The Johns Hopkins Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, which house the institutional records of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, has received a $1.25 million gift from Dr. J. Mario Molina, president of the Golden Shore Medical Group and trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine, to help launch a major digital upgrade of the collection. Established in 1978 under the direction of Dr. Thomas Turner, the medical archives are also the official repository for the historical records of Johns Hopkins medicine and nursing.
The correspondence, reports, oral histories, photographs, maps, films and other materials related to the Bloomberg School document the history of the world’s largest school of public health and represent one of the most comprehensive resources for the study of the history of public health in the U.S. and globally.
Bloomberg School historian Dr. Karen Kruse Thomas used the archives extensively to write Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1935-1985 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which charts the School’s growth and leadership during the dynamic half-century that saw the establishment of the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, US Agency for International Development, Environmental Protection Agency — and the Association of Schools of Public Health, founded by public health deans who met at Johns Hopkins in 1941.
The gift, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of the archives, will also help fund the development of exhibits and refurbishment of the archives’ reference and conference areas.