by Caitlin Crane - March 23, 2017
One of my favorite parts of my job as a project archivist at Becker Medical Library is discovering individuals’ stories from the past.
by Caitlin Crane - January 24, 2017
"A fairyland with hundreds of pale pink blossoms and twinkling lights,” raved the St. Louis Globe-Democrat in January 1962, describing the transformation of the Hotel Chase’s Khorassan Room for the first Jewish Hospital Auxiliary Clover Ball.
by Caitlin Crane - October 26, 2016
In 1880, a year after St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s opening; the newly minted hospital published its first annual report. In addition to a list of hospital officers and a report of the hospital Board of Managers, the 1879-1880 annual report included a list of the various donors and donations given to the new hospital. Monetary donations are listed alongside gifts of items such as blankets, pillows, and cribs. These usual donations are interspaced with eclectic items that the people of St. Louis gifted to their new children’s hospital.
by Caitlin Crane - July 22, 2016
In the months leading up to Barnes Hospital’s opening, L.C. Smith, the hospital superintendent, was kept busy fielding letters from job seekers. People throughout the region had heard of the “great institution” that had been built on Kingshighway, and knew that the large, new hospital would soon be in need of housekeepers, laundry workers, stenographers, and orderlies to keep it running. Amidst the pile of applications, the letters of two men offering their credentials for the position of hospital chef stand out from the others.
by Caitlin Crane - March 23, 2016
This article continues the Becker Brief of March 17, 2016 on the events surrounding the 1931 kidnapping of Dr. Isaac Kelley, a St. Louis area physician. During the trials of his kidnappers three years later, a St. Louis socialite was implicated in the plot to abduct Dr. Kelley. Her trail for the kidnapping was followed by accusations of illegal baby purchasing and blackmail.
by Caitlin Crane - March 17, 2016
April 20, 1931, a night which would eventually set into motion a kidnapping, a murder, the theft of a baby, and multiple trials, was appropriately dark and stormy.
by Caitlin Crane - February 17, 2016
Beginning in 1942, the staff of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis created and mailed “The Green Sheet,” a monthly newsletter which earned its nicknamed from the colored paper it was printed on. Officially named “216 South Kingshighway,” the missive was sent to members of Jewish Hospital serving in the military during World War II, and contained both news of the staff left at home, as well as excerpts from deployed staff members’ letters. The 31 issues held in the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives provide an intimate glimpse into the global experiences of St. Louis servicemembers during the Second World War.
by Caitlin Crane - October 12, 2015
“There has been sin in the universe ever since Satan tore Heaven asunder and hell was born, and hand to hand with sin, down through the aisle of time, both in sacred and profane history, has stalked ‘The Scarlet Woman’ – at once man’s creation, man’s sorrow and man’s curse.” - "Missouri Republican", December 29, 1872