History of Medicine
About the Project
In His Own Words: Martin Cummings and the NLM is an online edition of selected speeches and articles by former NLM director Dr. Martin M. Cummings, M.D., based on the collection of his papers in the Library’s Modern Manuscripts collection. The project represents one of the ways by which the National Library of Medicine is digitizing its holdings for the benefit of its users.
The genesis of this project came from Dr. Cheryl Dee, at Florida State University School of Library and Information Science and San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. Over the course of more than five years, Dr. Dee worked with Dr. Cummings, researched the collection of his papers at the Library, and interviewed Dr. Cummings on the events and people mentioned in these documents--this enhanced metadata provides additional context to the materials. NLM staff technically enhanced her work, and the resulting collaboration is mounted as a permanent online edition. In 2012, the Library plans to add Dr. Cummings's annual Congressional appropriations testimonies, as well as his recent commentary--work that Dr. Dee assembled, transcribed, analyzed, indexed, and edited. These materials will provide insight into significant turning points in the Library’s history.
In His Own Words functionality is provided through the DLXS software which provides access to a variety of Archives and Modern Manuscripts electronic texts via Archives and Modern Manuscripts Texts Collections.