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The Alexander D. Langmuir Collection

  • Creator: Langmuir, Alexander Duncan (1910 - 1993)

  • Collection Date: 1942 - 1993

  • Extent: 12 linear feet

  • Preliminary Finding Aid
Alexander D. Langmuir
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph


Alexander D. Langmuir was born in Santa Monica, California. He received his A.B. in 1931 from Harvard, his M.D. in 1935 from Cornell University Medical College, and his M.P.H. in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. After serving as a public health officer in New York and as an epidemiologist with the U. S. Army from 1942 to 1946, Langmuir returned to Johns Hopkins to become associate professor of epidemiology in the school of hygiene. In 1949, he became director of the epidemiology branch of the National Communicable Disease Center in Atlanta, a position he held until 1970. He wrote extensively on all phases of epidemiology on a global basis and was recognized internationally as a leading contributor in epidemiology. Langmuir was a visiting professor of epidemiology at Harvard University Medical School from 1970 to 1977 and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health from 1988 until his death in 1993.

Hopkins Affiliations

1939-1940 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, student
1946 - 1949, 1988 - 1993 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The Alexander D. Langmuir Collection spans his entire public health career. It includes biographical material, awards, correspondence, lecture notes, articles, army files, honorary degrees, reprints, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Articles and files cover subjects including anthrax, polio, and influenza.

Related Archival Materials

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine, also has papers related to Alexander Langmuir.

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.

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