Rudolph Matas Library is located on Tulane's Health Sciences downtown campus on the second floor of 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA, directly across from Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.
There is pay parking on the street or in garages. You may park in either of the two hospital garages. The Library is connected to the hospital by a crosswalk that links to the 2nd floor of 1430 Tulane Avenue where the Library is located. The hospital address is: 1415 Tulane Ave. One garage entrance is on LaSalle Street and the other Saratoga Street. The garages are both connected to the TUHSC by bridges and there is signage to direct you.
Please enter the building from the Tulane Avenue ground level entrance. The Hutchinson Building is restricted to Tulane users by card access on nights and weekends. All side and bridge entrances require cards. Visitors from the public should make an appointment for history collection usage. Visitors should plan to come weekdays between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
There is public pay parking on the street. There is card access on the second floor bridge. Visitors should enter on the street level and check in with the security desk.
Librarian & Staff Directory
Department/Title Main Contact Phone Director Neville Prendergast firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-2060 Budget/Administrative Coodinator Madonna Covington email@example.com (504) 988-2060 Information Services Desk firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-5155 Circulation Desk email@example.com (504) 988-2403 Interlibrary Loan firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-5156 Research, Education, and Emerging Technologies Research Support Librarian Laura Wright email@example.com (504) 988-2063 Research Support Librarian Amy Corder firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-2404 Research, Education, & Public Health Librarian Elaine Hicks email@example.com (504) 988-2785 History Librarian/Cataloger Mary Holt firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-2062 Research Services & User Resources Coodinator, Research Services & User Resources Keith Pickett email@example.com (504) 988-2406 Circulation Circulation Technician Graciela Cabrera firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-2403 Circulation Technician Jordan Mirostaw email@example.com (504) 988-2405 Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan Technician Penny Lytle firstname.lastname@example.org (504) 988-5156 Interlibrary Loan Technician Brittani Williams email@example.com (504) 988-2413 Technical Services Monographs Monographs Technician **vacant**
Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences
1430 Tulane Avenue
Mail Code 8586
New Orleans, LA 70112-2699
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The Rudolph Matas Library serves as the primary resource library for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center comprising the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The library supports the teaching, research, and patient care functions of the health sciences programs through the acquisition, organization and dissemination of biomedical information.
Information Desk Policies
MATAS BORROWING PRIVILEGES
Tulane Health Sciences faculty, students and staff have borrowing privileges. These privileges also extend to the faculty, students and staff of the university (uptown campus), and LSU Medical Center faculty and graduate level students. Loan periods are the same for all users.
MATAS BORROWING PERIODS
- Journals: 7 days
- Study Guides / Matas Commons: 7 days
- Reserve Materials: 2 hours; overnight 2 hours before closing, due 1 hour after opening the next day
- Stacks Books: 28 days; 3 renewals allowed
- Laptops, Headphones, Portable Standing Desks: 6 hours
- CDs & DVDs: 28 days, unless specified on reserve or high use (2 hours)
REQUIREMENTS FOR BORROWING
A valid Tulane University ID (Splash Card) is required to check out any items or request other library services. Only the personal owner of an ID may use that ID to check-out materials. New users may be asked to complete a registration form. LSU Health Sciences Center students must be registered with John P. Isché Library and have their current LSUHSC ID in order to register with the Matas Library as "special medical patrons" (Library privileges for “special medical” users do not transfer to other Tulane Libraries).
DELIVERY BETWEEN MATAS LIBRARY AND HOWARD-TILTON/OFFSITE DEPOSITORY
Certain materials may be available for delivery service from uptown and from the off-site depository. The book must be neither checked out nor on Hold or Reserve to be be eligible for request via the Library Catalog for delivery. Some types of materials may not be requested for delivery, including materials from any of the Special Collections. Make sure to designate Rudolph Matas Library as your pick-up location. Borrowing periods are dependent on the department loaning the specific item.
Returning & Renewals
Materials should be returned to the Matas Library Desk during the library's open hours. There is a book slot available after the desk is closed. Please use that slot only when the Library is closed. Materials may also be returned to the Howard-Tilton Library for delivery to Matas. Items are checked-in at whatever desk receives the materials and show "In transit" until they are received at the owning Library.
