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.



Happy 130th birthday, NIH!  From his one-room laboratory at the Staten Island Marine Hospital, Kinyoun employed the new bacteriological methods he learned in Europe – and his trusty microscope – in the service of protecting Americans’ health, and he taught federal, state, and local public health officers how to do the same. 

His Hygienic Laboratory grew in responsibility and staff, becoming the National Institute of Health in 1930 and National Institutes of Health (plural) in 1948.  The over 20,000 employees of the current NIH salute you!'



Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Anthony S. Fauci
Interview date: July 3, 1986 (Part of In Their Own Words AIDS Oral History Series)

Seymour Kety
Interview date: December 12, 1995

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: 01 November 2017
First published: 2 February 2005
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