Inventory to the Linda Lear collection of Frances Kelsey materials, 1962-2013

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Overview of the Collection

Biographical History

Scope and Content Note

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Subjects and Contributors

Detailed Description of the Collection


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320
learcenter@conncoll.edu | 860.439.2015
Creator: Kelsey, Frances Oldham, 1914-2015.
Title: Linda Lear Collection of Frances Oldham Kelsey papers, 1962-2013
Dates: 1962-2013 (bulk 1962-1965)
Call Number: MS 004
Extent: .29 linear feet (1 1/2 hollinger box and an oversize folder)
Language: English
Abstract: Articles, clippings, correspondence, curriculum vitae, manuscripts, poster, notes, articles, and a poster documenting the life and work of Frances Oldham Kelsey

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Biographical History

Frances Oldham Kelsey (1914-2015) was a pharmacologist and government official recognized for her role in preventing thalidomide, a drug shown to cause severe birth deformities, from entering the United States market.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains articles, clippings, correspondence, biographical material, draft of a manuscript, notes, and a poster regarding the life and work of Frances Kelsey. This material was collected by Linda Lear for a potential biography on Frances Kelsey. These materials primarily document the thalidomide controversy and Kelsey’s role in preventing the drug on the United States market. The chronological files contain copies of articles and newspaper reports on Frances Kelsey as the key FDA investigator, her awards for service, and questions regarding stricter government drug regulations. Also included are a selection of speeches made by Kelsey regarding the government’s role in regulating new drugs. Of interest is an autobiographical reflection written by Kelsey which discusses in-depth her early life and education, her work at the University of Chicago and her work on the Sulfanilamide case, her work between graduate school and the FDA, and her experience regarding the thalidomide case.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item]. Folder, Box. Linda Lear Collection of Frances Kelsey materials, 1962-2013. Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives, Connecticut College.

Processed By

Rose Oliveira, October 2016

Acquisitions Information

Gift of Linda Lear for the Linda Lear Center, July 2016.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open for reaearch.

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Subjects and Contributors

 
Names:
Kelsey, Frances Oldham, 1914-2015
Taussig, Helen B. (Helen Brooke), 1898-1986
Organizations:
United States. Food and Drug Administration
Subjects:
Civil service--Awards--United States.
Drugs--Testing--United States.
Pharmacology.
Thalidomide.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection

Box Folder Description Date(s)
1 1 Autobiography of Kelsey; includes Kelsey’s curriculum vitae, Linda Lear notes on an interview with Kelsey ca. 1987, 2013
  2 Correspondence from John Swann (FDA) to Linda Lear re: Kelsey 2013
OS 1 3 Drug detective poster, newspapers 1962
  4 Kelsey Chronological files 1962,2013
  5 Kelsey Chronological files 1963
  6 Kelsey Chronological files 1964
  7 Kelsey Chronological files 1965-1967
  8 Article re: FDA today by Peter Dreier May 15, 2013
  9 Secondary Scholarship ca.1979-2013
  10 Speeches [not all speeches are complete] undated, 1968-1985
  11 Taussig, Helen– documents 1962, 2013

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