Dr. Keiller, UTMB’s first professor of anatomy, used his art training to create over 200 oversized drawings of anatomical structures and relationships for use as teaching aids in his classroom. At least 60 other UTMB students and faculty members also contributed drawings to what is called the Keiller Collection. This collection of 2,540 drawings is among the largest of its kind in the nation.
An exhibit of materials from the archival collections of Dr. Charles A. Berry, Dr. William E. Thornton, and Dr. James G. Gaume was on display in 2019 to celebrate the end of a project which saw the digitization of over 7,500 photographs, documents, and film from these three collections. The exhibit also served as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.
Dr. Charles Berry (1923-2020) was the first doctor to the astronauts and helped select the Mercury 7. He also served as UTMB’s first director of the department of aerospace medicine.
Dr. William Thornton (1929-2021) was selected in the first class of scientist-astronauts in 1967 and flew on two shuttle missions. He was a professor at UTMB in the 1990s and invented what students today refer to as “heart sounds.”
Dr. James Gaume (1915-1996) was the only civilian in the early US space program and developed the “first house on the moon” in the late 1950s.
In the summer of 1920, Galveston fell victim to an outbreak of bubonic plague. The Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections had on display photographs, notebooks, and other items from that outbreak. Also displayed were rare books relating to the history of the Black Death from its first recorded appearance in 541CE through the discovery of the plague bacillus in 1894.
The UTMB School of Medicine Alumni exhibit highlighted 16 graduates of UTMB between 1893 and 1959.