Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers (VANV), 1940-2018 (inclusive)
The collection is organized into three series. The "VANV individual collections, 1940-2018” series consists of oral history interviews (audio recordings and transcripts) conducted by Stark between 2010 and 2017 with individuals who were involved with the Normal Volunteer Patient Program (volunteers, scientists, and staff), along with archival documents from interviewees’ personal collections. It also includes digital duplicates of materials related to the Normal Volunteer Patient Program compiled by Stark from the special collections of organizations that were the sources of “normal volunteers” for the NIH Clinical Center. The materials from source organizations include photographs, correspondence, and clippings. The “NIH Normal Volunteer Patient Program records, 1954-2002” series consists of records generated by, or pertaining to, the Normal Volunteer Patient Program collected by Stark through a first-time FOIA request and release from NIH. The “VANV project records, 2010-2018” series consists of project administration records including templates for legal forms, interview instruments, ethics-review approvals, and grant proposals.
- 1940-2018 (inclusive)
Conditions Governing Access
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.
Extent12.74 Gigabytes (612 digital files)
0.07 cubic feet (1 small media box)
Biographical / Historical
Laura Jeanine Morris Stark (born 1975), B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1998; Ph.D., 2006, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, is Associate Professor at the Center for Medicine, Health and Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research (2012).
After earning her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2006, Stark was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, until 2008. She held a Stetten Fellowship at the Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health from 2008 to 2009, and then served as Assistant Professor in the Program in Science in Society and Department of Sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, from 2009-2012. She joined Vanderbilt University as a Assistant Professor in the Center for Medicine, Health and Society in 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2017. Stark has served as Associate Editor of History & Theory since 2011.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was gifted to the Center for the History of Medicine by Laura Stark, 2016-2019.
- Accession number 2016-058.
- Accession number 2016-092.
- Accession number 2016-103.
- Accession number 2017-084.
- Accession number 2017-085.
- Accession number 2019-097.
- Accession number 2019-131.
- Brethren (Church of the Brethren)--United States
- Conscientious objection
- Control Groups
- Controlled Clinical Trials as Topic
- History of Medicine
- Human Subjects -- History
- Human experimentation in medicine
- Infectious disease research
- Labor unions
- Labor unions and public health
- Medicine -- United States -- History -- 20th Century
- National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
- Oral histories
- Research -- Government policy -- United States
- Stark, Laura Jeanine Morris, 1975-. Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers (VANV), 1940-2018 (inclusive): A Finding Aid.
- Jessica Sedgwick
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