On February 27, 2010, MUSC dedicated its new, state of the art James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine building. To further honor Dr. Edwards and educate the public about his many contributions and accomplishments, the staff of MUSC’s Waring Historical Library curated an exhibit for the lobby of the new building and its student lounge.
The Waring Historical Library is MUSC’s rare books and special collections library, and includes the MUSC University Archives, Macaulay Museum of Dental History, and the MEDICA Digital Archives and Institutional Repository.
The MUSC University Archives is the repository for Dr. Edwards’ official papers related to his term as MUSC’s President. MUSC’s growth and expansion under Dr. Edwards is well documented in this collection. However, Waring staff quickly realized that this mostly administrative collection did not provide enough material about Dr. Edwards’ many other roles to present a full picture of his life and accomplishments.
Waring staff turned to Dr. Edwards himself, as well as SCPC, for assistance in showing Dr. Edwards in his other capacities as South Carolina Governor, Secretary of Energy under President Ronald Reagan, oral surgeon, Merchant Marine, and Navy Officer.
Dr. and Mrs. Edwards graciously granted access to personal photos and memorabilia, including Dr. Edwards’ first medical bag and U.S. Department of Energy cufflinks from his term as Secretary of Energy under President Reagan.
SCPC loaned a number of items for display in the exhibit. Dr. Edwards’ Department of Energy hardhat, a lapel pin shaped like a tooth, and campaign memorabilia from the SCPC collection are included in the exhibit. Waring Digital Archivist Jennifer Welch says, “Thanks to the generosity and support of SCPC, we are able to show Dr. Edwards’ diverse career in greater detail. We are especially grateful to SCPC Director Herb Hartsook and Associate Director Dorothy Walker for their collegiality in providing access to these items. The materials loaned for the exhibit help us provide a rich and visually interesting glimpse into Dr. Edwards’ life and accomplishments.”
“Dr. James B. Edwards: Sailor, Surgeon, Servant” is on display in the lobby and on the sixth floor of the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, 29 Bee Street, Charleston, SC, 29425.
Please direct questions about the exhibit to Jennifer Welch at email@example.com.
~ Contributed by Jennifer Welch