During the years leading up to the National Institutes of Health centennial commemoration, Dr. DeWitt Stetten, Jr., NIH Deputy Director for Science (emeritus) proposed establishment of a museum of medical research instruments to preserve the material heritage of biomedical research. In October 1986, the museum, combined with a revived NIH History Office, was created, and Dr. Victoria A. Harden was appointed NIH Historian and Curator. In May 1987, the museum was renamed in honor of Dr. Stetten. In 2002, the organization was renamed the Office of NIH History with two components, the Historical Research Unit and the Stetten Museum. Dr. Harden retired in 2006 and Dr. Robert Martensen served as director from 2007 through 2012.
- Excerpt from The Stetten Museum page