Jamie Rees, 2016
Curator and Assistant Librarian, Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum
I am the museum curator and assistant librarian at the Clendening History of Medicine Library & Museum at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The core of both the library and museum collections is made up of the collection of Logan Clendening, the founder of the History & Philosophy of Medicine Department and one of the early faculty of the KU School of Medicine. I spend half of my time assisting the head librarian in cataloging rare books, doing research, and conducting tours, and half of my time running all aspects of the museum.
Since June 2016, I have been working on bringing the museum into the 21st century. In its 70-year history, the museum collection has grown but never been fully recorded. My highest priority is cataloging and rehousing the entire museum collection according to current best practices in the museum industry. I’ve also been working on creating a library of core documents and policies.
As curator, I am in charge of creating exhibits for the museum’s main exhibit area, as well as several satellite displays around the KUMC campus. I have also worked with various other departments and committees to develop exhibits and displays on the history of KUMC. In the future, I hope to develop more educational programing that coordinates with the curriculums of the School of Medicine and School of Nursing, and to develop tours based in the needs and interest of local high school science classes. Every day presents new challenges and opportunities, and I rely every day on the skills, knowledge, and relationships I built during my time in the KU Museum Studies Program.