical World News Photograph Collection)

This collection includes selected pages from each issue of Medical World News Volumes 1 - 35. Pages include cover page, masthead, table of contents, acknowledgements, and (in most cases) advertisement index. Series give insight into the information published in the magazine from 1960-1994, and the photographs that may exist in the collection.

For additional questions about this collection, contact an archivist at 713-799-7145, 713-799-7165 or

One People Media Photo Collection (Intercultural Cancer Council Records)

This series contains photographs and digital images that document the events, activities, programs, and people of the Intercultural Cancer Council between the years from 2002-2008.

For additional questions about this collection, contact an archivist at 713-799-7145, 713-799-7165 or

Texas Medical Center Photograph Collection (Photograph Collections)

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection contains photographic materials that document the growth and development of the TMC from the 1930s to 1980s. The Texas Medical Center is a comprehensive medical community located south of downtown Houston.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is among the top-ranked cancer hospitals in the country. It was proposed by Horace Wilkins, Col. William Bates, and John H. Freeman, the trustees of the M.D. Anderson Foundation. It was officially incorporated in 1946 and Bertner was appointed president. The Anderson Foundation made grants to Methodist Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, a new building for Hermann Hospital, and for a library.

The Texas Medical Center grew quickly, provided a home for innovators such as heart surgeons Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley; William Spencer and his work on rehabilitation of paralysis patients; trauma surgeon and medevac pioneer James “Red” Duke; and Nobel Prize-winning pharmacology researcher Ferid Murad. Find out more at Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection.

For additional questions about this collection, contact an archivist at 713-799-7145, 713-799-7165 or

The Texas Heart Institute Journal (Texas Heart Institute)

For 50 years, The Texas Heart Institute Journal has been published by The Texas Heart Institute as part of its medical education program. Our continuously published, peer-reviewed journal enjoys a global audience of physicians, scientists, and healthcare professionals who are contributing to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Beginning in 2023, the official name is The Texas Heart Institute Journal.

Historically, The Journal was printed under the name of Cardiovascular Diseases from 1974 through 1981 (ISSN 0093-3546). The name was changed to Texas Heart Institute Journal in 1982 and was printed through 2013 (ISSN 0730-2347). In 2014, The Journal moved to online-only publication. The Journal is indexed by Index Medicus/MEDLINE and by other indexing and abstracting services worldwide. Our full archive is available at PubMed Central.

As of July 15, 2023, The Texas Heart Institute Journal is a fully Open Access publication that enables authors to retain copyright under an appropriate Creative Commons license (CC BY or CC BY-NC). This collection showcases a small selection of the journal archive from 2011- current.