In 2007, Rubicon teams members along with Dr. Richard Vann of Duke University and the Divers Alert Network (DAN) began assisting the Lambertsen Family and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in preserving the extensive archive of literature accumulated by Dr. Christian Lambertsen.
On Dec 17 2009, the collection arrived at the Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives. It took several years of sorting with a tremendous amount guidance from Dr. Lambertsen as well as his former faculty, staff, and graduate students to pre-process the collection. This collection that was a full tractor trailer included a significant volume of duplicate reports and books that were already held in the Duke collections. As our team poured through these various documents, research data, and media, we recycled these “discard” items.
By the time of Dr. Lambertsen’s death in 2011, we had been able to show enough progress to meet his exceptional standard for project development.
Fast forward to this first day of 2016 and we are very proud to begin sharing the first scans Duke has completed. The Lambertsen Family is releasing each of these documents and images through creative commons license so that this work truly belongs to the world.
We are very honored to continue our work on this incredible collection. Each day this year you should see at least document or image for the collection. This represents countless hours or sorting, comparing, researching backgrounds, and metadata creation.
Thank you to the family and all those that have spent so much to make this collection finally arrive online.