Name and location of repository
Level of description
James H. Steele, DVM, MPH papers
- 1938-2010 (Creation)
55 cubic feet (137 boxes)
Name of creator
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.
Conditions governing reproduction
Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.
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Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Generated finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
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
No accurals are expected for this collection.
Related materials elements
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
- 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.
Description control element
Rules or conventions
Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
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.
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Harvard School of Public Health (Subject)
- Michigan State University. Veterinary Clinical Center (Subject)
- Center for Disease Control. Veterinary Public Health Services (Subject)
- World Health Organization (Subject)
- World Veterinary Congress (Subject)
- Steele, James H. (Subject)
- University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. School of Public Health (Subject)