Books and Journals may be renewed three times, provided that no other users have placed a hold or recall for the material. Materials that are not already overdue may be renewed online via the Library Catalog after signing into "My Account". Books and journals may also be renewed in person or by phone Monday thru Friday, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please note that materials placed on Reserve for class use may be recalled at anytime from users. Renew your checked out items from the Library Catalog by signing into your Library Account. Users may also contact the Library Information Desk for assistance at (504) 988-2403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General & Course Reserves
Selected textbooks and other course-related materials are kept on reserve behind the circulation desk. They may be checked out for two hours for library use only. Most reserve materials may also be checked out overnight two hours before closing and are due one hour after opening the next day.
Fines of $1.00/hour are charged for overdue reserve items. Holds may not be placed on reserve items; however, users waiting for a book to return may request that the library page them when that book is returned to the desk. Users must remain in the library for this service.
Please notify your instructor, as well as the library, if materials you require for class assignments are not readily available. Also, please notify the library if required texts have changed or updated with new editions. There is an online form for adding items to Matas Course Reserves. Reserve placement may also be requested by phone or email. For assistance, e-mail email@example.com or call (504) 988-2404.
Recalls & Holds
Holds are special requests to have materials held for individuals when they become available to use. Holds can be placed on materials that are currently checked out.
When are HOLDS available?
A Hold may be placed on any circulating item that is checked-out. The requester of the hold will be notified as soon as the current user returns the item. There is no penalty to the current user if they do not return the item until the original due date. A hold does mean that no one else may check out the specific item once it is available in the library for a designated period. If you request a hold please come promptly to pick up the returned materials.
When are RECALLS available?
A Recall may be placed once a book has been checked out to a user for at least two weeks. The current user may have their loan period shortened to accommodate the person requesting the item. Fines are charged to users that do not return recalled items. The requester of the RECALLED item will be notified as soon as the current user returns the item.
If you request a hold or recall please come promptly to pick up the returned materials. The returned item will be held for the user who has initiated the recall or hold for five days. If the patron does not pick up the material in that period, it will be sent back to the stacks or to the loaning library.
Fines & Fees
Fines of $1.00/hour are charged for overdue General Reserve and Course Reserve items.
If items are not returned within twenty (20) after the due date, a $10.00 per item late fee and $150.00 item replacement fee will be charged per item and all library privileges suspended until materials are returned and the fees are paid in full. Users are be blocked from circulation privileges when they incur a total library fine of $30.00. Users with fines above this amount may also be blocked from using interlibrary loan. All library fines must be paid prior to graduation.
Rudolph Matas Library offers fax service as a convenience to the Tulane Downtown Community. A valid Tulane I.D. is required. Forms and information are available at the Matas Library Information Services Desk. The service is available from 9:00am-5:00pm on weekdays.
Cost: $1.00 per page. A Library cover sheet is required ($2.00 minimum charge per fax). Cash and checks are accepted for payment.
Materials related to educational purposes may be faxed. We cannot send faxes to international numbers. Library usage of the fax equipment takes precedence over community fax usage, so some delay in transmittal may be necessary. The library accepts no responsibility for damage to materials during the fax process, so it is suggested that delicate originals first be photocopied and the copies sent as a fax transmission. Originals may be held for pickup at the Circulation Desk. A fax confirmation will be presented as a confirmation of successful transmission, but the library can only guarantee that the fax was sent. To confirm that a fax was received, it is the responsibility of the user to contact the recipients for verification. The library is not able to receive faxes for individuals. No refunds.
Tulane University Libraries follow the principles of borrower confidentiality. Library staff will not divulge any details of a patron's library record to other patrons or agencies unless required to do by law. Tulane Libraries follow the Code of Ethics of the American Library Association which states, "We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted."
Physicians and medical students utilizing or accessing electronic health record (EHR) systems, integrated delivery systems/networks, clinical data repositories, and/or shared databases should access to confidential patient information carefully. The utmost care should be taken to respect the patient's confidential and privileged information.
Click here to view the AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Privacy, confidentiality, and medical records.
Rudolph Matas Library has Dell PC laptops available for checkout at the circulation desk. A valid Tulane ID is required.
- - The loan period for a laptop is six (6) hours.
- - Two laptops are available that can leave the library for six (6) hours. Ask the Circulation desk for details.
- - The laptops are configured to connect to the wireless network.
- - Laptops must be returned in person to the circulation desk. Failure to return a laptop on time will result in a fine of $1 per hour.
