News at Medicine - December 2008 - New exhibit on tuberculosis

New exhibit on tuberculosis
December 17, 2008
The People’s Plague: A Brief Glimpse at Tuberculosis in Newfoundland and Labrador, is a new archival exhibit on display in the main foyer of the Faculty of Medicine.

The exhibit was launched Dec. 12 with representatives of the Newfoundland Lung Association, the Health Archives and Museum of Newfoundland and Labrador (HAMNL), and the Faculty of Medicine’s Founders’ Archives on hand.

The exhibit is a partnership between HAMNL and the Founders’ Archives. It contains photos and publications from the NL Lung Association, originally established in 1944 as the Newfoundland Tuberculosis Association. Their records were recently donated to HAMNL and the fonds reflects the province’s long and hard struggle against tuberculosis, with records pertaining to the St. John’s and West Coast Sanatoriums, and the Christmas Seals program, as well as the societal and administrative history of the association. The collection includes photographs, films, periodicals, annual reports, posters and a variety of other informative materials.

From left: Kory Penney, archival assistant with the Founders’ Archives; Stephanie Harlick, archivist for the Founders’ Archives; Paul Thomey,  executive director of the NL Lung Association, the Hon Ed Roberts, patron of HAMNL; Katherine Daley, chair of HAMNL; Kerri Piercey, manager of HAMNL; and Theresa Walsh, archivist with HAMNL.