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C. Everett Koop Papers 1933-2011
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Collection Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, speeches, photographs, videos, writings, scrapbooks and other memorabilia document C. Everett Koop's tenure as U.S. Surgeon General and later at Dartmouth University's Koop Institute and the many public health issues with which he was concerned. Koop's earlier career as a pediatric surgeon is also documented, albeit on a smaller scale.

The bulk of the material is organized as Series 2: Sequential Files and Series 3: Subject Files. Both series were created and maintained by the SG administrative staff and represent a kind of "in-box" for all varieties of information that came into the office each month. The Subject Files series contains the portion of these office files concerning topics Koop felt were major focuses of his and held strong personal import. Upon leaving office he took these sequential files with him. Here the researcher will find Koop's files on the Baby Doe and Katie Beckett controversies, Koop's early work with adolescent health from his career as a pediatric surgeon during the 1950s-1970s, and some post-SG material related to tobacco and smoking.

The earlier portion of Sequential Files series mainly consists of routine and administrative intra-office and HHS material on topics that held minimal interest to Koop, such as organizational policy and the day-to-day operations of the SG Office and the Commissioned Officers Corps. Both sets of these files contain clippings, background information, reports and speeches reflect the major issues Koop confronted such as AIDS, child health care, smoking, pornography and illicit drugs. AIDS-related materials are primarily found in the post-1987 portion of the series. Child health topics dominate the 1981-1984 portions of the series, while pornography and smoking topics occupy most of the 1984-1987 years.

Speeches can be found in Series 6, the second largest series of the collection, which contain new introductions and reminiscences authored by Koop after the collection was donated. The Correspondence series forms another significant portion the collection and contains official correspondence, fan mail and hate mail. The Scrapbooks and Memorabilia series consists mainly of photographs, but also includes clippings, notes, and awards. For additional photographs, researchers should consult Series 8: Photographs. The Audiovisual and Digital Materials series contains CD-ROMs of political cartoons, along with videotapes and audiocassettes of interviews and other programs. Series 10: Published Works contains books, journal articles, unpublished works, and reports by or about the former Surgeon General.

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