- - Laptops may be renewed when there is no waiting list.
- - If a laptop is lost, stolen, or damaged while checked out, the patron will be billed for replacement or repair cost.
Lost & Found
Do not leave valuables unattended in the Matas Library. Contact the Information Services Desk if you think you have left personal property in the library.
Theft of property should be immediately reported to the Tulane University Police Department. In the event that a phone, laptop, or other personal property is left in the library and a name or other indication of ownership is known, you will contacted via email or phone and the item will be kept for 24 hours. USB flash drives will be kept for seven (7) days before destruction.
Valuable items are turned into the Tulane Security Desk on the first floor of the School of Medicine Building.
Rudolph Matas Library offers paper recycling bins near the printers. Recycling containers for paper, plastics, and aluminum are located throughout the School of Medicine Building.
For more information about Tulane's recycling program, visit recycle.tulane.edu. Thank you for being Green and keeping Rudolph Matas Library clean.
Building Use Policies
Food & DrinkFood and drinks are permitted in the Matas Library. Drinks should only be in covered cups, spill-proof mugs, or similar containers. Please place your trash in the receptacles. If you observe a spill, please notify a staff member. Thank you for helping keep the library clean.
Mobile Phone Use
Many people come to the library to find a quiet place to read and to study. Please respect others' need for quiet and observe these guidelines for mobile phone use in the library:
- Please refrain from making mobile phone calls in the 24/7 Quiet Area.
- Please turn ringer off or switch to vibrate mode upon entering the library.
- When discussing a medical case please consider the privacy of the patient and their family when in an public area or elevator.
- Please use a low voice when using a mobile phone in the acceptable areas of the Matas Library (the information desk area or in the Library Commons).
- The library reserves the right to ask patrons to move to a more acceptable place in the building if they are using mobile phones in restricted areas or disturbing others in any area of the library.
There are three house phones in the Matas Library: one in the Commons area near the magazine rack, one in the 24/7 area near the after-hours entrance/exit (available at all hours), and one in the Mezzanine Computer Lab. Please follow the same guidelines as for mobile phone use. The Library house phones do not allow calling outside of the 504 area code.
The 24/7 Quiet Area phone available for emergencies; but as this is also a quiet study area, please be considerate and use this phone sparingly and in a considerate manner.
The Library desk will also page physicians and students as needed.
Rudolph Matas Library uses a University-wide networked printing system called Pharos. Tulane Students, Faculty, and Staff can use the printing system with their University IDs (Splash cards). Some departments may provide a print credit, but the Library does not control the print credit process. Contact your department if have a problem with your print credit. Funds may be added either on Gibson Online (https://gibson.tulane.edu) or at the card vending station in the library (cash only). Visitors to the library may purchase a reusable printing card at the card vending station for $1.00.
Problems with print credit on Splash Cards or cards purchased in the library should be reported to Card Services at (504) 865-5629 or https://splashcard.tulane.edu. Problems with printers should be reported to the Circulation Desk.
Print jobs can be sent using any PC computer in the library or remotely from https://pharos.tulane.edu. When you are ready to retrieve your print job, proceed to the printers in the 24/7 Quiet Area. At the Print Station, run your card through the card reader and select your print job. That's it! Note that the system tells you how much each print job will cost as well as how much value is available on your card.
Black & White: $0.10
Library computer users must abide by Tulane Univeristy's Acceptable Use Policy and all other applicable information technology policies. Anyone using the computers or wireless network inappropriately will be required to immediately cease the activity. Repeated violations by students, staff or faculty will be referred to the appropriate campus disciplinary body. Violations by non-affiliated users will be reported to the Tulane University Police Department and may be removed from the campus.
Guests (Non-Tulane affiliates)
A limited number of computers are available for guest use in the Commons area. We ask that visitors bring a letter stating their need to pursue academic research on letterhead from a business, firm, or other library. The School of Medicine Building is not open to the public; therefore, prior arrangement is required, especially on nights and weekends. We reserve the right to limit guests' computer time.
There are two designated quiet study areas in the library: the 24/7 Quiet Area on the 2nd floor and the entire Mezzanine Level. Please be considerate of those studying nearby, as sound may carry outside of the group meeting areas.
- Please refrain from disrupting others with mobile phone rings or by talking on the phone in the quiet areas.
