The collection consists of records of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Ethics Advisory Board, which existed from 1978 to 1979. Records include meeting and public hearing transcripts, as well as briefing books for meetings III and V and papers presented at various meetings.
Materials are open without restrictions.
Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.
The U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Ethics Advisory Board was established in 1978 to review all aspects of in vitro fertilization and embryo transplantation. The advisory board consulted experts in the fields of reproductive science, ethics, theology, law and social sciences to prepare reports and discuss the issues with board members in public meetings. It also held eleven public hearings across the country. The board's final report was issues in May 1979. They concluded that research on in vitro fertilization and embryo transplantation was ethical within the proper parameters.
(Source: HEW Ethics Advisory Board. Report and Conclusions, May 1979.)
1 Cubic Feet (in 2 manuscript boxes and 2 folders)
The collection consists of records of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare's Ethics Advisory Board, which existed from 1978 to 1979.
The collection's meeting transcripts are organized chronologically by date, followed by two meeting briefing books that are also organized chronologically.
Some materials in the collection were transfered from the Bioethics Research Library to the archives in 1988 (Accession 007). Other portions of the collection were likely the gift of Eleanor Garst (Accession 011). Two briefing books found in the collection originally belonged to Father Richard A. McCormick. The immediate source of their acquisition is unknown.
The collection has been rehoused in archival-quality boxes and folders. An earlier version of this finding aid was authored by Nicholas Dellasanta and Charles N. Norton in March 2016. Papers presented to the EAB were added to the collection in March 2022.
This collection is held in offsite storage.