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University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH 45220-2872)
Stephen Arthur Marine (Project Director: July 2009 to October 2013)
Digitizing the Correspondence and Photographs of Albert Sabin

The digitization of 50,000 pages of correspondence and accompanying materials, along with 1,000 images, from the papers of Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine.

University of Cincinnati Libraries seek funding over a three year period to digitize the most historically significant portions of the archives of Albert B. Sabin (1906-1993), the developer of the live oral polio vaccine, which eradicated polio from the United States and has nearly eliminated the disease worldwide. The primary source documents identified for digitization include 50,000 pages of the estimated 100,000 pages of the correspondence between Sabin and world political, cultural, social, and scientific leaders. The 35,000 letters and enclosures that these 50,000 pages represent have been selected because of their relevance to the humanistic questions posed by scientific investigation and disease eradication. They are an exceptionally rich resource for researchers investigating the social, political, and ethical questions arising from such ground breaking activities. Also included will be 1,000 photographs for those who seek pictorial documentation to support their research.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$314,258 (approved)
$314,258 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 6/30/2013