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History of Public Health at Harvard

Manuscripts and archival collections for researching the history of public health, including resources related to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Record Collections of Harvard Chan Deans

Records from the various deans of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health can be found in both manuscript and institutional collections. The following is an inclusive list, organized by dean and span of their tenure. 

Unless otherwise stated, all collections below are unprocessed and available in print, only. To arrange for access, submit a request to the reference team at the Center for the History of Medicine. Please contact the Harvard Chan School Archivist with questions relating to accessing these resources.

David Edsall

Joint Deanship with the Harvard Medical School
Term of office: September 1, 1922 – August 31, 1935

Cecil Drinker

Term of office: September 1, 1935 – November 30, 1942

Edward G. Huber

Term of office: December 1, 1942 – June 30, 1946

James S. Simmons

Term of office: July 1, 1946 – January 14, 1954

John C. Snyder

Term of office: January 15, 1954 – June 30, 1971

Richard H. Daggy

Acting Dean
Term of office: July 1, 1971 – June 30, 1972

Julio Frenk

Term of office: January 1, 2009 – August 15, 2015

David Hunter

Acting Dean
Term of office: August 16, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Michelle A. Williams

Term of office: July 1, 2016 – Present

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