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Mearl F. Stanton Papers 1931-1980
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Collection Scope and Content Note


The collection is organized into nine series. The richest part of the collection is found in the correspondence series, which combines Stanton's personal correspondence with material from his files at NCI, and is arranged alphabetically. Correspondents represented by five or more items are singled out in the container listing, but especially noteworthy is the correspondence with Aurel Goodwin, Takahiro Hirano, J.R.M. (Hamish) Innes, Daniel S. Longnecker, Hisashi Otsuka, Henry Pinkerton, Irving J. Selikoff, and Harold L. Stewart.

All of Stanton's research interests are represented in the collection, but the bulk of the material concerns his investigations into the carcinogenic effect of asbestos and other fibers. Speeches, talks, correspondence, and subject files relating to his discoveries of asbestos are present. Also well documented are Stanton's long military service, and his administrative activities (including editorial duties) while at the National Cancer Institute. Unpublished manuscripts and an incomplete set of Stanton's published writings round out the collection.

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