Donald L. Blanchard papers, 1995-2017  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Donald L. Blanchard, M.D.
Donald L. Blanchard papers
1995-2017 (inclusive)
0.45 linear feet, (1 book ophthalmodouleia, articles about ophthalmology, cogan ophthalmic history society 30th annual meeting papers, a congradulatory certificate, and 1 specimen of icelandic spar)
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These papers consist of materials written and collected by Dr. Donald Blanchard who studied at OHSU and worked in the ophthalmology department. Within this collection are many writings by Blanchard, including writings about Georg Bartisch and his work, a translation of Bartisch’s text Opthalmodouleia, work on ophthalmology, and papers for the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society's annual meetings.
Oregon Health & Science University, Historical Collections & Archives
OHSU Historical Collections & Archives
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd. MC:LIB
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-418-2287
Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on access. The collection is open to the public.

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Donald L. Blanchard is a retired ophthalmologist and a medical historian. He is a member of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society and has presented papers that include a history of Emily Dickinson’s eye problem. Blanchard is a native of Portland and an alumnus of the OHSU School of Medicine. As of 2016, Dr. Blanchard continued to serve OHSU as a volunteer at the Casey Eye Institute library where he was an honored recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on the library holdings. He is very passionate about the work of Georg Bartisch and translated Bartisch’s Opthalmodouleia from German into English.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Donald L. Blanchard papers houses the personal and academic records of Dr. Donald L. Blanchard. This collections, which dates from 1996 to 2017, consists of writings by Donald Blanchard, including his 1996 translation of Georg Bartisch’s text Opthalmodouleia, papers for the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society annual meetings, a certificate given to Blanchard, and an Icelandic spar. Blanchard has done extensive studying and writing about Georg Bartisch, a German physician from around the 1500s, who is thought to be the first to produce a Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery. In Bartisch’s original book, as well as Blanchard’s English translation, there are wonderful woodcut illustrations of these various eye diseases, surgical tools, and surgical procedures. The Iceland Spar housed in the collection has been used in ophthalmology for glaucoma management and ophthalmoscopy. Overall, this collection contains a lot about ophthalmologic history and is paired with interesting visuals and objects.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

All original materials and digitized images are owned by OHSU Library. You may use these materials on a fair use basis only, in accordance with Title 17, Section 107 of U.S. copyright law. For other uses, please contact OHSU Historical Collections & Archives for permission to reproduce, publish, or otherwise distribute images or other materials on this website. We request that any reproduction of these images include an attribution to OHSU Historical Collections & Archives as the source of this material.

Preferred Citation

Donald L. Blanchard papers, Collection Number 2015-010, Historical Collections & Archives, Oregon Health & Science University

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Bartisch materials, articles, and pictures 1999-2005
1 2 Cogan Ophthalmic History Society 30th annual meeting papers 2017 March 24-26
1 3 Congragratulatory Certificate 2015
1 4 Kluwer Academic Papers, Newsletter of Senior Opthamologist articles, Cogan Opthalmic historic society draft, Retinal anatomy presentation 1995-2017
1 Opthalmodouleia book 1996
1 Iceland Spar undated
Iceland Spar presentation materials 2015
Digital archives Henry Gray’s (Retinal) Anatomy: The First Fifty Years (powerpoint presentation) 2017
Digital archives "The Retina According to Henry Gray" in Scope newsletter 2017

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • History
  • Iceland spar
  • Medicine, Traditional
  • Ophthalmology
  • Personal Names :
  • Bartisch, George, 1535-approximately 1607
  • Geographical Names :
  • Oregon