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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 1910 Collection of Historical Photographs

Identifier: MSS -07-2

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

This small collection of photographs consists of 33 reproductions of historical photos, taken in 1910, of employees and people who were in charge of different departments of what was then called the Bureau of Chemistry. In addition to the collection, there is a Memorandum to the FDA Leadership Council (2006?) about the centennial anniversary, with some historical facts and photocopies of past commemorative documents.
Scope and Contents This small collection of photographs was donated to Special Collections by Prof. Richard Merrill in July 2007.


  • 1910

Biographical / Historical

The public furor surrounding the 1905 publication of the novel The Jungle triggered the passage of both the Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act were in 1906. In 1927, USDA's Bureau of Chemistry, which enforced this act, was reorganized, and it became the Food, Drug, and Insecticide Administration. It was renamed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1931. In 1940, the FDA was transferred from USDA to the Federal Security Agency, which became, in 1953, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare -- now the Department of Health and Human Services.


33 items

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Bureau of Chemistry copies of photographs from 1910 and one memorandum.
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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States