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Finding Aid to the National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records, 1948-1975

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by Karen Pitts
Processing completed October 1986
Encoded by Dan Jenkins


Summary Information
Title: National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records
Creator: National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research
Dates: 1948-1975
Extent: 2.1 linear feet
Abstract:
The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's.

Call number: MS C 419
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.

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 Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research. National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research records. 1948-1975. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.; MS C 419.

Processing Information

Papers were processed in October, 1986 by Karen Pitts, who also contributed to the scope and content note. The organization of the papers corresponds to the arrangement devised by Dr. Pisani.

Provenance:

The papers were acquired in September 1986 from Dr. Pisani.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records, 1948-1975

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by Karen Pitts
Processing completed October 1986
Encoded by Dan Jenkins

Descriptive Summary

National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical ResearchNational Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research Records Dates: 1948-19752.1 linear feetMS C 419 Materials stored offsite. Retrievals made last Friday of the month. Contact reesj@nlm.nih.gov for scheduling. Abstract:The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's.Collection materials primarily in EnglishProvenance:

The papers were acquired in September 1986 from Dr. Pisani.

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 Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research. National Science Foundation Special Committee on Medical Research records. 1948-1975. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.; MS C 419.

Processing Information

Papers were processed in October, 1986 by Karen Pitts, who also contributed to the scope and content note. The organization of the papers corresponds to the arrangement devised by Dr. Pisani.

Historical Note

In January, 1955, at the request of the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Oveta Culp Hobby, the National Science Foundation appointed a Special Committee on Medical Research, also known as the Long Committee, to undertake a review and evaluation of the medical research programs of the department. The committee was composed of C.N.H. Long, M.D., Chairman, Edward A. Doisy, Ph.D., Ernest W. Goodpasture, M.D., A. Baird Hastings, Ph.D., Charles B. Huggins, M.D., Colin M. MacLeod, M.D., C. Phillip Miller, M.D., and W.M. Stanley, Ph.D., with Joseph M. Pisani, M.D., serving as Executive Secretary.

Due to the limited time available to the committee, their investigations focused on the largest segments of the department's medical research programs. Included in the final report was discussion of the research activities of the Children's Bureau of the Social Security Administration, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Bureau of State Services of the Public Health Service. By far, however, the committee spent the most time investigating the intramural and extramural research programs of the National Institutes of Health. For each of the institutes at NIH program analyses which included curriculum vitae of researchers, bibliographies, and publications of the institutes were prepared. Meetings were also held with officers of NIH and its institutes. The committee's investigations were summarized in a final report delivered in December, 1955. A revised form of the report is found in the general collection under the call number W20.5 U587 1955.


The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's. The operation of the committee is also well documented in the minutes of its seven meetings, in the chronological correspondence files, and in the numerous memoranda to committee members written by Dr. Pisani. Also of interest are the letters between Dr. Long and Pisani on the long-term impact of the committee's report.

Arranged into 7 series: I. General file; II. Minutes; III. Condensed Minutes; IV. Chronological Files; V. Program Analyses; VI. Publications; VII. Dictaphone Recordings of Meetings.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Health Services Research
    Personal Names

    • Doisy, Edward Adelbert, 1893-1986
    • Goodpasture, Ernest W.
    • Long, C.N.H.
    • MacLeod, Colin M.
    • Miller, C. Phillip
    • Stanley, W.M.
    Corporate Names

    • National Institute of Health (U.S.)
    • United States. Children's Bureau
    • United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
    • United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Vocational Rehabilitation Administration
    • United States. Food and Drug Administration
    • United States. Social Security Administration

