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National Institutes of Health (U.S.). Human Radiation Studies Task Force Records 1944-1995
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Collection Scope and Content Note


This collection consists almost entirely of photocopied correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, grants, articles and speeches from the National Archives and other federal health service repositories related to human radiation experimentation and gathered by the NIH Human Radiation Studies Task Force. A copy of the ACHRE's final report is included. Series 1 through 4 were defined by the task force as historical records, while Series 5 through 9 represent contemporary activities.

Series 1 surveys radiation-related activities of the DHEW and various PHS agencies from 1944 to 1977 and is the largest section of the collection. Series 2 covers the development, during the 1960s and 1970s, of NIH policies governing the treatment of human subjects. Series 3 examines specific projects undertaken for PHS from the 1940s through the 1970s, often through grants. Series 4 provides articles, reports, and summaries produced in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s about the effects of radiation and radiation testing.

Series 5 begins the contemporary activities portion of the collection, which is devoted to the 1994-1995 work of the ACHRE. It is a brief series, documenting the creation of the ACHRE. Series 6 documents the administrative structure PHS created to serve the ACHRE. Series 7 is concerned more specifically with the formation of NIH's part of the ACHRE, the Human Radiation Studies Task Force and its approach to researching NIH's radiation-related work. Series 8 holds transcripts from congressional hearings that were conducted about the ACHRE's formation and includes some correspondence between congressmen and the ACHRE. Series 10 provides correspondence and drafts documenting how the committee arrived at the final version of its report which was given to the President in October, 1995.

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