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Rush University Medical Center Archives: Blog

Welcome to the Rush University Medical Center Archives. The Rush Archives, a department of the Library of Rush University Medical Center, is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

Rush Archives Blog Posts

This page compiles our current blog contributions and previous posts on the Rush InPerson blog. Explore these posts to learn more about the history of Rush and the Rush Archives collections. This page also includes articles written by Rush Archives researchers who have utilized our resources and some news stories related to the Rush Archives.

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Blog posts from 2020:

From the Rush Archives: World Snake Day, July 16 [July 15, 2020]

40 Years Ago: Rush University Registration, 1980 [July 9, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month [July 7, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: St. Luke's Hospital, The Woman's Board Fashion Show, and World War II [July 2, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Commemorating Scoliosis Awareness Month [June 23, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Honoring Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month [June 17, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: James B. Herrick, MD, the 1918 Influenza Pandemic and Sickle Cell Anemia [June 11, 2020]

Rush Archives Presentation (May 27) Now Online! [June 8, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Presbyterian Hospital and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic [June 3, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Want to learn more about Benjamin Rush? [Online event hosted by UPenn Libraries, June 10] [May 29, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Commemorating Skin Cancer Awareness Month [May 26, 2020]

Leonidas Berry [Rush Medical College, class of 1929] and the African Methodist Episcopal Church from the U.S. National Library of Medicine [May 21, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Researching Early Rush Medical College Alumni (Part 1) [May 21, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Honoring American Stroke Awareness Month [May 19, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: The Williams Family Collection [May 14, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Commemorating Better Hearing and Speech Month [May 12, 2020]

50 Years Ago: Lincoln Park Zoo Animals Visit Pediatric Patients at Rush, 1970 [May 7, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Celebrating National Nurses Week [May 5, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Honoring Autism Awareness Month [April 28, 2020]

From the Rush Archives: Honoring National DNA Day, April 25 [April  22, 2020]

Women's History Month: Isabella C. Herb, MD from Northwestern University's Galter Health Sciences Library [March 2020]

In Memoriam: Oncologist Janet Wolter, MD, 1926-2020 [February 2020]

Chicago’s first hospice donates papers to UIC: ‘We existed for our patients and families’, UIC Today [February 3, 2020]

A Tale of Two Solomons by Menachem Posner, chabad.org [February 2020]

Blog posts from 2019:

18 Earn Digital Archives Specialist Certificates from Society of American Archivists, SAA [November 2019]

Event: Battling for the Honor of ‘Old Rush’: Sports at Rush Medical College, 1892-1904, Chicago Area Medical Archivists Symposium [September 20, 2019]

Event: Unique Archival Resources for Genealogy Research, CCC and CAA at the Harold Washington Library [August 28, 2019]

Nathalie Wheaton from Rush University Medical Center Archives Chicago Collections Consortium Member Spotlight [ March 21, 2019]

Performers Dr. Pembroke & Kolzac Reenact Historic Medical Procedures for Rush University Students , ALHHS  [January 2019]

Blog posts from 2018:

Jones Staircase Unveiling Event in Armour hosted by Nathalie Wheaton and Larry Goodman, MD,  CEO, Rush University Medical Center and CEO, Rush System [September 12, 2018]

 

The Founding of Rush Medical College by Joseph deBettencourt, Rush Medical College student, in Hektoen International: A Journal of the Medical Humanities [August 23, 2018]

Life-Saving Poison Control Centers Have Origins at Rush, The Watermark newsletter of the ALHHS [Fall 2018]

Life-Saving Poison Control Centers Have Origins at Rush [August 13, 2018]

Get an “Insider’s Look” into Chicago history with Rush archivist, Nathalie Wheaton [June 4, 2018]

Acknowledgements: The manuscript works of S. Fred Prince (1857–1949) by S. B. Calahan and J. W. Dean, Archives of Natural History [April 2018]

Blog posts from 2017:

Rush in the First World War: L. C. Gatewood, MD, World War One Centennial Commission [2017]

Women Physicians at Rush, 1900-1920 [March 27, 2017]

In Memoriam: Rush Orthopedics Pioneer Jorge Galante, 1934-2017 [February 13, 2017]

Blog posts from 2016:

From the Rush Archives: Tolerance [December 21, 2016]

Time Capsule Reveal at Rush University Medical Center  from the Conservation Center newsletter [October  28, 2016]

Fashion Forward: Ninety Years of Supporting Rush [October 3, 2016]

Event: Tour of Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago Area Archivists [September 20, 2016]

Holding on to Pieces of Rush's Past [February 15, 2016]

References: Stein and Leventhal: 80 years on by Ricardo Azziz, MD, MPH, MBA, and Eli Y. Adashi , MD, MS, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology [February 1, 2016]

