The Clendening Library unveiled its latest digitization project on May 15, 2000 when it publicly made available the Digital Clendening (DC). The DC is a joint effort of many people and could not have been accomplished without the enthusiastic teamwork of many Library personnel. The largest collections within the DC are the Selection of Letters Written by Florence Nightingale and Classic Images in Medicine.
The Nightingale letters have been a popular destination for a number of visitors throughout the electronic world since 1995. The site is updated when new letters are acquired. The Nightingale web site receives over 100,000 page hits per annum.
The Rare Text Images include hundreds of images taken from our internationally recognized collection of rare medical texts. Key players in the development of this component include Peder Horner, School of Medicine Class of 2002, Bridget Bartholome, Library assistant, and Matthew Scanlon, research assistant. Peder programmed all of the HTML and JAVA script necessary to run the site and assisted in the site design. Bridget, along with Dr. Martensen, selected images from our many texts and then worked with the KUMC Photography & Graphics department while the images were made available in electronic format. Bridget researched the bibliographical and biographical information for each text from which images were selected. Matthew took over working with Photography & Graphics in the middle of the project and designed the splash page and logo images for the web site.
Other components of the Digital Clendening include the Library's significant collection of portraits of medical men and women that have been scanned by Christophe Blosser and Robert Chaplin, School of Medicine Class of 2002; the Ralph Herman Major photograph and slide collection of historical medical sites, figures, and artifacts presently being organized by Janice Lee; the Chinese Public Health Posters; the Japanese Medical Prints; the Samuel J. Crumbine papers; and the Rudolf Virchow manuscripts which have been translated, transcribed, and annotated by Benjamin Betteridge, School of Medicine Class of 2002. Ben has added several images to the Virchow site, some of which have been graciously provided by the Pathologisches Institut der Universität Würzburg.
Within each component, you may return to the Digital Clendening home page by clicking on the site's logo as shown below