James A. Shannon buildingOFFICE OF NIH HISTORY and Stetten museum

The Office of NIH History and Stetten 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.



This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The Institute was established and signed into law on June 24,1948 by President Harry Truman. Follow us on our social media sites to learn about the history of this Institute.


Historical exhibits about two NIH scientists opened on May 14, 2018, in the central corridor of the NIH Clinical Center.  One tells the story of 1984 Lasker Award winner Michael Potter (1924–2013), titled Curiosity & Collaboration: The Work of Michael Potter. The other, Christian Boehmer Anfinsen: Protein Folding and the Nobel Prize, explores the life of Chris Anfinsen and his contributions to science.


Exhibit Opening

From left to right:
Dr. Fritz Melchers, Dr. Beverly Mock, Dr. Michael Gottesman, Melissa Adde (daughter of Michael Potter)

Michael Potter Memorial Lecture: A Friend in a Lifelong Search for a Cure for Multiple Myeloma, an NIH Legend: Presented by Dr. Fritz Melchers


Oral histories are added on a regular basis.

Floyd S. Daft,
Interview date: October 14, 1964

M.A. Ruda
Interview dates: April 6 & May 18, 1999

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 July 2018
First published: 2 February 2005
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