- Patrons should refrain from talking or working in groups in 24/7 Quiet Area or on the Mezzanine level.
- Students who wish to work in groups should use the designated group study rooms if possible.
- Groups of three or more take precedence in the study rooms. The rooms may be reserved for groups of three or more 24 hours in advance by using the online form.
- Library patrons who fail to abide by the quiet study policy will be asked to leave the quiet area.
Public AccessPublic Access Policy: Rudolph Matas Library is a private library in a restricted-access building, whose primary mission is to serve the students, faculty and staff of Tulane University Health Sciences programs. Rudolph Matas Library does welcome those with a specific need related to the library holdings and collections. We ask that a letter stating the need and purpose be provided from the business, firm or library referring the user. Researchers should contact the Library Services Desk for an appointment, especially when planning a research trip from out of town. Researchers planning to work in the Matas Library on nights and weekends should also plan in advance so that the security desk will allow them entrance to the building. A related Computer Use Policy (see above) applies to the computers provided for library research and as a means of access to the Library's online catalog and digital resources.
Other User Groups: The Matas Library welcomes LSU Health Sciences Center graduate students and faculty with valid LSUHSC IDs. We have reciprocal borrowing agreement with John P. Ische' Library at LSU Health Sciences Center. LSUHSC users must be registered users of the Ische' Library and must register with the Matas Library to charge materials (and vice versa). Physicians and health practitioners may check out materials by registering with the Matas Library and providing a copy of their medical license.
Tulane Affiliates: Tulane students, faculty, and staff are given priority assistance. Tulane students, faculty and staff affiliated with programs supported by the Tulane libraries on the uptown campus, such as undergraduate programs, business and law are entitled to all services and privileges except Interlibrary Loan. Tulane health sciences alumni in health sciences practices are entitled to most services except Interlibrary Loan, document delivery, and off-campus access to research databases.
Visiting Researchers: For use of the Matas print collections, visitors and special borrowers may expect basic assistance that includes a brief introduction to searching the local catalog and/or another resource most appropriate to the visitor's needs. For use of the unique materials at Special Collections, visitors and special borrowers should pre-arrange a visit. Contact Rudolph Matas Library so that needed assistance with materials in the historic collections may be scheduled as staff time permits. Visitors and special borrowers served by other local libraries are expected to use their home library for in-depth instruction or detailed help with research topics.
Use of the Library by unaccompanied minors is not permitted at any time.
SecurityIn an emergency call 55555 from any Health Sciences Center campus phone. From phones not on the Tulane University Health Sciences Center system, you must call (504) 988-5555 (911 is also an option off-campus). For non-emergencies call (504) 988-5331. There is 24-hour Security Desk on the first floor of 1430 Tulane Avenue near the main entrance of the Hutchinson Building/School of Medicine. All visitors must check in with Security upon arrival. Access to the building is by Tulane ID card. Tulane uptown campus library users who wish to use the Matas Library should make prior arrangements with Card Services to insure access to the building. Please call the Matas Library at (504) 988-2405 if you have questions or to make arrangements to enter the Library. Upon request at all hours, TUHSCPD officers provide foot and/or vehicle personal safety escorts within the New Orleans Regional Medical Center (NORMC) area for anyone associated with Tulane. Please consider contacting Safe Ride at (504) 314-7233 (SAFE) when leaving Rudolph Matas Library after dark. Click here for the Tulane University Police Department's recommended walking paths between primary Tulane downtown locations. Click here for the Tulane University Health Sciences Center Police Department web page.
24/7 Library AccessA valid Tulane University ID (Splash Card) is required to enter the 24/7 Quiet Area of the library after normal business hours. Simply swipe your Splash Card at the entrance/exit. The Library study space, computers, printing, scanning and VTS system (to purchase or add money to a print card) are available after hours. Problems with your Tulane Spash Cards should be reported to Card Services at (504) 865-5629 or go to the Security Desk on the first floor of the Hutchinson Building/School of Medicine.
