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H MS c359

Haseltine, William A. Papers, circa 1944-2008 (inclusive), 1962-2008 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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

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Processing of the William A. Haseltine papers was funded by William A. Haseltine.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c359
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Haseltine, William A.
Title: William A. Haseltine papers,
Date(s): 1944-2008 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1962-2008 (bulk).
Quantity: 146.96 cubic feet (171 records center cartons, 10 letter size document boxes, 1 half letter size document box, and 3 oversize flat storage boxes) )
Quantity: 04.16 gigabytes* (18 compact discs and 2 3.5 inch floppy disks)
Language of materials: Papers are predominately in English, with some correspondence and publications in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.
Abstract: The William A. Haseltine papers (1962-2008) are the product of Haseltine's activities as a researcher, business executive, educator, lecturer, consultant, and contributing member of national and international organizations. Haseltine's main areas of research include cancer, HIV and AIDS, and genomics.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

  • Accession number 2011-023. Donated by William A. Haseltine. 2011 April 11.
  • Processing Information:

    Processed by Meghan M. Bannon.
    Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Items were removed from three ring binders and, where necessary, photocopied to acid-free paper. Processing staff discarded duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals when available; titles supplied by the processing staff appear in brackets only on the physical folders. Files on 3.5 inch floppy disks and compact discs (as found in Series I, II, IV, and V) were copied to secure storage. Files that could be opened were sampled for content, however, researchers should be aware that not every file in the collection was (or could be) opened and assessed. Files for which specific software was needed, but not available to staff at the time of processing, were not reviewed. Files on 5.25 inch floppy disks will be copied to secure storage in late 2013. Regardless of copy status, all original media have been retained.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    Access to the collection requires the permission of the donor, William A. Haseltine, for the duration of his lifetime. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information about submitting a request to access the collection.
    Once approved, researchers should note that access to certain corporate, organizational, and institutional records is restricted for 50 years from the date of record creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I-V, and VII. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I-VII. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records without additional donor approval.
    Access to electronic records in this collection (as found in Series I, II, IV, and V) 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.

    Existence and Location of Copies:

    The William A. Haseltine papers have been digitized in their entirety. Researchers are required to use digitized versions of records unless there is a demonstrated need to work with the originals.

    Preferred Citation:

    William A. Haseltine papers, circa 1944-2008 (inclusive), 1962-2008 (bulk). H MS c359. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

    Biographical Note

    William Alan Haseltine (born 1944), B.A., 1966, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., 1973, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is Chairman and President of ACCESS Health International, Inc., Chairman of the Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts, and formerly a Professor at Harvard Medical School (1988-1995) and Harvard School of Public Health (1989-1995), as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (1993-2004). Haseltine's main areas of research include cancer, retroviruses such as HIV and AIDS, and genomics.
    William Alan Haseltine was born on 17 October 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri to William R. Haseltine and Jean Adele Haseltine. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1966 and earned a Ph.D. in biophysics from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1973. After graduating, Haseltine became a Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) Center for Cancer Research, Cambridge, where he was a Helen Hay Whitney Fellow from 1973 to 1975. While at MIT, Haseltine conducted research with Nobel laureates James Watson (born 1928), Walter Gilbert (born 1932), and David Baltimore (born 1938). Following the completion of his fellowship, Haseltine went on to hold various positions at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Boston, Massachusetts, Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), including: HMS and DFCI Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, 1975 to 1979; HSPH Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, 1978 to 1979; HMS and DFCI Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, 1979 to 1988; HSPH Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, 1979 to 1988; DFCI Professor, Division of Human Retrovirology, 1988 to 1995; HMS Professor, Department of Pathology, 1988 to 1995; and HSPH Professor, Department of Cancer Biology, 1989 to 1995. During his tenure at DFCI, Haseltine created and served as chair of two academic departments, the Division of Cancer Pharmacology and the Division of Human Retrovirology, a position he held from 1989 to 1993.
    While at HMS, DFCI, and HSPH, Haseltine founded several companies including Cambridge BioScience Corporation (1981), Virus Research Institute (1990), and Activated Cell Therapy, Inc. (1992). In 1992, Haseltine took a leave of absence from his Boston positions to move to Maryland to form Human Genome Sciences, Inc. (HGS), a company that conducted research on therapeutics and diagnostics for human disease using human and microbial genes. Haseltine eventually resigned from his positions at HMS, DFCI, and HSPH to focus completely on HGS. Haseltine retired as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of HGS in 2004; he is currently the Chairman and President of ACCESS Health International, Inc., Chairman of the Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts, and a consultant to various organizations.
    Throughout the course of his career, Haseltine has authored over 200 articles and seventy books and monographs on HTLV-1, HIV, AIDS, cancer, and regenerative medicine. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and Related Disorders from 1987 to 1999, Editor of Methods in Molecular and Cellular Biology from 1991 to 2002, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Regenerative Medicine from 1999 to 2003. In addition to his editorial positions, Haseltine was a member of numerous professional organizations and scientific advisory boards, including the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR, now the Foundation for AIDS Research), AIDS Crisis Trust, the Brookings Institution, the Trilateral Commission, Council on Foreign Relations, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Institute for OneWorld Health, New York Academy of Sciences, the National Health Museum, and the United States Chamber of Commerce. Haseltine has received many awards and honors recognizing his research and leadership, including being named by Time magazine as one of the twenty-five most influential business executives in 2001 and receiving KPMG LLP's High Tech Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1996. Haseltine was also awarded Honorary Doctorates of Science from the University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and from the University of Maryland.
    William Alan Haseltine has two children, Alexander and Mara, from his first marriage to Patricia Gercik. Haseltine was married to Gale Hayman from 1991 to 2005; he married Maria Eugenia Maury in August 2012.

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The William A. Haseltine papers (1962-2008, bulk) are the product of Haseltine's activities as a researcher, business executive, educator, lecturer, consultant, and contributing member of national and international organizations. The papers consist of seven series: Series I. Professional Records; Series II. Travel Files; Series III. Subject Files; Series IV. Personal Records; Series V. Writings and Publications; Series VI. Collected Reprints and Publications; and Series VII. Audiovisual Records.
    Professional Records (Series I) comprise the bulk of the collection and consist of administrative and research records, meeting minutes, reports, subject files, personnel records, correspondence, presentations, and drafts produced by Haseltine and his colleagues at the various companies and organizations he was employed at or founded, including Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Cambridge BioScience Corporation. Travel records (Series II) contain lecture drafts, meeting programs, and correspondence from Haseltine's amfAR meetings and conferences on AIDS research. Subject files (Series III) consist of articles, notes, newspaper clippings, and correspondence about Alzheimer's disease, nanotechnology, stem cells, cancer, HIV, and AIDS. Personal records (Series IV) contain correspondence with friends and family, school notebooks, letters of recommendation, journals, and invitations to social events. The papers also include Haseltine's manuscript drafts and reprints, collected reprints on HIV and AIDS, and videotapes and audiotapes from Human Genome Sciences and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute meetings (Series V, VI, and VII).
    Papers are predominately in English. Some correspondence and publications are in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

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