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National Library of Medicine Adds Five New Collections to Digital Oral History Holdings


The National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division recently added to its online oral history content 130 interviews, over 6,800 pages of transcripts and 50 hours of audio content, along with five new special collections. These additions more than double the number of interviews, and increases by 50% the number of pages of transcripts available. The content may be accessed at //, as part of the growing electronic texts of the Library's Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program.

As with the initial release, the materials include digital editions of transcripts, and audio content when feasible. Users can browse the interviews by title, interviewee name, and subject. Full-text searching is available across all collections, across each collection and within each transcript.

The five new collections are: 

  • Albert Szent-Györgyi Oral History Collection-conducted with colleagues and students of the scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on the citric acid cycle. These interviews were conducted as part of development of his site on the Library's Profiles in Science project. 
  • James W. Papez Oral History Collection- a collection of oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Kenneth E. Livingston during 1981 and 1982, to document the contributions of Cornell neuroanatomist James W. Papez. 
  • NIMH Oral History Collection-interviews with 42 individuals significant to the foundation and early history of the National Institute of Mental Health, conducted by Dr. Eli A. Rubinstein between the years 1975 and 1978. 
  • National Information Center on Health Services Research Oral Histories, with content created through a collaboration between the Library's History of Medicine Division and NICHSR.  
  • Stephen Strickland NIH Extramural Program Oral History Collection-conducted by Strickland as part of his project to write a history of the extramural programs at NIH.

Transcripts are marked up following the Text Encoding Initiative's (TEI) XML encoding level 1 parameters. Audio content is delivered via a custom Flash player and is downloadable as an MP3. Archival WAV files are available upon request.


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