Lorin E. Kerr Papers by
Call Number: MS 785
Quantity: 20.25 linear feet
Lorin Kerr (1909-1991) was a physician, public health administrator, advocate, author and educator. The papers span 1941-1981 and consist of correspondence, statistical reports, organization office files, and writings. One third of the papers concern the United Mine Workers of America's (UMWA) Department of Occupational Health, its operations, issues that concerned it, and its relationships with other labor organizations and various departments of the federal government. Issues include the UMWA’s health care benefits and retirement programs, recognition of coal worker's pneumoconiosis (black lung) as an occupational and environmental hazard for such workers, and the passage of the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969 and its amendment in 1972.
The remainder of the papers documents Kerr's tenures as president of the Group Health Association of America (GHAA) (1966-1968), and as president of the American Public Health Association (1974), as well as his service as a consultant to the Advisory Council to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare on Coal Mine Health Research.
Although these papers are routine and incomplete, the section on the GHAA contains information on the creation of the organization from the merger of the American Labor Health Association with the Group Health Federation in 1959.