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ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION FIELD OFFICES, RECORD GROUP 6.7 - NEW DELHI, INDIA, 1935-1976

Subgroup II - Medical and Natural Sciences Program

Subgroup II, Medical and Natural Sciences Program, has been arranged in three series:

  1. Series I - Administrative Files
  2. Series II - All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
  3. Series III - Virus Research Center, Poona
Records offer evidence of the RF's increasing support for medical education and public health, recognized by the creation in 1951 of the Division of Medicine and Public Health (MEPH).

Series I, Administrative Files, dates from 1935, the year in which the RF began operations in New Delhi. Annual reports (1935-1973) from the RF's Representative in New Delhi to the Government of India provide valuable summaries of work in progress and identify current office staff. In their correspondence (1957-1958), John C. Bugher, Director (1955-1959) of MEPH, and John M. Weir, Assoc. Director (1955-1959), discuss the desirability of combining the medical and agricultural programs in one New Delhi office. Other correspondents include LeRoy R. Allen, Representative in India and Consultant to the AIIMS (1960-1967), and Lucien A. Gregg, Adviser to the Director of the AIIMS (1958-1962).

Files in Series II, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, relate to three cooperative programs of the AIIMS: the Comprehensive Rural Health Services Project at Ballabhgarh (1960-1973), the joint Harvard-AIIMS project to study health and population pressures in rural communities (1966-1967), and a staff exchange program with the Massachusetts General Hospital (1962, 1964-1967), which was never implemented. The Ballabhgarh project is the most fully documented. This was a cooperative program of the AIIMS, the Government of Hariana, and the RF, which sought to build and operate rural health centers and conduct family planning studies. LeRoy R. Allen served as Project Director. Files include data on family planning (1965-1967), site plans for hospital construction (1964-1965), budget summaries (1964-1968), and correspondence with temporary field staff.

Early in 1951, a Virus Research Center was established in Poona in cooperation with the Indian Council of Medical Research. Files (1951-1970) retained by the New Delhi office document the center's establishment, administration, and research program. They are located in Series III and alphabetically arranged by subject.

In October 1951, Dr. J. Austin Kerr arrived to organize and direct the Virus Research Center. Kerr's correspondence and that of his successor, Telford H. Work, is filed under "Director's office correspondence." This correspondence fills nine folders and is arranged in groupings designated by the field office: New York office, New Delhi office, Indian Council of Medical Research, and colleagues in India. Files include both incoming and outgoing correspondence with these other offices and individuals.

Research centered on the identification and isolation of Indian viruses transmitted by blood-sucking arthropods. Files relating to individual viruses are arranged by virus name. Interim activity reports (1952-1957) provide information on ongoing virus work. The Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine and the Indian Veterinary Research Institute at Izatnagar participated in the research effort; correspondence between Poona and these institutions is filed at the end of Series III.

Series I - Administrative Files, 1935-1973 (.4 cubic feet)
Box 138

    989 - Annual reports (to Government of India), 1935-1973
    Correspondence, 1949-1971
    990-991 - Fellowships, 1949-1967
    992 - General policy, 1950-1966
    993 - Grants-in-Aid, 1950, 1953, 1956-1958, 1960-1962, 1964-1966
    994 - Health minister, 1954-1960
    995 - Import regulations, 1961-1962
    996 - Office establishment (joint IAP/MNS), 1957-1958
    997 - Program development, 1950-1960
Box 138A
    998 - Program development, 1961-1963
    999 - Staff assignments (Allen, LeRoy R.), 1960-1971
    1000 - Staff assignments (Gregg, Lucien A.), 1957-1962
Series II. All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), 1957-73, n.d. (1.8 cubic feet)
Box 139
    1001-1002 - General correspondence, 1957-1964
    Ballabhgarh Rural Health Centers, 1960-1973
    1003-1007 - General, 1960-1973
    1008 - Architectural services, 1968-1970
Box 140
    1009-1012 - Budgets and budget summaries, 1964-1968
    1013 - Family planning studies, 1965-1967
    1014 - Hospital construction, 1969-1970
    1015 - Project staff, 1965-1967
    Site plans, 1964-1965, n.d. - See below, Box 142, Oversize
    1016 - Supplies and equipment, 1967-1969
    1017-1018 - Harvard-AIIMS population studies, 1966-1967
    1019 - Massachusetts General Hospital-AIIMS project, 1962, 1964-1967
Box 141
    1020-1021 - Post-graduate nursing course, 1960-1961, 1965-1968
    1022-1023 - Review committee, 1964-1965
Box 142
    1024-1027 - Site plans (blue prints), 1964-1965, n.d.
Series III. Virus Research Center, Poona, 1951-70 (2.0 cubic feet)
Box 143
    Administrative correspondence, 1951-1965
    1028-1029 - Establishment and organization, 1951-1953
    1030-1031 - General, 1952-1957, 1959-1966
    1032 - Arms and ammunition imports, 1959-1960
    1033 - Bank accounts and expenditures, 1955-1958
    1034-1035 - Budgetary matters, 1951-1960
    1036 - Buildings and grounds, 1951-1955
    1037 - Equipment (general), 1951-1955
Box 144
    1038 - Equipment (general), 1956-1959
    1039 - Equipment (donations), 1967-1970
    1040 - Equipment (library), 1959-1960
    1041 - Equipment inventories, 1952-1957
    1042 - Insurance coverage, 1951, 1954-1955, 1957
    1043 - Public Law 480 funds, 1962-1965
    1044-1046 - Staff recruitment, 1951-1955, 1962-1965
    1047-1049 - Director's office correspondence (New York office), 1951-1958
Box 145
    1050-1052 - Director's office correspondence (New Delhi office), 1952-1968
    1053 - Director's office correspondence (Indian Council of Medical Research), 1953-1959
    1054-1055 - Director's office correspondence (colleagues in India), 1952-1958
    1056-1057 - Interim activity reports, 1952-1957
    1058-1059 - Property lists, 1967
Box 146
    Virus diseases (draft reports and correspondence)
    1060 - Diabetes Insipidus, 1952-1954
    1061 - Encephalitis Vellore, 1955-1956
    1062 - Encephalitis, Viral, 1952-1953, 1957-1958
    1063-1065 - Jamshedpur Fever, 1954-1955
    1066 - Poliomyelitis, 1952, 1955
    1067 - "Q" fever, 1952-1954
    1068 - Taxonomy of culicifacies, 1952
    1069-1071 - Kyasanoor Forest disease, 1957-1958
    1072 - Yellow fever, 1951-1952, 1954-1955

Box 146A
    Virus research (participating institutions), 1951-1955
    1073 - Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, 1951, 1953-1954
    1074 - Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar, 1952-1955



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