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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March 1977




Denton Cooley and an unidentified man shake hands in front of the sculpture "A Symbol of Excellence." This photograph may mark the dedication of the sculpture, which was originally installed in front of the entrance to the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Epsicopal Hospital. See more at TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection and finding aid.


Sculpture, Physicians, Heart Surgeons, Houston (TX), Texas Medical Center, Texas Heart Institute, Denton A. Cooley (1920-2016), St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital (Houston, TX), photographs » color photographs


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