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The National Archives

The National Archives contains numerous motion pictures, photographs and other documents related to polio. Use the keyword "polio" or other search term descriptions for individual archival holdings. Of particular note:

  • National Archives photo "Instructing nurses on the use of respirator for a polio patient" May 23, 1958 (photographer and location unknown), General Records of the Department of Labor; Record Group 174; National Archives, part of the exhibit The Way We Worked.
  • FDR: "A 'New' FDR Emerges: Historians, Teachers, Authors Take a Fresh, Sometimes Critical, Look at Roosevelt" from the Winter 2006, Vol. 38, No. 4 of Prologue.
  • From the Annotation newsletter of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, March 2001, page 9, is a report about the $15,000 grant from Georgia Historical Repository Grant Program obtained by Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute to preserve 4,673 nitrate negatives of images on polio treatment dated from approximately 1928-1940s.
  • National Archives television interview, July 12, 1954, “Spread and control of polio” with participant Basil O'Connor, President, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. (Interviewers Larry Lesueur and Ned Calmer 200LW325-non-digitized). 
  • Textual records concerning polio and the polio vaccine ("Polio Files"), 1953-55 from The National Archives Records of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), (Record Group 443) 1912-90443.3.1 Records of the Office of the Director.
  • Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta) 442.2; records from Center for Disease Control and its predecessors 1921-2004, 442.2.3, with branches that include Epidemiology, concerning the study of polio, influenza, salmonella, and other diseases, bacteria, and viruses, 1927-73.

The National Archives
The National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
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