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H MS c302

Little, John B. (Bertram), 1929-. Papers, 1855-2006 (inclusive), 1960s-2000 (bulk): Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

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Processing of the John B. Little papers was funded by the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine's Lloyd E. Hawes Fund for Radiology.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c302
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Little, John B. (Bertram) 1929-.
Title: John B. Little papers,
Date(s): 1855-2006 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1960s-2000 (bulk).
Quantity: 58 cubic feet ( (57 records center cartons and 1 flat box) )
Quantity: .5 Gigabytes ( (electronic records)
Language of materials: Papers are predominantly in English with some materials in German, French, Russian, and Chinese.
Abstract: Records in the collection were created or collected by John B. Little during the course of his professional and research activities at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Record types include correspondence, reports, grant applications, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, meeting minutes, agendas, photographs, contact sheets, negatives, slides, 3.5" and 5.5" diskettes, and X-rays. Topics include student activism at Harvard during the 1970s and 1980s, re-organization of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health during the 1970s and 1980s, work done at the Kresge Environmental Health Center and Little's faculty and administrative work at Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health. Also included are records of Little's activity as an expert advisor at institutions other than Harvard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

  • Accession number 2004-016. John Bertram Little. 23 February 2004.
  • Accession number 2008-083. John Bertram Little. 27 June 2008.
  • Custodial History:

    The collection was donated to the Center for the History of Medicine in 2004 and 2008 by John Bertram Little.

    Processing Information:

    Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, 2014 March.
    Staff at the Center reboxed, refoldered, and listed the collection and created a finding aid to enhance access. Material in three-ring binders was removed from the binders, the binder titles transcribed as folder titles, and the binders discarded. .5 cubic feet of duplicate class materials were discarded. Triplicate copies of these materials were retained in the collection. 3.5" floppy diskettes were imaged using the FTK (Forensic Toolkit) and digital surrogates are available for researcher use; two disks could not be imaged. The original disks were retained in the collection. Researchers should be aware that words in brackets in folder titles were illegible or nearly so on the original folders; in these cases, the original folder tabs have been removed and placed with the refoldered material.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I and II. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.
    Access to electronic records in this collection (as found in Series I and II) is also subject to the above restrictions. Additionally, access is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit.
    The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

    Preferred Citation:

    John B. Little Papers, 1855-2006 (inclusive). H MS c302. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

    Separations

    A box containing glass microscope slides was transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum (Acc. #2014-012).

    Biographical Notes

    John B. Little (born 1929), B.A., 1951, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts; M.D., 1955, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Little interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health in 1965. A brief chronology of Little's professional activity follows.

    Professional Activity of John B. Little

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of records created and collected by John Bertram Little during his professional and research activities at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The materials include correspondence, reports, grant applications, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, photographs, contact sheets, negatives, slides, 3.5" and 5.5" diskettes, and X-rays. The collection also includes experiment and research records, manuscripts in various states of preparation for publication, faculty records, class syllabi, lecture schedules, grant applications, and project reports. Topics include student activism at Harvard during the 1970s and 1980s (including the Bok Report), the re-organization of the Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health during the 1970s and 1980s, the work done at the Kresge Environmental Health Center, and Little's faculty work as a teacher of radiology and physiology. The collection also reflects Little's activities as a consultant and member of professional organizations such as the Radiation Effects Research Council, the American Cancer Society, and the New England Roentgen Ray Society.
    The collection is predominantly in English with some materials in German, French, Russian, and Chinese.

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    Cancer cells.
    Cancer cells – Growth.
    Cytology Research.
    Radiation.
    Radiobiology.
    Radiobiologists.
    Cell Biology
    Cell Growth Processes
    Radiation
    Radiobiology
    Color slides
    Correspondence
    Floppy disks
    Laboratory notes
    Laboratory notebooks
    Personal papers
    Research
    Radiobiologists.
    Researchers.
    Little, John B. (Bertram) 1929-.
    Harvard Medical School.
    Harvard School of Public Health.
    Massachusetts General Hospital.
    Massachusetts General Hospital. Department of Radiology.

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