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Please call the Archives Reference staff at (717) 783-3281 to inquire about the exact nature of restrictions. Information in patient files is always restricted to patients and immediate members of their families. Research access to any restricted Department of Health records must be approved by that Department's Institutional Review Board. The researcher will be required to submit a protocol showing how he or she will use the data and protect confidential information. Archivists will not be able to grant access until a researcher's project has received approval from the Board.

Health Survey Forms,  
1981, [undated].
(1 box)

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Blank copies of survey forms distributed by the Department of Health and/or its contractors while conducting surveys and studies regarding the health effects of adverse events within the Commonwealth. Survey topics include: annual hospital and long term care facilities; exposure to toxic substances in Londonderry Township well water; effects from the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear power station incident; and leukemia and lymphoma in Carlisle Borough.

Miscellaneous Records,
1936, 1946-1967, 1978, 2000, [undated].
(1 box)

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Reports, hearing testimony, photographs, programs, a newsletter, an interview, and memoranda related to Department activities. Included is: a radio interview with Region 5 Director, Dr. Clayton B. Mather; Alfred Kraft's 1959 statement presented to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Problems of the Aged and Aging; a memorandum regarding venereal diseases record keeping; photographs of department secretaries; annual picnic materials; a newsletter from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services; and other miscellaneous reports.

Reports and Related Records,  
1886, 1912-1917, 1928, 1938-1987, 1998.
(6 cartons)

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Grouped by topic, and thereunder chronologically by date of report.

Reports, transcripts, and publications that were part of the library of the Department of Health. Included are annual and biennial reports of the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Health, 1886, 1942-1944, 1950-1952, 1955-1967, 1969-1974, 1982-1983, 1984-1985; Pennsylvania Health Bulletins, 1912, 1916-1917; Rules and Regulations of the Department of Health, 1928; Organization and Functions of the Department of Health, 1938; a Manual for Public Health Nurses, 1940; State Health Plans, 1976-1987; a study of maternal mortality in Pennsylvania, 1976; public hearings and plans from the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 1974-1980; the Governor's fact finding committee reports on Shippingport Nuclear Power Station, 1979; Elizabethtown Hospital for Children and Youth reports; and Pennsylvania County Data Books, 1987. (Other County Data Books are available in County Data Books, 1962-1987 {series #31.4}, in RG-31, Records of the Department of Commerce)

Office of the Secretary of Health

The Secretary of Health is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate for a term of four years, with full executive control of public health affairs within the Commonwealth. S/he formulates and implements departmental mission and policies, enforces health statutes and regulations, directs the functions of the Department through deputy secretaries, and represents the Department and administration before the Legislature, other state agencies, professional organizations, the health industry as a whole, and the general public. The Secretary is, by virtue of office and/or statute, a chair or member of various health related boards, commissions, and councils, some of which include the Advisory Health Board, the Health Care Policy Board, the Advisory Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, the Drug, Device and Cosmetics Board, the Children's Health Advisory Committee, the Drug Policy Council, the Cancer Control Prevention and Research Advisory Board, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council, and the State Board of Medicine (see various editions of the Pennsylvania Manual for more).

Annual Report of the Commissioner of Health,
1910, 1915.
(3 volumes)

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Arranged by type of report.

Fifth and eighth annual reports issued by Pennsylvania's Commissioner of Health who presided over the Department of Health. Part I of the report contains information on the Division of Medical Inspection, the Division of Laboratories and Experimental Station, the Division for the Control of Tuberculosis, the South Mountain Sanatorium for Tuberculosis, the Sub-Division of Dispensaries, the Division of Sanitary Engineering, the Bureau of Vital Statistics and on the activities of county medical inspectors and township health officers. Also included are bulletins by the Department of Health, transcripts of addresses delivered at conferences and conventions, and reports on field work, dairy inspections and disease outbreaks. Part II contains reports on epidemics, field inspections, water works, sewerage permits, and the issuance of purification plant permits. The eighth annual report includes only Part II.

Annual Reports of the Board of Health and Vital Statistics,
1885, 1896.
(3 volumes)

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Arranged chronologically by year of report.

First annual report of the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics that was established in and volume 1 and 2 of the annual report for 1896. This Board was replaced by the Department of Health in 1905. These volumes contain records documenting the original organization of the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics, abstracts of minutes of the meetings of the Board, reports of the secretary, and reports standing committees such as the Committee on Water-Supply, Drainage, Sewerage, Topography and Mines; the Committee on Public Buildings and School Hygiene; and the Committee on Sanitary Legislation. Also present are copies of health rules and regulations, maps of cities and waterways, health statistics for Harrisburg, mortality rates for major cities, reports on epidemics, reports on quarantine and disinfection activities, and health circulars concerning sanitation procedures for slaughterhouses, abatement of nuisances, and the registration of marriages and medical practitioners. The 1896 volume includes reports of county inspectors, reports of health inspections conducted in various townships and boroughs, annual reports of the county boards of health and transcripts of lectures given at conferences which include topics such as the pollution of water supplies and public bathing establishments.

General Correspondence and Related Records,
1930-1976, 1995-2001.
(68 cartons, 5 boxes)

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Grouped chronologically by year, then grouped by correspondence type, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by subject, organization, or correspondent or arranged chronologically by date.

Routine correspondence of the Secretary accompanied by supporting materials. Topics and correspondents include: the deputy secretaries, bureaus, divisions, offices, boards, and commissions under the auspices of the Secretary and the Department and academic and university medical centers. Subjects include The American Trauma Association; biotechnology issues; the departmental budget, meetings and reorganization; cancer; Certificate of Need; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Community Health Project; Community Nursing Services; disabilities; district visits; emergency services; family planning including abstinence and abortion; grant activities; health care cost summits; HIV/AIDS; implementation of the Economic Opportunity Act; immunizations; information technology; insurance companies; invitations and responses to events; Federal-State relations; Joint Committee on Health and Public Assistance; county departments of health; legislative affairs; long-term care; the Managed Care Steering Committee; Medicare; organ donation; the Pennsylvania Health Council; personnel issues; the Physician General; public health assessment; Republican Party materials; the Ridge Administration; the Safe Children Partnership; the State Health Service Plan; Three Mile Island nuclear power facility; tobacco use prevention; veterans' affairs; violence prevention; the vital records system; WIC (Women, Infants, and Children); workers' compensation; the Voter Registration Act; West Nile Virus; various associations, foundations, and societies; and day to day office administration.

Legislative correspondence consists of communications with members of the General Assembly while chronological correspondence contains only outgoing correspondence from the Secretary. Correspondence from the terms of Peter J. Jannetta, M.D. (1995-1996), Daniel F. Hoffman (1996-1999), Gary L. Gurian (acting, 1999), and Robert S. Zimmerman, Jr. (acting, 1995; appointed 1999-2003) are present.

This series also contains: minutes of meetings; personnel rules and regulations; transcripts of speeches delivered by the Secretary of Health and by employees of the Department; weekly activity reports to the Governor's Office of the Budget and General Counsel; semi-monthly reports from bureaus within the Department to the Secretary; miscellaneous reports relating to all functions of the Department; and organizational charts from the mid-1990s.

There is an overlap of records between 1939-1955 due to the retention of the bulk of Advisory Health Board records by that Board until their transfer to the Department of Health in 1980. Though this series is classified as correspondence, much of the records it contains are subject files containing various record types, including reports, event files, conference and symposium files, and project files.

Legal Opinions,
(15 folders)

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Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Records of legal cases and opinions relating to the operations at the Department of Health consisting of certificates, letters, memoranda, rules and regulations. Divided by program, each file contains a listing of major decisions or events concerning specific topics. Individual file folders are present for the Bureau of Sanitation, chronic diseases, executive correspondence, tuberculosis, housing, industrial hygiene, local health service, maternal and child care, milk sanitation, preventative services, sanatoria and the Crippled Children's Hospital, undertakers, and vital statistics. Examples of the types of materials found in the various files are an opinion by the Attorney General's office defining the authority granted to undertakers with regard to issuing burial permits, an informal opinion on whether the Department of Health had the right to take dust samples in a factory to determine the risk of workers developing silicosis, certificates issued to field inspectors, rules and regulation relating to disease control, and a memo concerning the administration of medical examinations to students in public and private schools.

Official Portraits of the Secretaries of Health,
(2 boxes)

{series #11.66} [Holdings]


16" x 19", 20.5" x 25", and 20" x 27" official portraits of the Secretaries of Health. Also included are the engraved name plates removed from the portrait frames.

Present are: Publications,
1960, 1997-2000.
(1 box)

{series #11.79} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Publications issued and/or distributed by the Secretary. Included is Physician's Guide, compiled for the purpose of providing physicians with ready reference about the Department and its laws, regulations, procedures, and services. Also present are summary reports of tuberculosis morbidity for the Commonwealth covering the years 1996-1999. These reports contain data from Allegheny and Philadelphia Counties as well as State Health Centers and other County and Municipal Health Departments compiled by the Tuberculosis Control Program.

Records of the Secretary,
(7 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #11.78} [Holdings]

Grouped by Secretary, thereunder grouped by record type, thereunder arranged chronologically by date.

Records maintained by individual Secretaries. Included are travel vouchers, speeches, reports, project files, executive meeting files, working group files, budgetary files and an appointment book maintained by Secretary Daniel F. Hoffman. Some of these records cover the time while Hoffman was transitioning into the position of Secretary from the position of Executive Deputy Secretary for Administration and Management upon the resignation of Secretary Peter J. Jannetta. Hoffman's speeches address the status of the Department's budget, HIV/AIDS prevention, HIV and pregnancy, and his vision for health care in Pennsylvania and were delivered at various locations, such as the University of Pittsburgh, the United Way of Southeast Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Health Care Association, and the Sloan School of Health Care Administration at Cornell University. Working group files cover recommendations provided to the legislature regarding managed care legislation. Budgetary files consist of monthly appropriation breakdowns, program review meeting files, and follow-up memoranda.

Meeting files, health care policy conference files, appointment books, and a telephone message record book maintained by Secretary Robert S. Zimmerman, Jr. are also present. Meeting files are from the Temple University Health System Board of Governors, of which Secretary Zimmerman was a member. These files consist of agenda, minutes, operating results, and financial statements of the various entities of the Temple University Health System, as well as a member directory and the By-Laws of the Board of Governors. Also included are files from conferences sponsored by the Milbank Memorial Fund Reforming States Group regarding health care policy creation and reform, some of which address the creation of a Pennsylvania Public Health Institute. Information about Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, received in preparation of Zimmerman delivering a speech there, is also present.

1928, 1930.
(2 folders)

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Arranged chronologically by month.

Monthly reports to the Governor from the Secretary of Health and monthly reports to the Secretary from various bureaus and divisions within the Department of Health. Reports date from August to September 1928 and February to April 1930. Report topics include statistical breakdowns provided by tuberculosis clinics, restaurant inspections, and the Crippled Children's Hospital; information concerning the approval of sewage disposal systems for schools; and educational activities conducted in the Bureau of Nursing, the Division of Dental Services and the Division of Child Health.

Office of Chief Counsel

The Office of the Chief Counsel is responsible for providing policy input and counsel to the Secretary of Health, the Physician General, deputy secretaries, bureaus, and divisions of the Department on the interpretation of state and federal statutes, regulations, policy directives and formal legal documents to guide and assist the Department in carrying out its missions and mandates in a lawful manner. It also reviews proposed legislation in conjunction with the Office of State and Federal Relations and specifically affected program offices to assure that legislation will achieve the mission and purposes of the Department in the most efficient and practical means. The Office of Chief Counsel also represents the Department in courts of law and before regulatory agencies. The office covers responsibilities formerly within the Office of Legal Counsel (1968-1970) and the Department of Justice (1970-1980).

1983-1989, 2001.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.67} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by regulation number.

