[Diary entry on a meeting with M. C. Winternitz and Michael DeBakey]
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1950-11-09 (November 9, 1950)
Original Repository: Rockefeller Archive Center. Rockefeller Foundation Archives
Reproduced with permission of the Rockefeller Foundation.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Postwar Work and Retirement, 1945-1956
AG Diary Nov. 9, 1950
Dr. M.C. Winternitz and Michael DeBakey
Present the present situation of the Surgeon General's library in Washington. The attitude of the Department of Defense
is that the library is not a proper charge on the defense of the US and the suggestion has been made that the NRC constitute
a committee to prepare a report on the library with recommendations as to what should be done. The Index Catalogue was discontinued
in January 1950. It is perfectly clear that the library needs a large new building and that its major functions are a lending
library, a storage of a truly remarkable collection of medical literature, and the place where the Index Catalogue or something
comparable could and should be produced. These functions do not demand location in Washington but they do call for a building
that would probably cost $10 million, and the maintenance of the service and the Index Catalogue would probably come to an
annual cost of $2,500,000.
W asked me to be the chairman of an NRC committee and prepare a report. I told him that the reasons that I would probably
not be able to accept this task were (1) that my job calls for too much travel and sometimes for absences from the US of two
months or more; (2) that my travel, together with some government jobs I have, constitutes all I can do; and (3) that I am
not particularly familiar with medical library administration or its problems. Told him I would think it over carefully, however,
since the Surgeon General's library has a world importance in the field of medical literature. I later wrote W that I
could not assume this responsibility.