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February 27, 1967

Oral History Records

Author Affiliations

History of Medicine Division National Library of Medicine Bethesda, Md 20014

JAMA. 1967;199(9):674. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090116031

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To the Editor:—  In recent years there has been an increasing interest in the creation of "oral history" records as source materials for medical history. This technique uses tape-recorded interviews with individuals whose careers have been important to the development of modern medicine to capture information that would otherwise be lost. As a part of its program in oral history, the National Library of Medicine is conducting a census of existing oral history materials in the field of biomedicine in the United States. This information will eventually appear in a Union Catalog, which will inform interested persons of the location, subject coverage, and availability of these materials throughout the country. For this purpose we are writing to a large number of biomedical institutions and societies to ask whether they have oral history programs or collections either sponsored by themselves or conducted independently by any of their members.The National Library