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American Lung Association Records

Identifier: R0003-ALA

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes materials documenting the history of the American Lung Association of Maryland including previous iterations and names of the organization. The collection consists primarily of twelve scrapbooks and a limited number of reports, photographs, posters, and film public service announcements documenting the organization's work between 1902 and 1980.


  • 1902-1980
  • Bulk of materials dated: 1917-1967


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Historical Note

In 1905, the Maryland Society for the Prevention & Relief of Tuberculosis was founded by two Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians, William Osler and William Welch. The organization’s first president was Dr. Henry Barton Jacobs. The society was also associated with the National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (NASPT).

Beginning in 1907, the American Red Cross instituted a major fund raising effort known as the Christmas Seals campaign. By 1919, the Red Cross turned over complete control of the campaign to the NASPT, that had since been renamed the National Tuberculosis Association (NTA). The state affiliate became the Maryland Tuberculosis Association and they took charge of the local Christmas seal campaign. The “double-barreled” Cross of Lorraine, an international symbol of the anti-tuberculosis campaign, began to appear on Christmas Seals and became the recognized symbol of the NTA and its state affiliates. The campaign funded education about, treatment of, and research into tuberculosis. By the group’s fiftieth year, deaths from the disease had been reduced to a half of what they had been at its inception and the organization’s focus expanded to other respiratory disease.

The NTA joined other public health advocates in requesting the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health and, after it was issued in1964, began an educational campaign to combat smoking. In 1967, the expanded focus was recognized by changing the Associations’ names to “Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association.” Six years later, the national association was renamed the American Lung Association (ALA) and its local affiliate became the ALA Maryland Chapter.


16.79 Linear Feet (14 containers)


The collection consists primarily of twelve scrapbooks and a limited number of reports, photographs, posters, and film public service announcements documenting the American Lung Association's history and work between 1902 and 1980.


Collection is arranged in 5 series:

  • Scrapbooks
  • Film Shorts, 1978
  • Reports
  • Photographs
  • Posters

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the University of Baltimore by Rick Franke circa 1980.

Accessing Digital Copies

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Condition Description

Scrapbooks were disassembled for preservation

Finding aid for the American Lung Association Records
Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives staff. Revised by Aiden Faust (2011). Revised by Laura Bell (April 2020).
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Repository Details

Part of the Baltimore Studies Archives Repository

H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, Room 104
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore Maryland 21201 USA