ONLINE HISTORICAL RESOURCES
Published annually, the Almanac presents pertinent facts about the NIH and includes a chapter on NIH history. For mission statements, important events, and legislative chronologies for each NIH Institute, go to http://www.nih.gov/about/almanac/organization/index.htm
Origins of the National Institutes of Health: The Flags and Organizations under Which It Has Served
An exhibit prepared for the NIH Centennial observance in 1987.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Information about NIH's parent agency.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) History
- FDA History
- Federal Health Information: commonly requested information about health.
- “If You Knew the Conditions...”: Health Care to Native Americans
- Images from the History of the Public Health Service: a Photographic Exhibit
Below are links to selective websites and history sections of the National Institutes of Health. To visit each of the Institutes please go to http://www.nih.gov/icd/
Center for Information Technology-CIT
Important Events in CIT History
Center for Scientific Review - CSR
Pages From Our History
The Julius Axelrod Papers
National Library of Medicine - Profiles in Science
National Cancer Institute - NCI
National Cancer Institute Factbook and Information
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI
NHLBI Overview and Planning Documents
NHLBI Fact Book
Framingham Heart Study - 50 Years of Research Success
Sickle Cell Research for Treatment and Cure
From Public Advocacy To Research Priorities, NHLBI Listens And Responds
National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI
Understanding Our Genetic Inheritance: The U.S. Human Genome Project: The First Five Years: Fiscal Years 1991-1995
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - NIAID
NIAID Institute Facts
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - NIDCD
Important Events in NIDCD History
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR
The Story of Fluoridation
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK
National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA
Milestones in NIDA History
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS
A Brief History of NIEHS
National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIGMS
40 Years of Discovery: From Molecules to Medicine
National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH
National Institute of Nursing Research - NINR
Important Events in NINR History
The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, and is responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components.
- Lisa Walker, “From Discovery to Control: History of Live Virus Vaccines at NIAID's Laboratory of Infectious Diseases,” June 1, 2006
- Claudia Wassmann, “Imaging the Brain, Finding Emotion: A History of Brain Imaging and Research in Emotion at the NIH,” January 24, 2006.
- Leo Slater, “A History of Service: Malaria Research at NIAID,” November 8, 2005.
- Victoria A. Harden, “'An Indescribable Experience': NIH Researchers and the AIDS Epidemic, 1981-1990,” September 22, 2005.
- Maya Ponte, “Surprising Prions: New Twists in the Tale of a Novel Infectious Agent,” July 11, 2005.
- Thomas Söderqvist, “The Seven Virtues of Biography, or: What's the Use of Biographies of Life Scientists?” September 21, 2004.
- Sara Shostak, “Pathways to Public Health: Research with Genetically Modified Mouse Models at the NIEHS,” July 8, 2004.
- “A Celebration of Nursing at the Clinical Center: A conversation with Vernice Ferguson,” May 6, 2004.
- Maxine Singer, “George Beadle and the Emergence of Genetics as a Molecular Science,” February 17, 2004.
- Valerie Williams, “From Bedside-to-Bench and Back: A History of the First Effective Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease,” November 4, 2003.
- Alan Kraut, “Goldberger's War: The Life and Work of a Public Health Crusader,” September 22, 2003.
- NICHD 40th anniversary Hall of Honor induction, September 22, 2003.
- “NIMH and NINDB Intramural Research in the 1950s,” April 11, 2003.
- “Julie at 90: A Symposium in Honor of the Lifetime Achievements of Dr. Julius Axelrod in Biomedical Sciences,” May 31, 2002.
- Donald Fredrickson, “Recombinant DNA: Science, Politics, and the Public Interest, 1974-1981,” December 11, 2001.
Online Historical Resources
NIH Organizational Charts, 1975 (PDF - 10.1MB)