Dr. Michael E. DeBakey began talking with Dr. William T. Butler in 1983 about his desire to keep his papers and memorabilia at Baylor College of Medicine as part of his legacy. Dr. Butler, chancellor emeritus of the college, has served as professor, president and chancellor of Baylor and is the college's historian.
Dr. DeBakey's gift of his papers and memorabilia to the college was announced by Dr. Butler at the black-tie gala honoring Dr. DeBakey's 50th year on the faculty of Baylor in 1998. The "groundbreaking" event for the museum was held in 2006.
Following Dr. DeBakey's death in 2008, the processing of his papers began with a certified archivist. All of his manuscripts will become a part of the library and museum after their certification. At this time, many of his handwritten manuscripts and a representation of his collection of writings are part of the museum.
Baylor College of Medicine invites the public to see this slice of medical history. The DeBakey Library & Museum is open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays. The museum is located on the main campus of Baylor College of Medicine.