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National Library of Medicine Acquires the Papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD

March 10, 2020

The Countrywide Library of Drugs (NLM) is honored to announce its acquisition of the papers of Louis W. Sullivan, MD, former United States Secretary of Health and Human Providers (HHS). This is the to start with collection of papers from a former HHS Secretary, obtained by the NLM and will be section of the archival collections of the world’s major health care library and institute of the Countrywide Institutes of Health (NIH).

Louis W. Sullivan is an African American medical doctor who served as secretary of HHS from 1989-1993 and as dean and president of Morehouse School of Drugs (MSM) from 1975-1989 and from 1993-2002. The Countrywide Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH was to start with established as an Office environment beneath the NIH Director by means of Secretary Sullivan in 1990 and was elevated to an Institute in 2010.

The Louis W. Sullivan Papers consist of Dr. Sullivan’s HHS chronological correspondence, action/briefing files, day by day calendars, speeches, news clippings, White House memorabilia, party pictures, and honorary degrees and awards. The collection paperwork Secretary Sullivan’s initiatives to educate the general public on the dangers of tobacco use, such as halting the introduction of Uptown, a cigarette created for advertising and marketing to minority communities introduce new and enhanced food stuff labels initiate a $100 million minority male wellness and damage avoidance initiative and improve the Countrywide Institutes of Health funds over $5 billion.

About his time as Secretary, Dr. Sullivan stated: “I am grateful for the option to have served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Providers, through a sizeable time to oversee the expansion of its programs and add to the racial, ethnic, and gender range of its leadership. This improved the department’s outreach to all Us citizens.”

Dr. Sullivan acquired his undergraduate diploma from Morehouse School in 1954 and his health care diploma in 1958 from Boston University School of Drugs.

Just after keeping positions at Harvard Health care School, Seton Hall School of Drugs, Boston University Health care Centre, and Boston Metropolis Medical center, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse School in 1975 to provide as dean and director of the Health care Schooling Method. Below his leadership, the Health care Schooling Method turned independent from Morehouse School in 1981 and was renamed Morehouse School of Drugs (MSM). Dr. Sullivan served as president and dean of MSM prior to and subsequent his tenure as secretary of HHS. He was also chair of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Schools and Universities from 2002-2009 and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS from 2001-2006. 

Dr. Sullivan is chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Completely transform the Health Professions and is the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Universities (AMHPS). He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Getting a Health care provider at the Nation’s Latest African American Health care School (with Marybeth Gasman, 2012, Johns Hopkins University Push) and his autobiography Breaking Floor: My Life in Drugs (with David Chanoff, 2014, University of Georgia Push).

The NLM Record of Drugs Division houses the papers of notable general public wellness leaders, such as other officers of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Providers (and its predecessor the U.S. Department of Health, Schooling and Welfare), such as Faye Abdellah, Edward Brandt, Emery Johnson, and June Osborn the papers of NIH Administrators Harold Varmus, Bernadine Healy, Donald Fredrickson, James A. Shannon, Robert Marston and the papers of Surgeons Basic Regina Benjamin, Jocelyn Elders, C. Everett Koop, Antonia Novello, Julius Richmond, and Luther Terry.

Info about Dr. Sullivan’s papers and the hundreds of other manuscript collections held by the NLM Record of Drugs Division is available by means of NLM’s on-line getting aids, thorough analysis guides to manuscript collections.

Louis W. Sullivan in his office

Secretary of Health and Human Providers
Louis W. Sullivan in his place of work

Louis Stokes with Louis Sullivan

Congressman Louis Stokes with Secretary
Louis W. Sullivan

President George HW Bush with Louis Sullivan

President George HW Bush with Louis Sullivan, December 15, 1998

Barbara Bush with Louis Sullivan

To start with Girl Barbara Bush having fun with a snicker with Secretary Louis Sullivan at a Head Start party, January 23, 1990