    Series Descriptions

    General File, 1948-1975BoxFolderContents11-2Final Report - Medical Research Activities of HEW, Dec. 195523Correspondence, 1956-197514Dr. Long, 195515Notes, 7/22/5516Agenda, 195517Committee, 195518-9Legislative, 1954-1955110Memos, 1952-1955111HEW Meeting, 7/14/55112Meeting Schedule, 1955113Press, 1955-1956114Miscellaneous, 1951, 1955Minutes, 1955Abstract: BoxFolderContents115Minutes, 1955116First Meeting, 7/22/55117Second Meeting, 9/19/55118-19Third Meeting, 10/3/55120-21Fourth Meeting, 10/16/55122Fifth Meeting, 10/31/55Condensed Minutes, 1955Abstract: BoxFolderContents21First Meeting, 7/22/5522Second Meeting, 9/19/5523Third Meeting, 10/3/5524Fourth Meeting, 10/16/5525Fifth Meeting, 10/31/5526Sixth and Seventh Meetings, 11/14 & 11/28/55Chronological Files, 1955Abstract: BoxFolderContents27Chronological File, 7/5528Chronological File, 8/5529Chronological File, 9/55210Chronological File, 10-11/55211NIH General Operations, 7/55Program Analyses, 1945-1955Abstract: BoxFolderContents212-14Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, 1955215-18Cancer, 195531-2Dental, 1954-195533-6Heart, 195537-9Mental, 1955310-12Microbiological, 1955313-14Neurobiological and Blindness, 195541NIH, 1954-195542NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: NIMH, 10/10/5543NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: NINDB, 10/14/5544NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: Fellowships Program, 10/10/5545Inter-Council Committee on Institutional Grants: Report, 5/23/5246Research Activities at NIH: Misc., 1953-195547Research Activities at NIH: Misc., 195548Bio-Sciences: (N.S.F.), 7/19/54 4-949Bio-Sciences: (Bio-Sciences Information Exchange), 1952-1955410Bio-Sciences: (Public Health Service), 8/22/55 4-11411Data Relating to Medical Research, 7/21/55412The Public Health Service Today, 1953413Medical or Health Research in Constituents of HEW, 10/55414-17Research Activities in the Bureua of State Services, 10/55418Selection, Training, and Support of Medical Research Workers (Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences Meeting, London), 10/54419Chart - Organization of Federal Executive Departments and Agencies, 1955?Publications, 1952-1956Abstract: BoxFolderContents51Kelly, Fred J. Land-Grant Colleges & Universities: A Federal-State Partnership. (Federal Security Agency, Bulletin No. 21)., 195252Telephone Directory, DHEW, June 195553Study Committee on Federal Aid to Agriculture,,A Study Committee Report on Federal Aid to Agriculture (Washington), 195554National Science Foundation Federal Grants and Contracts for Unclassified Research in the Life Sciences, F.Y. 1954 (Washington D.C.), 195455Ibid., Projects listed by Agencies, n.d.56U.S. Public Health Service, Research and Training Grants and Awards of the Public Health Service: Information Statement (Bethesda, MD), 195657Withrdawn Materials, 1955Dictaphone Recordings of Meetings, 1955Abstract: BoxFolderContents58Condensed Minutes, 195559First Meeting, 1955510Second Meeting, Records, 1-6, 1955511Second Meeting, Records 7-16, 1955512Third Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955513Third Meeting, Records 7-14, 1955514Fourth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955515Fourth Meeting, Records 7-13, 1955516Fifth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955517Fifth Meeting, Records 7-13, 1955518Sixth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955519Sixth Meeting, Records 7-12, 1955520Seventh Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955521Seventh Meeting, Records 7-12, 1955522Seventh Meeting, Records 13-15, 1955

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    The papers in the collection reflect the committee's activities and interests. Included in the files are the program analyses prepared for the committee, background information on medical research in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and other information reflective of the state of federal medical research in the mid-1950's. The operation of the committee is also well documented in the minutes of its seven meetings, in the chronological correspondence files, and in the numerous memoranda to committee members written by Dr. Pisani. Also of interest are the letters between Dr. Long and Pisani on the long-term impact of the committee's report.

    Arranged into 7 series: I. General file; II. Minutes; III. Condensed Minutes; IV. Chronological Files; V. Program Analyses; VI. Publications; VII. Dictaphone Recordings of Meetings.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
     
    General File, 1948-1975 [series]:
    1 1-2
    Final Report - Medical Research Activities of HEW, Dec. 1955
    2 3
    Correspondence, 1956-1975
    1 4
    Dr. Long, 1955
    1 5
    Notes, 7/22/55
    1 6
    Agenda, 1955
    1 7
    Committee, 1955
    1 8-9
    Legislative, 1954-1955
    1 10
    Memos, 1952-1955
    1 11
    HEW Meeting, 7/14/55
    1 12
    Meeting Schedule, 1955
    1 13
    Press, 1955-1956
    1 14
    Miscellaneous, 1951, 1955
     
