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Joycelyn Elders Surgeon-General Speech Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS C 571

Abstract

Speeches, remarks, statements, talking points delivered by Dr. Elders primarily while U.S. Surgeon-General.

Dates

  • 1992-1994

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Creator

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Restrictions

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Biographical Note

Joycelyn Elders was born Minnie Lee Jones in Schaal, Arkansas on August 13, 1933. In college, she changed her name to Minnie Joycelyn Lee (later using just Joycelyn).

Elders became Surgeon General of the Public Health Service on September 8, 1993, appointed by President Clinton. She was the first African American to serve in the position. As Surgeon General, Elders argued the case for universal health coverage, and was a spokesperson for President Clinton's health care reform effort. She was a strong advocate for comprehensive health education, including sex education, in schools. She was outspoken in her views, and was forced to resign after only 15 months in the position as a result of a controversial remark about sex education. Her last day in office was December 31, 1994.

Collection Summary

Speeches, remarks, statements, talking points deliverd by Dr. Elders primarily while U.S. Surgeon-General.

Abstract

Speeches, remarks, statements, talking points delivered by Dr. Elders primarily while U.S. Surgeon-General.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Provenance

Gift, DHHS.

General

Processed by
John P. Rees
Processing Completed
Januray 2008
Encoded by
John P. Rees
Title
Finding Aid to the Joycelyn Elders Surgeon-General Speech Collection1992-1994
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
John P. Rees
Date
January 2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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