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Guide to the W. H. Briner Papers, 1954-1989 (MC.0134)

Abstract

Contains the professional papers of William H. Briner (1926-1999), professor of radiopharmacy and nuclear pharmacy at Duke University Medical School from 1970 to 1988. Types of materials include lectures, reprints, correspondence, 35mm slides, photographs, drafts, reports, speech transcripts, itineraries, handwritten notes, a CV, manuals, books, and newspaper clippings. Materials also include his research and lectures from the National Institutes of Health and correspondence and notes regarding specific projects while working at Duke, including his collaboration on the development of fluorine-18 with North Carolina State University, the construction of the Bell Building, and the creation of the first radiopharmacy lab. Materials date from 1954 to 1989. .

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0134
Title
W. H. Briner Papers
Date
1954-1989
Creator
Briner, William H., 1926-1999
Extent
2 Linear Feet (1 carton, 1 manuscript box)
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

Contains the professional papers radiopharmacy and nuclear pharmacy professor William H. Briner. Types of materials include speech transcripts, reprints, correspondence, 35mm slides, photographs, drafts, reports, itineraries, handwritten notes, a CV, manuals, books, and newspaper clippings. Materials also include Briner's research and lectures from the National Institutes of Health and correspondence and notes regarding specific projects while working at Duke, including his collaboration on the development of fluorine-18 with North Carolina State University, the construction of the Bell Building, and the creation of the first radiopharmacy lab. Materials date from 1954 to 1989.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: Lectures, 1970-1988; Personal Materials, undated; Photographs, 1976-1977; Publications, 1964-1979; Reports, 1971-1982; Subject Files, 1954-1989.

Restrictions on Access & Use

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Access Restrictions

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.

Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

1. Lectures, 1970-1988

Series Scope and Contents: Contains published materials, papers, correspondence, programs, handwritten notes, a research notebook, itineraries, 35mm slides, speech, and manuscripts pertaining to lectures by Briner. Materials date from 1970 to 1988.

The USP, Pharmacy Power, August 2, 1988
Box 1
Flourine-18, 1970-1971
Box 1
North Carolina chapter of the Health Physics Society fall meeting lecture and slides, October 14, 1978
Box 1

2. Personal Materials, undated

Series Scope and Contents: Contains a CV, research paper, newspaper clippings, and a photocopied portrait pertaining to the life and career of Briner. Materials are undated.

CV, biography, research paper, photocopied portrait, undated
Box 1
Arrival at Duke, clippings, undated
Box 1

3. Photographs, 1976-1977

Series Scope and Contents: Contains class composite. Material dates from 1976 to 1977.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Students, Class Composit, 1976-1977
Box 1

4. Publications, 1964-1979

Series Scope and Contents: Contains manuscripts, drafts, reports, books, reprints, manuals, and promotional materials pertaining to Briner's career. Materials date from 1964 to 1979.

Books, 1979

The Heritage of Nuclear Medicine, 1979
Box 1

Reprints, undated

Radioactive reprints, undated
Box 1

Manuals, 1964-1972

Abbott Radiopharmaceutical Products brain scan procedures manual, 1971
Box 1
Duke Hospital Manual for Physicians and Students, June, 1972
Box 1
Radioactivity manuals, 1 of 2, undated
Box 1
Radioactivity manuals, 2 of 2, undated
Box 1
Research for Health: A Report from the National Institute of Health, June, 1964
Box 1

Promotional Materials, undated

Radioactivity promotional materials, undated
Box 1

5. Reports, 1971-1982

Series Scope and Contents: Contains manuals and reports pertaining to Briner's career. Materials date from 1971 to 1982.

License application information guide for xenon xe 127 gas amendment, December 1, 1982
Box 1
NENCO colloid kit evaluation, August 11, 1971
Box 1
New England Nuclear Corp. sulfur colloid kit, June 14, 1971
Box 1
Report of the subcommittee on nuclear pharmacy to the radiopharmaceutical advisory committee, 1976-1981
Box 1
Sulfur colloid FDA new drug application, September 1972
Box 1

6. Subject Files, 1954-1989

Series Scope and Contents: Contains photographs, correspondence, reports, proposals, receipts, blueprints, drafts, reprints, surveys, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, a course manual, reference manuals, and applications pertaining to Briner's career. Major subjects include the Bell Building Project, the Fluorine-18 project with North Carolina State University, and Duke University Medical Center new lab project. Materials date from 1954 to 1989.

Historical Perspectives nuclear medicine research, circa 1975
Box 1
Albumin lung research, undated
Box 1
Bell Building project equipment and blueprints, circa 1971
Box 1
Bell Building project memos, 1969-1972
Box 1
Bell Building project specifications, 1971
Box 1
Fluorine-18 project with NC State University, 1971-1972
Box 1
General Electric fission product data and correspondence, 1971-1979
Box 2
Manual of good radiopharmaceutical practices for nuclear medicine technologists, circa 1970-1980
Box 2
National Institute of Health (NIH) in the news and photo, circa 1954-1964
Box 2
New England Nuclear Company (NENCO) materials and photos, 1971-1973
Box 2
New lab project-Duke University Medical Center, circa 1982
Box 2
Nuclear medicine clippings, circa 1970
Box 2
Radiology postgraduate course manual, DUMC, July 1982
Box 2
Radiopharmaceutical quality control papers and correspondence, circa 1966-1989
Box 2
Radiopharmaceutical reference material, circa 1954-1976
Box 2

Biographical Note

William H. Briner was born January 22, 1926, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, to Lewis E. Briner and Ruth L. (nee Stine) Briner.

Briner received his Pharm.D. from Temple University. In 1955 he completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in Baltimore, Maryland, and became a staff pharmacist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1957 he established and served as chief of a separate radiopharmaccutical service at NIH. Briner worked for the NIH in a variety of roles for more than 15 years, finally becoming director of the Clinical Center before retiring from the organization in 1970. Briner joined the faculty at Duke University School of Medicine as assistant professor of radiology and director of radiopharmacy in 1970. While at Duke, he worked in the field of nuclear pharmacy--a specialization he helped to establish--and also worked in radiopharmacy, performing extensive research on the half-life of radioactive pharmaceuticals and coordinating other large projects. Among these projects were a partnership with North Carolina State University in the development and use of fluorine-18, consultation on the construction of the Bell Building, and the establishment of the first nuclear pharmacy lab. Briner retired from Duke with emeritus status in 1998.

In addition to the variety of professional positions held throughout his career, Briner was an active member of the pharmaceutical community, serving on committees for organizations such as the World Health Organization, Society of Nuclear Medicine, and the advisory committee on radiopharmaceuticals to the FDA, as well as publishing in journals and speaking at conferences. He was recognized for his pioneering work in the radiopharmaceutical field with the Society of Nuclear Medicine's Distinguished Service Award and the American Pharmaceutical Association's Award of Excellence.

Briner was married to Elizabeth Hunter. They had two children. Briner died on November 6, 1999.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. H. Briner Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

A2009.048 (transferred, September 2009); A2011.076 (transferred, September 2011)

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff: date unknown