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Regional Medical Programs Collection 1948-1993 (bulk 1966-1978; 1991-1994)
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Correspondence, minutes, reports, legislative information, planning documents, interviews, and photographs collectively summarize the history, activities and functions of the Regional Medical Program Services (1968-1991; 11.4 linear feet). This artificial collection is organized into three primary areas: Regional Medical Program (RMP) materials; the records of a separate program, the Regional Medical Libraries (RML); and lastly records pertaining to a historical conference on the Regional Medical Programs hosted by the NLM in 1991. A highlight includes interviews of significant figures within the RMP, conducted as part of the 1991 conference.

Board of Directors meeting minutes (1966-1971), legislation hearings and texts, steering committee meetings and notes form the base of documentary information about the Regional Medical Programs materials. Of special importance are the Board Minutes, Steering Committee and National Advisory Council materials that document the strategic planning that supported the RMP's direction and motivations. It should be noted that these materials were collected from various individuals after their tenure with the RMPs and are not from the RMP administrative archives per se. Statistical and annual reports collected from each of the Regional Medical Library programs form the bulk of this series. Planning materials, correspondence, transcripts, and audiocassettes are the bulk of the 1991 NLM conference series. Rounding out the collection are research notes, interviews, and drafts created by Stephen Strickland for his RMP history monograph.