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Robert E. Shank Papers Series
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National activities, 1945-1977.

This series contains mainly correspondence on administrative issues from a variety of organizations. The files include conference and seminar information, including drafts of presentations RES gave at the meetings, newsletters, reprints of proceedings, journal articles, and other news sources. Of particular interest is the material generated as a consequence of his association with the American Institute of Baking. RES was consulted by the Ward Baking Company as they lobbied for Missouri state approval of one of their products, Tip-top Protein Bread. In his oral history (Series 30) RES comments on the role that scientists have in relation to industry and government regulatory oversight.

Hospital functions, 1975-1979.

RES was a member of Barnes Hospital Medical Advisory Committee and, for a time, a member of its Executive Committee. This series includes minutes from meetings and memos circulated to committee members. Information regarding patient treatment and faculty appointments is considered to be restricted for 80 years from the time of its generation.

Community activities, 1948-1975.

The series contains official correspondence, minutes, drafts of presentations, and other papers pertaining to a variety of community health organizations including the St. Louis and St. Louis County Health Departments. Certain files outline RES's promotion of the Department of Preventive Medicine within WUSM. Of special interest are copies of the St. Louis Civil Defense Disaster Plan and Annexes included in the folder relating to the Civil Defense Council.

American Heart Association, 1973-1979.

RES was an active member of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee. This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and other files relating to the programs and policies of the Association. Hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and the adverse dietary effects of eggs, salt, and sugar are among the specific health and nutritional issues referred to in the files. Of special interest is the Associations' supermarket in-store information intervention project. Included are files relating to RES's testimony to the Federal Trade Commission on proposed trade regulation rules on food advertising.

Local activities, 1950-1977.

RES had relationships with several organizations involved in local health and medical welfare issues. A member of governmental advisory groups such as the Missouri Public Health Association, RES was also involved with organizations and citizen groups attempting to effect legislation pending before the Missouri State Legislature. The series contains correspondence, meeting notices and other organizational material, pamphlets, and statements and petitions made to the Missouri Legislative body. Also included are files concerning the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, the organization Volunteers Against Hunger, and correspondence concerning strontium-90.

Professional associations, 1947-1966.

The series contains correspondence and other papers pertaining to professional memberships and associations. Of special interest are the files related to the California Department of Public Health. RES was a consultant with the Summer Program for Medical Students and the Epidemiology Training Program by which he advised on training standards, recruitment, and student selection. RES was also advisor to the American Board of Preventive Medicine on the creation of examinations on Occupational Medicine.

National and government activities and committees, 1949-1964.

The series contains correspondence and files relating to the various governmental agencies for which RES was a consultant. RES was called on to be a member of the ad hoc advisory group to the Nutrition and Child Feeding Service of the Agency for International Development. RES's reputation as an expert on the systematic analysis of nutritional needs of large populations began with his involvement in the nutritional study of the population of Newfoundland in the late 1940s. This series includes files relating to every aspect of the Newfoundland survey from the original collection and analysis of the data to the resulting conferences and publications. The material is comprised of correspondence, meeting programs, drafts of presentations and publications, newspaper clippings, and data charts.

Miscellaneous files, 1943-1972.

Material, primarily correspondence, relating to a variety of RES's professional associations. Notable inclusions are drafts and final reports for the Health Goals Project for the city of Cleveland.

Office of the Surgeon General-Army, 1957-1969.

RES was a consultant for the Office of the Surgeon General. This series includes reports from the various advisory committees especially those related to irradiated foods, stress, and nutritional requirements. Additionally, the files contain contract invoices and itemized voucher lists concerning RES's compensation.

Irene Walter Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, 1943-1961.

The series contains correspondence, minutes of meetings, and other material relating to the creation of the Irene Walter Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Additionally, the series contains correspondence and other material relating to the creation and staffing of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Clinic Building - David P. Wohl, Jr. Washington University Clinic, 1954-1962.

The series includes correspondence, memoranda and other materials including architectural drawings. As he was the University faculty member with the most direct responsibility for oversight of the planning, construction, and equipping of the new clinic building, RES's files represent the entire process of construction, from conception to dedication. The plan for what eventually became the David P. Wohl, Jr. Washington University Clinic Building originally began with the proposed renovation of the West Building, known as the old Clinic Building, and the location of the existing Rehabilitation Center. Notably documented are legal petitions for the incorporation of Washington University Clinics, architectural drawings of proposed new construction, applications and correspondence concerning the project's financial support, construction and inspection memoranda, estimations for equipment purchases, and a draft of RES's dedication speech.

National Research Council - Food and Nutrition Board, 1945-1963.

The series contains correspondence and reports relating to the various committees of the National Research Council's Food and Nutrition Board. Of special note are the recommendations made to state and local civil defense organizations on emergency feeding in disaster recovery. Files included also concern the National Research Council's Food Protection Committee and its response to the controversial issue of chemical additives in food.

Notes from a laboratory of medical statistics, 1959-1966.

The series contains, for the years noted, a near complete run of the loose-leaf serial on statistical theory in medical research entitled "Notes from a laboratory of medical statistics" and issued by Dr. Donald Mainland, Professor of Medical Statistics, New York University.

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