    Minutes, 1955 [series]:
    1 15
    Minutes, 1955
    1 16
    First Meeting, 7/22/55
    1 17
    Second Meeting, 9/19/55
    1 18-19
    Third Meeting, 10/3/55
    1 20-21
    Fourth Meeting, 10/16/55
    1 22
    Fifth Meeting, 10/31/55
     
    Condensed Minutes, 1955 [series]:
    2 1
    First Meeting, 7/22/55
    2 2
    Second Meeting, 9/19/55
    2 3
    Third Meeting, 10/3/55
    2 4
    Fourth Meeting, 10/16/55
    2 5
    Fifth Meeting, 10/31/55
    2 6
    Sixth and Seventh Meetings, 11/14 & 11/28/55
     
    Chronological Files, 1955 [series]:
    2 7
    Chronological File, 7/55
    2 8
    Chronological File, 8/55
    2 9
    Chronological File, 9/55
    2 10
    Chronological File, 10-11/55
    2 11
    NIH General Operations, 7/55
     
    Program Analyses, 1945-1955 [series]:
    2 12-14
    Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, 1955
    2 15-18
    Cancer, 1955
    3 1-2
    Dental, 1954-1955
    3 3-6
    Heart, 1955
    3 7-9
    Mental, 1955
    3 10-12
    Microbiological, 1955
    3 13-14
    Neurobiological and Blindness, 1955
    4 1
    NIH, 1954-1955
    4 2
    NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: NIMH, 10/10/55
    4 3
    NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: NINDB, 10/14/55
    4 4
    NIH Fellowship and Training Programs: Fellowships Program, 10/10/55
    4 5
    Inter-Council Committee on Institutional Grants: Report, 5/23/52
    4 6
    Research Activities at NIH: Misc., 1953-1955
    4 7
    Research Activities at NIH: Misc., 1955
    4 8
    Bio-Sciences: (N.S.F.), 7/19/54 4-9
    4 9
    Bio-Sciences: (Bio-Sciences Information Exchange), 1952-1955
    4 10
    Bio-Sciences: (Public Health Service), 8/22/55 4-11
    4 11
    Data Relating to Medical Research, 7/21/55
    4 12
    The Public Health Service Today, 1953
    4 13
    Medical or Health Research in Constituents of HEW, 10/55
    4 14-17
    Research Activities in the Bureua of State Services, 10/55
    4 18
    Selection, Training, and Support of Medical Research Workers (Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences Meeting, London), 10/54
    4 19
    Chart - Organization of Federal Executive Departments and Agencies, 1955?
     
    Publications, 1952-1956 [series]:
    5 1
    Kelly, Fred J. Land-Grant Colleges & Universities: A Federal-State Partnership. (Federal Security Agency, Bulletin No. 21)., 1952
    5 2
    Telephone Directory, DHEW, June 1955
    5 3
    Study Committee on Federal Aid to Agriculture,,A Study Committee Report on Federal Aid to Agriculture (Washington), 1955
    5 4
    National Science Foundation Federal Grants and Contracts for Unclassified Research in the Life Sciences, F.Y. 1954 (Washington D.C.), 1954
    5 5
    Ibid., Projects listed by Agencies, n.d.
    5 6
    U.S. Public Health Service, Research and Training Grants and Awards of the Public Health Service: Information Statement (Bethesda, MD), 1956
    5 7
    Withrdawn Materials, 1955
     
    Dictaphone Recordings of Meetings, 1955 [series]:
    5 8
    Condensed Minutes, 1955
    5 9
    First Meeting, 1955
    5 10
    Second Meeting, Records, 1-6, 1955
    5 11
    Second Meeting, Records 7-16, 1955
    5 12
    Third Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955
    5 13
    Third Meeting, Records 7-14, 1955
    5 14
    Fourth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955
    5 15
    Fourth Meeting, Records 7-13, 1955
    5 16
    Fifth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955
    5 17
    Fifth Meeting, Records 7-13, 1955
    5 18
    Sixth Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955
    5 19
    Sixth Meeting, Records 7-12, 1955
    5 20
    Seventh Meeting, Records 1-6, 1955
    5 21
    Seventh Meeting, Records 7-12, 1955
    5 22
    Seventh Meeting, Records 13-15, 1955