Group StudyThere are five group study rooms and one computer lab/classroom that are available for group or class use in Rudolph Matas Library. Library seminars or curriculum-related events receive scheduling priority. Each group study room is equipped with a whiteboard, network connections, power outlets, and a table and chairs. Two of the group study rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the Library in the 24/7 area: Room 2228 (6-8 people) and Room 2230 (10-12 people). Three additional group study rooms are located on the Mezzanine Level: Rooms M201 (4-6 people), Room M203 (4-6 people) and Room M205 (4-6 people). The Mezzanine Computer Lab/Classroom (M207) is for hands-on computer usage and accommodates up to 18 people with individual desktop computer access. Library Classes and Seminars take precedence over other classroom use. To reserve a room 24 hours in advance you may: ■ Use the online form ■ Call the Matas Information Services Desk at (504) 988-2403 ■ Stop by the Information Services Desk in person Please abide by the room use and reservation policies: ■ Rooms may be scheduled for groups of three (3) or more, at the Information Services Desk at least a day prior to the requested time. ■ Curriculum-related events take precedence over individual use of the conference rooms. ■ Groups always take precedence over individual use of the conference rooms. ■ Groups with reservations take precedence over groups without. ■ Unreserved conference conference rooms are available on a first come first serve basis. ■ If a group fails to show up within fifteen minutes of its reservation or leaves the room unattended for more than fifteen minutes, use of the room is forfeited. ■ Do not leave personal items in a group study area when you leave the room. Your items may be moved if others need this area. It is risky to leave laptops and bags in an unsupervised area for even a short period. The Library is not responsible for personal items left unmonitored anywhere within the Library.
Gifts & DonationsThe Matas Library appreciates the offer of Tulane memorabilia, photographs of Louisiana physicians, health science institutional information and photographs from Louisiana, historic and rare medical books, especially those authored or published in 19th century Louisiana and early works on yellow fever or tropical medicine. Please provide a listing of the books, (include the title, editor/author and the date of publication for each item) to the library staff so that we may check to determine if the content is appropriate for our historical collection. We also appreciate the offer of current medical books and texts not currently owned by the library, especially those that were Tulane authored or have Tulane contributors. We are not able to accept the medical supplies and instruments at the current time. We are in the process of determining the future direction of the Matas Library which includes the archives and historical collections with the guidance of our Director, Neville Prendergast. Our space is very limited at present and we do not have an archivist or librarian to manage our historical materials. We prefer not to accept materials that we are not in a good position to care for properly. We wish we had the resources and space to maintain a larger collection of textual materials from the 19th- 20th century. We are hoping that funding for an archivist position along with more suitable archival storage, will be available sometime in the near future. Donors are requested to sign a copy of the Matas Gift Policy prior to delivery of books or other gifts in kind. Donors may also be interested in the information regarding IRS substantiation. Records of all gifts to the Matas Library are reported to the Tulane Office of Development. We appreciate your interest in Tulane and especially for your interest in the historical collections of the Rudolph Matas Library. Rudolph Matas Library Gift Policy (for donor signature) IRS Substantiation Requirements
Rudolph Matas Library makes through and authoritative library content selections through departmental faculty liaisons and library liaisons. It is a goal to keep and establish a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences and the librarians who provide the information and technology resources. Input from faculty, staff and students is encouraged and appreciated. Electronic format is preferred for journals. Books are purchased in print or electronic format dependent on user preference, availability and cost.
The scope of the collection of the Rudolph Matas Library of Tulane Health Sciences Center is shaped by the library's mission and the needs of its clients. The library collects current scholarly information which supports the research, clinical, administrative and educational needs of its users. The collection covers the practice of medicine and related biomedical, public health and related disciplines, research literature, methodological literature, and in-depth, authoritative analyses of areas influencing biomedicine and health care. The collection is predominantly English.
The subject emphases of the collection reflect past and present research interests at Tulane. Basic collections are also maintained in related disciplines and cross-disciplinary areas. Through cooperative networks, the library ensures access to literature not owned by the library.
The Matas Library of the Health Sciences retains some older materials of medical and historical importance, even when they are no longer of use in clinical practice. However, the Tulane collection does not currently encompass current scholarship in medical history.
Education & Outreach
Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences serves the health education mission of its schools and programs, and provides leadership in health information discovery, management and technologies. The Library provides education on the utilization of research tools and ensures that both current and future health care professionals are able to effectively and efficiently locate, identify, evaluate, and utilize health science data and information.
Rudolph Matas Library provides leadership in health science information education to the Tulane University community and health service providers in our region by:
• Providing educational support to effectively access to a variety of research tools and support and training in the development of information management skills.
