Coming home from school.

Eden had picked me up from work at about 2. In the car were the cribs that had been in storage. Eden was putting them in a yard sale she had advertised that weekend, a sale she was running with somebody else.

Here she is looking at a little test Marti had done on which she had made "100". Later I videotaped Marti making up a little song in which she mentioned her little test. She loves her teacher and wants to do well.

Their friend from school Annalise came with them on the bus to play for the afternnon. Jay supplied her with an apple dipped in sugar, and Eden put the Anastasia video on. It was a bit much for this little girl, and I changed the viewo to 101 Dalmations when they got to the really grusome point.

Exchange of letters with Dennis - I never sent this second one, just stored it

Mail message Help From: jackson_e@Mercer.EDU (jackson_e) Date: Fri, Sep 8, 2000, 10:14am To: Subject: RE: SCP history - subcommittee business

I totally agree with you about an historian who is experienced with writing a history of pharmacy. The fact that Mike's book is about a private college makes a great difference.

Maybe I should tell you a bit about myself, to give you some background on my interest. Way...way back in 1974 I undertook a degree in history of education at Georgia State University and in a seminar in southern education history I did an initial paper on the college..when there were still graduates from the first classes to interview.

There is a lot of very interesting stuff that is totally lost about the earliest years..and I soon discovered that the initial faculty was remarkable...first physician to introduce rabies vacciatinon in Georgia (we had a course in 1907 in "serum therapy"..), important Georgia attorney taught law, and the families of both the chemistry teacher (PhD from a German University) and the young first president and dean (I found him in the Readers Guide..short story writer, and in JAMA, author of medical journals)..had families with a lot of experience runnig schools all over the US..mostly women's education. It was a crazy quarter and all I wanted to do was leave work to go check the newspapers... well enough about me...

Just to let you know I have an interest .... I did do a paper much later for an AIHP meeting in which I think I demonstrated that it was in fact integration that saved the school...and the black pharmacist who was associated with us then was a great help. I also wondered why Mr.Henderson was so interested in him..and then began to wonder it these black pharmacies did not do a lot of business...were a source of income for John B. Daniels.... Well, enough of speculation....

I have a sense of the kind of book we should have... About 100 to 150 pages with good illustrations, that sets the school in the context of pharmaceutical education (our charter read Ph.G,Ph.C, and PharD..the New York model...a subject that has never been fully explored..and that that the AACP demolished with the insistance on the BS in the mid20s...leaving pharmacy to claw its way back to a professional degree)... The history should also set the school in the context of its Atlanta surroundings....

It should tell a story..and it is a good story..a survival story...And the money part is important...we should not leave that out.

I believe that now that we have we pages we can have lot of links to class lists, etc. and not put these in the book but cut a CD-ROM to go with the book. I assume you have seen our web page. There are so many places to link fraternity and association histories.....

===== Original Message From "Dennis B. Worthen" ===== Good morning. I'll try to respond to your epistle but invite you to ask away if I miss something. Also, you are not paying me for this so you can ignore anything you choose. l The very first issue that you need to grapple with is what kind of a history do you want. Many schools have published institutional histories and they range from excellent pieces of work to ones that I consider better not being done. If the institutional need is for a slick promotional type of product, I would suggest that you consider a booklet that is done by a local PR firm. Some of these are quite nice but very ephemeral. The other alternative to to try to do a history of some substance. This will require publishing by a legitimate press, not a local printing firm. A critical factor in this decision process is to have written agreement from Ted of what he wants and how he intends to use it. In my opinion this is an absolute necessity and very little should be done until this is completed.

I think that it is a good idea to explore the use of the Mercer University press but caution you to listen with a great deal of skepticism. This is based on personal experiences with several presses whose folks are nicer and better intentioned people than great delivers of commitments. Having said that, there is no reason not to work with your university press especially if institutional politics are in the mix.

My perspective is that you need to find someone to write the history who is ideally a pharmacy historian, especially organizational history. (I believe this even more firmly after Mike Flannery and I completed the history of the Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. This is being published by Haworth and will issue in March/April 2001.) Realistically, there aren't many folks who meet this criteria - which is why I recommend Lee Anderson without reservation. Mercer would be lucky to get him.