Chief Counsel copies of correspondence, forms, and rule-making documents filed with the Legislative Reference Bureau relating to the adoption, revision, and repeal of regulations within Title 28 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Administrative Code. These regulations are under the jurisdiction of, or relating to, the functions of the Department of Health and its entities. Forms and rule-making documents consist of transmittal and analysis forms and change notification letters. Regulations cover registration fees, drug and alcohol programs, adoption, scheduling of controlled substances, operating boats and automobiles under the influence, drug and alcohol testing devices, treatment of newborns, depth of graves, hospital building codes, paramedics, surgical assistants, home health care, generic drug formulary, tuberculosis testing, abortion, access to vital records, school health reporting, disease reporting and control, certificate of need batching, lead poisoning and toxicity, emergency medical services, preferred provider organizations (PPOs), and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Copies of the Pennsylvania Bulletin are also present.

Office of the Deputy Secretary for Environmental Protection

The Deputy Secretary for Environmental Protection was responsible for the Bureau of Environmental Health that consisted of five divisions: air pollution control, environmental safety, occupational health, sanitary engineering, and sanitation. The activities of these divisions encompassed all programs concerned with the public health aspects of the environment. The Bureau administered preventive and control measures through seven regional offices and from the central headquarters in Harrisburg. In 1971 the responsibilities of this Bureau were transferred to the Department of Environmental Resources and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Related materials concerning the environment may be found in the Records of the Department of Environmental Resources (RG-43) and materials relating to occupational safety will be found in the records of the Industrial Board of the Department of Labor and Industry (RG-16).

Meeting File,
1963, 1966-1970.
(3 cartons)

{series #11.12} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Testimonies and transcripts of speeches by Wesley E. Gilbertson, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health and later, Deputy Secretary of Environmental Protection. Each folder contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, or reports concerning events at which Mr. Gilbertson delivered addresses. Examples of groups before whom he spoke include the Highway Safety Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the National Sanitation Foundation, the Pennsylvania Home Builders' Association, the Dickinson College Public Affairs Symposium, the Meadville Rotary Club, the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Topics addressed include solid waste management, health problems in urban areas, sewage treatment, and environmental pollution.

Office of the Deputy Secretary for Planning and Quality Assurance

The Deputy Secretary for Planning and Quality Assurance was charged with assuring compliance of health planning, quality assurance, and health care development and financing programs under state and federal regulations. The Deputy Secretary represented the Secretary of Health on various boards and commissions such as the Nursing Home Loan Agency and the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee. Later styled the Deputy Secretary of Quality Assurance and Health Planning, this individual was responsible for managing the Bureau of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Community Programs Standards, Bureau of Health Care Financing, and Bureau of Health Planning.

Pennsylvania State Health Plan File,
(8 cartons)

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Grouped chronologically by year, and thereunder by type of record.

The Hospital Survey and Construction Act of 1946 (also known as the Hill-Burton Program) was established as a joint federal-state program to provide matching grants for constructing hospitals and health centers. The program was administered in Pennsylvania by the Department of Public Welfare until July 1, 1973 when the administration of the program was transferred to the Department of Health. Beginning in 1974, the Bureau of Planning in the Department of Health worked with the statewide Health Coordinating Council in developing the Pennsylvania State Health Plan. The National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974 superseded the Hill-Burton Program and on December 9, 1982, the program was terminated.

The health plan file consists of six sub-series: Annual hospital plans for Pennsylvania, 1948-1957; Annual Pennsylvania state plans for hospitals and medical facilities, 1957-1976; Pennsylvania state health plan, 1979-1989, 1981-1986, 1982-1987; Annual hospital surveys, 1970-1972; Annual surveys of skilled care and intermediate care facilities, 1972-1975; and Advisory Hospital Council minutes, 1948-1975. The plans contain information about the administration of the Hill-Burton program, an inventory of existing hospitals and other medical facilities, and schedules of priorities for construction grants for various types of eligible facilities. Under the program, eligible facilities included general hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient facilities, teaching hospitals attached to medical schools, rehabilitation facilities, mental health facilities, and public health centers. The annual hospital survey provides information on the number, service, and utilization of hospital beds; the status of new construction; and statistics relating to outpatient services. The annual survey of skilled care and intermediate care facilities is a statistical report providing information on the number of beds available and the number of patients admitted during a twelve month period. In addition, the survey contains data on construction and modernization at existing facilities. The Advisory Hospital Council advised the state agency on the distribution of the federal Hill-Burton funds among Pennsylvania's hospitals.

State Supervised Hospitals' History File,
(2 cartons)

{series #11.14} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of hospital.

Correspondence and reports relating to hospitals supervised by the Department of Health. Included are copies of inspection reports submitted to the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (Social Security Administration). Among the items found are certifications and transmittals (SSA-1539), hospital requests to establish eligibility in the health insurance for the aged program (SSA-1514), hospital survey reports (SSA-1537), utilization reviews (SSA-1538), hospital pre-survey questionnaires (SSA-25636), statements of deficiencies and plans of correction (SSA-2567), and post-certification revisit reports (SSA-2567B).

Office of Legal Counsel (1968-1970)

Formerly the Division of Law within the Bureau of Administration and Management (1963-1968), the Office of Legal Counsel rendered legal advice and assistance to the Secretary of Health and was responsible for legal advice and consultation within the Department of Health, including the various administrative agencies within the Department. Proposed legislation, regulations, contracts, interpretation of laws, request for Attorney General opinions, and other matters requiring legal assistance were reviewed or prepared by the Office. Letters, publications, pamphlets or actions originating within the Department which raise and involve legal questions were also reviewed by the Office in advance of release. In 1970, the Department of Justice assumed the responsibilities for this office, but in 1980 the responsibilities were transferred back to the Department, within the Office of Chief Counsel.

Health Litigation Activity Records,
(31 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.40} [Holdings] [PARTIALLY RESTRICTED]

Arranged chronologically by date of hearing.

Litigation files concerning health issues. Some case files contain verbatim transcripts of the hearings, court papers, briefs for appellant and respondent, exhibits, correspondence, questions asked of witnesses and their answers, notes, dispositions and petitions. Some cases include the Luzerne County Medical Society, Department of Health, Pennsylvania Lung Association, and various hospitals.

Thirteen cartons and one box of records are restricted due to the sensitive nature of the material.

Record of Hearings and Legal Opinions,
(53 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.41} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by the date of the hearing or opinion.

These were originally case files of the Deputy Attorney General for the Sanitary Water Board. The records cover topics such as sewerage problems, water pollution, flood control projects, mine drainage, litigation, coal research, the Appalachian Project, air pollution, and Sanitary Water Board Hearings. The suits were primarily against townships, municipalities, and coal and other manufacturing industries. Information found in the case files includes the names of the plaintiff and defendant and correspondence between Deputy Attorney and others. Some files contain police reports, adjudication reports, hearing transcripts, and dockets. Related materials are found in the records of the Bureau of Community Environmental Control, Bureau of Deep Mining Safety Bureau of Legal Services, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, and the Environmental Hearing Board among others in the Records of the Department of Environmental Resources. (RG-43).

Bureau of Children's Services

The Bureau of Children's Services administers all programs concerned with the health of the Commonwealth's children. The Division of Childrens's Rehabilitative Services is responsible for developing programs and evaluative criteria for orthopedic and cardiac services. The Division of Maternal and Child Health Services is responsible for developing and evaluating programs pertaining to the health of children from conception to school age. The cleft, palate, speech and hearing, and family planning programs are also administered here. The Division of School Health is responsible for insuring the health and safety of school children.

History and Analysis of the Bureau of Children's Services, 
(1 volume)

{series #11.91} [Holdings]

Arranged by content headings.

A draft manual written by Dr. Annette Lynch, Director of the Bureau of Children's Services, as a comprehensive history and analysis of the Department of Health's children's programs. Topics covered include History of Public Health Services for Children, Policies of the Department of Health, Health Status and Health Needs of Children, Future Directions, Current Status and Future Plan.

Bureau of Communicable Diseases (1997- )

Formerly a Division within the Bureau of Preventive Health Programs (1995-1996), the Bureau of Communicable Diseases reported to the Deputy Secretary for Public Health (1997-2002) and afterwards the Deputy Secretary for Promotion and Disease Prevention (2003- ). It administers programs to control the spread of communicable diseases and to care for those already infected; coordinates statewide HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) prevention and service programs through the Department's six regional offices and seven regional community-based AIDS coalitions; provides testing for tuberculosis and treats those infected, including the use of Direct Observed Therapy (DOT); and counsels and tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Bureau also updates required immunization schedules to meet national standards, monitors school age populations, and develops programs to increase immunization levels in the Commonwealth.

Annual Report,  
(1 item)

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2000-2001 Annual Report of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, detailing the Bureau's mission, operations, and budget, as well as the services provided, statistics, and accomplishments of its four major programs that address HIV/AIDS, immunization, tuberculosis, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Division of HIV/AIDS

Formerly the Bureau of HIV/AIDS (1991-1996).

Field Operations Files,  
(9 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.85} [Holdings]

Grouped by geographical area, thereunder arranged chronologically by fiscal year.

General files from District AIDS Coalitions, the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, and the AIDSNET Coalition. Included are minutes, by-laws, quarterly reports, out-going correspondence with enclosures, regional services and strategic plan reports, and monitoring summaries and reports which detail services and programs by organizations and sub-contractors within the region. Files relating to the Keystone Amendment and the Ryan White Care Act are also present. Some reports are accompanied by 3½" floppy disks. See Field Operations Files, 1991-1996 {series 11.77}, within the Bureau of HIV/AIDS for earlier records.

Bureau of Environmental Health (1955-1967)

Considered one of the major units of the Department, the Bureau of Environmental Health oversaw five divisions; air pollution control, environmental safety, occupational health, sanitary engineering, and sanitation. The activities of these divisions encompassed all of the programs concerned primarily with the public health aspects of the environment, as they are affected by the conditions in which people work, live, and play. The Bureau administered its preventive and control measures through state regional offices and from its central offices in Harrisburg.

Division of Sanitary Engineering

Originally the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering (1933-1954), this agency became a division under the Bureau of Environmental Health in the 1950s. The Division acted as an administrative arm of the Sanitary Water Board in executing the Commonwealth's Clean Streams Program. This Program involved the examination of plans for issuance of permits for the construction of sewerage and industrial waste projects and mine drainage projects (except for bituminous strip mine drainage). The Division conducted comprehensive water quality studies and developed long range water quality management plans. During periods of flooding, droughts, and epidemics the Division supplied resources in assisting with the supervision of emergency sanitation measures. In 1971 the responsibilities of this Division were transferred to the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering under the Department of Environmental Resources. For related materials see the Records of the Department of Environmental Resources (RG-43).

Engineering Plans for Sanitary Water and Sewage Systems,
(4 cartons, 3 boxes)

{series #11.64} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED]

Grouped alphabetically by county. Some groupings are arranged alphabetically by municipality.

246 microfilm rolls and 1,479 aperture cards of drawings, blue prints, maps, flow diagrams and aerial photographs submitted with permit applications for proposed water and sewer systems and facilities and industrial waste plants. Plans depict operations buildings, pumping stations, sewers, manholes, storage tanks, pipelines, mainlines, utility plans, site plans, and interior layouts. Each image has an informational target containing the case name and application number that the record belongs to. Applicants include municipalities, water and sewer authorities, school districts/authorities, and private organizations.

Microfilm in this series are security copies and will require special handling for viewing. Please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives. (see acc. #128)

Industrial Waste Reports and Permits,
(9 cartons)

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Arranged chronologically by year.

Later volumes are indexed internally by name of company, township, or county.

A record of applications, agreements, permits and reports issued by the Sanitary Water Board. The first volume documents waste disposal agreements made prior to Act 394 and includes agreements with coal mines, gas works, tanneries, and the coke and paper industries and the other volumes document agreements in compliance with Act 394. Among the items present are letters of advice, letter permits, and certificates of compliance. Most applications give the name of the company, township and county where located, an application number, summary of the engineering study, and a copy of the permit. Industries mentioned include Carnegie Illinois Steel Corp, Castanea Paper Company, Willow Grove Damp Wash Laundry, Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, and J.K. Mosser Leather Company. Related materials may be found among the records of the Bureau of Deep Mining Safety, Bureau of Mining and Reclamation, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Bureau of Water Quality Management, and Bureau of Water Resources Management, all in the Records of the Department of Environmental Resources (RG-43).

