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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c483

Mark L. Rosenberg papers


The Mark L. Rosenberg papers, 1966-2017, are the product of Rosenberg's activities as a leader of global health and public health organizations.


  • 1966-2017 (inclusive)

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice.

Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

Access to digital files in this collection (as found in Series I, II, and III) is also subject to the above restrictions. Technical access to digital files is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit.

Audio and audio-visual recordings are restricted to access until such time as they can be converted to digital media. Recordings may also be subject to the above restrictions; once converted, recordings will be restricted based on the recording's title, or as per the restrictions for the folder from which the recording was removed.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.


43.05 cubic feet (41 records center cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 1 clamshell box, 1 letter size document box, and 1 half legal size document box)
13.2 Gigabytes (11,121 digital files, 2,170 digital folders)
1 cubic feet (unprocessed papers in 1 records center carton)

The Mark L. Rosenberg papers, 1966-2017, are the product of Rosenberg's activities as a leader of global health and public health organizations. The papers primarily consists of records from Rosenberg's tenure as President and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health (formerly The Task Force for Child Survival and Development), focusing on violence prevention, traffic safety, and tuberculosis, as well as the daily administration and planning of the Task Force. Also contained in the papers are records from his time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including his tenure as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and include records related to violence prevention and gun violence, as well as administrative records. Rosenberg's professional writings are also included, featuring drafts, interview transcripts, and audiocassette interview recordings for his book Patients: The Experience of Illness. The papers also contain photographs and slides from his personal photography activities.

The Mark L. Rosenberg papers consist of four series: I. Task Force for Global Health Records, II. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Records, III. Writings, and IV. Personal Records.

Papers are entirely in English.

Biographical Note

Mark L. Rosenberg (born 1945), B.A., 1967, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.D., 1972, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Task Force for Global Health, Decatur, Georgia (1999-2016). The Task Force focused on increasing access to vaccines and medicines for those in the developing world, as well as gaining recognition for traffic safety as a public health issue. Rosenberg worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia (1980-1999), while helping to establish the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and serving as the first Director (1994-1999). At the CDC, he worked on smallpox eradication, enteric diseases, HIV/AIDS, and gun violence research. During this time, Rosenberg also served as Assistant Surgeon General and Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (1995-2000).

Rosenberg is board certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, completing residencies in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and in preventive medicine at the CDC. He was a Lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health (1976-1980) and has served on the faculty of Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and Emory University School of Medicine. He was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1995, serving on the Board of Global Health and co-chairing the Forum on Global Violence Prevention. He is the author of Patients: The Experience of IllnessPatients: The Experience of Illness (1980) and served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Collection Arrangement

  1. I. Task Force for Global Health Records, 1990-2016
  2. II. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Records, 1983-1999
  3. III. Writings, 1966-2010
  4. IV. Personal Records, 1966-2017

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted to the Center for the History of Medicine by Mark L. Rosenberg in 2016-2017.

  1. Accession number 2017-179. Mark L. Rosenberg. 2017 March 03.
  2. Accession number 2017-149. Mark L. Rosenberg. 2017 January 13.
  3. Accession number 2016-089. Mark L. Rosenberg. 2016 June 15.

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Processing Information

Processed by Bryan Sutherland, 2018 November.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Items were removed from three ring binders and, where necessary, photocopied to acid-free paper. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals. All electronic media (as found in Series I, II, and III) were imaged using Access Data's FTK and a Forensic Recovery of Evidence Device. Electronic records were then transferred to secure network storage. Electronic files that could be opened were sampled for content, however, researchers should be aware that not every file in the collection could be opened and assessed. Files for which specific software was needed, but not available to staff at the time of processing, were not reviewed. Electronic media that could not be imaged were retained (and are noted in a local inventory), and any media determined to be blank were discarded.

Rosenberg, Mark L., 1945-. Papers, 1966-2017 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
Bryan Sutherland
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Repository Details

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

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