Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Navy’s First Female Admiral, Alene Duerk, Dies

Information on her career can be found at




Photographs from BUMED are at https://www.flickr.com/photos/navymedicine/albums/72157696501372632

Publications from BUMED are at

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Glauser Notebooks available for research

Glauser Notebooks, 1944            
Personal papers , 2015.0001, .1 boxes, .1 lf, Processed, Inactive, Unrestricted, No finding aid
2 notebooks of Dr. Frank Glauser from February 1944, apparently dealing with his military medicine training for service in World War II, including tropical medicine.

Pryor Letters available for research

Pryor Letters, 1914
Personal papers, .1 box, .1lf

James Chambers Pryor, MC, U.S. Navy was Brigade Surgeon of Naval Forces  Ashore during the occupation of Vera Cruz. The collection consists of 28 holographic letters written by Pryor to his wife Nancy Buchanan Brazelton Pryor in 1914 along with three picture post cards. The letters begin on April 20, 1914 and end in on September 26, 1914. Pryor was then a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the USN stationed on board the USS North Dakota during the landings at Vera Cruz, Mexico, he was assigned brigade surgeon for the naval forces on shore during the subsequent  ccupation of that city. Rich in color and detail, the letters graphically describe the day to day events surrounding the invasion and occupation of Vera Cruz in the spring and summer of 1914, as well as the day to day activities of the fleet and the sailors who manned the ships. A number of holographic maps--showing the disposition of forces-both ashore and at sea--can also be found within the pages written by Pryor.

Pres. Wilson delivering funeral oration. Navy Yard [after the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].

Americans freeing political prisoners in San Juan de Ulua [after  the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].

Feeding the prisoners, Fort San Juan de Ulua [after  the United States' 1914 occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico].

Monday, August 12, 2013

US Navy's BUMED's Office of Medical History interruption in service

Due to a flood over the weekend, th4e US Navy's BUMED's Office of Medical History will have an interruption in archival services. 95% of the collection was completely unaffected, but due to wet flooring and drywall, all of it will have to be packed up and placed in storage for at least a month. A set of 19th century hospital plans and maps did get wet, but are being freeze-dried.

For the next four weeks, limited reference services will be available. Telephone service has been interrupted, and voice mail messages should not be left.

Contacts are Archivist Michael Rhode at michael.rhode@med.navy.mil
or Historian Andre Sobocinski at andre.sobocinski@med.navy.mil

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New Internet Archive site

We have a new Internet Archive page as part of the Medical Heritage
Library at http://archive.org/details/usnavybumedhistoryoffice

You can use the RSS button or this address
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

New pictures up on Flickr

Click here -
- to see images of 1907 baseball in Puerto Rico, nurses in the
Philippines and a Japanese garden in San Diego. (the newest photographs
are at the bottom)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

V-J day parade

This weekend was the anniversary of V-J Day, commemorating the signing
of Japan's surrender in World War II. Here's nurses parading in a
photograph that was taken at Pearl Harbor 57 years ago.