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The Morton Kramer Collection

  • Creator: Kramer, Morton (1914 - 1998)

  • Collection Date: 1960 - 1994

  • Extent: 55 linear feet

  • Collection is currently unprocessed but a partial inventory exists.
Morton Kramer
by Peter Howard
black and white photograph


Morton Kramer was born in Baltimore. He received his A.B. in 1934 and his Sc.D. in 1939, both from the Johns Hopkins University. His first faculty appointment was as an instructor in preventive medicine at New York University in 1938. Thereafter, he took a number of positions with educational and government institutions, eventually rising in 1975 to become the director of biometry and epidemiology at the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1976, he came to the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health as a professor in the department of mental hygiene and biostatistics and remained there until his retirement in 1984. Kramer did important work in creating international standards in mental health diagnosis. He showed that practitioners in different countries frequently made different diagnoses, even though their patients presented the same or similar symptoms.

Hopkins Affiliations

1976 - 1998 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The Morton Kramer Collection spans much of his professional career, emphasizing his tenure as a professor at Johns Hopkins. It contains correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, subject files, manuscripts, reprints (by Kramer and by others), journals, research protocols, and grant applications. There are several items relating to international standards of diagnostic criteria for the classification of mental disorders. A large part of the collection pertains to Kramer's affiliations with the World Health Organization.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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