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  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Robert E. Cooke Oral History Interview - JFK #1, 3/29/1968
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection29 March 1968

    Cooke discusses the creation of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation, and debates over where the research emphasis in the field of mental retardation should lie, among other issues.

  • Oral History Interview (this link takes you to the interview summary and, if available, the electronic transcript)
    Robert C. Cooke Oral History Interview - JFK #2, 7/25/1968
    John F. Kennedy Oral History Collection25 July 1968

    Cooke discusses the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation, the organization of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the creation of the Special Assistant to the President for mental retardation, among other issues.

  • Digitized Folder of Material (this link takes you to a folder of digitized material within a collection)
    Statement on signing authorization for National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 17 October 1962
    Papers of John F. Kennedy. Presidential Papers. President's Office Files.17 October 1962

    This folder contains a press copy of President John F. Kennedy's statement upon signing H.R. 11099, a bill authorizing the creation of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, elevating the Division of General Medical Science to institute status, and extending the Health Research Facilities Construction Program for an additional ...

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