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Objects of Art: Martin M. Cummings, M.D.

Portrait of Martin Cummings

Location: Main Reading Room, Building 38
Portrait of Martin M. Cummings, M.D.
Director of the Library, 1964 to 1983
Artist: Herbert Abrams
Presented to the Library by NLM Regents as a token of their esteem for Dr. Cummings

Under his two decades of leadership the Library's mission was broadened as a health information resource, it emerged as a leader in the computer age, and it became a major biomedical communications center, transforming a national resource into a unique international force, one of the most advanced scientific libraries in the world. A program of extramural grants to improve the services and resources of the nation's health science libraries and a Toxicology Information Program were added under his direction and a major achievement was the planning and construction of the Lister Hill Center building which houses the research and development component of the Library.

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