The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, has produced a new digital collection, Tropical Disease Motion Pictures. This is a collection of films and videos on the battle against tropical diseases. The collection comprises 46 titles from the Library’s collections that illustrate the battle against tropical disease. The materials range from research documentaries, interviews with noted scientists, and public health education campaigns, to films shot on location in regions beset by cholera, dengue fever, and yellow fever, demonstrating local and international efforts to curb their devastating impact. Produced between 1927 and 2007, the online content is a component of the Library’s Digital Collections. For more information on the collection please check out the National Library of Medicine news article.
Fourteen scholars have been awarded Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships for use between January 1 and December 31, 2012. The short-term grants provide support for visiting researchers; this year’s group will consult printed and archival collections in a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, the history of medicine, sociology, literature, rhetoric, and history. Among the projects are a biography of Allison Davis, the work of Sol Tax, late eighteenth-century Kentucky politics, the black campus movement from 1965 to 1972, and changing attitudes to married women’s work.
Two of the scholars were named to honor past University of Chicago Library curators: Daniel Ellis, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Bonaventure University, will consult the Sir Nicholas Bacon Collection of Court and Manorial Documents for a study of “The Tudor Statesman at Home: Political Orators and the Rhetoric of Domesticity.” He will be the Hans Lenneberg Fellow in honor of the Library’s distinguished Music Librarian. Adam Shapiro, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will study William Paley’s thought and writings from the late eighteenth-century to the present day, will be the Robert Rosenthal Fellow, named after the founding curator of Special Collections. Click here for a full list of awards.