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Jodi Koste

  • Archivist and Head, HSL Special Collections and Archives

  • Associate Professor
  • Health Sciences Library, HSL Special Collections and Archives


  • M.A. History, Old Dominion University, 1989
  • B.A. History, Old Dominion University, 1976

Teaching experience

  • Archival and Historical Administration, VCU 
  • Archives and Archival Administration, VCU
  • Archives and Society, HISP 303, Mary Washington College

Selected presentations

  • Koste, J. (2017) Sadie Heath Cabaniss: Daughter of Virginia and pioneer nurse of the Commonwealth, Presented at History Forum, University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • Koste, J. (2015) Anatomists, medical education, and cadavers at the Medical College of Virginia Presented at Community Forum, East Marshall Street Well Project 
  • Koste, J. (2014) Virginia Heritage: “Still standing after all these years,” Presented Spring meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference 
  • Koste, J. (2010) Effects of the Civil War on Medical Education in the South Presented at Museum of the Confederacy Seminar, Binding the Wounds, 1861-2010
  • Koste, J. (2008) Deception, dissection, and resurrection: Anatomical instruction in 19th century Virginia Presented at University of Virginia Medical Center Hour Lecture Series 

Selected publications

  • Owsley, D., Bruwelheide, K, Jantz, R, Koste, J. and Outlaw, M. (2017) Skeletal Evidence of anatomical and surgical training in nineteenth-century Richmond. In C. K. Nystrom (Ed.), The Bioarchaeology of Dissection and Autopsy in the United States. New York: Springer
  • Koste, J. (2016). Sadie Heath Cabaniss: Mother of professional nursing in VirginiaIn C.A. Kiener and S. G. Treadway (Eds.) Virginia Women: Their Lives and Times. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.
  • Koste, J. (2009). Medical school for a nation: The Medical College of Virginia, 1860-1865. In J.M. Schmidt (Ed.), Years of change and suffering: Modern perspectives on Civil War medicine. Roseville, MN: Edinborough Press.
  • Bonis, R., Koste, J., Lyons, C. (2006). Virginia Commonwealth University. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 
  • Koste, J. (1999). John Peter Mettauer. American National Biography, 15: 390-391.

Selected university service

  • Heritage Room Committee, School of Nursing
  • Heritage Committee, School of Pharmacy

Professional organizations

  • American Association for the History of Medicine
    • Secretary
    • Editor of AAHM NewsLetter
  • Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
  • Society of American Archivists

Collection management subject areas

  • Health Sciences Library Special Collections

Research interests

  • History of nursing; Civil War medicine; archival education