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Finding Aid to the James Payton Leake Papers, 1909-1980

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2006
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: James Payton Leake Papers
Creator: Leake, James Payton, 1881-1973
Dates: 1909-1980
Extent: 1.26 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:
Contains correspondence, reprints, studies, talks and reports, and clippings documenting Dr. Leake's career in epidemiology.

Call number: MS C 335
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored offsite. Retrievals made last Friday of the month. Contact reesj@nlm.nih.gov for scheduling.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Preferred Citation:

Leake, James Payton. James Payton Leake papers. 1909-1980. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 335.

Provenance:

Acquired in 1978.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the James Payton Leake Papers, 1909-1980

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2006
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

Leake, James Payton, 1881-1973James Payton Leake Papers Dates: 1909-19801.26 linear feet (3 boxes)MS C 335 Materials stored offsite. Retrievals made last Friday of the month. Contact reesj@nlm.nih.gov for scheduling. Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Contains correspondence, reprints, studies, talks and reports, and clippings documenting Dr. Leake's career in epidemiology.Provenance:

Acquired in 1978.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

NLM does not possess copyright to the collection. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the National Library of Medicine assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

Leake, James Payton. James Payton Leake papers. 1909-1980. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 335.

Biographical Note

James Payton Leake, Jr. was born in Sedalia, Missouri in 1881. He was educated at St. Louis' Smith Academy and obtained his medical training at the Harvard School of Medicine in 1907. Leake joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1909. By the mid-1910s, after assignment to the Hygienic Laboratory, he began researching smallpox. His work as an epidemiologist with the PHS focused primarily on smallpox and poliomyelitis. Dr. Leake developed a method of vaccination for smallpox and his guide "Questions and answers on smallpox and vaccination," was one of the most reprinted and distributed of all PHS publications. He also studied the possible harmful effects of tetraethyl lead in gasoline. He was a founding member of the American Epidemiological Society in 1926. He retired as Medical Director of the Public Health Service in 1945. Dr. Leake died in February 1973.


Contains biographical information through clippings, photographs, certificates and awards, and an audiotape interview. Correspondence (1909-1967) is primarily related to PHS work but some personal letters are included. Smallpox, poliomyelitis and vaccination are some subjects of various talks and reports (1916-1967). A lengthy study on ultraviolet aeroirradiation (1944) and a collection of reprints, both by Dr. Leake and by others comprise the bulk of the rest of the collection.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Lead Poisoning
    • Petroleum--toxicity
    • Vaccination--methods
    Corporate Names

    • United States. Public Health Service

    Series Descriptions

    Series 1: Biographical Information, 1934-198011 Biographical data, 1946-198012 Certificates, 1934-195513 Dr. James Leake interview with Wyndham D. Miles, 196214 Photographs, 1946, n.d. Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-196715 Personal, 1933-194616-7 Public Health Service, 1909-1967 Series 3: Talks and Reports, 1916-196718-91916-194821 Diagnosis of smallpox, 1966-196722 Poliomyelitis, 1925-194023 Vaccination and syphilis, 1922-1927 Series 4: Studies, 1926-194424 Cerebro spinal fever25 "Investigation of health hazard from tetraethyl lead gasoline"26 Tetraethyl lead study, 1926-194327-14 Ultraviolet aeroirradiation study, 1944 Series 5: U.S. Public Health Service, 1937-194731 Personnel of PHS who have lost their lives in the performance of duty32 Smallpox vaccination - Leake method, 1937-1947 Series 6: Clippings, 1931-1944331931-194434 St. Louis encephalitis, 1933 Series 7: Reprints, 1909-196735-7 Reprints of James P. Leake writings, 1915-196738-9 Other reprints, 1909-1959310 Series 8: Audio Recording: "Guardians of your health", undated

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Contains biographical information through clippings, photographs, certificates and awards, and an audiotape interview. Correspondence (1909-1967) is primarily related to PHS work but some personal letters are included. Smallpox, poliomyelitis and vaccination are some subjects of various talks and reports (1916-1967). A lengthy study on ultraviolet aeroirradiation (1944) and a collection of reprints, both by Dr. Leake and by others comprise the bulk of the rest of the collection.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
     
    Series 1: Biographical Information, 1934-1980 [series]:
    1 1
    Biographical data, 1946-1980
    1 2
    Certificates, 1934-1955
    1 3
    Dr. James Leake interview with Wyndham D. Miles, 1962
    1 4
    Photographs, 1946, n.d.
     
    Series 2: Correspondence, 1909-1967 [series]:
    1 5
    Personal, 1933-1946
    1 6-7
    Public Health Service, 1909-1967
     
    Series 3: Talks and Reports, 1916-1967 [series]:
    1 8-9
    1916-1948
    2 1
    Diagnosis of smallpox, 1966-1967
    2 2
    Poliomyelitis, 1925-1940
    2 3
    Vaccination and syphilis, 1922-1927
     
    Series 4: Studies, 1926-1944 [series]:
    2 4
    Cerebro spinal fever
    2 5
    "Investigation of health hazard from tetraethyl lead gasoline"
    2 6
    Tetraethyl lead study, 1926-1943
    2 7-14
    Ultraviolet aeroirradiation study, 1944
     
    Series 5: U.S. Public Health Service, 1937-1947 [series]:
    3 1
    Personnel of PHS who have lost their lives in the performance of duty
    3 2
    Smallpox vaccination - Leake method, 1937-1947
     
    Series 6: Clippings, 1931-1944 [series]:
    3 3
    1931-1944
    3 4
    St. Louis encephalitis, 1933
     
    Series 7: Reprints, 1909-1967 [series]:
    3 5-7
    Reprints of James P. Leake writings, 1915-1967
    3 8-9
    Other reprints, 1909-1959
    3 10
    Series 8: Audio Recording: "Guardians of your health", undated [series]: