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Franklin D. Roosevelt at NIH 1940

President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the National Institute of Health's campus in Bethesda, Maryland, on October 31, 1940.

Video of President Roosevelt's dedication Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine collections

The Office of NIH History and Stetten Museum was established to increase historical understanding of the National Institutes of Health and biomedical science among NIH staff, scholars, and the general public.  The Office serves as a source of information for NIH history by maintaining a variety of collections, listed below.  Reference questions about NIH history can be answered via email.