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Jefferson's History On Display at the Alumni Center



Although planning for and designing the Marie E. Pinizzotto, MD ’88, MBA and Carol A. Ammon, BSN ’17, MBA Alumni Center began 18 months before its grand opening on May 31, the artifacts housed in the display wall have been waiting in the wings for as many as 200-plus years.

The University Archives and Special Collections in Scott Memorial Library were established in the 1980s to collect, maintain, and make available records of Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals. Most of the materials are paper-based (and now digital), such as minutes, reports, publications, photographs, books, and the like. But the Archives also became a magnet for artifacts associated with the enterprise and its constituents. We have a small but high-quality collection of historic medical objects, many of which have found a home in these displays to, hopefully, delight the eyes of visitors to the Alumni Center. I am grateful to the many benefactors who helped bring these fascinating artifacts from storage to showplace through their generous support for the Center and these display cases.

In curating this exhibition, I have tried to select materials that represent the various colleges, schools, and specialties at Jefferson. I also included only objects that were used on our campus or owned by alumni who donated them to Jefferson. I think this makes for a unique “cabinet of curiosities” view that informs the arc of medical and scientific progress as we enter our third century of service.

—Michael Angelo, University Archivist

Alumni Center Artifacts