• Teaching course-specific or program-specific classes on information resources and strategies responsive to the needs of the faculty, residents, and students.
• Supporting research and clinical teaching offering formal and informal educational opportunities, further supported by individual consultation.
• Providing evidence based clinical and research support in-house and off-site in clinical areas and community clinics.
• Offering extensive educational support and opportunities to local health care providers and health information professionals in the region.
We comply with and support the LCME standards and the Medical Library Association standards of practice (2/12/2010).
History of Rudolph Matas Library
The origin of the Tulane Medical Library dates from the founding of the Medical College of Louisiana (now Tulane University School of Medicine) in 1834. First mention of the Library occurred in the faculty minutes of the College in 1844. In 1895, Dr. Rudolph Matas began his long history of support of the Library, devoting much of his energy and fortune to the expansion of its collections and services, for the benefit of students and faculty at his alma mater and medical practitioners everywhere. The Library was named in his honor in 1937.
Beyond the benefaction of Dr. Matas, other library endowments are those from the estates or families of Arthur Bernard Brown; Louis Augustus Burgess, M.D.; Herman Gessner, M.D.; C. Edmund Kells, D.D.S.; James D. Kenny; Isaac Ivan Lemann, M.D.; Andrew D. Mouledous, M.D.; Maurice Stern; Jacob Ambrose Storck, M.D.; Gloria Walsh; Eva Evelyn Weinstein; Harry B. Greenberg, M.D.; John L. & Elsie B. Martinez; and Guillermo Pacheco. Other funds that provide annual support ot the Matas Library mission are the Alumni Medical Library Fund, Alumni Journal Support Fund, and History of Medicine Society Library Fund.
Rudolph Matas Library was significantly refurbished in 2008, including a redesign of the main reading room on the second floor of the medical school. The renovation allowed for 24/7 access to computing, printing, and scanning resources; including a new commons, comfortable community study and group study areas. The renovation and furniture purchases were financially supported by Dr. John Doty and the TUHSC Auxiliary. The Matas Library currently has a total of over 157,819 print volumes and access to over 14,000 online journal titles and a growing collection of health science e-book titles. Librarians serve as liaisons to the academic departments and are committed to increase the educational services and outreach in academic teaching, research and the greater community.
Four individuals served as the Library Director over the Twentieth Century: Jane Grey Rogers, Mary Louise Marshall, William D. Postell, and W.D. Postell, Jr. The Library continues to be an essential resource for health sciences faculty, staff and students in the Twenty-first Century, serving New Orleans' medical and public health communities in new and expanded ways. Since early January 2009, the Matas Library has been under the leadership of a new director, Neville Prendergast. Prior to coming to Tulane, Mr. Prendergast received a graduate degree in library science from the University of Buffalo and served as Assistant Librarian of the Health Sciences Libraries at Buffalo, then as Associate Director for Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. Mr. Prendergast also holds a graduate degree in Science Education.
The origin of the Rudolph Matas Library dates from the founding of the Medical College of Louisiana (now Tulane University School of Medicine) in 1834. In 1895, Rudolph Matas began his ongoing efforts to support the library, devoting much of his energy and fortune to the expansion of its collections and services. The library was named in his honor in 1937. Today, the library is the primary resource library of the Tulane School of Medicine, the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TRNPC).
The bronze doors on permanent display in the library are the original doors from the old, main entrance to the medical school's Hutchinson Memorial Building on Tulane Avenue. The pair are extremely ornate, weighing more 300 pounds each. They were designed in 1929 by Douglass Vincent Freret (1903-1973) of Favrot and Livaudais, Architects, for the main entrance to the Hutchinson Memorial Building on Tulane Avenue. The doors were installed in 1930 during the tenure of Dean C.C. Bass and dismantled in 1963 when the entrance was relocated to the new Burthe Cottam Building addition.
The doors were in storage for almost twenty years when they were resurrected and mounted in the library on either side of the old card catalog in honor and memory of Dean Bass in 1981. The card catalog is now a memory, but the doors remain as guardians of the printer and copier stations in the library.
There are many fine details and sculpture from the original building still adorning the building. The bronze tablet dedicated to the philanthropist, Alexander C. Hutchinson and his wife Josephine located on the LaSalle side above the Clinic entrance was designed by Pietro Ghiloni. Angela Gregory (1903-1990) is the sculptor of the head of Aesculapius on the Hutchinson Memorial Building. The Hutchinson Memorial building of Tulane Medical School was inaugurated on December 10, 1930.
