This month, the R.L. Brown History of Medicine Collection is proud to have our Dr. Austin Flint Collection designated as a “Featured Collection” on the New York Heritage Digital Collections website! If you haven’t had the chance to visit the NY Heritage Digital Collections, overall a fantastic historical resource, please take a moment to do so at http://www.newyorkheritage.org/. Dedicated to the people, places and institutions of New York State, the site provides free access to more than 170 distinct digital collections, representing a wide range of historical materials.
Our particular Dr. Austin Flint Collection features an assortment of print materials, photographs, ephemera, & medical artifacts all representative of Flint’s professional activities as a local, yet nationally prominent physician and as founding member of the University at Buffalo’s Medical School. Flint was particularly well known for his work regarding the 1843 typhoid fever epidemic in Boston, NY, and for his skills as a diagnostician. Indeed, due to his skill at diagnosis, he was the first to isolate a heart condition resulting from aortic insufficiency, now known as “Flint’s murmur”.
The digitization of this collection was spearheaded by graduate students of UB’s Digital Libraries class (LIS 563) of Spring 2012, led by Timothy Binga, Instructor in UB’s Library and Information Sciences department and the Director of the Center for Inquiry Libraries. If not for their hard work, and the guidance of Professor Binga, this fascinating Collection would have remained much less visible. We would also like to wholeheartedly thank Karlen Chase, WNYLRC Digital Services/Circuit Librarian, for all of her hard work in getting the Flint Collection uploaded to the New York Heritage’s site. We are certainly proud to be a part of it!