CAR meeting June 17th

Cleveland Archival Roundtable Event

Tuesday June 17, 2014

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Dittrick Medical History Center

Case Western Reserve University

11000 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

Please join the Cleveland Archival Roundtable on Tuesday June 17, 2014 to meet Richard Shrake, the new library director at WRHS, and Melissa Hubbard, new director of special collections at CWRU.  Following a casual reception we will enjoy a tour of the exhibition The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I including a presentation by exhibit curator Jenny Nieves and UH archivist Dianne O’Malia.


In 1914, two and a half years before the US entered World War I, Cleveland’s foremost physicians and surgeons gathered their resources and took a group, called the Lakeside Unit, to Paris to tend to injured French and British soldiers.  This was done on an entirely neutral platform and set the stage for the formation of similar university hospital units from all over the country.This trip was well documented in photographs, diaries and other documents. These and some artifacts from this trip will be featured in the exhibit.

Jennifer Nieves, archivist at the Dittrick and Dianne O’Malia, archivist for University Hospitals, are nearing the completion of several projects that showcase the history of the Lakeside Unit. We’ve announced the pending completion of the Lakeside Unit website several times in the past few years. One thing or another delayed this process: change in web designers, web platforms and our fulltime positions, but we are now almost ready for release. During the past year we discovered photographs we hadn’t seen before, found interesting tidbits in George Crile’s diary not read earlier, and we acquired more Lakeside Unit related items that will be included in the site. We have also made contact with other institutions commemorating the WWI medical experience, and hope to work with them on future projects.

For more information about the exhibition and for directions and parking information please visit the museum website at

Contributions to defray the cost for security personnel for the evening and to shore up the CAR bank account will be welcome at the meeting!

Please RSVP to Helen Conger at



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