The Albert B. Sabin Digitization Project: Check Us Out!

Dr. Sabin is seen here administering oral poliovirus vaccine to two children.

The Albert B. Sabin digitization project appeared in a couple of articles this week! I wanted to give you a heads-up on the articles from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC), just in case you wanted to check them out for yourself.

The National Endowment for the Humanities article is the second part of a three part series featuring preservation and access projects that highlight medicine and the humanities. Joel Wurl, Senior Program Officer in the Division of Preservation and Access, wrote of the projects, “[T]he history of medicine bridges almost every domain of the humanities, from the study of philosophy and ethics to the examination of everyday social and cultural history. Far from being a narrow subfield of study, it opens a pathway for exploring some of the most fundamental questions of human experience over time.” The Hauck Center for the Albert B. Sabin Archives definitely fits into this description of the history of medicine. Not only does the Sabin collection cover the well-known topics associated with him, such as virology and vaccine development, but due to his involvement and interest in so many different areas, the collection also includes materials on many other topics. These include science and the media, medical ethics, public health, politics and science, military medicine, tropical medicine, medical imperialism, and international and scientific cooperation.

To read about the Sabin digitization project, check out the article “Medicine and the Humanities. Part II: Henry R. Winkler Center’s Albert B. Sabin Archives” on the NEH’s Division of Preservation and Access website.

The second article appears in the July 2012 MAC Newsletter, published by the Midwest Archives Conference. The “Up-and-Comers” section of the newsletter includes an article called “MAC 2012 Annual Meeting Student Poster Session Unveils Accomplished Student Work.” The article gives a brief overview of three posters from the session, including my poster on the Sabin digitization project. Currently, the July 2012 issue of the MAC Newsletter is only available to MAC members. However, you can learn more about the poster from the Midwest Archives Conference, by visiting my blog post “The Albert B. Sabin Digitization Project: Midwest Archives Conference Poster” from April 24, 2012.

Just in case you want to read the article from the MAC Newsletter, here is the citation: Peek, Matthew. “MAC 2012 Annual Meeting Student Poster Session Unveils Accomplished Student Work.” MAC Newsletter 40 (2012): 36.

In 2010, the University of Cincinnati Libraries received a $314,258 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize the correspondence and photographs of Dr. Albert B. Sabin. This digitization project has been designated a NEH “We the People” project, an initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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