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David Vetter Collection

Creator:
Vetter, David, 1971-1984  Search this
Texas Children's Hospital  Search this
National Aeronautics and Space Administration  Search this
Donor:
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Vetter, Carol Ann  Search this
Vetter, David J., Jr.  Search this
Collector:
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Science, Medicine and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Extent:
4.6 Cubic feet (9 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Financial records
Reprints
Periodicals
Reports
Specifications
School records
Student drawings
Correspondence
Legislative documents
Articles
Trade literature
Manuals
Date:
1971-1986
Summary:
Papers document David Vetter, a Texas boy with a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. His life in a special isolation unit received widespread publicity.
Scope and Contents:
Papers relating to David Vetter, a Texas boy with a rare disease known as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. The papers document his and his family's efforts to maintain normalcy in his life in spite of the limitations imposed by his disease, and medical efforts to reduce or cope with the limitations. A special suit was designed for David by NASA scientists to give him mobility, and the papers include documentation of the development and implementation of the suit.

The collection includes letters, greeting cards, photographs, medical records and internal hospital memoranda and documents from the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, procedure manuals for the isolation unit, specifications for the space suit, David's school records and school art projects, receipts and other financial papers, trade literature for products used in creating the sterile isolation unit, medical journals, newspaper and magazine articles, and clippings. The collection also includes a project created by high school students in 1985 about David's life and legislation to honor David with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into seven series.

Series 1: Correspondence and Press, 1971-1985

Series 2: Mobile Biological Isolation System (MBIS), 1973-1983

Series 3: Medical Publications, 1972-1983

Series 4: Personal Papers, 1978-1983

Series 5: Nimitz High School Project, 1985

Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, 1965-1989

Series 7: Photographs, 1974-1983
Biographical / Historical:
David Vetter (1971-1984) was a Texas boy who was born with Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, a disease which required him to live in a sterile, plastic isolation unit. NASA scientists designed and created a special suit for David, which resembled astronauts' space suits. His parents, family, church, doctors, and community all made efforts to enable him to have a normal childhood and life. At age 12, he underwent experimental bone marrow surgery, which was not successful, and David died a few months later. The bone marrow donor, David's sister Katherine, carried a dormant strand of the Epstein-Barr virus which was not detected by the pre-operation screens. He was removed from the bubble in February of 1984 and died 15 days later.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Shriners Hospital Patient Isolation Unit Records, NMAH.AC.1142

Materials in the Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History

Related objects include action figure toys, a t-shirt, and a space suit. See accessioons: 1986.0201 and 1986.0450.
Provenance:
The collection was donated by David Vetter's parents, David and Carol Ann Vetter in 1986.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Some health-related materials in Series 3: Medical Publications, Series 6: Texas Children's Hospital Medical Records, and Series 7: Photographs are restricted until 2034.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Immunological deficiency syndromes  Search this
Space suits  Search this
Hospitals  Search this
Severe combined immunodeficiency  Search this
Immune diseases  Search this
Isolation (Hospital care)  Search this
Greeting cards -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century
Financial records -- 20th century
Reprints
Periodicals
Reports -- 1950-1980
Specifications
School records
Student drawings
Correspondence -- 20th century
Legislative documents
Articles -- 20th century
Trade literature
Manuals
Citation:
David Vetter Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1133
See more items in:
David Vetter Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1133
Online Media:

The young athlete / edited by Helge Hebestreit and Oded Bar-Or

Author:
Hebestreit, Helge http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n2006185602 http://viaf.org/viaf/61881194/  Search this
Bar-Or, Oded http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n82218190 http://viaf.org/viaf/46929420/  Search this
IOC Medical Commission http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n92047074 http://viaf.org/viaf/132596173/  Search this
International Federation of Sports Medicine http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n87816741 http://viaf.org/viaf/133111477/  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xiv, 498 pages) : illustrations
Type:
Encyclopedias
Encyclopédies
Electronic books
Date:
2008
Topic:
Pediatric sports medicine  Search this
Sports Medicine  Search this
Adolescent  Search this
Athletic Injuries  Search this
Child  Search this
Physical Education and Training  Search this
Sports--physiology  Search this
Médecine du sport pour enfants  Search this
SPORTS & RECREATION--Training  Search this
MEDICAL--Sports Medicine  Search this
Medicina esportiva  Search this
Adolescentes  Search this
Electronic books  Search this
Call number:
RC1218.C45 Y678 2008 (Internet)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1123619

The thymus : experimental and clinical studies / edited by G.E.W. Wolstenholme and Ruth Porter

Author:
Ciba Foundation Symposium: The Thymus, Experimental and Clinical Studies (1965 : Melbourne, Vic.) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n85814307 http://viaf.org/viaf/168565199/  Search this
Burnet, F. M (Frank Macfarlane) Sir 1899-1985 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50032063 http://viaf.org/viaf/56684432/  Search this
Wolstenholme, G. E. W (Gordon Ethelbert Ward) http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79054880 http://viaf.org/viaf/103958003/  Search this
Porter, Ruth http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n50023226 http://viaf.org/viaf/39569159/  Search this
Ciba Foundation http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n79023182 http://viaf.org/viaf/121841430/  Search this
Physical description:
1 online resource (xiii, 538 pages) : illustrations, portrait
Type:
Congresses
Congress
Electronic books
Conference papers and proceedings
Date:
1966
Topic:
Thymus  Search this
Thymus Gland  Search this
Call number:
QP187.A1 C5 1965 (Internet)
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1124299

Warming and pollutants interact to modulate octocoral immunity and shape disease outcomes

Author:
Weil, Ernesto  Search this
Tracy, Allison M.  Search this
Harvell, C. Drew  Search this
Object Type:
Smithsonian staff publication
Electronic document
Year:
2019
Topic:
Animal health  Search this
Environmental sciences  Search this
Coastal ecology  Search this
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILSRO_152765

[Trade catalogs from Genzyme Corp.]

Company Name:
Genzyme Corp.  Search this
Notes content:
Cytokine research products: cytokines, growth factors, antibodies, diagnostic kits ; Products targeted on rare inherited disorders, kidney disease, orthopaedics, transplant and immune disease, cancer, and diagnostic testing ; historic timeline: http://www.genzyme.com/corp/structure/timeline_genz.asp
Includes:
Black and white images
Color images
Physical description:
5 pieces; 1 box
Language:
English
Type of material:
Trade catalogs
Trade literature
Place:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Date:
1900s
Topic (Romaine term):
Medical and surgical instruments and supplies  Search this
Biotechnology and biochemical equipment and supplies  Search this
Laboratories and laboratory supplies and equipment  Search this
Topic:
"Laboratories -- Furniture, equipment, etc."  Search this
Biochemical engineering  Search this
Biotechnology  Search this
Medical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Surgical instruments and apparatus industry  Search this
Record ID:
SILNMAHTL_12598
Location:
Trade Literature at the American History Museum Library
Collection:
Smithsonian Libraries Trade Literature Collections
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILNMAHTL_12598

Investigation and management of disease in wild animals / Gary A. Wobeser

Author:
Wobeser, Gary A  Search this
Physical description:
vi, 265 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1994
C1994
Topic:
Wildlife diseases  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_460544

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