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Online Historical Resources

National Institutes of Health - General Interest

NIH Almanac
Published annually, the Almanac presents pertinent facts about the NIH and includes a chapter on NIH history. For mission statements, important events, and legislative chronologies for each NIH Institute, go to 

Watch President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicate the NIH campus on October 31,1940 
The text of this speech can be found on page 48 of “70 Acres of Science”.

Origins of the National Institutes of Health: The Flags and Organizations under Which It Has Served 
An exhibit prepared for the NIH Centennial observance in 1987.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
Information about NIH's parent agency.

NIH Components - Institutes/Offices

Below are links to selective websites and history sections of the National Institutes of Health. To visit each of the Institutes please go to

Center for Information Technology-CIT
Important Events in CIT History

Center for Scientific Review - CSR

The Julius Axelrod Papers
National Library of Medicine - Profiles in Science

National Cancer Institute - NCI 
National Cancer Institute Factbook and Information

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI
NHLBI Overview and Planning Documents
NHLBI Fact Book
Framingham Heart Study - 50 Years of Research Success
From Public Advocacy To Research Priorities, NHLBI Listens And Responds

National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI
Understanding Our Genetic Inheritance: The U.S. Human Genome Project: The First Five Years: Fiscal Years 1991-1995

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders - NIDCD
Important Events in NIDCD History

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - NIDCR
The Story of Fluoridation

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases - NIDDK

National Institute on Drug Abuse - NIDA
Milestones in NIDA History

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS
A Brief History of NIEHS

National Institute of General Medical Sciences - NIGMS
40 Years of Discovery: From Molecules to Medicine

National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH

National Institute of Nursing Research - NINR
Important Events in NINR History

National Library of Medicine
History of the Medicine Division, NLM
Exhibitions in the History of Medicine
Profiles in Science

The Office of the Director is the central office at NIH, and is responsible for setting policy for NIH and for planning, managing, and coordinating the programs and activities of all the NIH components.