Water Supply and Sewage Report and Permit Books,
(426 volumes)

{series #11.38} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of permit or report.

A record of water supply and sewage reports and permits issued by the Sanitary Water Board to municipalities and private companies. Most reports and permits are for sewerage and waterworks and the reports provide information on effluents from local industries, regional population growth, river systems and comprehensive sewage treatment plans. Until the 1920s permits and reports were bound separately and were thereafter combined. An index to these materials was once held by the Department of Environmental Resources and its successor, the Department of Environmental Protection, but the index is no longer extant.

Your Clean Streams Program,
(1 item)

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Report issued jointly by the Division and the Sanitary Water Board to inform the people of Pennsylvania about the Clean Streams Program. Information contained in the report includes: water pollution issues in rivers and streams; water treatment methods (industrial waste treatment, sewage treatment, mine drainage control); history of water treatment in Pennsylvania; benefits of water treatment on the general populace; increased water usage with population growth; and a case history of the Schuylkill River clean-up project. .

Bureau of Epidemiology (1995- )

Formerly part of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (1978-1994), the Bureau of Epidemiology reported to the Deputy Secretary of Public Heath assessment (1995-1996), and afterwards the Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment. It conducts epidemiological investigations of ongoing communicable and chronic diseases and disease outbreaks. The Bureau offers professional advice on measures necessary to contain these diseases, develops and implements epidemiologic programs to address public health problems, advises individuals and political jurisdictions on matters of infectious and environmental health, and serves as a state contact for offices of the federal Centers of Disease Control (CDC).

HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Epidemiology Section

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Quarterly Summary,  
(1 item)

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Report issued by the Section in conjunction with the Bureau of Health Statistics detailing the annual incidences and cumulative cases of HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth. Also included is data relating to the characteristics of AIDS cases for seven geographical areas as well as publicly funded HIV counseling and testing.

Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention (1978-1994)

The Bureau administered investigatory and educational health programs, as well as developed preventive programs to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic, acute infectious, occupational, and environmental disease in humans. In addition, it planned epidemiologic programs to address major public health issues within the Commonwealth. The Bureau also advised the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Programs and the Secretary of Health concerning communicable and chronic diseases and control measures deemed necessary for the containment of such diseases. For a brief period from 1989-1990, the Bureau administered HIV/AIDS activities involving the coordination, maintenance, and implementation of health education, counseling, testing, surveillance and other efforts related to epidemiology prevention and control. The Bureau oversaw the Divisions of Epidemiology, Epidemiology Research, Chronic Disease Control, Chronic Disease Intervention, Acute Infectious Disease Control, Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health, Environmental Health, Communicable Disease Control and Surveillance, and Health Promotion. In 1995 the responsibilities of the Bureau were redistributed among the Bureau of Epidemiology, the Bureau of Preventive Health Programs, and the Bureau of Maternal and Child Preventive Health.

Coal Workers' Respiratory Disease Program Medical Evaluation Files,
(29 cartons)

{series #11.16} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by processing date of each batch.

Black lung medical evaluation forms that document the Department of Health program to survey coal-related respiratory health problems in Pennsylvania. Information furnished on the questionnaires about each patient includes the patient number, county residence code, date the survey was completed, date of birth, race, status as a miner, whether the patient was visiting the clinic for a respiratory examination or for treatment, the patient's function level, a referral code, the status of black lung benefits, the status of health insurance coverage, and the status of pension or other benefits. Information is also found concerning clinical symptoms, smoking history, occupational history, blood pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, tuberculin reaction, influenza vaccine status, results of any laboratory tests, a heart and lung evaluation, hemoglobin laboratory tests, pulmonary function studies, arterial blood gas analysis, and a treatment history relating to medication, respiratory therapy, oxygen therapy, physical therapy, counseling to discourage smoking, referrals made for treatment, and other diseases noticed during the examination.

Pre-Natal Care and Pregnancy Evaluation Reports,
(88 cartons)

{series #11.17} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged numerically by interview number.

A record of a five-year federally sponsored project initiated in 1972 to study pre-natal care and pregnancy. Information provided on the 21 page confidential questionnaire includes a card and interview number, the mother's name (masked) and mailing address (township, borough or city), the child's name (masked), the date of the delivery, the outcome of the delivery, the name of the hospital, the name and address of the attending physician or clinic, the date of interview, the name of the interviewer, the date the records were abstracted, and the names of the abstractor, encoder, and verifier. There are 61 questions relating to pre-natal care and maternal behavior, 15 questions relating to the mother's socio-economic background, and 32 questions concerning medical information contained in hospital or other health department records.

Division of Environmental Health

This Division developed policy and procedural guidelines for the reduction and alleviation of environmental health problems; performed environmental health surveillance and monitoring activities related to the health effects of specific human exposure to environmental hazards; conducted environmental health and epidemiologic studies; assessed and developed recommendations regarding potential public health threats; and conducted outreach and information dissemination activities, in order to educate residents of the Commonwealth about environmental health hazards.

Vietnam Veterans' Herbicide Exposure and Health History Questionnaires with Program Files,
(28 cartons, 3 boxes, 8 computer tapes)

{series #11.18} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Questionnaires are arranged alphabetically by surname of veteran. Background materials and lists are grouped by record type, thereunder loosely arranged chronologically by date.

Present are questionnaires sent to Pennsylvania veterans who served in Southeast Asia in compliance with the provisions of the Vietnam Herbicides Information Act (99-1982). This act, in addition to establishing the Vietnam Herbicides Information Commission (VHIC), mandated that the Department of Health establish, promote, and maintain a reporting process for veterans who were exposed to herbicides during the Vietnam Conflict for the purpose of compiling data on the health effects of this exposure. These questionnaires, developed by the VHIC, were the means for this reporting process, providing the raw data used in the creation by the Division of a Vietnam Herbicides Registry database. Information given includes: the veteran's name, address, date of birth, age, social security number, marital status, and race; whether a twin; branch of the military service; the dates of service in Southeast Asia; total years of military service; the names of towns and the unit to which assigned; the names of the herbicides exposed to; the conditions causing the exposure; a list of any significant diseases contracted since that time; and name of family physician. Questionnaires from 1984 are also available on microfiche.

Program Files consist of drafts of the questionnaire, requests for proposals for developing the Vietnam Herbicides Registry, reports relating to the pilot study, annual reports of the VHIC, confidentiality policies and procedures, requests for reports from other agencies, i.e. the Department of Transportation and the Department of Revenue, media releases, and proposals for studies to be conducted with the resulting data. Also included is correspondence, service records, and certificates of death sent as attachments with returned questionnaires.

Also included are database-generated lists and reports used by the Division, in conjunction with the VHIC, in their effort to distribute the herbicide exposure and health history questionnaires, as well as for statistical analysis. Included is: a report generated by the Department of Revenue listing recipients of the Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus from the Commonwealth, sorted by social security number; four lists of Vietnam Conflict Veterans Bonus recipients, sorted by surname or social security number; lists generated from the Vietnam Herbicides Registry database sorted by registry number or by duplicated social security numbers and form numbers; a listing of veteran grave registrations in Montgomery County; and a report listing veterans with the surname of Edwards. Lists contain the veteran's social security number, name, and address. At times, lists contain the veteran's military service number, form and file number, age, date of birth, as well as numerical codes for sex, race, county of residence and branch of military service. Statistical analysis reports from the Registry database include: summaries of answered to questions; number of respondents by zip-code; number of months served by area; and exposure data. Address label reports generated by the Vietnam Herbicides Health Registry for 1985 and 1988-1991 are also present.

Computer tapes are believed to contain names and social security numbers, received from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, of Pennsylvania veterans who received the Vietnam bonus that are cross-matched against records of the U.S. Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, and the National Death Index.

Access to information in these records is restricted to the veteran and members of his or her immediate family.

Bureau of Health Communications

This Bureau was responsible for disseminating information concerning the Department's programs and services to the news media and the general public. It also served as a liaison between the Department of Health and the Governor's Office for all facets of communication policy. These responsibilities became part of those of the Office of the Press Secretary in 1978.

News Clipping Books,
(2 volumes, 7 folders, 3 albums)

{series #11.19} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Books containing newspaper clippings and press releases relating to the functions and activities of the Department of Health. Topics addressed include veterinary drug registration, rent-free locations for child health conferences, transfer of the Lawrence F. Flick State Hospital to the Department of Welfare, establishment of a minimum age for exposure to chest x-rays, various public service announcements on medical self-help training, and personnel changes such as appointments, promotions, transfers, and resignations. Also addressed were enforcement of Sanitary Water Board orders, proper canning procedures for preventing botulism, training of ambulance attendants, fluoridation, banning of cigarette sales in tuberculosis hospitals, asking airlines to discontinue distribution of sample cigarettes, Sanitary Water Board sewerage permits and mine drainage permits, stringent enforcement of the law forbidding the sale of tobacco to minors, the increase of the median population age in Pennsylvania, the decrease of strontium 90 levels in milk, Sanitary Water Board industrial waste permits, and meetings of Drug, Device and Cosmetic Board.

Other topics include state health centers, "bath tub" drug manufacturers, enforcement of the Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act and the attendant required drug registration, in-service training for nursing aides, public service announcements relating to maternal death rates, Sanitary Water Board orders, a chest x-ray survey of state employees, nutrition meetings in nursing homes, Pennsylvania Smoking and Health Committee activities, and public service announcements relating to smoking and alcoholism, medical self-help training courses, flood alerts, safety of public water supplies in flooded areas, and a rise in the state mortality rate. Also present are reports on the Pennsylvania Cancer Coordinating Committee and materials relating to flood emergency sanitation measures, the Governor's Conference on alcoholism among labor and management, a sulfuric acid spill into the Clarion River, accidental poisonings, an institutional sanitary food service seminar, new drug regulation proposals, cancer mortality rates, the shortage of physical therapists, and the Pennsylvania Conference on Arthritis.

News Releases from the Division of Air Pollution Control,  
(1 volume, 1 folder)

{series #11.20} [Holdings]

Arranged by date of news release.

Topics covered by these news releases include the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Commission report on the abatement of air pollution problems, concerns over inhalation of second-hand cigarette smoke, orders and permits issued by the Commission, enforcement of the clean streams law, and news concerning Commission hearings.

News Releases,
(3 cartons)

{series #11.21} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of release.

News releases issued by the Public Relations Section relating to all aspects of the operations of the Department of Health. Each news release has been labeled along the top edge with a brief description of the subject.

Photographic File,
(14 cartons, 47 boxes)

{series #11.22} [Holdings] [APPOINTMENT REQUIRED for special media only]

Arranged numerically by photograph numbers, which were assigned in chronological sequence.

Partially indexed internally by topic.

A file originally maintained by the Division of Graphics containing approximately 11,500 original prints with matching negatives made by staff photographers from 1944 to 1978. The photographs provide a visual record of departmental activities and were intended to contribute to the educational programs of the Department of Health. The subjects reflect a wide range of departmental activities such as drug control, communicable and chronic disease prevention, sanitary engineering, air pollution control, dental health, environmental protection, occupational health, housing, nursing, and children's health care. Other subjects include departmental personnel and facilities, as well as other agencies, buildings, people, and programs. Among the photographs are views of Governor Duff's 1947 inauguration and numerous images of Pennsylvania's natural waterways. . Some photographs taken after 1974 are in color.

The series consists of three sub-series.

· Mounted Prints

Most are 8" x 10" mounted prints made from 4" x 5" negatives. For photographs taken after 1970 the negatives are 70mm and most prints are contact prints. Mounted prints are arranged numerically and chronologically in 46 boxes. In addition to the date and photograph number, each print is labeled with a brief caption.

· Original Envelopes and Extra Copy Prints.