Blog posts from 2015:

In Memoriam: Reginald "Hats" Adams, 1940-2015 [November 17, 2015]

Blog posts from 2014:

From the Rush Archives: James B. Herrick, MD [March 27, 2014]

Bringing Christmas Cheer to the Children's Ward, 1940 [December 10, 2014]

Blog posts from 2013:

From the Rush Archives: A Visit from St. Nick [December 6, 2013]

Rush Medical College and the Great Chicago Fire [September 23, 2013]

From the Rush Archives: Nursing Through the Years [May 7, 2013]

From the Rush Archives: Baby Check-up Day, 1923 [March 28, 2013]

From the Rush Archives: First Electrocardiograph, 1913 [February 6, 2013]

From the Rush Archives: "The Thrills of Television," 1949 [January 10, 2013]

Blog posts from 2012:

From the Rush Archives: Christmas Caroling, 1938 [December 17, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Into the Tunnel [October 31, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Surgery at St. Luke's, 1913 [October 30, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Dietetics Class, 1907 [September 27, 2012]

From the Rush Archives, Snake Surgery, 1983 [July 5, 2012]

News: Heather Stecklein to bid farewell to Chicago in July, CAMA blog [June 26, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Rush Commencement, 1992 [June 4, 2012]

Remembering Rush's Wartime Heroes [May 25, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Flag Day, 1991 [June 14, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Rush Security, 1987 [May 8, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Daniel A. Jones Building, 1917 [April 17, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Time Capsule Opening, 1924 [March 6, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Rush's 150th Birthday, 1987 [February 20, 2012]

Against the Grain Star of the Week: Nathalie Wheaton [February 10, 2012]

AIDS: Haring Murals Live on at Rush University Medical Center, Windy City Times [February 8, 2012]

History of the Illinois Medical District, Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [January 5, 2012]

From the Rush Archives: Rush's New Hospital, 1982 [January 5, 2012]

Blog posts from 2011:

John Benjamin Murphy, 1857-1916, Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [October 11, 2011]

Isabella C. Herb, 1869-1943, Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [August 19, 2011]

James Bryan Herrick, 1861-1954Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [May 2, 2011]

Frank Billings, 1854-1932Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [May 2, 2011]

Ludvig Hektoen, 1884-1951Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [March 25, 2011]

Arthur Dean Bevan, 1861-1943Chicago Area Medical Archivists blog [March 25, 2011]

Using the Rush Archives

Rush Archives Service Hours: 

THE RUSH ARCHIVES IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS ON THE RUSH CAMPUS.

WE WILL TRY TO ASSIST RESEARCHERS AS BEST WE CAN USING DIGITAL RESOURCES.

PLEASE EXPLORE THIS WEBPAGE AND OUR ONLINE RESOURCES BEFORE CONTACTING THE RUSH ARCHIVES FOR ASSISTANCE.

Thank you for your patience during this unpredictable time. 

Contact the Archivist: 

Nathalie Wheaton, MSLS / (312) 942-6358

Outside of Service Hours:  For very urgent requests outside of service hours, please contact the Library of Rush at lib_ref@rush.edu

Note for researchers: Internal reference requests are given precedence. External requests will be addressed as time allows. However, our website will lead you to a number of digital resources from the Rush Archives that may meet your information needs.

Visiting the Rush Archives: In-person visits from researchers from outside of Rush must be approved by the archivist ahead of time.

Location: 1700 W. Van Buren Street, Suite 086, Chicago, IL 60612.

Using our Material in your Publication/Exhibit/Presentation: Contact the Archivist for a Permission to Publish form and fee table.

Citing our Collections: Footnotes or captions should indicate the collection or other identifying information from our finding aids. Please contact the Archivist for more information. Basic format for citation:

[Identification of item], in the [Name of Collection] [Collection Number], Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago, Ill.

Looking for Medical Records/Patient Records? Visit Rush University Medical Center's Health Information Management Office.

Looking for Student Records/Transcripts? Visit Rush University's Office of the Registrar.

About Our Collections

The Rush University Medical Center Archives, Chicago, Ill., is the official archival agency of Rush University Medical Center and Rush University.

The Rush Archives strives to tell the story of Rush and its esteemed history of education, research, patient care, and community leadership in a meaningful way through our collections.

The Rush Archives holds almost 3000 linear feet of material from Rush and its predecessor schools and hospitals going back to the founding of Rush Medical College in 1837, two days before the city of Chicago was incorporated. The Rush Archives also includes the personal papers of many individuals related to those institutions. Photographs, audiovisual material, paintings, artifacts, nursing school uniforms and caps, and digital assets document the history of Rush, also. 

The Rush Archives preserves, identifies, organizes, and provides access to records of long-term historical, evidential, and administrative value to the institution. 

Maps and Directions

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