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Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Records

Identifier: BRL-016

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the records of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. These include meeting materials (agendas and briefing books), project reports and background research files, educational materials, and the Commission's website.

The website includes a wide variety of content related to the Commission, including sections on their meetings (agendas, transcripts, presentation materials, and recordings), projects (reports, press releases, webinars, datasets, and more), educational materials, podcasts, and the Commission's blog.


  • Majority of material found within 2010 - 2017
  • 1975-1977, 2000-2017


Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Historical Note

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (the Bioethics Commission) was an advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Bioethics Commission advised President Barack Obama on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The Bioethics Commission sought to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The Commission was established in 2009 and their work concluded in January 2017.

Source: "About the Comission." Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues website.


6.15 Cubic Feet (in 5 record cartons and 1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized into five series:

Series 1: Meetings

Series 2: Research Materials

Series 3: Educational Materials

Series 4: Published Reports

Series 5: Website

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 2017.

Processing Information

The collection has been rehoused in archival-quality boxes. The original folders and labels have been retained. A small amount of material that was not held in folders have been placed in archival-quality folders. Notes that were attached to folders with adhesive have been secured with staples.

Storage Location:

This collection is held in offsite storage.

Guide to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues Records
John Zarrillo
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Bioethics Research Library Archives Repository

102 Healy Hall
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057