Arranged numerically by photograph number, these photographic envelopes and extra copy prints occupy 13 cartons. The original envelopes bear the photograph number, a brief subject description, order information, and occasional remarks such as the date a photograph was retouched, finished, or reordered.

· Negatives.
The negatives are sequentially numbered to correspond with their respective copy prints. Negatives are available for most copy prints and are restricted to use in making copies. A prior appointment to view negatives must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

The sub-series are supplemented by a two-volume numerical log noting the date, location, agency, and subject of each photograph. The search room finding aid for the series also contains an incomplete topical index covering the period 1964 through 1971. This index identifies the following subject categories: administration, air pollution controls, deputy secretaries, educational activities, executive office, field services, housing and environmental control, nursing programs and resources; planning, evaluation and research; sanitary engineering, special health services, retirement awards, buildings, conferences, copies, exhibits, miscellaneous, other departments, portraits, and scenic. Information recorded for each entry in the index includes the subject category code, a description of the photograph, the date and location where the photograph was taken, and the photograph number.

Bureau of Health Education

The purpose of the Bureau of Health Education was to integrate, correlate, and promote educational activities conducted by the Department of Health, fostering the concept that every member of the Department is also an educator. Particular emphasis was placed on helping meet the health needs of the Commonwealth by enhanced educational effort on a broad scale, and in making every effort to shorten or close the time lag between the discovery of medical knowledge and its application to the health needs of the people. These educational responsibilities were subsequently dispersed among the various bureaus.

Glass Slides,
(6 boxes)

{series #11.101} [Holdings]

Grouped loosely by topic.

Some boxes have incomplete internal listings. A more detailed listing is available in box 6.

Informational and instructional glass slide negatives and positives of water related issues used by the Bureau of Health Education. Slides are 3 1/4 inches by 4 inches, 4 inches by 5 inches, black and white, and color. Most of the slides are numbered and labeled. Topics include Allegheny River Basin, Statistics, Water Works, Water Purification, Mosquito Eradication, and Miscellaneous.

1908, 1957-1962.
(2 volumes, 7 folders, 3 albums)

{series #11.23} [Holdings]

Grouped chronologically by date of photograph.

A photographic record of annual conferences of the Department of Health. Subjects are most often group portraits or conference scenes. Each photograph has a very brief caption on the reverse. One folder contains 11 items relating to the 1908 Pennsylvania Tuberculosis Exhibit.

Bureau of Health Financing and Program Development

Formerly the Bureau of Comprehensive Health Planning (-1979), the Bureau of Health Financing and Program Development, under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for Planning and Quality Assurance, administered state regulatory programs to ensure quality of care provided by and through Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Professional Health Service Corporations. Founded in 1980, it supported the development of alternative and competitive health delivery systems and promoted the use of health financing systems to enhance competition and improve quality and access. The Bureau also administered federal health manpower programs and developed primary care resources in medically underserved areas. In 1995 the Bureau was divided into the Bureau of Health Care Financing and the Bureau of Health Planning, both under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for Quality Assurance and Health Planning.

Division of Health Care Plans

Annual Reports of Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs),
(19 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.65} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year of report and thereunder alphabetically by name of organization.

Annual reports submitted to the Division accompanied by supporting records, such as marketing materials, financial statements, by-laws, descriptions of coverage provided, group and physicians contracts, and lists of participating physicians. Some organizations represented include Central Medical Health Plan, Geisinger Health Plan, Independent Health of Pennsylvania, John Hancock Health Plan of Pennsylvania, Keystone Health Plan, Riverside Health Plan, Travelers Health Network of Pennsylvania, and United States Healthcare Systems of Pennsylvania.

Bureau of Health Statistics and Research (1997- )

Formerly the State Center for Health Statistics and Research (the successor to the State Health Data Center), the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research reports to the Deputy Secretary of Administration. The Bureau collects, analyzes, and disseminates a variety of health data to assist in planning, administering, and evaluating programs to improve the health status of Pennsylvanians. It also provides statistical support services to other units of the Department and to local health improvement partnerships; serves as the repository for vital records; and administers a health research program that awards tobacco settlement funds for biomedical, clinical, and health services projects.

Birth Certificates,
(50 cartons)

{series #11.89}

Arranged numerically by state file number.
Indexed externally by indices posted on the website of the Department of Health.

Certificates maintained by the Division of Vital Records containing information on births in Pennsylvania. Files also contain delayed birth certificates authorized for persons not registered at the time of their birth. Data in the certificates includes: registration district number; primary registration district number; file number; registered number; place of birth; address; ward; full name of child; sex; whether twin, triplet, or other and order of birth; legitimacy; and date of birth. Data on the child's parents consists of full name of father with residence birthplace, and occupation and full maiden name of mother with residence, color, age, birthplace, and occupation. An attending physician or midwife certified the information and provided their address. The certificate is signed by the district Registrar. Delayed birth certificates also provide abstracts of supporting evidence, to include name and kind of document, with the Director of Vital Records certifying that the evidence has been viewed and a review of the department's files showed no previous submittal.

Death Certificates,
(1,905 cartons)

{series #11.90}

Arranged numerically by state file number.
Indexed externally by indices posted on the website of the Department of Health.

Certificates maintained by the Division of Vital Records containing information on deaths in Pennsylvania. Data in the certificates includes: registration district number, primary registration district number, file number, registered number, county, city, address, ward, full name of deceased, sex, color, marital status, date of birth, age, occupation, birthplace, name and birthplace of father, name and birthplace of mother, and informant's signature and address. Medical data provided is date of death, length of attendance and last visit of physician, cause of death, duration of illness, contributory factors, and name and address of physician. Additional data includes length of residence if in hospital or institution, where disease contracted, former or usual residence, and where buried. An undertaker's name and address are provided.

Later death forms add: citizenship; social security number; whether death was by suicide, homicide, or accident; place of injury; date of operation and findings; and if decedent served in the U.S. Armed Forces. If so, additional data is requested on the reverse of form to include branch of service, war or conflict served in if applicable, serial number, character of discharge, dates of enlistment and discharge, organization and rank at discharge, number of months overseas, and name of informant.

Bureau of HIV/AIDS (1991-1996)

Established in 1991, the Bureau of HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), whose responsibilities were formerly within the Division of Acute Infectious Disease Control of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention, directed activities involving the coordination, maintenance, and implementation of health education, counseling, testing, surveillance, and other efforts related to the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. This included a regional planning strategy consisting of nursing consultation services, nursing care, counseling, testing, and partner notification. The Bureau also coordinated prevention and service programs of the Departments of Health and Public Welfare on issues related to the HIV epidemic and made recommendations about the most appropriate strategies for the Commonwealth. The Bureau provided a mechanism for information sharing and networking among various coalitions and to arrange for joint responses to HIV-related problems. In 1995, the Bureau added the additional responsibility of carrying out state and federal mandated HIV/AIDS program activities through contracts with county and municipal health departments and other health agencies, including the Department's six district offices. In 1997, the Bureau became a Division within the Bureau of Communicable Diseases.

Administrative Files,
(5 cartons)

{series #11.76} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject matter, thereunder arranged chronologically by year.

General administrative files maintained by the Bureau. Included are budget files, federal grant applications and information, and education and training materials. Grant files cover the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) AIDS Prevention Project grant, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant, and the HIV Care Grant Program (Ryan White Care Act). Education and training files include: materials related to the development of information resources such as pamphlets and videos; records pertaining to a Penn State University contract to conduct a study to determine the extent of knowledge about HIV/AIDS within the Hispanic community; a report on HIV/AIDS education in the Pennsylvania Correctional System; and a physician survey relating to the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Contract Files,
(12 cartons)

{series #11.75} [Holdings]

Cartons 1-9 are arranged alphabetically by contractor name, thereunder arranged chronologically by fiscal year. Cartons 10-12 are grouped chronologically by fiscal year, thereunder arranged alphabetically by contractor name.

Service purchase contracts, correspondence, contract applications, expense reports, audit reports and workplans from organizations contracted with the Department of Health to provide health services to AIDS patients. Some services include counseling, testing, education, and case management. Contracts contain the service purchase contract number; contractors' name, address, and telephone number; the date prepared; effective and termination dates of the contract; monetary amount of the contract and the fund allocated from; services requested and their purpose; other conditions and agreements; and the agency and contractor contacts. Contracts taking effect in the late 1980s date from when the responsibilities of the Bureau were carried out by the Division of Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention. Many of these contracts were renewed in the early nineties, after the establishment of the Bureau.

Field Operations Files,
(22 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.77} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by fiscal year, thereunder loosely grouped alphabetically by geographical area.

General files from the seven HIV planning and service coalitions: AIDSNET, North Central District Coalition, Northwest Pennsylvania Rural AIDS Alliance, The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium (TPAC), South Central AIDS Planning Coalition, Southwest Pennsylvania AIDS Planning Coalition, and the Northeastern Regional HIV Planning Coalition. Included are minutes, by-laws, quarterly reports, annual administrative reports (AARs), case management surveys, out-going correspondence with enclosures, regional services and strategic plan reports, funding proposals, requests for proposals (RFPs), financial statements, and site monitoring summaries and reports which detail services and programs by organizations and sub-contractors within the region, including state funded AIDS service organizations. Records relating to Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) the Ryan White Care Act are also present. See Field Operations Files, 1995-2000 {series 11.85}, within the Division of HIV/AIDS of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases for later records.

HIV Planning Council Minutes,
(1 carton)

{series #11.24} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes and agenda with supporting materials from HIV Planning Council meetings. The Council was created by a Federal Act in 1990 as an advisory council to the Departments of Health and Public Welfare. The Council's mission was to coordinate strategy between the Departments and the seven regional HIV/AIDS planning and service coalitions in order to deal with the spread of HIV/AIDS. Meetings addressed issues such as the role of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS; funding for testing, research, and prevention; budget concerns; and the impact of immigration on the future course of the epidemic. Also addressed were problems of racial and ethnic representation, the passage of state legislation concerning HIV, budgetary concerns, and statistical profiles of HIV/AIDS cases in Pennsylvania. The HIV Planning Council was disbanded in 1996 and its responsibilities were merged into those of the Bureau of Preventive Health Programs.

Bureau of Laboratories (1972- )

The Bureau of Laboratories operates the state public health lab and regulates clinical laboratories serving the citizens of Pennsylvania. The laboratory supports disease prevention through the provision of investigatory, diagnostic and confirmatory testing for both infectious and non-infectious diseases. The lab maintains a state of readiness to aid in the investigation of disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies including possible acts of terrorism. The Bureau also establishes and monitors the performance standards for over 8,000 clinical and physician office laboratories in the Commonwealth, provides technical assistance, training, and reference services to other labs and recommends certification of clinical laboratories under the requirements of the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. The Bureau oversees divisions with responsibilities for bacteriology, virology, immunology, clinical chemistry, hematology, chronic and metabolic diseases, and licensure and training. Known as the Division of Laboratories within the Local Health segment until 1972, the Bureau of Laboratories was initially under the direction of the Deputy Secretary of Planning and Quality Assurance (1980-1994). From 1995-1996 the Bureau reported to the Deputy Secretary of Public Health Assessment, and was then placed under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for Health Planning and Assessment beginning in 1997.

Annual Reports,
1965, 1968-1974.
(10 folders)

{series #11.25} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Annual reports of the Division of Laboratories, 1965, 1968-1972 and the Bureau of Laboratories, 1973-1974. The reports provide narrative accounts of the activities undertaken during the year. Such activities typically included laboratory licensing and proficiency evaluations, field and surveillance studies, information on clinical and reference services, and product evaluations. Also found are charts and tables documenting training provided by the Bureau, the names of personnel who received training and participated in professional meetings, publications authored by Bureau personnel, a summary of specimens processed by the Division of Bacteriology and the diabetes detection program, a breakdown of the sources of food poisoning outbreaks, and evaluations of commercial laboratory testing kits and equipment.

