The Center for the History of Medicine staff is preparing the records of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) for researcher use. The ASTMH was founded in 1903 and is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals. The organization’s mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.
The collection consists of over 150 cubic feet of material, including photographs that depict not only ASTMH events such as conferences and award presentations but also ASTMH members doing field work in the United States, South America, and the Philippines.
Included are three photograph albums assembled by William and Lucy Taliaferro. William Taliaferro was president of the ASTMH in 1954 and studied host-parasite relationships for most of his career. He and his wife Lucy, a graduate of Johns Hopkins and specialist in parasitology, were research partners for over 50 years.
The photograph albums include family and personal images as well as documentation from research trips to Honduras, Panama, and Puerto Rico (note the photographs in the gallery below of the Taliaferros with laboratory monkeys!) There are photographs from trips the Taliaferros made to Europe, both for pleasure and to connect with other scientists in Italy, Switzerland, and England. The photographs span the first three-quarters of the twentieth century and most are annotated with names, locations, or dates.
We anticipate that the ASTMH collection will be opened to research in late 2013.