Papers of Dr. Jonas Salk, noted physician, virologist, humanitarian, and founder of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
in San Diego, California. Salk is best known for his development of the world's first successful vaccine for the prevention
of poliomyelitis, licensed in the U.S. in 1955. He also conducted important research in the prevention and treatment of influenza,
multiple sclerosis, cancer, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The Salk Papers constitute an exhaustive source
of documentation of Dr. Salk's professional activities, but very few materials relating to his personal life. Most of the
papers cover the period from the mid-1940s to the 1980s. The papers include extensive general correspondence, files relating
to polio, subject files, writings by Dr. Salk, photographs, sound recordings, records of the Salk Institute, and other research
Jonas Salk is best known for his discovery of the world's first successful vaccine for the prevention of poliomyelitis. In
addition to this accomplishment, Dr. Salk has made significant contributions to the study, prevention, and treatment of influenza,
multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other diseases. He is also known for the founding and direction of the Salk Institute for
Biological Studies in San Diego, his work for a wide variety of humanitarian endeavors, and most recently for his involvement
in AIDS research.
316.1 Linear feet
(607 archives boxes, 28 card file boxes, 12 records cartons, 76 art bin items, and 176 oversize folders)
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