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Finding Aid to the James Harvey Young Papers, 1943-1997

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by James Labosier
Processing completed May 2001
Encoded by John P. Rees


Summary Information
Title: James Harvey Young Papers
Creator: Young, James Harvey
Dates: 1943-1997
Extent: 4 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:
James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. The collection consists of the research correspondence that comprised Dr. Young's office files.

Call number: MS C 502
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions on access. 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.

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Preferred Citation:

Young, James Harvey. James Harvey Young papers. 1943-1997. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.; MS C 502.

Provenance:

Gift of James H. Young, 1988, Accessions #516, 779, 2000-42.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the James Harvey Young Papers, 1943-1997

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by James Labosier
Processing completed May 2001
Encoded by John P. Rees

Descriptive Summary

Young, James HarveyJames Harvey Young Papers Dates: 1943-19974 linear feet (4 boxes)MS C 502 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Abstract:James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. The collection consists of the research correspondence that comprised Dr. Young's office files.Collection materials primarily in EnglishProvenance:

Gift of James H. Young, 1988, Accessions #516, 779, 2000-42.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions on access. 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:

Young, James Harvey. James Harvey Young papers. 1943-1997. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.; MS C 502.

Biographical Note

James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. After earning his Masters degree and PhD at the University of Illinois, he became a professor at Emory University in 1941. While completing his nearly 40-year tenure at Emory, Dr. Young solidified his reputation by authoring such landmark books on the history of drug regulation and patent medicines as The Toadstool Millionaires (1961) and The Medical Messiahs (1967). During this period he also wrote about 100 articles for historical and medical history journals and reviewed more than 110 books published about American drug and medicine history.


The collection is almost entirely correspondence with academic colleagues and research contacts at the FDA and medical associations. Among these were Oliver Field, of the American Medical Association, Louise Richards of the FDA and George Griffenhagen of the American Pharmaceutical Association. John Duffy and Rima Apple, historians specializing in medicine, were regularly consulted. Among Dr. Young's academic friends were Walter Rundell, Jr., Brooks McNamara, David Herbert Donald, James G. Burrow, Charles Jackson, Gerald Carson and Ann Beck.

The papers are arranged chronologically within each series, from 1943 through 1997, with a few folders devoted to particular correspondents or specifically oriented to drug research. Two small series are devoted to projects Dr. Young was instrumental in conducting: a special issue of the Emory University Quarterly and a symposium observing the 75th anniversary of the FDA at Emory University in 1981. Several folders hold writings and printed material that accrued with the correspondence.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • History of Medicine
    • Legislation, Pharmacy
    • Quackery
    Corporate Names

    • United States. Food and Drug Administration

    Series Descriptions

    Series 1. Professional Correspondence, 1943-19973 linear feetChronological111943-49121950-51131952-5514195715Jan.-May 195916June-Dec. 195917Jan.-July 196018Sep.-Dec. 196019Jan.-June 1961110July-Dec. 1961111Jan.-May 1962112June-Dec. 1962113196311419641151966116Jan.-July 1967117Aug.-Dec. 1967118Jan.-Apr. 1968119May-Dec. 1968120Jan.-Apr. 1969121May-Dec. 1969122June 1969-Feb. 1970123Apr.-Dec. 1970124Mar. 1970-May 1971125Jan.-July 1971126Feb.-Dec. 1971127Jan.-May 197221June-Dec. 197222Jan.-Apr. 197323May-Dec. 197324Jan.-June 197425July-Dec. 197426Jan.-June 197527July-Dec. 197528Jan.-June 197629July-Dec. 1976210Jan.-May 1977211June-Dec. 1977212Jan.-May 1978213June-Dec. 1978214Jan.-Apr. 1979215May-Dec. 197921619802171981218Jan.-May 1982219June-Dec. 1982220Jan.-May 1983221June-Dec. 1983311984321985331986341987351988By subject36Drug correspondence, 1964-6537Drug correspondence, 1965-6638Patent medicine correspondence, July-Dec. 196239Patent medicine correspondence, Jan.-Aug. 1963310Patent medicine correspondence, Sep.-Dec. 1963311Patent medicine correspondence, 1963312Patent medicine correspondence, Jan.-Apr. 1964313Patent medicine correspondence, May-Dec. 1964By correspondent314Bean, William, 1982-85315Berry, Wood and Griffen oral histories, 1971-80316Carson, Gerald, 1954-59317Carson, Gerald, 1960-69318Carson, Gerald, 1970-75319Carson, Gerald, 1976-79320Carson, Gerald, 1980-90321Cole, Arthur H., 1957-64322Duffy, John, 1990-97323Hand, Wayland, 1982-84324House Committee on Aging, 1974-80325Jackson, Charles, 1997326Kawasaki, Chikataro, 1970-77327NLM correspondence (policy), 1967-80328NLM correspondence, 1967-7541Pyke, Magnus, 1971-8242Ward, Pat, 1982-91Series 2. Symposium - 75th Anniversary of FDA, 1980-19880.45 linear feet43Correspondence, 198044Correspondence, 198145Correspondence, 1981-8546Correspondence, 198247Correspondence, 1983-8848Planning, 1980-198549Press coverage, 1980-81410Introduction by J. H. Young and edited papers from 1981 symposium that did not get published, 1981411Unpublished papers from FDA symposium at Emory, 1981Series 3. Emory University Quarterly0.1 linear feet412Correspondence, Oct. 1964-Dec. 1965Series 4. Writings and Printed Material, 1957-19890.45 linear feet4131957-624141963-684151969-714161972-754171976-784181979-844191986-88420Carson, Gerald, 1973-89

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    The collection is almost entirely correspondence with academic colleagues and research contacts at the FDA and medical associations. Among these were Oliver Field, of the American Medical Association, Louise Richards of the FDA and George Griffenhagen of the American Pharmaceutical Association. John Duffy and Rima Apple, historians specializing in medicine, were regularly consulted. Among Dr. Young's academic friends were Walter Rundell, Jr., Brooks McNamara, David Herbert Donald, James G. Burrow, Charles Jackson, Gerald Carson and Ann Beck.

