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.

Dissertations & Theses (Open Access) (McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics)

Open Access full-text dissertations from McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth Houston, formerly UTHealth Houston School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI). 2003 - current.

A few older copies (2003-2008) are also available in print at The TMC Library. They're available via OneSearch under the subject heading: "Dissertations, Academic--University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Health Information Sciences" for a full list, or search for known individual dissertations using the main search box or the DigitalCommons@TMC search box in the white banner above.

John P. McGovern, MD Collection (Texas Medical History Documents)

The John P. McGovern Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents have been fully processed and digitized, and a finding aid is available.

This collection, donated by Dr. John P. McGovern, includes medical ledgers, bills, apothecary receipts, legal documents, colonization contracts, a book about effects of climate and weather changes on disease and death, correspondence, legislative and government records, official government seals, Republic-era currency, and more! All historical documents in this collection have been digitized and can be viewed and accessed John P. McGovern, MD Collection of Texas Historical Medical Documents.

The records in this collection were created primarily by Texas-based physicians and surgeons during the pre-Republic era to the beginning of the 20th century, making it the oldest collection of historical documents in the McGovern Historical Center.

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

Medical Arts Publishing Foundation Records (R. Lee Clark)

Medical Arts Publishing Foundation was a brainchild of Dr. R. Lee Clark, president of M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center (1946-1978). Through collaboration between Dr. Clark and Russell W. Cumley, their initial vision was to create a “highly readable pictorial magazine for the general practitioner” that would increase early diagnosis of cancer. Other publications, Heart Bulletin in 1952 and Psychiatric Bulletin in 1951, followed that highlighted the history and studies in cardiology and psychiatry. Each publication had its own distinct style and motif.

The Medical Arts Publishing Foundation records are housed in 17 document boxes, 49 oversize boxes, map drawer, and framed items. It consists of drawings, paintings, sketches, printed images, and artist notes depicting historical and 20th century figures in the history of cardiology, cancer research, psychiatry, and Texas medicine. The records and artwork demonstrate the artistry, planning, production, and evolution of an art department for a magazine publishing company from 1948-1980. Details of the collection are available via its finding aid.

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

Medical Equipment Artifacts (John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science: 1900-2009)

This series consists of seven antique medical equipment artifacts, such as electrocardiograph machines, microscope slides with specimens, an ophthalmoscope, thoracoscope, and Dr. John P. McGovern's personal medical bag containing a range of medical tools, first aid supplies, and medicine.

Find out more by visiting John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science Collection: Medical Equipment Artifacts (1900-1951). A finding aid is also available.

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

Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD Papers (Photograph Collections)

The Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD Papers contains photographs of Dr. Desmond as a medical student, Naval officer, and a faculty member of Baylor College of Medicine. The main portion of her papers deal with her work at Jefferson Davis Hospital, including grants she received from the John A. Hartford Foundation, and at Texas Children's Hospital.

Some background material and photographs of the illustrations she used in the book, Newborn Medicine and Society: European Background and American Practice (1750-1975), are included. Reprints of her journal articles are also available. She donated many books on the newborn and on pediatrics. These books have been cataloged and are available through The TMC Library's online catalog.

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

Texas Hadassah Medical Research Foundation Records (Radiation Effects & Events Collections)

The Texas Hadassah Medical Research Foundation was part of Baylor College of Medicine during the late-1990s and early 2000s. The organization, led in part by Dr. Armin Weinberg, provided medical supplies, cross-cultural collaboration and professional exchanges with Israel, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Russia, and other nations. An important part of its work dealt with radiation effects and events, like Chernobyl and atomic test sites in Kazakhstan. The organization developed the Cancer Registry of survivors of radiation events.

This collection consists of one scrapbook and a recorded interview/conversation with Debbie Goldberg that document the work of the organization. The collection also contains photographs and printed materials related to Debbie Goldberg's work coordinating the shipment of medical supplies to Israel and Palestine. An audio interview with transcript is also available.

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

Texas Heart Institute Film Collection (Texas Heart Institute)

The Texas Heart Institute Film Collection contains 277 reels of 16mm film and 86 videotapes. It consists of final distributed films as well as work prints, camera original footage, and other production elements. This collection contains films related to heart surgery at the Texas Medical Center, primarily during the 1960s and 1970s. Films are typically instructional with brief surgical and case histories at the beginning.

The collection documents surgeries performed by Dr. Denton Arthur Cooley and his associates in the Texas Medical Center. The McGovern Historical Center digitized and shared online many of the films in the Texas Heart Institute Film Collection. See more digitized historical A/V at Historical A/V from the Texas Medical Center.

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Texas Medical Center Records (Historical A/V from the TMC: 1973-1991)

The Texas Medical Center Records include TMC charter material, correspondence, committee minutes, interviews and transcripts, photographs and slides, budgetary information, newspapers and clippings, research material for books, surveys, materials related to TMC events and visitors, films and audiocassettes, brochures, architectural renderings, guidebooks and directories, and maps.

The Texas Medical Center is a comprehensive medical community located south of downtown Houston. It comprises 54 institutions, including four medical and seven nursing schools, 21 hospitals, three level-I trauma centers, eight specialty institutions, and academic and research institutions for many other health-related disciplines. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is among the top-ranked cancer hospitals in the country.

The collection of interviews now archived at the McGovern Historical Center includes conversations with 38 different interviewees spread across 47 unique recordings. Including duplicates, there are nearly 100 tapes. Learn more from its finding aid.

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

Texas Medical History E-Books (Texas Medical History Documents)

Texas medical history e-Books from the Texas Medical Center Library, click on each of the items individually to read its full-text or by chapter.

Find out more from The McGovern Historical Center at The TMC Library, or contact an archivist at 713-799-7145, 713-799-7165 or

The VAD Journal (McGovern Medical School)

ISSN 2378-2706

The The VAD Journal is the official journal of the Brano Heart Failure Forum.

It is a multidisciplinary forum for all subspecialties in the field of mechanical assisted circulation and advanced heart failure. It is created with the purpose of enabling rapid dissemination of swift and unbiased clinical research and observations.

Content from previous issues can be browsed by using the drop-down menu in the sidebar, and you can also navigate directly to previous volumes using the links below: