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Finding Aid to the Wyndham D. Miles Papers on the History of the National Library of Medicine, 1864-1984

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by Peter B. Hirtle
Processing completed April 16, 1987
Encoded by Dan Jenkins


Summary Information
Title: Wyndham D. Miles Papers on the History of the National Library of Medicine
Creator: Miles, Wyndham D.
Dates: 1864-1984
Extent: 2.1 linear feet
Abstract:
Material Wyndham Miles accumulated during the course of preparing the history.

Call number: MS C 431
Language: Collection materials primarily in English.
Location: Materials stored offsite. Retrievals made last Friday of the month. Contact hmdref@nlm.nih.gov for scheduling.

Access Restrictions:

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

Copyright:

Copyright is in the public domain. Contact the Reference Staff for details regarding rights.

Preferred Citation:

Miles, Wyndham D. Wyndham D. Miles Papers on the History of the National Library of Medicine. 1864-1984. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.; MS C 431.

Provenance:

Donated by Wyndham D. Miles in 1986


Collection Scope and Content Note

A history of the National Library of Medicine had been a dream of library directors ever since Dr. Frank B. Rogers began to work on one in the late 1950's, but no book-length history of the library appeared until 1982. In that year Wyndham D. Miles's A History of the National Library of Medicine: The Nation's Treasury of Medical Knowledge appeared. Miles, a historian of chemistry, had been working as a historian for the National Institutes of Health since 1962. At the direction of Dr. Martin M. Cummings, the library's director, Miles began to work on the history of the library.

The collection can be divided into three major groupings. The first consists of notes and photocopies gathered by Miles as part of his research on the history of the library. Particularly useful are the indexed notebooks used by Miles for notes on published material and manuscript material at the National Archives.

As each chapter was written, Miles sent the chapter to reviewers with special expertise on the subject matter. The drafts with the reviewers' comments, and often Miles's response, are included in the second part of the collection. The drafts are supplemented by correspondence with many of the reviewers and with others. Taken together, the drafts and correspondence provide much insight into many of the poorly documented activities of the library.

The third portion of the collection concerns the publication of the volume. Material on the preparation of the index is included, as well as sample drafts, galleys, and proof pages. Requests for review copies and letters from recipients of the history are also included. An epilogue written by Miles on the problems faced in preparing the history rounds out the collection.

The collection serves as a valuable adjunct to Miles's published volume, and should be of interest to all who desire to know more about any particular development in the history.

Contents List
Box | Folder Title
 
Outline of History, 1978 [series]:
1 1
Outline
1 2
Plans for history, 1978
 
Biographical Information [series]:
1 3
A-Z
1 4
Austin, Robert B.
1 5
Brodman, Estelle
1 6
Fisch, Max H.
1 7
Wooster, Harold
 
Notes, 1864-1982 [series]:
1 8
NLM Papers and Records, 1894-1972
1 9
NLM Papers and Records - Cummings Papers, 1967-1970
1 10
Notes not used in history
1 11
Notes for early chapters
1 12
Statistics, 1981
1 13
Notes on library acquisitions, 1868-1889
1 14
Notes on exchanges, theses, journals, etc., 1876
1 15
Notes from AML Bulletin, AML News, etc., 1945-1964
1 16
Library of Congress - notes, 1872-1918
1 17
Building on the Mall - notes, 1965-1966
1 18
Medals - notes, 1916-1917
2 1
Notes on the History of NLM - Notebook 1, 1904-21
2 2
Notes on the History of NLM - Notebook 2, 1868-1874; 1896-1903; 1921-1924
2 3
Notes on the History of NLM - Notebook 3, 1874
2 4
Notes for a History of NLM - Notebook 4, 1924
2 5
Notes for History of NLM - Notebook A, 1864-1865; 1868
2 6
Notes on the History of NLM - Notebook B (Notes from Books and Journals), 1869-1972
 
Drafts [series]:
3 1
Drafts - general
 
Drafts with Comments [subseries]:
3 2-10
Adams, Scott
3 11
Austin, Robert B.
3 12
Bachrach, Clifford A.
3 13
Barry, James W.
3 14
Berkowitz, Albert M.
3 15
Brand, Jeanne L.
3 16
Brodman, Estelle
3 17
Charen, Thelma
3 18
Corning, Mary
3 19
Cosmides, George J.
3 20-23
Cumming, Martin M.
3 24
Douglas, Carl D.
3 25
Hanke, Maxine
3 26
Hummel, Donald J.
3 27
Kissman, Henry M.
3 28
Lynn, Kenneth C.
3 29
McCarn, Grace
3 30
McNinch, Joseph H.
3 31
Olch, Peter D.
4 1-7
Rogers, Frank B.
4 7a
Roger's F.B., "The Origins of Medlars" (a talk delivered at Johns Hopkins, Oct. 1979)
4 8
Schoolman, Harold M.
4 9
Sewell, Winifred
4 10
Simmons, Ralph A.
4 11
Taine, Seymour I.
4 12
Thoma, George
4 13
Waserman, Manfred J.
4 13a
Wiggins, Emilie, "Cataloging at the National Library of Medicine," Dec. 1977
4 14
Wilson, Marjorie P. - Information
4 15
Wommack, Lloyd L.
 
Correspondence, 1975-1981 [series]:
4 16
1975
4 17
1976
4 18
1977
4 19
1978
4 20
1979
4 21
Jan. - Feb. 1979
4 22
March 1979
4 23
April 1979
4 24
May - July 1979
4 25
Aug. - Dec. 1979
4 26
1980
4 27
1981
 
Publication, 1981-1984 [series]:
5 1
Forward - William B. Bean, 1981
5 2
Index - Robert Gould, 1979-1981
5 3
First typed draft, typical (chapter 18)
5 4
Draft for comments (chapter 18)
5 5
Edited draft (chapter 18)
5 6
Proof galley (chapter 18)
5 7
Proof page (chapter 18)
5 8
Illustrations, chapter 18
5 9
Index, without deletions
5 10
Reviews of history, 1982-1983
5 11
Letters from recipients of history, 1982-1984
5 12
Wyndham D. Miles, 1982
5 13
Cooperation and lack of cooperation by participants, [c. 1982]