    The papers are arranged chronologically within each series, from 1943 through 1997, with a few folders devoted to particular correspondents or specifically oriented to drug research. Two small series are devoted to projects Dr. Young was instrumental in conducting: a special issue of the Emory University Quarterly and a symposium observing the 75th anniversary of the FDA at Emory University in 1981. Several folders hold writings and printed material that accrued with the correspondence.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
     
    Series 1. Professional Correspondence, 1943-1997 [series]:
     
    Chronological [subseries]:
    1 1
    1943-49
    1 2
    1950-51
    1 3
    1952-55
    1 4
    1957
    1 5
    Jan.-May 1959
    1 6
    June-Dec. 1959
    1 7
    Jan.-July 1960
    1 8
    Sep.-Dec. 1960
    1 9
    Jan.-June 1961
    1 10
    July-Dec. 1961
    1 11
    Jan.-May 1962
    1 12
    June-Dec. 1962
    1 13
    1963
    1 14
    1964
    1 15
    1966
    1 16
    Jan.-July 1967
    1 17
    Aug.-Dec. 1967
    1 18
    Jan.-Apr. 1968
    1 19
    May-Dec. 1968
    1 20
    Jan.-Apr. 1969
    1 21
    May-Dec. 1969
    1 22
    June 1969-Feb. 1970
    1 23
    Apr.-Dec. 1970
    1 24
    Mar. 1970-May 1971
    1 25
    Jan.-July 1971
    1 26
    Feb.-Dec. 1971
    1 27
    Jan.-May 1972
    2 1
    June-Dec. 1972
    2 2
    Jan.-Apr. 1973
    2 3
    May-Dec. 1973
    2 4
    Jan.-June 1974
    2 5
    July-Dec. 1974
    2 6
    Jan.-June 1975
    2 7
    July-Dec. 1975
    2 8
    Jan.-June 1976
    2 9
    July-Dec. 1976
    2 10
    Jan.-May 1977
    2 11
    June-Dec. 1977
    2 12
    Jan.-May 1978
    2 13
    June-Dec. 1978
    2 14
    Jan.-Apr. 1979
    2 15
    May-Dec. 1979
    2 16
    1980
    2 17
    1981
    2 18
    Jan.-May 1982
    2 19
    June-Dec. 1982
    2 20
    Jan.-May 1983
    2 21
    June-Dec. 1983
    3 1
    1984
    3 2
    1985
    3 3
    1986
    3 4
    1987
    3 5
    1988
     
    By subject [subseries]:
    3 6
    Drug correspondence, 1964-65
    3 7
    Drug correspondence, 1965-66
    3 8
    Patent medicine correspondence, July-Dec. 1962
    3 9
    Patent medicine correspondence, Jan.-Aug. 1963
    3 10
    Patent medicine correspondence, Sep.-Dec. 1963
    3 11
    Patent medicine correspondence, 1963
    3 12
    Patent medicine correspondence, Jan.-Apr. 1964
    3 13
    Patent medicine correspondence, May-Dec. 1964
     
    By correspondent [subseries]:
    3 14
    Bean, William, 1982-85
    3 15
    Berry, Wood and Griffen oral histories, 1971-80
    3 16
    Carson, Gerald, 1954-59
    3 17
    Carson, Gerald, 1960-69
    3 18
    Carson, Gerald, 1970-75
    3 19
    Carson, Gerald, 1976-79
    3 20
    Carson, Gerald, 1980-90
    3 21
    Cole, Arthur H., 1957-64
    3 22
    Duffy, John, 1990-97
    3 23
    Hand, Wayland, 1982-84
    3 24
    House Committee on Aging, 1974-80
    3 25
    Jackson, Charles, 1997
    3 26
    Kawasaki, Chikataro, 1970-77
    3 27
    NLM correspondence (policy), 1967-80
    3 28
    NLM correspondence, 1967-75
    4 1
    Pyke, Magnus, 1971-82
    4 2
    Ward, Pat, 1982-91
     
    Series 2. Symposium - 75th Anniversary of FDA, 1980-1988 [series]:
    4 3
    Correspondence, 1980
    4 4
    Correspondence, 1981
    4 5
    Correspondence, 1981-85
    4 6
    Correspondence, 1982
    4 7
    Correspondence, 1983-88
    4 8
    Planning, 1980-1985
    4 9
    Press coverage, 1980-81
    4 10
    Introduction by J. H. Young and edited papers from 1981 symposium that did not get published, 1981
    4 11
    Unpublished papers from FDA symposium at Emory, 1981
     
    Series 3. Emory University Quarterly [series]:
    4 12
    Correspondence, Oct. 1964-Dec. 1965
     
    Series 4. Writings and Printed Material, 1957-1989 [series]:
    4 13
    1957-62
    4 14
    1963-68
    4 15
    1969-71
    4 16
    1972-75
    4 17
    1976-78
    4 18
    1979-84
    4 19
    1986-88
    4 20
    Carson, Gerald, 1973-89