OFFICE OF NIH HISTORY
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
The Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health exists to advance historical understanding of biomedical research within the NIH and the world. Through preserving records of significant NIH achievements, innovative exhibits, and educational programs, the Office of NIH History explores the past to enhance present understanding of the health sciences and the National Institutes of Health.
The NIH Stetten Museum is pleased to announce that the NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) exhibit will be installed on December 2, 2013 in the lobby of Building 50.
March is Women’s History Month. The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum created a page to honor women scientists at NIH and highlight their contributions to public health and safety.
Alice Evans began work at the Hygienic Laboratory (forerunner of the NIH) in 1918 under Dr. George McCoy. She joined a dedicated team of women and men working to improve the serum treatment for epidemic meningitis.
Date: September 2, 1963 (Memoirs)
Margaret Pittman was the first woman to hold the position of laboratory chief at NIH, heading the Laboratory of Bacterial Products, Division of Biologics and Standards, from 1957 to 1971.
Interview date: December 8, 1988
The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of History.
Recent publications by former fellows, based partly on their work as Stetten Fellows
David Cantor, Stress, Shock, and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2014.
Johanna Crane, Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013.
Eric Boyle, Quack Medicine: A History of Combating Health Fraud in Twentieth-Century America. Praeger, 2013.
Leo B. Slater, War and disease: Biomedical Research on Malaria in the Twentieth Century. Rutgers University Press, 2009.
A ERNST LEITZ MICROSCOPE, ONE OF SEVERAL MICROSCOPES LOCATED IN THE STETTEN MUSEUM COLLECTION