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Vincent T. DeVita, Jr. Papers

Identifier: Mss. 84 D49

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Scope and Contents

Papers of Doctor Vincent T. DeVita, former director of the National Cancer Institute and chief of surgical oncology at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Medical Center concerning aspects of National Cancer Institute's activities, programs, and agenda. Includes congressional testimony, minutes of meetings, correspondence relating to committees and associations, articles by Dr. DeVita, memoranda, and speeches. Also included are histories of various programs at NCI, correspondence about cancer treatments, cancer newsletters, AIDS newsletter, Physicians Data Query, and videotapes of news programs and correspondence relating to Dr. C. G. Zubrod's tenure at NCI. There is some material on NCI participation in AIDS research. DeVita did research on lymphoma (Hodgkin's Disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Burkitt's lymphoma), pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, aspergillosis, ovarian carcinoma, and breast carcinoma.


  • Creation: 1964-1988


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1957. He graduated from George Washington School of Medicine. DeVita held various positions at the National Institutes of Health, becoming its director in 1980. In 1988, he resigned to become Chief of Surgical Oncology at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


18.00 Linear Feet


Box 13 originally housed VHS tapes. As tapes were moved out of boxes to another location, there is no longer a box 13.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Digital files require at least 72 hours advanced notice for access.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1984.32 received on 6/25/1984; Acc. 1984.41 received on 8/31/1984; Acc. 1985.32 received on 6/24/1985; Acc. 1986.19 received on 5/20/1986; Acc. 1987.03 received on 1/27/1987; Acc. 1987.37 received on 6/26/1987; Acc. 1988.34 received on 9/17/1988; Acc. 1988.47 received on 12/21/1987; Acc. 1989.04 received on 1/30/1989; Acc. 1989.16 received on 3/30/1989; Acc. 1989.21 received on 5/5/1989; Acc. 2002.11 received on 3/4/2002; Acc. 2017.127 accessioned on 11/27/2017.

Related Materials:

Videocassettes from this collections have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Separated Materials:

Audiovisual material has been pulled from this collection and is arranged and described in the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Processing Information:

Processed by John Coski and Maia Conrad in 1990.

Guide to the Vincent T. DeVita, Jr. Papers
Finding Aid Authors: John Coski and Maia Conrad.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository