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Finding Aid to the National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library, 1882-1959

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2004
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library
Creator: National Library of Medicine (U.S.)
Dates: 1882-1959
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract:
Documents, correspondence, and clippings relating to efforts made by library officials to secure approval and funding for a new library building, 1874-1955, and to legislation creating the National Library of Medicine and the process involved in selecting a building site, 1956-1959.

Call number: MS C 47
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

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

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. 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

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Preferred Citation:

National Library of Medicine (U.S.). National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library. 1882-1959. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 47.

Provenance:

Unknown.


nlm047Finding Aid to the National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library, 1882-1959Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division1.0History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine.
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Jim LabosierFinding aid is written in English

National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library, 1882-1959

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff
Processing Completed 2004
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

National Library of Medicine (U.S.)National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library Dates: 1882-19590.63 linear feet (2 boxes)MS C 47 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Documents, correspondence, and clippings relating to efforts made by library officials to secure approval and funding for a new library building, 1874-1955, and to legislation creating the National Library of Medicine and the process involved in selecting a building site, 1956-1959.Provenance:

Unknown.

Access Restrictions:

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

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. 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:

National Library of Medicine (U.S.). National Library of Medicine: records relating to the construction of a new medical library. 1882-1959. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 47.

Historical Note

In the 1870s the Surgeon General's library occupied space in Ford's theater in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1872 library officials began seeking legislative funding and approval for a proper building. Concerted efforts during the 1880s won approval for a new building at 7th and Independence, which was occupied in 1887. In the 1910s, having outgrown this facility, the library began requesting another new building. These attempts failed until 1938, when a new Armed Forces Medical Library building was finally approved by Congress. Over the next several years, however, funding failed to be appropriated and no action was taken. In 1956 legislation incorporated the Armed Forces Medical Library under the Public Health Service into the newly- created National Library of Medicine. Construction for a new building began in 1959 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.


Contains documents, correspondence, and clippings. Material pertains chiefly to the National Library of Medicine Act, 1956. Correspondents include Michael E. DeBakey, Alan Gregg, Paul R. Hawley, Senator Lister Hill, Stockton Kimball, Theodore G. Klumpp, Keyes Metcalf, William G. Reidy, Henry R. Viets, Huntington Williams, and Kenneth Williamson. Includes letter of transmittal from William G. Reidy (1959). Hill was chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare; Reidy was a Staff member on the Committee.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Facility Design and Construction
    • Libraries, Medical
    Geographic Names

    • Maryland

    Series Descriptions

    1 Series 1: New Building, 1882-193711-4 Proposals, 1882-193715 "Consideration in selection of a site for the new building", undated1 Series 2: Legislative Activity, 1938-195616 P.L. 622 June 15, 193817 P.L. 256, 194118 Congressional bills and reports regarding appropriation plan for new building, 195519-10 Congressional action toward establishing National Library of Medicine, 19561 Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1959111-14 General, 1952-1955115-24 A-Z, 1955-1956125 Congratulations to Rogers after passage of law, 1956126-27 General, 1958-1959128 Letter of transmittal, 19592 Series 4: Promotional, 1939-195921-9 Publicity and clippings, 1939-1959210 NLM groundbreaking, 1959

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    Contains documents, correspondence, and clippings. Material pertains chiefly to the National Library of Medicine Act, 1956. Correspondents include Michael E. DeBakey, Alan Gregg, Paul R. Hawley, Senator Lister Hill, Stockton Kimball, Theodore G. Klumpp, Keyes Metcalf, William G. Reidy, Henry R. Viets, Huntington Williams, and Kenneth Williamson. Includes letter of transmittal from William G. Reidy (1959). Hill was chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare; Reidy was a Staff member on the Committee.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
    1
    Series 1: New Building, 1882-1937 [series]:
    1 1-4
    Proposals, 1882-1937
    1 5
    "Consideration in selection of a site for the new building", undated
    1
    Series 2: Legislative Activity, 1938-1956 [series]:
    1 6
    P.L. 622 June 15, 1938
    1 7
    P.L. 256, 1941
    1 8
    Congressional bills and reports regarding appropriation plan for new building, 1955
    1 9-10
    Congressional action toward establishing National Library of Medicine, 1956
    1
    Series 3: Correspondence, 1952-1959 [series]:
    1 11-14
    General, 1952-1955
    1 15-24
    A-Z, 1955-1956
    1 25
    Congratulations to Rogers after passage of law, 1956
    1 26-27
    General, 1958-1959
    1 28
    Letter of transmittal, 1959
    2
    Series 4: Promotional, 1939-1959 [series]:
    2 1-9
    Publicity and clippings, 1939-1959
    2 10
    NLM groundbreaking, 1959