Faculty and Staff Employees

Dan Cavanaugh


Areas of Interest:

History of the University of Virginia Health System, History of the Health Sciences, Digital Preservation, Archives Management, Historical Research Methods


MS, Library and Information Science, Drexel University, 2012

MA, History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2005

BA, Archaeology and History, University of Evansville, 2003​


Curator, "The UVA Health System: 200 Years of Learning, Research, and Care," 2018, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Curator, "The Fabric of the Human Body," 2015, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.

Curator, "Breathing a Vein: A History of Bloodletting in American Medicine," 2014, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.


"A History of Anti-Black Racism at UVA Health 1901-2000." Cavanaugh, D. UVA Psychiatry Grand Rounds, July 2021.

"Barriers in the UVA-HSL Archives: What I Learned About Our Repository's Silences and Biases as a Researcher." Cavanaugh, D. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, Spring Meeting, April 2021.

"Unrecognized Leaders: How African American Employees Transformed UVA Hospital After World War II." Cavanaugh, D. Medical Center Hour, University of Virginia, February 2020; and Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP Meeting, April 2020.

"The Importance of Reparative Work in Health Sciences Archives: Our Experiences at the University of Virginia." Cavanaugh, D. Librarians, Archivists, and Museum Professionals in the History of the Health Sciences, Annual Meeting, 2020.

"Building a New Institutional Archive for the University of Virginia Health System." Cavanaugh, D. National Association of Government Archivists and Records and Administrators, Annual Meeting, 2019.

"The History of Racial Segregation at the University of Virginia Hospital 1901-1965." Cavanaugh, D. Virginia Fire Equity and Diversity Conference, 2019.

"Segregated Memories: Learning How to Retell the History of the UVA Medical Center." Cavanaugh, D. UVA Center for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Fusion Seminar, 2019.

"Archivists and Algorithmic Science." Cavanaugh, D. Sage Assembly, 2018.

"Ethics: Eugenics and Its Legacy at UVA Today" Cavanaugh, D; Dreisbach, C.; Laughon, K. Power, Violence, Inequality Collective Mini-Conference, University of Virginia, May 2017.

"Building a Digital Collection to Stand the Test of Time: Issues Surrounding the Long-Term Curation of Digitized Manuscript and Archive Collections." Cavanaugh, D. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Meeting, Spring 2016.





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