In terms of your time line, especially points 5 through 7. You probably have adequate time here but not much slack in case of a problem. My experience with publishers is a 9 to 12 month time frame between receipt of a final manuscript and delivery of finished printed copy in bulk. (This means that they can't give you 2 proof copies and claim to meet the deadline.) Depending on the extent of research that the authors need to do and actual writing time there isn't much flex - adequate but not generous.

There is one point (sensitive) that I strongly urge you to work now. That is who the contact person with the author will be and what review will be done and by whom before the manuscript is finalized. In our case we had agreement that there would be a small history committee - actually made up of the authors and one school representative - and that no one else would review or comment on the manuscript. The problem becomes a faculty person who believes that his or her contributions are special or that their read of history is better than the authors. We ran into this situation in spite of our understanding that the manuscript would not be shared with the faculty. (We blew off the comments by the way.)

The school must be prepared to work through the fact that not all of it's history is glowing. There were accreditation problems that almost closed the school. The positive light to this is that the institution emerged a stronger entity because of the problems that it faced. If the administration doesn't want to deal with this, I suggest that you do not consider a history. No historian worth his or her salt would take on such an overt promotional piece.

I have not seen or read anything that would convince me that this type of a work should be an "e" product. If fact, just the opposite. "E" efforts are great for tabular materials and items that are more ephemeral. This work shouldn't be, if it is of any quality. I did take a look at the centennial page after you called it to my attention. It is just what I would have expected from Trudy - nice, well done. We also used the web page with a history question each month. It was meant as a tickler and seemed to have some success but can't tell how much.

Elizabeth, I'd love to have you visit Cincinnati. We will be in Europe from 9/21 through 10/6 but fairly open after that. I am teaching on Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings this quarter so those are good times to avoid.

Hope that this is helpful - if not hit delete. O, yes, I almost forgot. Have fun with the process.

There will be pain and work so that darn well better be some fun in it or let someone else do it. that is my advice to all of you. regards,


Elizabeth Jackson wrote:

Greetings Dennis:

Elizabeth Jackson here in Atlanta

I am really looking forward to working with you on the Centennial and think we have a great opportunity with the plan for a book. I need to have a report for Richard's committee in early October so this will be a rather long email.

I have talked several times with Dr. Bryant, Mercer's historian, who is on the subcommittee. He is presently working on a update to the 1959 history of Mercer, which will be an essential background to the Mercer pharmacy school years. He is frequently out of town, so I am going to go ahead and get in touch with our University press to get a feel for what kind of costs they would anticipate, were they to publish and market our book. Of course Dr. Bryant has had much more experience with the press and will have valuable advice here. It is my understanding that the MUP can print just what the staff expect to sell on initial publication and then do on demand printing by the volume.

Richard gave me a copy of an excellent proposal that you forwarded to him. Then today he just sent a message that you now have another idea for a potential author.

I would love an excuse to spend the day in Cincinnati, and see your library and discuss our plans, so I might arrange a trip up. Later this year I would like to arrange an audioconference with the committee members, but this is too busy a time to get everybody together. (Cincinnati is one of my favorite cities.)

At the moment I think it would be reasonable for our committee to report (if we are all in agreement) that we would like the larger committee to support the idea of a volume which would cover the history of the university with the following plan

1. It would be written by a scholar with experience in writing institutional history, preferably history of pharmaceutical education

2. The Mercer University Press would be asked to publish the book

3. . The budget for the history would include an author's fee and publication fees

4. The budget for the history would be included in the 2001/002 Centennial Committee budget, with revenues from the publication to be returned to the School of Pharmacy budget.

5. An historian/author would be appointed no later than March 1, 2001

6. Research would start no later than July 1, 2001

7. Publication would be no later than May 1, 2003 Please let me have your thoughts at the point. I believe it will be a great story and should have a market, not only among alumni, but among libraries and institutions that purchase history of pharmacy and history of education books.

I am not sure where the University Press is right now with "ebooks", but I would really like to see it available in this format. Once on the web, there are so many great opportunities for links. Classes, fraternities, alumni..the possibilities are endless. I think I must no longer think in terms of "books" but as databases.

I assume that you have seen the excellent web page on the history that Trudy Kelly has done. She is a great resource for SSP's archives and was really the person who first pointed out (when she first arrived at Mercer, back, in 1994) the need for us to start looking ahead to 2003. This is a pretty long email , but I hope covers the essentials. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes, Elizabeth