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Catalog Number 90.0005.031
Object Name Pen, Fountain
Title Pen used to sign Public Act 251
Description Gold metal frame, cream matte. Pen is mounted on side of a letter. Pen is wood with metal quill-type tip. The letter is dated May 26, 1930, from J.W. Kerr describing the signing of Public Act 251 which established the National Institute of Health under the Public Health Service.
Date 1930
Accession number 90.0005.031
Caption Pen used to sign Public Act 251
Catalog date 2002-11-29
Catalog type History
Provenance From "A Short History of NIH," by Victoria Harden, Ph.D., www.nih.gov/od/museum: "In 1930, the Ransdell Act changed the name of the Hygienic Laboratory to National Institute (singular) of Health (NIH) and authorized the establishment of fellowships for research into basic biological and medical problems. The roots of this act extended to 1918, when chemists who had worked with the Chemical Warfare Service in World War I sought to establish an institute in the private sector to apply fundamental knowledge in chemistry to problems of medicine. In 1926, after no philanthropic patron could be found to endow such an institute, the proponents joined with Louisiana Senator Joseph E. Ransdell to seek federal sponsorship. The truncated form in which the bill was finally enacted in 1930 reflected the harsh economic realities imposed by the Great Depression. Nonetheless, this legislation marked a change in the attitude of the U.S. scientific community toward public funding of medical research. "
Number of images 1
Updated 2017-09-14
Condition Very Good
Credit line Courtesy of Peter Hirtle
NIH Property # none
Old NIH Property # none
Serial # none
People Ransdell, Joseph E.
Kerr, John W.