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COLLECTION Identifier: P-DE01 Series 00139

Harvard School of Public Health Office of the Dean Records,

The records of the Office of the Dean are the product of the administrative activities of the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), primarily between 1972 and 1984, as under the tenure of Dean Howard H. Hiatt (1925-). Records include annual reports and questionnaires; policy and procedures development documents; planning and proposal records; program establishment, development, and review records for ad-hoc and standing committees; directives; reports; meeting minutes and agendas; background subject resource and reference materials; working papers; correspondence and memoranda; newspaper clippings and press releases; article reprints; photographs; and flyers.

Dates

  • 1961-1985.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires advance notice. This collection is closed for research until 2035. Contact Public Services for further information.

Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

Records are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

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 the Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Extent

53 cubic feet ((53 records center cartons).)

The records of the Office of the Dean are the product of the administrative activities of the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), primarily between 1972 and 1984, as under the tenure of Dean Howard H. Hiatt (1925-). Records include annual reports and questionnaires; policy and procedures development documents; planning and proposal records; program establishment, development, and review records for ad-hoc and standing committees; directives; reports; meeting minutes and agendas; background subject resource and reference materials; working papers; correspondence and memoranda; newspaper clippings and press releases; article reprints; photographs; and flyers.

Materials are entirely in English.

Historical Notes

The School for Health Officers of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) was established in 1913, the first formally organized school of public health in the United States. The administration was transferred from the Harvard-M.I.T. school to the School of Public Health under the sole auspices of Harvard University in 1922. The Dean's Office, Harvard School of Public Health, oversees the efforts of the school to fulfill its mission to carry the banner of prevention to communities and nations, and aims to help the public understand the underlying reasons for poor health, and to implement prevention measures that will ensure that all citizens are born healthy and remain so throughout their lives. Howard H. Hiatt served as the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from 1972 to 1984. During his tenure as Dean, Hiatt introduced teaching and research focused on molecular and cell biology, initiated programs in health policy and management, and biostatistics. Dr. Hiatt also integrated Harvard School of Public Health’s teaching and research programs with those in other Harvard University faculties in an attempt to encourage cross-disciplinary research to bring together medicine and social science in the curriculum.

Arrangement

Records are arranged alphabetically, and reflect the order in which they were created and maintained by the Office of the Dean.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. Accession number 2010-044. Transferred from the Office of the Dean, Harvard Medical School, 11 January 2010.

Related Records in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Records of the Office of the Dean, Harvard Medical School, 1911-1982 (inclusive), 1965-1977 (bulk), Series 00154, 00155, 00156, and 00184.
  2. Records of Deans James H. Ware and Barry R. Bloom,1998-2006 (bulk).
  3. Records of Dean Cecil Kent Drinker, 1916-1948 (inclusive).
  4. Research papers of the Takemi Program in International Health, Accession 2006-039.
  5. Howard H. Hiatt papers, 1940-2001 (inclusive), 1975-2001 (bulk). H MS c314.Electronic finding aid available.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Dello Iacono, May 2010.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff rehoused the collection and, where necessary, removed rusted staples and paper clips, and photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Records were removed from hanging files, notebooks, and plastic binders, and were rehoused in acid-free folders. All folder titles were transcribed from the originals.. The records remain in their original order, as created and organized by the Office of the Dean. Processing staff discarded duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Harvard Medical School Archives as expressed in the General Records Schedule.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard School of Public Health. Office of the Dean. Records, 1961-1985: Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
The Records of the Office of the Dean, Harvard School of Public Health, were processed with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as awarded and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), 2009.
EAD ID
med00130

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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