The collection consists of records related to the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee (BEAC). BEAC was formed in 1987 to counsel the congressional members of the national Biomedical Ethics Board on ethical issues that arise in the delivery of healthcare and biomedical research.
The collection consists of papers presented at the Choices on our Conscience International Symposium on Human Rights, Retardation and Research, as well as the symposium's program.. The symposium was sponsored by the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation and held in October 1971.
The Human Fetal Tissue Transplantation Research Panel was established in 1988 as an ad hoc consultant group to the Advisory Committee of to the Director of the National Institute of Health. The collection contains records related to the Panel, including meeting transcripts, briefing books, clippings, the Research Panel's final report, and other documents.