James H. Steele, DVM, MPH papers

Identity elements

Reference code

MS 104

Level of description

Collection

Title

James H. Steele, DVM, MPH papers

Date(s)

  • 1938-2010 (Creation)

Extent

55 cubic feet (137 boxes)

Name of creator

(1913-2013)

Biographical history

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.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

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.

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use elements

Conditions governing access

Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

Physical access

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

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

Languages of the material

  • English
  • Spanish

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Generated finding aid

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

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

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Accruals

No accurals are expected for this collection.

Related materials elements

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

IC013- University of Texas School of Public Health

Related descriptions

Notes element

Specialized notes

  • 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.

Alternative identifier(s)

TARO

00221

Description control element

Rules or conventions

Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

Sources used

Archivist's note

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.

Access points

Place access points

Accession area