Legionnaires' Disease Investigation File,
(3 cartons)

{series #11.82} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Grouped by category, thereunder arranged numerically by internal index number, as shown in holdings listing.

Records of the investigation pertaining to the cause of Legionnaires' Disease (Legionellosis, Pontiac Fever, or Philadelphia Respiratory Disease) by the Bureau of Laboratories after an outbreak of the illness during a 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Present are: budgetary materials including reimbursements made to victims; correspondence with various medical professionals; activity reports; materials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) relating to their concurrent investigation; materials from various scientific studies testing various hypotheses to determine the origin of the illness; case histories and listings; death certificates from Philadelphia for the summer of 1976; U.S. Congressional materials such as hearings and correspondence; news releases issued by the Department; news media correspondence; and newspaper and journal articles about Legionnaires' Disease.

(1 folder)

{series #11.26} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by volume and issue number.

The official Bureau newsletters contain both technical information and updates on the services available in or through the Bureau of Laboratories and on proposed and completed regulatory changes. In addition, these newsletters contain lists of the names of members of the Bureau of Laboratories, the Clinical Laboratory Advisory Committee, and the Technical Advisory Committee for Microbiology, as well as news items concerning continuing education workshops and Food and Drug Administration recalls. Finally, there are summaries of the Center for Disease Control's Pre-market Evaluation Program and protocol used for selecting pathogenic stock cultures.

Organizational Documents,
(1 folder)

{series #11.27} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of list.

Items documenting personnel turnover and the evolving organizational structure of the Bureau of Laboratories. Included are lists of the names of the Bureau's personnel, their job titles, and their position in the organizational chain.

Public Health Laboratory Circulars,
(1 folder)

{series #11.28} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by release number.

Circular letters published by the Bureau which were intended to provide rapid and efficient dissemination of information that was of immediate and pertinent interest to laboratory directors. The circulars include information on new laws and regulations affecting laboratory operations. There are also notes from meetings concerning methodological and technical issues and miscellaneous material of general interest.

Bureau of Nursing

Originally known as the Bureau of Nursing Programs and Resources, this Bureau consisted of a Division of Institutional Nursing and a Division of Public Health Nursing and was responsible for the direction of all nursing activities in the Department of Health and for coordinating Departmental nursing activities with other nursing agencies and institutions in the state. The director of the Bureau interpreted nursing functions and responsibilities to the Secretary of Health and assisted in developing nursing services and policies for the entire state. Over the years, the responsibilities of this Bureau have gradually been dispersed throughout the Department. Related materials may be found in the records of the State Board of Nurse Examiners in the Department of Education (RG-22).

Annual Reports,
(6 folders)

{series #11.29} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Annual Reports of the Bureau of Nursing (later the Bureau of Public Health Nursing) provide statistical information and narrative descriptions about activities conducted during the year. Information found includes statistical breakdowns on both the total number of patient visits and the number of new visits to clinics for various diseases and for checkups. These breakdowns provide information on tuberculosis, genital-urinary tract complaints, child and pre-natal health care and other diseases. There is immunization data for diphtheria, polio, tetanus and pertusis and data concerning corrective treatments for tonsillitis, skin diseases, cardiac diseases, malnutrition, and speech defects as well as on circumcisions performed. Narrative reports provide information on professional conferences, social work activities, and quarantines. For the later years, reports were kept on nurses working with county health departments and community health agencies in addition to state health centers and hospitals. Two examples of noteworthy activities documented in these Annual Reports are nursing efforts associated with the 1973 flood precipitated by Hurricane Agnes and a 1922 statistical report on nursing visits to an evicted miners camp.

Bureau of Planning (1980-1994)

Formerly the Bureau of Comprehensive Health Planning, the Bureau of Planning made determinations of statewide health needs, conducted statewide health planning activities and coordinated the development and implementation of the State Health Plan. It also administered a Certificate of Need Program to promote the equitable and efficient allocation of health resources and cost containment through review of major capital expenditures proposed by health care facilities. In 1995, the Bureau was renamed the Bureau of Health Planning.

Division of Planning and Technical Assistance

(1 box)

{series #11.86} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by publication date.

Reports received by the Division from other state government organizations in the process of developing the State Health Plan. Included are reports from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Pennsylvania Rural Coalition, the Department of Aging, the Intra-Governmental Council on Long Term Care, the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee, and the Health Care Cost Containment Council.

Bureau of Professional Health Services (1980-1986)

The Bureau of Professional Health Services directed, coordinated, and monitored the implementation of public health preventive and medical programs. These included maternal and child health programs, emergency health services, and school health programs. In 1987 the responsibilities of this Bureau were dispersed among the Bureau of Preventive Health Programs, the Bureau of Maternal and Child Preventive Health, the Bureau of Quality Assurance, the Bureau of Health Planning, the Bureau of Primary Care Resources and Systems Development, and the State Health Centers. Related materials may be found among the records of the Office of Policy and Planning, Office of Public Assistance, and State Emergency Relief Board in the records of the Department of Public Welfare (RG-23).

Migrant Health Program Patient Files,
(53 cartons)

{series #11.31} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by patient's surname, and then chronologically by date of health application and progress report.

The patient files contain a registration sheet and medical records prepared during each patient visit. Information found includes the patient's name, date of birth, home address, local or camp address, race, and date of visit. Some records contain such additional information as the patient's occupation and the names of parents, dependents, next of kin, and employer. Notes by physicians or nurses on diagnosis and treatment are also included. These files are restricted to patients and members of their immediate families.

Records of the Genetic Disease Program,
(8 cartons)

{series #11.36} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by genetic disease program center number, and thereunder numerically by patient number.

Genetic counseling forms which give patient background and referral information and serve as a record of services provided. Information found includes amniocentesis data, the type and number of the counseling site, and the final disposition. Patient information provided includes the center number, patient number, date, counselor number, whether the patient is a child or an adult, gender, date of birth, race, place of residence, income, marital status and pregnancy history. For children, forms include parental information such as dates of birth and educational level, occupation, whether the parents were genetically related and, if so, the specific relationship. For adults, the forms provide the educational level, occupation, and date of birth for both patient and spouse. Also noted are whether the patient was receiving services from departmental or other health programs, the source of the referral and the diagnosis.

Bureau of Quality Assurance

The Bureau administers state and federal regulatory programs to ensure compliance with minimum health and safety standards in supervised health care facilities as mandated by law. It also administers regulatory programs relating to hearing aid dealers and fitters and provides policy and direction in developing programs for the provision of education, consultation, and technical assistance of supervised health care facilities in order to encourage facility compliance with minimum health care standards. Materials relating to certification and licensure of health care professionals is contained in the records of the Professional and Occupational Boards of the Department of Education (RG-22).

Long Term Care Facilities History File,
1975, 1978-1981.
(12 cartons)

{series #11.32} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by hospital name.

Case file on hospitals seeking certification to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments for patients. The case files consist primarily of forms from the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Also present are materials documenting staff development, policies and procedures, and deficiencies at facilities. Among these are Medicare/Medicaid Skilled Nursing Facility Survey Reports that document whether a facility had met federal, state, and local requirements and agreements on skilled nursing and laundry services provided by outside vendors. Other items provide information on dietary and medical record keeping and summaries of infection control committee meetings. A survey on fire and safety documents whether a facility met safety standards with regard to fire extinguishers, heaters, appropriate fireproof decor and evacuation plans. Letters and follow up notes on facilities that were out of compliance and the corrective actions taken are also present.

Rules and Regulations for Hospitals,
1977, 1987.
(1 box)

{series #11.97} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date.

Annual compendium of rules and regulations issued by the Department of Health for general and special hospitals in the Commonwealth. Yearly issues contain introductions, table of contents, and chapters on all aspects of hospital administration and medical procedure under Title 28 of the PA. Code. Major chapter topics include Admission and Discharge, Pharmacy Services, Emergency Services, Rehabilitation Services, Nursing Services, and Special Care Units.

Bureau of Sanitary Engineering

Divided into six major divisions, this Bureau was established in 1933 and charged with supervision of public water supplies. The Bureau acted as an administrative arm of the Sanitary Water Board in executing the Commonwealth's Clean Streams Program. The Program involved the examination of plans for issuing permits for sewerage and industrial waste projects and mine drainage projects (except for bituminous strip mine drainage). The Bureau conducted comprehensive water quality studies and developed long range water quality management plans. During periods of flooding, droughts, and epidemics, the Bureau supplied resources for the supervision of emergency sanitation measures. During the 1950s, this Bureau became the Division of Sanitary Engineering under the Bureau of Environmental Health and in 1995 the responsibilities of the Division were transferred to the Department of Environmental Resources. For related materials see Records of the Department of Environmental Resources (RG-43).

Civil Works Administration Project Reports,
(7 folders)

{series #11.33} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Among the materials is a manual and specific reports concerned with the Abandoned Mine Project of the Civil Works Projects, Federal Security Agency , and the United States Public Health Service. The "Manual of Policy, Organization and Uniform Practice for Sealing Abandoned Coal Mines" provides information on construction methods, engineering and survey records, a report on purchases and payroll and a report on mine sealing in Pennsylvania that contains maps and charts documenting abandoned mines, and reduction of acid load after mine closures. Also included is another Civil Works Project report on community sanitation throughout Pennsylvania. This includes photographs of unsanitary conditions in company housing and the "pits" and latrines built for the project.

Reports and Correspondence Relating to Floods,
(2 folders)

{series #11.34} [Holdings]


Several papers delivered by Chief Engineer W.L. Stevenson and Assistant Chief Engineer H.E. Moses at national conventions of the American Water Works Association, American Society for Civil Engineers and New England Waterworks concerning public sanitation problems arising during the floods of 1936 and 1937. Also included is a printed leather bound volume published by the Pennsylvania Water and Power Company concerning ice jams and floods that occurred at Holtwood and Safe Harbor. There are also several papers on flooding that occurred in Kentucky and West Virginia and an abstract of telegrams relating to post flood conditions in Pennsylvania in March 1936. Related materials can be found in the records of the Department of Public Welfare's State Emergency Relief Board, 1932-1937.

Reports of the Bureau of Engineering,
(1 box)

{series #11.93} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date.

Compendium of annual, biennial, and special reports by the predecessor of the Bureau of Sanitary Engineering. Reports consist of the following topics: bureau organization, water supply, sewerage, milk control, typhoid fever investigations, sanitation, chemical laboratory, industrial wastes, special investigations, and accomplishments.

Sanitary Engineers' Epidemic Reports,
(4 boxes)

{series #11.35} [Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by county, and within each county alphabetically by municipality.

Typed reports on outbreaks and suspected outbreaks of diseases such as typhoid fever which had the potential to become epidemics in Pennsylvania. The reports were submitted by sanitary engineers to the Department of Health. Information provided by a typical report includes county and municipality, the type of disease discovered or suspected, the dates of the investigation, and names of persons and companies involved either as polluters, victims, complainants or municipal officials. Dates and specific locations of afflictions are given as well as the results of blood tests, medical observations, a description of conditions that preceded the outbreak, the steps taken to eliminate the problem, suggestions on preventing further outbreaks, and the name and signature of the sanitary engineer who conducted the investigation.

Also included in the series are reports on various municipal water and sewage systems in the areas investigated and on proposed system changes or expansions. Information found in these reports generally includes the name of the county and municipality, the type of public utility, the size of the population and the geographical area served, a physical description of the natural landscape, the types of industry present, the types of people living in the area (e.g. foreign laborers), a description of the pipe layouts and purification systems, a statistical breakdown of the outbreak of disease, laboratory results and analyses, and recommendations.

Bureau of Special Health Services (1962-1971)

Formerly the Bureau of Preventable Disease (1957-1962), the Bureau of Special Health Services, was responsible for planning aspects for the administration of public health programs, including studies and research to define program objectives, policies, and functions. Divisions of the Bureau included: Communicable Diseases; Nutrition; Behavioral Problems and Drug Control (later divided into Alcoholism and Rehabilitation and Drug Control); Dental Health; Chronic Diseases; Maternal and Child Health; Tuberculosis Control (later renamed Chronic Respiratory Diseases); and Physical Therapy. In 1972 the Bureau was abolished and its responsibilities were divided among the Bureau of Children's Preventive and Restorative Services and the Bureau of Adult Preventive Health Programs.

Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases

Formerly the Division of Tuberculosis Control (1957-1969), the Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases was responsible for the operation and supervision of the tuberculosis and chronic respiratory disease program. It operated two state tuberculosis hospitals, Landis and C. Howard Marcy, that provided professional, rehabilitation, and social services to restore tubercular patients to better health and economic usefulness. Patients either admitted themselves, committed by relatives, or referred to the hospitals by one of over seventy tuberculosis clinics throughout the Commonwealth. The state clinics provided continuing services to former hospital and newly diagnosed patients. The division also conducted tuberculosis case detection activities through the clinics, community X-ray surveys, a tuberculin testing program in schools, and x-ray surveys of homes for the aged. In addition, the division also provided professional guidance and consultation to all official and voluntary agencies dealing with tuberculosis and respiratory disease. In 1972, the Division was moved into the Bureau of Adult Preventive Health Programs; then was renamed the Division of Chronic Respiratory and Occupational Diseases under the Bureau of Adult Health Services in 1976, and later its responsibilities were subsumed by the various divisions of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention in 1978. In 1974, C. Howard Marcy State Hospital was converted into a mental health hospital under the auspices of the Department of Public Welfare. All records for C. Howard Marcy State Hospital, including its time as a state tuberculosis hospital, may be found in the Records of the Department of Welfare (RG-23).

Landis State Hospital Patient Records,
(10 boxes, 426 microfilm rolls)

{series #11.80} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Patient index cards are arranged alphabetically by patient's surname. Patient files are arranged numerically by patient case number.
Indexed internally in patient index cards.

Patient files and index cards maintained by the Landis State Hospital during its operation as a state tuberculosis hospital (previously known as State Sanatorium for Tuberculosis No. 4, Philadelphia, 1954-1957). The facility was able to care for 200-300 patients. The hospital opened circa 1954 and was administered by the Bureau of Tuberculosis, which was later was made a division within the Bureau of Preventable Disease in 1957, before becoming the Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases in 1969. The hospital closed in July 1976.

Information provided on patient index cards consists of the patient's case number, name, address, social security number, age, date of birth, sex, race, religion, birthplace, marital status, number of children, citizenship status, residency status, military service (if any), occupation, date of admittance, referral agency, a summary of the patient's health history and diagnosis, date of discharge, reason for discharge (desertion, maximum hospital benefit, transfer, or death), and total days spent at the hospital. Some cards also include the name and birthplace of the patient's parents, vitals of the patient at admittance and discharge, the patient's discharge number, and the patient's condition at time of discharge. Information about the patient's next of kin or other emergency contact person, including their name, address, telephone number, and relation to the patient, is also present. A very few patient cards from Lankenau Hospital, dating from 1952-1953 are present.

Patient files contain much of the same information as the patient index cards and are accompanied by the patient's clinical records. These include: a narrative summary of the patient's health history past and present; laboratory results; radiographic reports (X-ray results); treatments received, including chemotherapy; system review and physical examination results; progress notes maintained by the physician; physician orders and charts maintained by the nursing staff; nursing notes and vitals (temperature, pulse, and respiration); state conference reports and recommendations; and final diagnosis. In some instances, correspondence of family requesting commitment of a patient to the hospital, patient consent forms, correspondence with other tuberculosis institutions that treated the patient, and a social history of the patient are also present.

Pennsylvania's Tuberculosis Control Manual,
(1 box)

{series #11.98} [Holdings]

Indexed by topic.

Manual prepared by the Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases. Proper clinical procedures are defined and explained for the treatment of tuberculosis in Pennsylvania. Topics include required procedures for clinic personnel, clinic policies and procedures, clinic services, hospitalization of clinic patients, infection control and mitigation, tuberculosis case registers, and secondary drug clinics. An appendix of terms and statistics is included.

Bureau of Tuberculosis Control

Sometimes known as the Division of Tuberculosis Control, the Bureau had administrative and professional control for matters relating to tuberculosis in Pennsylvania. As originally organized in 1942, the Bureau had a Director with an Assistant Director in charge of State Sanatoria, an Assistant Director in Charge of Tuberculosis and Pneumotherapy Clinics, a Chief Medical Consultant, and an X-ray Program Director in charge of mass chest X-ray surveys and an X-ray Laboratory. The Bureau administered the comprehensive plan for the control of tuberculosis in conjunction with other state and federal agencies, and professional medical organizations. Major objectives included early recognition of cases, prompt reporting, and isolation and treatment of active tuberculosis cases. The Bureau also instituted a program for investigation, supervision and medical care of cases of tuberculosis in state mental, penal and other institutions. The responsibilities of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control were assumed by the Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases in 1968.

Monthly and Yearly Reports of the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium,
1926-2011 (not inclusive).
(11 boxes)

{series #11.94} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date.

Reports of the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium submitted to the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control and its successor the Division of Chronic Respiratory Diseases. Monthly report topics include classification of patients, adults admitted, patients under 21, reason for discharge, children admitted, causes of death, conferences, surgeries, laboratory and clinical reports, farm receipts, community store reports, occupational therapy, and school reports. Year-end report topics include physical plant, care of patients, incidental features, meetings, education department, and entertainment for patients and employees. Statistics are broken down by condition, race, and gender, and include yearly totals. Related material includes an aerial photograph, an organization chart, a blueprint, photographs, and brochures.

Patient Record Cards of the Cresson Tuberculosis Sanatorium,
circa 1920s-1930s.
(8 boxes)

{series #11.99} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged alphabetically by patient surname.

Record cards measuring 3" x 5" issued for tuberculosis patients at the Cresson Sanatorium in Cambria County. Cards list admission date, case number, discharge number, clinic number, diagnosis, patient name, number of admissions, patient home address, religion, occupation, age, place and date of birth, citizenship, length of residence in Pennsylvania, reason/condition/date of discharge, number of clinic visits, and total days in the Sanatorium. The reverse side of the card lists clinical condition, patient height, admission and discharge weight, weight gain or loss, father's name and birthplace, mother's name and birthplace, patient reference and their relation to patient, reference address, and any remarks.

These records are open only to the individual patient or family members under HIPAA regulations. Records are open to the public 50 years after the patient's death.

Air Pollution Commission

The Air Pollution Commission, acting through the Division of Air Pollution Control of the Bureau of Environmental Health, was charged with enforcing air quality regulations. At the direction of the Commission, the Division investigated air pollution problems, conducted surveys and testing programs to determine air quality, enforced orders of the Commission, conducted educational programs, and provided advisory and technical consultation services to local communities. The responsibilities of the Commission and the Division were subsequently transferred to the Department of Environmental Resources. For related materials see the records of the Bureau of Air Quality Control in the Department of Environmental Resources(RG-43).

Meeting Packets,
(5 cartons)

{series #11.42} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

The Air Pollution Commission was created by the Air Pollution Control Act of 1960 to establish rules and regulations to control air pollution in the Commonwealth. The Commission also heard and ruled on complaints of alleged violations of its rules and regulations. The Commission met at least 6 times a year or at the call of the Chair. Members consisted of the Secretaries of Health, Commerce, Labor, Mines, and Agriculture; a member of the general public; a specialist in industrial topography; three representatives of industry; and a professional engineer.

Each packet contains minutes from meetings concerning requests for incinerator permits, regulations on air quality, public hearing notes on air quality regulations, reports on controlling automotive emission, and city or county air pollution regulation plans. Also present are lists of air pollution violators and corrective measures taken.

Transcripts and Position Papers on Proposed Regulations,
(2 cartons)

{series #11.43} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transcript.

Transcripts of public meetings held around the state under the provisions of the Air Pollution Control Act regarding regulations issued by the Air Pollution Commission. Topics discussed at these meetings included the prevention and control of air pollution from burning coal refuse, the hazards of open burning, and ambient air quality criteria.

Anatomical Board of the State of Pennsylvania

The Anatomical Board was created in 1883 for the purpose of acquiring and distributing human cadavers to surgeons and medical schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As of 1998, it is known as the Humanity Gifts Registry Board and is composed of representatives from the medical and dental fields and the Secretary of Health. The Board establishes rules and regulations governing registry operations.

Balance Book,
(1 volume)

{series #11.44} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

Debit and credit accounting of expenses for the receipt and distribution of human cadavers for teaching purposes to all medical and dental schools in the state.

Cadaver Receiving Books,
(7 volumes)

{series #11.45} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date received.

A register of human cadavers received by the Anatomical Board to be distributed to medical and dental facilities for research. Information provided for each cadaver includes name, gender, color, age, place of birth, marital status, and occupation; date received; date and cause of death; physician's name; where received from and delivered to; tag number; whether cut or uncut; condition; and the claimed, substitute, or buried tag number.

In addition, there is a monthly consolidated report of receipts from institutions giving the total number of bodies; the number of cut and uncut bodies; the number of white or black males and females; the number or bodies in good, bad and fair condition; the number of claimed, substitute, and buried cut and uncut bodies; and occasional remarks regarding each institution providing cadavers to the Anatomical Board.

Cancelled Checks,
(1 folder)

{series #11.46} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by check number.

Cancelled checks for the expenses incurred in the receipt and distribution of cadavers for medical research. Payees included American Railway Express Co., Anderson Publishing Company, Schuylkill County Hospital for the Insane, William Sieck, and John H. Kerlin among others.

Cash Book,
(1 volume)

{series #11.47} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of transaction.

Accounts of medical and dental schools with the Anatomical Board of the State of Pennsylvania for expenses incurred by the transfer of cadavers for research. The cash book entries are posted in the Ledger, 1959-1973 {series #11.52}.

Check Stub Books,
(2 volumes)

{series #11.48} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by check number.

Stubs for payments incurred in the receipt and distribution of cadavers for the purpose of medical research. Information found includes the amount paid, the name of the payee, and the date of payment.

Consolidated Annual Report Books of Receipts and Distributions,
(4 volumes)

{series #11.49} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

Annual reports providing statistical information on cadavers received and distributed by the Board. The consolidated report of receipts provides a monthly account of cadavers received from various hospitals, prisons, almshouses and undertakers from such places as Lancaster, Scranton, Wilkes Barre, Bethlehem, and Allegheny, Berks, Cumberland, Westmoreland, and York counties. Monthly accounts are broken down by categories such as whether cut or uncut, male or female, good or bad condition, and whether the bodies were claimed, substitutes or buried. The consolidated report of distributions provides a monthly account of cadavers distributed to the University of Pennsylvania, Jefferson Medical College, Hahnemann Medical College, Women's Medical College, Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, Polyclinic College, Philadelphia School of Anatomy, Western Pennsylvania Medical College, Medico-Chirurgical College, Scranton Anatomical Society, Franklin and Marshall College, and other facilities.

Executive Committee Minute Books,
(5 volumes)

{series #11.50} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes documenting executive committee meetings. Information generally found includes the number of bodies received and distributed to each medical or dental school, a record of bills sent to Harrisburg for payment, and the treasurer's financial report.

History of the Anatomy Act of Pennsylvania,
(1 volume)

{series #11.51} [Holdings]

History of the Anatomy Act of Pennsylvania, by W.S. Forbes, M.D. The volume documents the efforts of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to procure legislation for the transfer of bodies to medical facilities for research purposes. Included is a copy of the "Act for the Promotion of Medical Science By the Distribution and Use of Unclaimed Human Bodies for Scientific Purposes Through a Board Created for that Purpose and to Prevent Unauthorized Uses and Traffic in Human Bodies," 1883.

(1 volume)

{series #11.52} [Holdings]

Grouped by account and thereunder chronologically by date of transaction.

Financial accounts for expenses incurred by the transfer of bodies for medical and dental research to various medical and dental facilities. Also included is an account for unclaimed bodies and a lump sum payment of burial funds received from the Social Security Administration.

