NLM Celebrates Acquisition of Papers of Sickle Cell Pioneer

February 2, 2012 would have been the 90th birthday of Charles F. Whitten, pediatric hematologist, co-founder of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), and devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  The National Library of Medicine marked the occasion by celebrating the acquisition of Dr. Whitten’s papers.  This unique collection will help people better understand the…

A Delicate Touch: Preserving Rare Books, Prints, Letters and Other Objects on Paper at the NLM

The National Library of Medicine will join libraries and institutions nationwide to celebrate the second annual Preservation Week (April 24-30), promoting ways to preserve belongings whether in a library, museum, or home. To highlight NLM’s 2011 Preservation Week activities, we have a behind the scenes look at how the Library preserves its valuable collection of…

History Lesson: Recognizing the Red Cross

March is Red Cross Month. The American Red Cross was founded in 1881 by Clara Barton and others. It is one of the 186 private, national societies of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, formed in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1863 by Henry Dunant, which offer neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war.…