Author Biographical Info

The McGovern Historical Center (MHC) is the historical and special collections department for The TMC Library. The MHC maintains rare book and archival collections. Artificial collections have been created to provide access to materials without clear provenance in order to increase discoverability. Soon after his arrival in Houston, Dr. McGovern became one of the Library’s most staunch supporters, annually supplying funds for the purchase of rare books and travel support for the librarians to attend meetings of the American Association for the History of Medicine. In 1977, The Library formed a new department with new quarters to collect historical materials and to enhance the rare book collections. In 1982, Dr. McGovern donated his personal collection of rare and historical books to the Library. In 1996 the Library’s Board of Directors named the historical department in his honor.


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before the 1950s




Original Methodist Hospital building exterior. The four story building features a dormer, fire escape, and stairs up to the elevated first floor entrance. Three early automobiles are parked out front. See more at TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection and finding aid.


Hospital buildings, Hospitals, Automobiles, Cars, Houston (TX), Texas Medical Center, Methodist Hospital (Houston, TX), photographs » black-and-white photographs


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