Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

James H. Steele, DVM, MPH Papers; 1938-2010; MS 104



Collection Overview

Creator: Steele, James H.
Title: James H. Steele, DVM, MPH papers
Dates: 1938-2010
Abstract: The James H. Steele DVM, MPH papers document the life and career of James H. Steele, who is considered the father of veterinary public health. These papers provide information about Steele's research, professional activities and correspondence, travels, and achievements. The collection is 55 cubic feet in size and materials are in good condition.
Identification: MS 104
Quantity: 55 cubic feet (137 boxes)
Language: English, Spanish
Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Biographical Note

James H. Steele, DVM, was born in Chicago on April 13, 1913. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. Steele started the veterinary division of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in 1947. In the 1950s, Steele led development of rabies vaccinations and preventive medicine programs at both the federal and state levels. He traveled to over 60 countries to establish international veterinary public health services. He also served as the United States’ first assistant surgeon general for veterinary affairs in 1968 and then served as the deputy assistant secretary for health and human services in 1970. In 1971, Steele became a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX, a role he kept until his retirement in 1983. At the age of 100, Dr. James H. Steele died on November 10, 2013.


Scope and Contents Note

The James H. Steele DVM, MPH papers (MS104) is 55 cubic feet and consists of 137 documents boxes, VHS, audiocassettes and 1 oversize photo. It contains biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, lectures, certificates and awards, topical research files, newsclippings, photographs, audiovisual materials, collected books and publications, and other realia that detail the personal life, professional activities, and leadership of James H. Steele during his time at the Centeres of Dissease Control and Prevention, as a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, TX, as Assistant Surgeon General, and his retirement. The materials are in good condition.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Steele, James H.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. School of Public Health
Harvard School of Public Health
Michigan State University. Veterinary Clinical Center
Center for Disease Control. Veterinary Public Health Services
World Health Organization.
World Veterinary Congress
Subjects
Medicine
Epidemiology.
Public health.
Vaccination of animals
Rabies.
Zoonoses.
Tuberculosis in cattle
Veterinarians--United States.
Travel.
Places
Houston (Texas)
United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General.
Document Types
articles
photographs
certificates
books
travel guidebooks
research (documents)
audiocassettes
VHS
Occupation
veterinarians
professors (teachers)

Related Material

IC013- University of Texas School of Public Health


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James H. Steele, DVM, MPH papers; MS 104; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

Acquisition Information

James H. Steele donated materials on October 8, 2010, November 10, 2010, and March 22, 2011.

Processing Information

The collection was reviewed to establish or re-establish the order. Original Order of the collection has been maintained. The folder headings are those Dr. Steele assigned. Duplicate copies of publications were removed, along with unrelated popular magazines and files.

Additions

No accurals are expected for this collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Biographical and Personal, 1938-2010

Box
1 Notebooks, Diaries, and Birthday Memories
Box
2 Personal Correspondence and Planners
Box
3 Personal Correspondence
Box
4 Biography, Letters, Photos, and Slides
Box
5 Address Book and Personal Files
Box
6 Greeting Cards and Family Information
Box
7 Personal Correspondence
Box
8 Family and Travels
Box
DC001 Jenny



Series II: Professional Organizations and Conferences, 1957-2009

Box
9-26 Programs, Meeting Notes, Articles, and Correspondence from Conferences and Events
Box
gaf-111 75th American Public Health Association Banquet Photo



Series III: Lectures and Speaking Engagments 1981-2008

Box
27 Lecture Notes, Correspondence, and Photos
Box
AVA 030 Audio Cassettes of Dr. Steele's Lectures and Speaking Engagements
Box
AVV 043 VHS Recordings of Dr. Steele's Lectures



Series IV: Subject Files and Research 1955-2010

Box
28 Subject Files: Salmonellosis-Tularemia Skin Test
Box
29 Subject Files
Box
30-31 Tuberculosis
Box
32-33 Subject Files: Laboratory Animals-Pox Disease
Box
34 Food Safety and Salmonella
Box
35 Subject Files: Zoonoses
Box
36 Subject Files: General
Box
37 Subject Files: Typhoid, Tularemia, and Trichinosis
Box
38-39 Subject File: Q-Fever-Yersinia
Box
40 Subject Files: Zoonoses and Antrax
Box
41-42 Subject Files: Zoonoses
Box
43-45 Subject Files: Bovine Tuberculosis
Box
44-46 Subject Files: General
Box
47 Subject Files: Aflatoin B-Austria
Box
48 Subject Files: General
Box
49 Subject Files: World Population
Box
50 Subject Files: Veterinary Issues
Box
51 Subject Files: Rabies-Salmonella
Box
52-53 Topical Index Cards with Bibliographic Information
Box
54 Subject Files: General
Box
55 Subject Files: Borna Disease-Clay Clostridal Disease
Box
56 Subject Files: Influenza
Box
57 Subject Files: Rabies
Box
58 Subject Files: Arthropodiasis and Stomatitis
Box
59 Subject Files: Diplyidiumcanium-Foot and Mouth Disease
Box
60 Subject Files: Poultry Disease-Yellow Fever
Box
61 Subject Files: Rabies
Box
62 Subject Files: Food Hygience and Influenza
Box
63-64 Subject Files: General
Box
65 Topical Index Cards with Bibliographic Information



Series V: Professional Life, Correspondence, and Travel 1948-2008

Box
66-117 Correspondence, Research, and Travel Information



Series VI: Books and Publications 1950-2004

Box
118-122 Alumni Newsletters, Journals, and Articles
Box
123 CRC Handbook Series on Zoonoses
Box
124-126 Bulletins, Newsletters, and Journals
Box
127 CRC Handbook Series on Zoonoses
Box
128 Controls of Communicable Disease in Man
Box
129-130 Bulletins, Newsletters, and Journals
Box
131 WHO Technical Reports
Box
132 Reports and Publications
Box
133 Chapters from Zoonoses Handbook
Box
134 WHO Technical Reports



Series VII: Awards and Certificates 1968-2008

Box
135 Gold Headed Cane Award and Max Finland Award
Box
136 Certificates
Box
137 K.F. Meyer Award, Surgeon General Medallion, and Alumni Award