Founding of the Medical College of Louisiana
The Medical College of Louisiana, now Tulane University School of Medicine, was founded by three young physicians in 1834. They published a document, officially titled The First Circular or Prospectus of the Medical College of Louisiana. This is the original document pertaining to the establishment of Tulane University as a whole. This manuscript served as a copy for the printer announcement of and justification for the founding of the first medical school in New Orleans. It was drafted on 23 September 1834 by Dr. Thomas Hunt with the assistance of Dr's. John H. Harrison and Warren Stone. The Prospectus was published a week later, on 29 September 1834, in French and English versions on the front page of L'Abeille (The Bee), the local, bilingual newspaper.
The Prospectus caused a storm of controversy in New Orleans at the time. The French physicians of the community were outraged that these youthful American physicians of the community (the eldest of the three founders was twenty-six) should presume the latter were more qualified to teach medicine than the former. John Hoffman Harrison
With the formation of additional colleges, the Medial College of Louisiana evolved into the University of Louisiana in 1847. The University was renamed Tulane University, and became a wholly private institution in 1884.
Little is known about the subsequent history of The Prospectus manuscript: where it was kept, who cared for it or how it was handed down. The best guess is that it was preserved in the care of successive Deans of the School of Medicine or their assistants. In 1982 it was transferred from the Office of the Chancellor to the Archives of the Rudolph Matas Library. The manuscript was first exhibited on 6 June 1987 at the Graduation Reception of the School of Medicine Class of 1987. Its condition is fragile and display is rare, limited to the most important School of Medicine and University anniversaries and ceremonies.
The pedestal and case for the preservation and display of The Prospectus manuscript was provided through the generosity of the School of Medicine Class of 1987 and the efforts of Gordon Patrick Marshall, M.D., Class President.
The Prospectus is not currently indexed in the Tulane online catalog, but the full text is available online and the document is part of University Archives. Contact the University Archivist for more information: http://tuarchives.tulane.edu/about/staff-directory
History of Tulane University School of Medicine
The Medical College of Louisiana, now Tulane University School of Medicine, was founded in 1834 by three young physicians: Dr. Thomas Hunt, Dr. John H. Harrison and Dr. Warren Stone.
The school opened in January 1835. The first lecture was delivered by Dr. Hunt in the Strangers Unitarian Image of old medical School Common between Baronne and PhilippaChurch thanks to the kindness of Parson Theodore Clapp. Classes were taught in a variety of locations including Charity Hospital which predates the founding of the school by almost one hundred years. The first permanent home which the school occupied in 1844 was a substantial three story building on the corner of Philippa and Common Streets. Shortly after this, the Louisiana legislature established the University of Louisiana and the Medical College of Louisiana became known as the Medical Department of the University of Louisiana. In 1847 the Medical Department moved to a larger building on Common between Baronne and Philippa next to the original building and the Law Department took over the older building. The first picture shows the original building on the left and the newer one in the center and to the right.
In 1884, as a result of a large donation from Paul Tulane, the university's name was changed to Tulane University of Louisiana and it became a private institution again.
In 1893 the School of Medicine moved to the Richardson Building on Canal Street. It was named in honor of Tobias G. Richardson, Dean, 1865-1885, who had retired due to ill health. The money for the construction came from his wife, a wealthy woman in her own right.
In 1902 a generous bequest from Mr. Alexander Charles Hutchinson provided money for the the construction of several buildings on the main university campus and the renovation of the Richardson Building on Canal. This renovation resulted in the addition of the Hutchinson Clinics and the building was renamed the Josephine Hutchinson Memorial Building. In order to keep the tribute to former Dean Richardson alive at Tulane, one of the new buildings constructed on the University's Uptown campus became the new Richardson Memorial Building. Hutchinson's gift was especially welcome because the expansion of the medical school curriculum to a four year program required additional space. Consequently, from 1907 until 1963, the first and second year classes were taught in the Richardson Memorial Building uptown.
