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SERIES Identifier: WAM001, 21596-21597

Burgess, William A., 1924-. Artifact collection, 1967-1978

Scope and Contents

Photographs, slides and publications relating to William Burgess' career in industrial hygiene. Two objects: one Boston fire department helmet and one prototype powered air purifying respirator. The photographs, slides and publications were generated and accumulated by William Burgess between 1960-2010. Burgess was given the honorary Boston fire chief helmet in 1978 by the Department in recognition of his collaborative environmental monitoring work with Boston fire fighters. Burgess developed the prototype Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) in 1967-1968 for use by coke oven operators of the American Iron and Steel Institute. It was widely utilized.


  • Creation: 1967-1978


Language of Materials

Object labels, inscriptions, etc. are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Warren Anatomical Museum objects are available for research access. Access is premised on the availability of space and staff to facilitate use. Contact Public Services for the Warren Anatomical Museum for more information.


2 objects

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Burgess in 2015 (Acc. #2016-036). Accompanying papers comprise H MS c462.

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

The Center for the History of Medicine in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine is one of the world's leading resources for the study of the history of health and medicine. Our mission is to enable the history of medicine and public health to inform healthcare, the health sciences, and the societies in which they are embedded.

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