Letter Book,
(1 volume)

{series #11.53} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of correspondence.

Copies of letters sent from the Anatomical Board to various correspondents. Among the subjects addressed are burial of soldiers, sailors and marines; bodies required to be buried at public expense; coroners claiming bodies delivered to Anatomical Board; coroners surrendering bodies to the Board; changes in prices for claimed bodies; death certificate charges; issues affecting the directors of the poor; the deaths of paupers before gaining settlement; express rates; inspection of bodies received by the Anatomical Board; inquiries concerning the disposition of a body; money furnished by friends for burial; delivery of partially dissected bodies to the receiving depot; the receipt of unclaimed bodies that were not needed; refusals to furnish data for reports; transportation by Adams Express Co. from Pittsburgh; the "twenty four hour clause;" and concerns arising about unclaimed cadavers. Included in this series are agreements with a Philadelphia carrier for transporting bodies; an agreement with Philadelphia Hospital; various Board of Health permits and burial permits; information relating to the Burial Act; inquests by coroners; legal opinions; a copy of the law governing the use of bodies of prisoners from the Luzerne County prison; the law providing for the relief of the needy sick; post mortems; and the Undertaker Act.

Drug, Device and Cosmetic Board (1961- )

The Board, established by the Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1961 and further enabled in The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1972, is an advisory board to the Secretary of Health in matters pertaining to the manufacture and wholesale or retail distribution of drugs, medical devices and cosmetics. The Board recommends regulations to administer the Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act of 1961, the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1972 (P.L. 233) and the Generic Drug Law. This board differs from the Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Program. Materials relating to the registration of pharmacists is contained in the records of the State Board of Pharmacy in the Department of Education (RG-22).

1962-1990, 1992, 1994.
(3 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.54} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Board meetings. The minutes contain the names of board members in attendance; the location of the meeting; agenda topics; and a summary of the discussion. Topics discussed include: research programs; hospital drug policies; drug labeling; the sale of paregoric, medicinal soaps and cleansing agents; LSD survey report; veterinary medicines and devices; drug abuse on college campuses; generic drug legislation; additions to generic drug formulary, dental laboratory regulations; the status of state drug legislation; federal drug control regulations; the controlled substance list; nicotine addiction and proposed regulation; steroids as controlled substances; teen abuse of cough syrups containing dextromethorphan; hearing testimony before the Board; compliance with the Federal Prescription Drug Marketing Act; departmental reorganization; and proposed amendments to the Drug, Device, and Cosmetic Act of 1961. Agenda, sign-in sheets, and other supporting materials are included in some instances.

Elizabethtown Hospital for Crippled Children (1925-1982)

The Hospital for Crippled Children was originally authorized by the General Assembly in 1925 and constructed on a 250 acre tract of farm and timber land near Elizabethtown in 1930. The hospital was initially administered by the Secretary, and then by the Crippled Children's Division in the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health. By 1959, it was administered by the Division of Maternal and Child Health in the Bureau of Preventable Diseases and in 1978 the hospital was moved to the purview of the Deputy Secretary for Public Health (also known as the Executive Deputy Secretary of Public Health Programs). The facility was also known as the State Hospital for Crippled Children as well as the Elizabethtown Hospital for Children and Youth. In 1982 the facility was transferred to Penn State University Hershey Medical Center and renamed the Elizabethtown Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. The facility was designed to care for children between the ages of six and sixteen suffering from Bone Tuberculosis and allied conditions. It later expanded its domain to admit children with Poliomyelitis (Polio), Cerebral Palsy, dislocation of the hip, and congenital and acquired deformities.

Account Book for Subscriptions to the Publication "Our World" from Elizabethtown Hospital for Crippled Children,
(1 volume)

{series #11.4} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of subscription.

"Our World" was a newsletter started by the patients of the Hospital in 1942. The accounts list the subscriber's name, date of transaction, length of subscription and amount paid. Also found in the back of the volume are records of sales from crafts and "industrial arts," 1968-1977. These show date, name of purchaser, the craft or industrial art item sold and the amount paid.

Architectural Drawings,
(24 items)

{series #11.5} [Holdings]

Grouped by project.

Mostly preliminary and final blueprint drawings by the architectural firm Thomas & Martin for the main building of the hospital. Also present are later drawings for additions, renovations and outbuildings such as the shop building.

Newspaper Clippings,
(1 folder)

{series #11.6} [Holdings]


Originals and photocopies of newspaper articles concerning the hospital, the staff and the patients.

Patient Registers,
(2 volumes)

{series #11.7} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of admission.

Register entries show a serial and unit number; the patient's name, county, date and place of birth; the patient's race, gender, and religion; the dates admitted and discharged; the total number of days spent in the hospital; the name of a parent or guardian; and the diagnosis at the time of admission. Commonly diagnosed illnesses include scoliosis, clubfoot, cerebral palsy and polio residual.

Photograph Albums,
1942-1947, 1961-1965.
(5 volumes)

{series #11.8} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by beginning date of album.

Two albums dated 1942-1947 were kept by Miss Catherine McBride and one dated 1943-1946 was kept by Betty Salada. These appear to have been employees at the Hospital. The compiler of the other two volumes is unknown. All albums contain photographs of patients and employees at various functions including employee Christmas dinners, retirement parties, hospital Halloween parties and other functions. The names of most of the patients appearing in the photographs are given.

Also present are newspaper clippings concerning different treatment methods used at the hospital and copies of the newsletter "Our World" from 1942. The newsletter contains articles concerning patient admissions and discharges, daily operation of the facility, the arrival of new equipment and various social events.

Record of Operations,
(4 volumes)

(series #11.9} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of operation.

These volumes document operations conducted at the Elizabethtown Hospital for Children and Youth. Information provided for each patient includes the date of admission and the dates of any surgical operations performed; the case number; the patient's name, age, sex, and race; the diagnosis; the names of the surgeon, assistant surgeon, operating nurse, and anesthetist; the type of anesthetic used; a brief description of any complications and a statement describing the result of the operation. Usually noted under complications and results are the times the operation started and ended. Frequently diagnosed illnesses include clubfoot, scoliosis, residual polio, and burns.

Scrap Books,
[ca. 1930-1974].
(4 volumes)

{series #11.10} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Contain photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures and programs concerning the hospital's staff and patients. Photographic subjects include Santa Claus with children, Halloween parties, and concerts. Newspaper clipping and program topics include poster children, grants, volunteers honored, parties, recitals, retirements, and studies conducted at the hospital. Brochures contain information on the Hospital's staff and the services provided to patients.

Time Books,
(2 volumes)

{series #11.11} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

This series is composed of two volumes that contain slightly different types of information. One of these is a record of wages paid to employees at the hospital. Monthly entries list the employee's name, the number of hours worked each day, the total number of hours worked, the wage rate per hour, the total amount earned, and the employee's signature acknowledging receipt of pay. The 1926 entries are for laborers who constructed the hospital. The second volume is arranged semi-monthly and gives the employee's name, the number of days worked and the rate earned per day. Occupations frequently listed in the second volume include maid, nurse, or laundress.

Health Policy Board (1996- )

Formerly the Health Care Policy Board (1982-1995), the Board reviews rules and regulations prepared by the Department and advises the Secretary on proposed regulations and the state health services plan. The board also serves as an administrative hearing body for appeals on licensure decisions.

(1 folder)

{series #11.70} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes for meetings that took place March 13, 1996 through March 8, 2000. Topics covered include: the abolishment of the State Health Facility Hearing Board; changes to the State Health Services Plan; Certificate of Need Activities; discussion about Public Hearings; Quarterly Reports; expansion of responsibilities of the Board; the future of public health policy; the establishment of sub-committees within the Board; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP); sub-committee reports; Y2K (the millennium bug; the year 2000 problem); tornado response; nursing home audits; managed care; regulatory issues; the State Health Improvement Plan; the tobacco settlement; the emergency services plan; rural healthcare; the budget; and updates about the Department in general.

State Health Improvement Plan,
(1 volume)

{series #11.71} [Holdings]


With the expiration of Certificate of Need legislation in 1996, which guided health planning in the Commonwealth, the Health Policy Board was tasked with developing a new plan for health planning strategies. It established three committees (Data and Information, Health Program Planning, and Community Partnership) to advise the Board and Secretary on these new strategies and asked seven community based health improvement partnerships to aid in the design and testing of a new State Health Improvement Planning (SHIP) process. This report, State Health Improvement Plan: Partners . . . In Pursuit of Good Health, is the first edition of this process, with the intent of undergoing constant revision and improvement. It covers a new model for health planning, the components of an integrated preventive health system, partnerships between the Department and community-based health organizations, data-based decision making, and the state of Pennsylvania's health.

Office of Community Affairs

Operating under the Deputy Secretary of Community Health, the Office of Community Affairs formerly coordinated Departmental programs through District Offices that served multi-county areas and State Health Centers located in the sixty-two counties of the Commonwealth. These offices provided public health services, referrals, counseling and epidemiological investigations in their respective communities. Staff support was provided through public health nurses, and on a referral basis through physicians and other public health professionals. By 1995, these responsibilities were coordinated through the Bureau of Primary Care Resources and Systems Development, the District Offices, and the State Health Centers under the direction of the Deputy Secretary for Community Health Systems Development. Other materials relating to community mental health are contained in the records of the Bureau of Community Mental Health Services in the Department of Public Welfare (RG-23).

Centralia Mine Fire Health Survey Questionnaires,
(6 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.39} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Arranged numerically by household number.

Study done by the Department of Health to obtain a basic health profile for individuals in the Centralia area who may have been affected by the underground mine fire. The consent release form provides information on each head of household including names of individual, spouse and physician; date and place of birth; gender, marital status, and race; address and phone number; number of people that live at the address; the year the first member of the household lived in Centralia/Byrnesville area; and last three permanent addresses. Additional information found including the type of fuel used in the house and if the house was monitored for mine fire gas levels. The questionnaires also document occupational history; the use of alcohol, tobacco and caffeine; and various diseases, medical conditions, prescriptions, physicians, hospitalization and social/psychological issues. Another form shows respondents' rating of physical, mental and emotional ailments that they might have experienced and test results of blood gas levels, but not all surveys have this form. A medical record release form is also included. Access to these records is restricted to questionnaire respondents and members of their immediate families.

Sanitary Water Board (1923-1970)

The Sanitary Water Board was created by the Administrative Code of 1923 (P.L. 498, Act No. 274) to administer the Purity of Waters Act and clean stream laws of Pennsylvania. For many years, the Department of Health, through its Bureau, and then Division, of Sanitary Engineering, investigated, recommended, and enforced the provisions of this law with the exception of the provision dealing with bituminous strip mines which was enforced by the Department of Mines and Mineral Industries. The Board included the Secretary of Mines and Mineral Industries, the Secretary of Forests and Waters, the Secretary of Commerce, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Fish Commission, and three members from the general public appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate. The Board was abolished by Act No. 275 of 1970 (PL. 834) when its powers, duties, and functions were transferred to the Department of Environmental Resources.

Minute Books,
(13 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.55} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes of the meetings of the Sanitary Water Board. Information includes time, date and location of the meeting; a list of the names of members and staff present; a synopsis of discussions; and the signature of the Secretary of the Board. Also present are reports from various agencies, including the Department of Health, Department of Mines, Fish Commission, Department of Forests and Waters, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce. The minutes document the approval of permits for sewage and industrial waste treatment and mine drainage discharges. The volume for 1923 contains an index.

circa 1950.
(2 boxes)

{series #11.100} [Holdings]

Arranged numerically by negative number.

