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Luther L. Terry Papers 1957-1995 (bulk 1965-1983)
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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.


The series contains a brief collection of awards, certificates, programs, resumes and printed material that summarize Dr. Terry's professional career as a whole and detail specific activities during short periods from the 1960s to the 1980s. Some awards, in the form of plaques, are located in Series 13 Artifacts.


This series is arranged as Dr. Terry maintained it from the early 1970s. For general correspondence, he maintained a strict chronological order both for letters received, and for copies of letters sent out. He sorted letters received by regular correspondents alphabetically by name, while significant individuals have their own folders. Similarly, alphabetically arranged files exist for the companies with which he maintained professional contact. Letters on general subject topics are also included here.


The largest series in the collection reflects Dr. Terry's continuing efforts to promote public health through education about the hazards of smoking. The series is divided into three distinct subseries: general files, files relating to particular organizations, and information relating to federal, state and local government. Well represented among the organizations are Action on Smoking and Health, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, National Interagency Council on Smoking and Health, Non-Smokers' Rights Association, and the World Health Organization. His governmental activities regarding smoking usually involved the Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare.


This series is devoted to individual speeches given and conferences Terry attended. Speeches are arranged chronologically by year, then by specific date, if known. Speeches are well represented for 1961-1967, which includes Terry's entire term as Surgeon General. Files covering the period afterward concentrate on conferences and meetings he attended, which sometimes included speaking engagements. Interspersed among Terry's own addresses are statements and speeches by Anthony J. Celebrezze, Ralph S. Lloyd, Murray A. Diamond, Edward W. Dempsey, David E. Price, and Joseph T. English. (All speeches by Luther Terry except those noted)


Dealing primarily with animal research issues, this series consists mainly of National Society for Medical Research records and publications. Dr. Terry was a member of the NSMR's board of directors during the early 1980s and meetings, agendas, and reports are well represented for that period. The series is divided into three distinct groups: general files, files relating to particular organizations, and information relating to federal, state and local government. Each group is organized by subject categories: general information, followed by correspondence, administrative information, educational activities, legislative activity, litigation, and printed materials.


Dr. Terry was active as a member of the Nutrition Foundation's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee from 1975 to1980. The series documents his leadership role through materials such as correspondence, administrative information, educational program records, legislative activity, litigation, and printed materials.


Dr. Terry joined other nationally respected medical professionals as a volunteer member of Medic Alert's Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 1972 to 1984. The Medic Alert records are organized into subject categories: general information, followed by correspondence, administrative information, education, legislative activity, litigation, and printed materials. The series consists mainly of correspondence, agendas and minutes from boards and committees, promotional material and newsletters.


Dr. Terry served as President of University Associates, Inc., a non-profit consulting firm based in Washington, D.C., from 1970 to 1983. His duties with the firm enabled him to continue influencing policy after he left federal service. Much of the University Associates correspondence generated during this period involved his other areas of concern such as smoking, noise control, Medic Alert, medical research, food service and the Nutrition Foundation and was filed with correspondence in those series. The bulk of the materials found here are general administrative records.


Dr. Terry was concerned about both the means of alleviating deafness and legislatively controlling community noise levels. He was very active with the Hearing, Educational Aid and Research Foundation, Inc. from 1975 to 1980. The series is divided into three distinct groups: general files, files relating to particular organizations, and information relating to federal, state and local government. Each group is further organized by subject categories: general information, followed by correspondence, administrative information, education, legislative activity, litigation, and printed materials.


As a corporate vice president for medical affairs at ARA Services, Inc. from 1980 to 1983, Luther Terry was concerned particularly with food service as it applied to senior citizen health care. The series is divided into three distinct groups: general files, files relating to particular organizations, and information relating to federal, state and local government. Each group contains correspondence, printed materials, articles, and reports relating to a variety of administrative, educational, legislative, and legal activities.


Luther Terry was an official with the University of Pennsylvania from the time he left the Public Health Service until his death. He was vice president for medical affairs from 1965 to 1971; professor of medicine from 1965 until 1975; adjunct professor from 1975 to 1981 and emeritus professor thereafter. Other University material can also be found in Series 2 Correspondence. A scattering of mostly miscellaneous applications and newsletters bearing no direct relation to the other series comprises the public health section (1974-1984) of this series. The subseries is followed by some very general medical and social items (1962-1984).


Relatively few folders in the collection are devoted solely to audiovisual materials. They are organized by format, either photographs or motion pictures, and then arranged chronologically. The largest single selection of photographs and negatives document a 1961 reception in Dr. Terry's honor. Other files contain various personal photographs, usually of Terry at a conference or meeting, from 1963 to 1982. Photographs also appear in various folders throughout the previous 11 series. A short 16mm promotional film entitled "Medic Alert" is included.


The series contains awards, citations and promotional material acquired by Luther Terry throughout his career. The items are arranged chronologically.