Collection OH052 - Estelle Brodman Oral History (OH052)


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Estelle Brodman Oral History (OH052)


  • 11/22/1978 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Estelle Brodman (1914-2007) served as an Assistant librarian for reference service at the National Library of Medicine, 1949-1961. She became the Library Director and Professor of Medical History at Washington University School of Medicine in 1961, and served in these positions until her retirement in 1981. Brodman served as the Editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association from 1947-1957, and as President of the Medical Library Association, 1964-1965.

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Dr. Brodman explains her pursuit of a degree in Library Science, her two years at Columbia University, and her early career in the Medical Library Association. Dr. Brodman then discusses her career at the National Library of Medicine and the differences between the Army Medical Library of the 1940s and the National Library of Medicine of the 1970s. She mentions the development of MEDLARS and GRACE and the demise of the Index Catalog. Dr. Brodman tells of coming to Washington University School of Medicine Library and changes in libraries over the decades. The several interviewers next respond to Dr. Brodman’s questions about the changes in the Washington University School of Medicine Library. The interview ends with Estelle Brodman’s statement on how fulfilling and exciting medical librarianship has been for her.

Dr. Brodman was interviewed in 1978 by several library staff members. The original transcript identifies the interviewers as “Mrs. Bertell and Others.” The identification of Mrs. Bertell was probably a transcription error as there is no record of a “Mrs. Bertell” on the Medical Library staff at that time. However, rosters of the staff suggest that “Mrs. Bertell” was actually Audrey K. Berteau, who served as head of public services from 1977-1979. Mrs. Berteau was the first interviewer. Where the interviewer is unknown, "INT" has been used. Interviewerd by:Audrey K. Berteau, Loretta Stucki, Barbara Halbrook, Betty Kulifay, Millard Johnson on November 22, 1978. OH052. Approximate Length: 17 leaves.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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