Personal Papers Collections

Home > Collections > Personal Paper Collections > The Lewis C. Robbins Collection

The Lewis C. Robbins Collection

Lewis C. Robbins
  • Creator: Robbins, Lewis C. (1909 - 1990)

  • Collection Date: 1930 - 1985

  • Extent: 93 linear feet

  • Finding Aid
Lewis C. Robbins
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph


Lewis C. Robbins was born in Indiana. He received his M.D. in 1935 from the Indiana University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. in 1938 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygeine and Public Health. After working for the Indiana State Board of Health, Robbins became a commissioned officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, where he was stationed in 50 states and 23 countries. In 1957, he became the first chief of cancer control for the U.S. Public Health Service, a post he held until 1965. One of Robbins' major contributions was preparation of the surgeon general's first warning on the health hazards of tobacco. This paper, which appeared in JAMA on November 28, 1959, under the signature of U.S. Surgeon Leroy R. Burney, marked the beginning of medicine's campaign on the dangers of smoking.

Hopkins Affiliations

Scope and Content

The Lewis C. Robbins Collection spans his entire public health career. Series include daily logs, correspondence, notes, publications, reprints, charts, evaluations, pamphlets, speeches, and photographs. Materials are organized alphabetically according to subject.

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.

For permissions:
archives at jhmi dot edu.