In 1930, the School of Medicine moved from the Hutchinson Memorial Building on Canal Street to the new Hutchinson Memorial Building on Tulane Avenue next to the old Charity Hospital. A magnificent bust of Aesculapius by noted New Orleans sculptress Angela Gregory greeted visitors from above the bronze doors of the main entrance. The addition in 1959 of the Libby Building at the rear of Hutchinson provided much needed space for more classrooms and labs as well as a parking garage, cafeteria, and bookstore.
First and second year classes continued to be taught uptown until the addition of the Burthe-Cottam Building in 1963 when all four years were finally reunited under one roof.
For more information on the history of the medical center see:
Duffy, John. The Tulane University Medical Center : One Hundred and Fifty Years of Medical Education. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. WZ 24 T84du 1984
Fossier, A.E. History of medical education in New Orleans, from its birth to the Civil War. New York : Hoeber, [1935?] Original pamphlet. Reprinted from: Annals of Medical History, 6(5):427-447 1935. (PDF)
Catalogue of the Alumni, 1834 to 1901 Inclusive, of the Medical Department of the Tulane University of Louisiana. Historical Summary. (PDF)
Alphabetical List of all Graduates in Medicine and Pharmacy, 1834 to 1901. (PDF)
Yearbooks - Jambalaya yearbook (1896-2008), as well as issues of the T-Wave, the yearbook of the Tulane University School of Medicine which began publication in 1982. Available in digital format via the Internet Archive.
History of the Tulane University School of Public Heath & Tropical Medicine
The Tulane School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine began in 1912 with a donation from New Orleans businessman Samuel Zemurray. F. Creighton William served as the school’s first dean from 1913-1914, and was succeeded by William H. Seeman. In 1919, the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine merged with the College of Medicine. Degree programs for the Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (MPH&TM) began in 1947, with doctoral programs beginning a few years later in 1950.
Grace A. Goldsmith became the dean of Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine when the school re-emerged as a separate academic unit in 1967. The first undergraduate class of public health students was admitted to earn BSPH degrees in 2008.
Historical information on the Tulane School of Public Health is available in the book: The Tulane University Medical Center: one hundred and fifty years of medical education (catalog link), edited by John Duffy (LSU Press: 1984). A timeline and more historical information of Tulane SPHTM is available here.
Tulane and Charity Hospital
Douglas R. Lincoln created a website detailing the History of Tulane University School of Medicine's Involvement with Charity Hospital when he was a 4th year Medical Student at Tulane University School of Medicine in April 2007 as a project for a History of Medicine Elective. The website was a service project for the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences. Dr. Elma Ledoux was the Faculty Advisor.
The Charity Hospital Reports (1842-1966) were digitized via a National Library of Medicine award and are now available in the Tulane University Digital Library. The proposal, entitled "Early Medical Journalism of Louisiana, A pilot project for the preservation and sharing of Nineteenth Century Medical Publications of Louisiana," ran from August 2010 to June 2011 under National Library of Medicine (NLM) Prime Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505; HHSN276200663505C. 114 hospital reports are now online, open to the public and full-text searchable.
Below is a Charity Hospital Exhibit slideshow featuring images from the Rudolph Matas Library Historical Collection (created in September 2007):
A restored video of the Demolition of Old Charity Hospital in 1937 was digitized by Rudolph Matas Library and is available in the Internet Archive.
■ Flores, Adolph. A brief review of the administrative structure of Charity Hospital. Bulletin of the Tulane Medical Faculty, 18(3): 101-103.
■ Grulee, Clifford G. Historical and current interrelationships between Tulane University Medical School and Charity Hospital. Bulletin of the Tulane Medical Faculty, 18(3):104-113.
■ Katz, Alan. Big Charity: A History of Emergencies. Tulane Medicine, 23(1): 14-21. Spring 1992 (First appeared in New Orleans Magazine, Nov. 1991)
■ Kostmayer HW. The Tulane School of Medicine: 1834 - 1960. The Bulletin of the Tulane University Medical Faculty. 1961; 20(4):219-239.
■ Leighninger, Robert D., Jr. Big Charity: A History of New Orleans' Public Hospital. Louisiana Cultural Vistas (Fall 2007):p.19
■ Ochsner J. The complex life of Rudolph Matas. J Vasc Surg 2001;34:387-92.
■ Salvaggio J. New Orleans' Charity Hospital: A story of physicians, politics, and power. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press; 1993.
■ A Short History of the Ambulance Corps. Jambalaya, the Tulane University Yearbook, 1905. [pages 98-99]
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