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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approximately 1900




Houston Infirmary building exterior. The Infirmary is identified by a sign on the roof. The long, two-story building features a balcony and has a fence separating it from the road. A few people stand outside. The Infirmary, located at Washington Avenue and 10th Street, operated from 1876-1913. See more at TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection and finding aid.


Hospital buildings, Hospitals, Houston (TX)


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