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NLM Completes Mass-Digitization Projects with Gale/Cengage Learning

Subjects Include National Commission on AIDS and Environmental Health Policymaker Pope A. Lawrence

The Archive and Modern Manuscripts Program of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division recently worked with Cengage Learning, a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide, to complete two full-collection digitization projects for Archives Unbound, Cengage’s online digital archive and manuscripts resource. The collections total over 70,000 images. Patrons can freely view the collections via Archives Unbound in the HMD reading room or add the collections to their local Archives Unbound accounts. They may also consult the physical holdings in the HMD Reading Room. HMD is currently planning to provide this content, as well as that of other collections, via its own open access digital manuscripts presence.

In Response to the AIDS Crisis: Records of the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 1983–1994 (37,000 images; 10.2 linear feet of physical holdings) represents the complete contents of an artificial collection of briefing books, hearing and meeting transcripts, reports, and press clippings documenting the Commission’s activities, whose mission was to advise Congress and the President on the development of “a consistent national policy” concerning the HIV epidemic. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., the Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball player, was perhaps the most visible Commission member. The finding aid to NLM’s collection is here: http://oculus.nlm.nih.gov/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=nlmfindaid;cc=nlmfindaid;idno=ncaids544.

Development of Environmental Health Policy: Pope A. Lawrence Papers 1924–1983 (33,000 images; 14.5 linear feet of physical holdings) represents all but one sub-series (comprising personal photographic slides) in this personal papers collection. Correspondence, field studies, reports, scientific data, photographs, maps, and publications document Lawrence’s varied research and policy-making career as an environmental health scientist with the United States Public Health Service (PHS) and the Environmental Health Agency (EPA). He was assigned to the Texas, New Mexico, and Utah state health departments from 1942–1952, investigating issues on industrial and environmental health. From 1952 to 1961, he supervised a 15-year study on the health of American uranium miners for the National Cancer Institute. He also served as a specialist consultant in the areas of chemical warfare, industrial emissions of toxic chemicals (i.e., lead, gases, mercury arsenic, beryllium) while serving in the Office of the Surgeon General (1962–1964). While with the Office of the Surgeon General, he entered the EPA’s Air Pollution Control Program to provide expertise on the control of hazardous materials associated with federal activities in high energy propellants and toxic weapons systems. He and his team of experts helped to write policies that would later impact legislative decisions in state and federal areas that improved the safety and health of the American laborer. The finding aid to NLM’s collection is: http://oculus.nlm.nih.gov/cgi/f/findaid/findaid-idx?c=nlmfindaid;cc=nlmfindaid;idno=lawrence539.

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Title page for the 1993 Final Report of the National Commission on AIDS.                                    Dr. Pope A. Lawrence being interviewed on April 1, 1965, in Dayton, Ohio for WHIO News.

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Title page for the 1993 Final Report of the National Commission on AIDS. From the National Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Records, 1983-1994, Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division; MS C 544.

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Dr. Pope A. Lawrence being interviewed on April 1, 1965, in Dayton, Ohio for WHIO News. From the Pope A. Lawrence Papers, 1924-1983, Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division; MS C 539.