The Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Library was chosen as a recipient for the Historical Preservation and Digitization Award. This $25,000 grant is awarded by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region.
The title of the project is “Digitization of the Aristides Agramonte Collection on Yellow Fever” and will be led by the Principle Investigators, Deborah Sibley and Molly Knapp.
The goal of the project is to digitize 149 rare books and journals identified as the first materials acquired for the LSU medical school library. The books belonged to Dr. Aristides Agramonte, a prominent pathologist and a proposed department chair at LSU before the School of Medicine opened; he passed away before he could begin his position. His collection includes a large number of early publications on yellow fever. Dr. Agromonte is a central figure in the historical Enrique Alferez frieze entitled “The Conquest of Yellow Fever.” This sculpture now hangs in the Library Commons.