Repository Guide to the Personal Papers Collections of
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

The Roger M. Herriott Collection

 

Roger M. Herriott by unidentified photographer; black and white photograph.

 

 

Collection Summary 

Creator
Herriott, Roger Moss

Dates
13 Mar 1908-2 Mar 1992

Institutional Affiliation(s)
Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health
1948-1992 

Date Range of Collection
1948-1992

Volume of Collection
3.5 linear feet

 

 

Biography

Roger M. Herriott was born in Des Moines. He received his A.B. in 1928 from Drake University and his A.M. in 1929 and his Ph.D. in 1932, both from Columbia University. After graduating from Columbia University, he joined the Rockefeller Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, working on a study of pepsin. During World War II, Herriott did research on the effects of mustard gas on viruses, cells, enzymes, and DNA. A noted expert on viruses, he headed the biochemistry department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health from 1948 until his retirement in 1975. Herriott was the first physician to suggest that a virus could spread infection like a hypodermic needle, injecting bacteria with its DNA. In the 1950s, he introduced DNA instruction to the school of hygiene and public health. 

Scope and Content

The Roger M. Herriott Collection spans his entire career at Johns Hopkins. It primarily consists of Herriott's DNA reprint collection, including articles and other source materials. In addition, the collection contains reprints of Herriott's work, clippings about Herriott and the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a cassette tape of a 1962 interview with Herriott concerning DNA transformation, hybrid DNA, and photo-reactivating enzymes. Additional material on Herriott can be found in the personal papers of Bacon Chow.



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

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