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Nathan Sinai papers

Call Number: MS 760

Scope and Contents

The Nathan Sinai Papers (3 storage cartons) have been divided into four general series. Within each series, the material has been very roughly arranged. Most of the material is still in the original folders, but some loose material has been put in new folders. The four series are:




IV. SUBJECT FILE (1 carton)

The first series, CORRESPONDENCE, contains only several letters that were found among other material in the Papers.

NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS AND SCRAPBOOKS, the second series, contains magazine and newspaper clippings about Sinai and his work and other public health topics. There are also many reviews of Sinai's books and articles. Also included in this series are programs and schedules from numerous conventions, dinners, and meetings that Sinai attended or addressed. Most of the material found in this section was originally in scrapbooks, but since much of it had become detached, it has been removed and placed in folders.

The third series, ADDRESSES AND WRITINGS, contains manuscripts, transcripts, and some printed copies of speeches and articles by Sinai. These are arranged chronologically.

Some writings by Sinai are also contained in the fourth series, the SUBJECT FILE. The material in this series has been roughly grouped together by subject. For example, material relating to Sinai's work on the Committee on Medical Economics of the Michigan State Medical Society has been filed together.

The following list is of folder titles in each series and each carton. The folders are not numbered, but they are in the following order.

Box number corresponds with carton number.


  • 1912-1966


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nathan Sinai, 1974.


Arranged in four series: I. Correspondence. II. Newspaper Clippings and Scrapbooks. III. Addresses and Writings. IV. Subject File.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Correspondence, speeches, writings, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, and research files documenting Nathan Sinai's career as a professor of public health at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and his many posts on national and international health organizations. Included also are research data concerning costs of medical care in three cities in the United States in 1929 compiled by the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care, material on medical relief in Essex County, Ontario, and studies and reports on medical economics in Michigan (1933-1948). Also papers on the Twentieth Century Fund, the World Health Organization and on health benefits for the UAW-CIO in 1949. These papers form part of the Contemporary Medical and Health Policy Collection.

Biographical / Historical

Nathan Sinai: foundation official; D.V.M., San Francisco College, 1915; M.S. in Public Health, University of Michigan, 1924, Dr. P.H., 1926; director, Division of Sanitation, Stockton, 1916-1921; health officer, Stockton, 1921-1923; instructor, hygiene and public health, University of Michigan, 1924-1927, assistant professor, 1927-1929, associate professor, 1929-1932, professor, 1932-1964, professor emeritus, 1964-.

Guide to the Nathan Sinai Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
November 1974
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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