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.
Date Range of Collection
Volume of Collection
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
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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