TMC Library Announces Free Online Access to Videos from the Archives

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Houston, Texas – The Texas Medical Center Library is excited to announce the release of a trove of historical audiovisual productions—now online for free! The TMC History A/V Project recently digitized more than 50 videotapes, cassettes, and films from the archives. Free access is at

The materials come from the McGovern Historical Center (MHC), which maintains the TMC Library’s archives and rare book collections. While the archives hold thousands of audiovisual assets, this project prioritized recordings that were created by or specifically documented the Texas Medical Center or the TMC Library. Prominent among these are interviews with many of the TMC’s founders and early leaders. By making these programs available to researchers and the public, the Library hopes to highlight the TMC’s contributions both to medical care and to Houston’s history.

Funding for the project was generously provided by the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium (SCAMeL).

Interested parties can learn more about the McGovern Historical Center at and search the archives at

“As an archivist working with this history, I knew many of the names of folks who appear in these recordings, but there’s nothing quite like hearing their stories in their own words. It makes the history feel more accessible and more immediate,” notes Matthew Richardson, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at the McGovern Historical Center.

The Texas Medical Center Library delivers biomedical information to its member institutions for the advancement of medical education, research, and practice. The McGovern Historical Center preserves and provides access to the historical collections and rare materials of the TMC’s institutions, faculty and staff.

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