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COLLECTION Identifier: Series 00905

Harvard School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health Sciences subject resource files

Overview

The Harvard School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences subject resource files, 1968-1973 (inclusive), are the product of research by departmental faculty and researchers in their work on environmental pollution control and worker health.

Dates

  • 1968-1973 (inclusive)

Language of Materials

Records are in English

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.

Extent

0.19 cubic feet (1 half letter size document box)

The Harvard School of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences subject resource files, 1968-1973 (inclusive), are the product of research by departmental faculty and researchers in their work on environmental pollution control and worker health.

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences subject resource files consist of publications by faculty and researchers in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. The publications are mostly reprints of articles in various journals not associated with the Harvard School of Public Health. There are also two reports, one on the results of a NASA research grant on aerosol particulates and one a report of radiological health education and research at the Harvard School of Public Health. Topics of the publications include asbestos exposure, design of respirators for workers in coal mining and other industries, effects of gases including carbon monoxide, and radiological health.

Records are in English.

Administrative history

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences was founded in 1969 at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts to study environmental pollution control and worker protection. The Department was previously known as the Department of Industrial Hygiene.

The Department of Industrial Hygiene was originally founded in 1923 before merging with the Department of Sanitary Engineering and the Department of Ventilation and Illumination to create the new Department of Public Health Engineering in 1932. In 1944, the Department of Public Health Engineering was dissolved and the Department of Industrial Hygiene was once again an independent department. In 1969, the Department of Industrial Hygiene was renamed the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences merged with the Departments of Sanitary Engineering and Physiology to become the Department of Environmental Sciences and Physiology in 1983. It was renamed as the Department of Environmental Health in 1991.

Chairs of the department under the name Environmental Health Sciences are Dade Moeller (1927-1976, chair 1969-1982) and Joseph Harrington (1937-2006, chair 1982-1986). Students were offered courses in air pollution control, radiological health, and industrial hygiene. Some of the department’s courses were cross-listed with Harvard University’s Division of Engineering and Applied Physics.

As of the time of processing (2023), the Department of Environmental Health Sciences does not exist. Its successor, the Department of Environmental Health, is active in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Collection Arrangement

These papers were assigned a call number upon their reception at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine and arranged in order by call number. The historical call number order has been maintained. Most of the folders have the same call number, and those folders are arranged alphabetically within the call number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was transferred to the Harvard Medical Library by the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences in 1973.

  1. Accession number 2024-017. Harvard School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health Sciences. 1973.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Thayer, 2023 August.

These materials were originally part of the Early School of Public Health records (E72). E72 records were cataloged according to an in-house catalog number system. These catalog numbers and any additional information on the card have been retained where they exist and are located in the file-level scope notes. Defunct box inventories have not been retained in the file-level scope note, but the original cards are retained at the repository. Processing was done by Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook in 2019, 2021 and 2022. Clutterbuck-Cook refoldered and reboxed material and transcribed folder titles from original folders which were then discarded. Clutterbuck-Cook and Heather Mumford identified and created office codes and records series for E72. Clutterbuck-Cook arranged the materials accordingly. Clutterbuck-Cook and Mumford conducted research on the department and its history to draft a finding aid. Additional surveying was done in 2023 by Thayer. Thayer separated out and arranged the Department of Environmental Health Sciences materials. Thayer also interfiled materials originally collected as part of an E72 vertical file (designated by the word "file" after the call number). Thayer finished the finding aid.

Title
Harvard School of Public Health. Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Subject resource files, 1968-1973 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
Author
Rebecca Thayer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
eng
EAD ID
med01008

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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