James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY and museum

The Office of NIH History and Museum at the National Institutes of Health advances the historical understanding of the biomedical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health by documenting, preserving, and interpreting records and artifacts. The office creates exhibits and other products, and helps scholars and researchers to navigate the rich history of the National Institutes of Health.




Oil painting by Sir Frederick Banting

We aren’t all about scientific instruments—we have artwork in our collection! For example, this Canadian mountain scene was painted by Sir Frederick Banting, who was a well-known artist and the discoverer of insulin as a treatment for diabetes.  Banting (1891-1941) had chosen science over art for his profession, but his avocation led him to remote areas of the Canadian wilderness, sometimes for weeks at a time.  He was associated with the Canadian "Group of Seven" known for their more impressionistic style. In 1987, the Medical Research Council of Canada presented this untitled painting to NIH Director James Wyngaarden in commemoration of NIH's 100th Anniversary.




Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Edward A. Berger
Interview date: August 14, 2017

Michael M. .Gottesman,
Interview date: March 1, 2016 (part 1 of 2) [video also available]
Interview date: March 1, 2016 (part 2 of 2) [video also available]

The Office of NIH History holds photograph collections cataloged and uncataloged. Many can be found in on our Flickr site and in Search Our Collections. To request images for use in publications or presentations contact the Office of NIH History. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


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Office of History and Stetten Museum | Bldg 60 | Suite 230 | National Institutes of Health | Bethesda, MD 20814-1460
Phone: 301.496.6610 | Email: history@nih.gov

Last updated: 05 February 2018
First published: 2 February 2005
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