Black and white film negatives (4x5) made by the Sanitary Water Board demonstrating existing unsanitary conditions of rivers and streams around the state. Most were made during filming of Waters of the Commonwealth, a motion picture film produced in 1951 for the Commonwealth by Jam Handy Productions. An occasional contact print is present. Image subjects include waste discharge at the New York and Pennsylvania Paper Company at Johnsonburg, and the General Electric Plant at Erie; sewage outlets into the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh; the Jones and Laughlin Steel Mill at Pittsburgh; coal dredging on the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg; the Schuylkill River reclamation project; the Carnegie Steel works at Dravosburg; and water treatment sites at Philadelphia, Tionesta, Conneaut Lake Park, Burgettstown, Pottsville, St. Clair, Shamokin, Buckhill and Bushkill Falls on the Delaware, and other places. Stills also include the camera crew on location around the state.  An original print of Waters of the Commonwealth is at the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Report on Clarion River Pollution Abatement,
(1 box)

{series #11.56} [Holdings]

A report on pollution and industrial waste discharges into the Clarion River and its tributaries prepared by the consulting engineering firm of Camp, Dresser, and McKee and submitted to the Chairman of the Sanitary Water Board on March 31, 1949.

(1 box)

{series #11.92} [Holdings]

Compendium of annual, biennial, and special reports of the Sanitary Water Board. Annual and biennial reports consist of the following: scope of jurisdiction, major policies, procedure and agents, accomplishments, objectives, and needed authority. Special reports to the Governor cover the following water issues: industrial waste, tannery waste, pulp and paper waste, byproduct coke oven waste, gas works waste, textile waste, artificial silk waste, bituminous coal mine waste, and petroleum waste.

Tannery Waste Disposal Committee of Pennsylvania (1924-1930)

Experimental Tannery Waste Disposal Plant Reports,
(2 boxes)

{series #11.84} [Holdings]

Grouped by record type, thereunder arranged chronologically by date.

Reports and data submitted to the Committee by the experimental tannery waste disposal plants at Instanter and Emporium, Pennsylvania. The plants experimented with how to "reasonably and practically" treat and dispose of the waste water created by the vegetable tanning of leather. Reports submitted by the Emporium facility contain: a description of the construction of the plant; details of routine operations; descriptions and results of operating tests, including sand and cinder filter operation; sludge data; and proposed operational changes. Also included are analytical tables from both facilities, consisting of tables and charts of test results. The tables show daily efficiencies of precipitation tanks, filter and tank temperatures, oxygen demands, detailed analysis of treated waste compared to raw waste, laboratory analysis of sludge, influents and effluents, and comparisons of different filtration systems. The report Treatment of Tannery Wastes: Processes found as the outcome of six years study by the Tannery Waste Disposal Committee of Pennsylvania created by the agreement of 1924 between the Sanitary Water Board and Leather Tanning Companies, December 1930 is also present. There is also a detailed history about the creation of the Committee and the nature of its experiments in this publication.

State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC) (1976-1992)

The Council advised the State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) and the Department of Health by reviewing all health service plans, annual implementation plans, and grant applications submitted by health systems agencies within the Commonwealth. It also adopted and conducted the annual review of the State Health Plan as well as helped coordinate its implementation. The Council would also review and comment on certain activities pertaining to grant applications under the Public Health Service Act, the Community Mental Health Centers Act, and the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970. In addition, the Council assisted in coordinating the health planning activities of various state councils and committees and helped private health agencies plan and develop their activities.

Health Systems Plans,
(4 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.74} [Holdings]

Grouped alphabetically by health service agency, thereunder arranged chronologically by date of publication.

Plans submitted by the Commonwealth's nine health service agencies, in accordance with the National Health Planning and Resources Development Act (P.L. 93-641), for review by the Council. The plans detail one-year actions to be accomplished as well and long range goals and objectives. The State required Health Service Agencies to revise their health service plans annually in order to remain current with the other health service agencies and statewide health needs. Plans cover topics such as regional profiles, long-term care activities, diagnostic and treatment services, prevention and detection activities, rehabilitation activities, and health care support activities. Also included are State Health Plans, coordinated and implemented by the Bureau of Planning and reviewed annually by the SHCC.

Plans from the following health service agencies are represented:

State Health Data Center (1980-1995)

Formerly the Division of Health Statistics within the Bureau of Health Data Systems, the State Health Data Center, operating under the Deputy Secretary for Administration, was responsible for collecting, processing, and disseminating statistical health information to appropriate users throughout the Commonwealth. The Center also developed information systems and provided statistical and research assistance to other bureaus and agencies. It was also the repository of all vital statistics for the Commonwealth. In 1995, the Center was renamed the State Center for Health Statistics and Research, directed by the Deputy Secretary of Public Health Assessment. It later evolved into the Bureau of Health Statistics and Research.

1985, 1990, 1992.
(1 box)

{series #11.68} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Reports issued by the State Health Data Center, some in conjunction with other entities within the Department. Titles include: A Profile of Pennsylvania Hospitals, 1982-1983, Pennsylvania Vital Statistics, 1988, Pennsylvania Reported Pregnancies, 1984-1988, and Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Pennsylvania, 1985-1989.

Reports of the Governor's Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse,
(9 volumes)

{series #11.57} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of report.

Reports from the council filed with the State Health Data Center. Among these are The Master Plan for the Prevention, Treatment and Control of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Volume I, 1973; A Study of the Prevalence and Intensity of Drug and Alcohol in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1973; A Systems Approach to the Treatment of Alcoholism by Frederick B. Glaser, 1974; Response to Auditor General's Reports, 1976; Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Services in the Commonwealth, 1977; Management Review, 1977; Final Report: Data Processing Service, 1978; Agency Management Plan, 1978; Alternative Organizational Options for Relocation of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program of Pennsylvania, 1979.

Quarterly Reports of Abortions Performed,
(13 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.58} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by quarter.

Reports filed by hospitals, physicians or facilities that were approved to perform abortions under Act 209 of September 10, 1974 (The Abortion Control Act, 35 P.S. 6606). Information found in these reports is the total number of abortions performed during each quarter and the name and address of the reporting facility. Types of institutions performing abortions include health clinics, women's centers, Planned Parenthood clinics, physicians' offices, hospitals and medical centers. Other information found includes the name of the contact person regarding the data reported and statistical tables showing the number of abortions performed broken down by weeks of gestation, type of procedure, age woman, and the woman's state and county of residence.

State Health Facility Hearing Board (1981-1995)

Chaired by the Secretary of Health, the State Health Facility Hearing Board issues Certificates of Need for new or expanded medical facilities and approves licenses for such facilities. Materials relating to state mental hospitals are contained in the records of the Office of Mental Health of the Department of Public Welfare (RG-23).

Annual Reports,
(4 folders)

{series #11.59} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by year.

The Annual Reports of the State Health Facility Hearing Board document the appeals on which the Board ruled during the year. Types of appeals documented include reviews of Certificates of Need, licensure, and medical assistance provider and WIC (Women, Infants, Children) programs. Also found is information on the disposition of appeals and Commonwealth Court decisions.

(1 folder)

{series #11.60} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically by date of meeting.

Minutes documenting the meetings of the State Health Facility Hearing Board. Information provided includes the names of those who attended the meeting, approval of past minutes, and board decisions allowing health facilities to expand their buildings and programs by granting a certificate of need. The Board also discussed public comments, decision reversals by the courts, and board policies.

Status Reports,
(1 folder)

{series #11.61} [Holdings]

Status reports sent to the Board by the Executive Director concerning Certificates of Need to expand facilities and programs and licensure appeals. The issuance of both Certificates of NSeed and licensure could be appealed to either the Department of Health or Commonwealth Court. Each request for a certificate or license has a number assigned.

Vietnam Herbicides Information Commission (1982-1987)

The Commission, created by the Vietnam Herbicides Information Act (Act 99 of 1982), obtained information relating to the health effects of exposure to herbicides containing dioxin and other causative agents for Vietnam veteran residents of the Commonwealth who may have been exposed to these substances during their military service. The commission determined medical, administrative, and social assistance needs of exposed veterans, and conducted outreach and disseminated information on epidemiological or other studies relating to herbicide exposure in Vietnam. The commission had fifteen members: the Secretary of Health as chair; and fourteen others. In accordance with Act 67 of 1987, the Commission was expanded and renamed the Vietnam Veterans Heath Initiative Commission (VVHIC). For related materials, see Vietnam Veterans' Herbicide Exposure and Health History Questionnaires with Program Files, 1983-1990 {series 11.18} under the Division of Environmental Health of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention.

Data Bank File,
(3 cartons, 1 box)

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Legislatively mandated collection of epidemiological reports and studies relating to the effect of Agent Orange/Dioxin, an herbicide defoliant used by the United States in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The materials were collected by the Commission in an effort to ascertain the medical effects of exposure to such herbicides and determine how best to assist Vietnam War veterans who were exposed.
Included are Dow Chemical Company reports entitled: Dioxin, Agent Orange and Human Health; Agent Orange/Dioxin Health and Medical Information Index; Agent Orange/Dioxin Health and Medical Study Summaries; Agent Orange and the Veteran; Soft Tissue Sarcoma; Birth Defects and Reproductive Disorders; Occupational and Incidental Exposure; Health Impact Overviews; and General Health Statistics; and Environmental Fate.

Vietnam Veterans Heath Initiative Commission (VVHIC) (1987-1996)

Formerly the Vietnam Herbicide Information Commission (1982-1987), the VVHIC obtained information relating to the health status of all Pennsylvania veterans who served in Vietnam. The commission determined medical, social, and administrative assistance needed by these veterans, conducted outreach and educational programs as well as disseminated health information regarding physical and psycho-behavioral impacts of serving in Vietnam. The commission had twenty members; the Secretary of Health as chair, the Secretary for Public Welfare and the Adjutant General as vice-chairs, and seventeen other members appointed by the governor. On July 1, 1996 the Commission expired. For related materials, see Vietnam Veterans' Herbicide Exposure and Health History Questionnaires with Program Files, 1983-1990 {series 11.18} under the Division of Environmental Health of the Bureau of Epidemiology and Disease Prevention.

Program Files and Correspondence,
(4 cartons, 1 box)

{series #11.63} [Holdings] [RESTRICTED]

Cartons 1-3 are arranged alphabetically by subject. Carton 4 is unarranged.

Minutes, agenda, correspondence, reports, newsletters, newspaper clippings, press releases, photographs, and meeting packets of the Commission, as well as public hearing transcripts and testimony collected by the Commission. Included are Agent Orange hotline telephone logs, background literature and court testimony relating to Agent Orange, American Legion materials, Dioxin task force materials, a list of veterans' names, mailing lists, medical histories, a summary of survey questionnaire responses broken down by geographic areas, and materials supplied by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Also included are various revisions, including an edition in Vietnamese, of The Vietnam Experience: An Overview of the Health Problems Associated with Vietnam Service, which addresses issues related to exposure to Agent Orange, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and infectious diseases prevalent in Southeast Asia. A videocassette entitled "Bloods of Nam" and the Pennsylvania Vietnam Veterans Mortality Study, 1965-1992 Final Report with related correspondence are also present. Residual correspondence relating to the Commission, dating after its expiration, is also included.

To view the videocassette, please make an appointment in advance by contacting the Pennsylvania State Archives.

Responses to Herbicide Exposure Information Requests made by Veterans,
(1 box)

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Correspondence from the U.S. Army and Joint Services Environmental Support Group in response to information requests made by veterans via the Vietnam Veterans Heath Initiative Commission (VVHIC). An "Exposed Records Research Request" form was included in VVHIC newsletters to aid veterans in obtaining information relating to their possible exposure to herbicides during the Vietnam Conflict. Information provided by the veteran on this form included name, address, service number, branch of service, dates of service, and units served in, with location if possible. These request forms are not always included in the response packets received.

Information in the responses includes: date of request; date request was received; description of enclosures; whether more information is needed to complete the request; and contact information for other organizations who may provide relevant materials, such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). Enclosures typically include: Agent Orange Briefs from the U.S. Veterans Administration; maps depicting the veteran's unit location with correlating overlays representing U.S. Air Force "Ranch Hand" spray missions; and lists of Operational Reports - Lessons Learned (OR-LLs) and Combat Operation After Action Reports (COAARs) submitted by the veteran's unit (or higher unit) that could be obtained from the NTIS. Some veterans also requested information relating to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that may have been caused by service in Southeast Asia.

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