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NIH Office of Alternative Medicine Archives 1988-1999
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All Series Level Scope and Content Notes

Correspondence; strategic planning and policy-related items; meeting, workshop, and conference files; drafted and final reports; meeting minutes and transcripts; subject and name files; handbooks; handouts; press releases; grant-related material; committee agendas; inter/intra-agency agreement records and memoranda of understanding; and OAM publications (1988-1999, bulk 1993-1997) document the wide range of correspondence among the three main stakeholder groups seen as OAM's external audience as well as material collected by OAM leaders in their efforts to run the office. The collection has been organized into series based on the original ownership of the material by Geoffrey P. Cheung (Series 1), Alan Trachtenburg (Series 2), William Harlan (Series 3), and Wayne Jonas (Series 4), who each held leadership positions within the office during its formative years. Where provenance has not been clearly established, the files were grouped OAM Strategic Planning Series 5 and OAM General Records Series 6. Series 6 also contains the contains the greatest concentration of documents pertaining to the Office's first director, Dr. Joseph Jacobs.


Cheung was OAM senior program officer for extramural and administrative affairs and deputy director. Includes correspondence; strategic planning and policy material; meeting, workshop, and conference files; subject files; handbooks; press releases; grant material; and OAM publications.


Trachtenberg, a National Institute on Drug Abuse medical officer, was briefly OAM acting director in 1994. Includes correspondence; strategic planning and policy material; meeting, workshop, and conference files; reports; and subject and name files arranged alphabetically.


Harlan was OAM associate director for the Office of Disease Prevention. Includes correspondence files arranged chronologically; strategic planning and policy material; meeting, workshop, and conference files; subject files; draft and final reports; OAM publications; committee agendas and supplemental information; and inter/intra-agency agreement records and memoranda of understanding.


Jonas was OAM Director from 1995-1999. Includes correspondence; strategic planning and policy material; meeting, workshop, and conference files; drafts and final reports; subject and name files; handbooks and handouts; press releases; grant material; interviews and transcripts; OAM publications; and Director's correspondence arranged chronologically and subject files arranged alphabetically.


Other strategic planning materials not associated with an individual Director. Includes correspondence; strategic planning and policy drafts and final statements; meeting, workshop, and conference files; subject files; handbooks and handouts.


Other general OAM materials not associated with an individual Director, but substantially related to the tenure of OAM's first director Joseph Jacobs. Includes correspondence; strategic planning and policy material; meeting, workshop, and conference files; meeting minutes and transcripts; drafted and final reports; subject files; handbooks and handouts; press releases; grant material; and OAM publications.