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Robert E. Shank Papers

  • FC034
  • Collection
  • 1946-1980

The Robert E. Shank papers include correspondence, reports, documents, architectural plans, manuscripts, speeches, and conference proceedings. The files document his interests in nutrition, diet, rehabilitation, and hospital administration. Also notable among them are information on his direction of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and its programs. RES played a leading role in the construction of two Medical Center buildings, the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation and the David P. Wohl, Jr. Memorial Clinics and in the development of the services housed there. RES’s papers also contain files on his work with the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army and government-sponsored nutrition programs in Latin America.

Shank, Robert E.

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.

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