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Collection of oral histories on the history of the National Library of Medicine 1864-1984
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Biography

Biographical/Historical Note

A history of the National Library of Medicine had been a dream of library directors ever since Dr. Frank B. Rogers began to work on one in the late 1950's, but no book-length history of the library appeared until 1982. In that year Wyndham D. Miles's A History of the National Library of Medicine: The Nation's Treasury of Medical Knowledge appeared. Miles, a historian of chemistry, had been working as a historian for the national Institutes of Health since 1962. At the direction of Dr. Martin M. Cummings, the library's director, Miles began to work on the history of the library. In 1986 Miles donated to the library the material he ahd accumulated during the course of preparing the history.