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Luther L. Terry Papers 1957-1995 (bulk 1965-1983)
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Correspondence, speeches, reports, minutes, drafts and notes, photographs, motion pictures, printed material, and other records make up the Luther L. Terry Papers (1957-1995; 26.5 linear feet). The collection primarily documents his professional activities from 1965 through 1984, and most notably contains all the speeches he gave while Surgeon General (1961-1965). The largest single portion of the collection is Series 3: Smoking and Health Subject Files (1964-1984; 7.15 lf), documenting the numerous organizations and government agencies in which Dr. Terry was either a member or advisor on the issue of anti-smoking. Included are the American Cancer Society, the American Lung Association, the National Interagency Council for Smoking and Health, Action on Smoking and Health, Environmental Associates, Inc., Non-Smokers Rights Association and the World Health Organization. The largest government agency within the series that dealt with smoking related materials is the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

In addition to smoking issues, Dr. Terry was involved with several other causes. Correspondence and administrative documents, mostly with the National Society for Medical Research, reflect his concern with animal testing (1967-1984). Mostly correspondence, agendas, minutes and newsletters document Dr. Terry's time on the boards of Medic Alert (1972-1984) and the Nutrition Foundation (1972-84). Also, he combined his position as a corporate vice president of ARA food services (1974-1984) with a study of health care for senior citizens. Though he was president of University Associates, Inc. from 1970 to 1983, only a relatively small amount of this material rests in the University Associates files (1972-1984), as much of the correspondence he generated there involved his other professional concerns and are filed with those respective series. As a board member of the Hearing, Educational Aid and Research Foundation (1974-1984), Dr. Terry investigated causes and cures for deafness, and community noise control issues.

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