Nicholas H. Steneck papers: 1971-2005
Summary Information
Title: Nicholas H. Steneck papers
Creator: Steneck, Nicholas H.
Dates: 1971-2005
Extent: 6 linear feet
Abstract:
Papers of Nicholas Steneck, University of Michigan history professor. Contains materials on programs, projects, committees, and task forces Steneck was involved in as well as course materials. The collection reveals interests in the history of science, ethics and values in science, research integrity, and the history of the University of Michigan.
Call number: 2008141 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Jonathan Ponder, Summer 2007 Hannah Gulick, December 2013

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The papers were received from Nicholas H. Steneck (Donor No. 9775) in 2006.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Nicholas H. Steneck papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Nicholas H. Steneck joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1970. Originally from the East Coast, he earned his B.S. at Rutgers University in 1962. He then attended the University of Wisconsin for graduate school. There he received an M.A. in history and a Ph.D. in medieval history and the history of science in 1970. Steneck's wife, Margaret Steneck, also received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Tudor-Stuart history from the University of Wisconsin. She worked as a Lecturer in history at the University of Michigan, and the two team-taught History 265, a course they developed on the history of the University Michigan.

As an historian of science, Steneck displayed both a strong humanities-based perspective and a strong interest in science and related ethical issues. In 1983 he proposed a Science-Humanities Center, to be housed in the historic Detroit Observatory, that would "coordinate activities that fall between the sciences and the humanities" (letter to Steiner, 1983). The melding of these two interests and perspectives helps explain many of the programs and projects Steneck worked on during his career. After serving as an active member and as an Associate Director, Steneck was named Director of the Collegiate Institute for Values and Science (CIVS) in 1982, a post he held until 1990, when he ended his directorship to focus on the University of Michigan Historical Center for the Health Sciences (HCHS). In 1990, Steneck created and became Director of HCHS, through which he hoped to preserve the history of the important role of the University's health sciences programs in promoting human health. He held this post until 1996 when Howard Markel took over as Director. (Markel later recast HCHS as the Center for the History of Medicine.) Steneck served for many years as LS&A Co-Director of the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program (Inteflex), which sought to provide a more solid humanities component to premedical education while transitioning Inteflex students more quickly from undergraduate into medical school. He also served during the mid-1980s on the LSA/Medical School Task Force and the LSA/Medical School Liaison Committee, helping to evaluate and adjust the Inteflex program. Beginning in 1987, he worked to organize a Michigan chapter and Michigan conferences for Science Technology and Society (STS).

As his involvement in programs like CIVS and STS indicate, Steneck had an interest in ethics and values in scientific research. This is also evident in some of the committees and task forces he either served on or chaired, including the Integrity of Scholarship Task Force (ISTF) from 1982-1984, The Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility (AFAR) Committee from 1984-1986, the Committee on the Use and Care of Animals in 1987, the Conference on Teaching Ethics and Values (CTEV) Committee from 1987-1989, the Public Health Service Advisory Committee on Research Integrity from 1991-1993, and the Panel of Inquiry into Federally-sponsored Human Radiation Research at the U of M in the Post-WWII Era from 1994-1995.

Steneck joined the College of Engineering faculty in 1996 as Adjunct Professor of Ethics in Industrial and Operations Engineering with primary responsibility for implementing the ethics thread of Curriculum 2000. After retirement, Steneck continued as Emeritus Professor of History in LS&A and remained active on the topic of integrity in scientific research as a consultant to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and in other forums.

Steneck's publications include Science and Creation in the Middle Ages (1976), The Microwave Debate (1984), the ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research (2004), and articles on the history of research misconduct policy, animal use in research, classified research and academic freedom, faculty governance, and the role of values in university research.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Nicholas H. Steneck Papers contain materials on programs, projects, committees, and task forces Steneck was involved in as well as course materials. The collection reveals interests in the history of science, ethics and values in science, research integrity, and the history of the University of Michigan. The papers are arranged in four series: Programs and Projects, Committees and Task Forces, Teaching Materials and Slides.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Values -- Study and teaching.
  • Science -- Social aspects.
  • Photographs.
  • Sound recordings.
  • University of Michiana -- Faculty.
  • University of Michiana -- History.
  • University of Michigan. Collegiate Institute for Values and Science.
  • University of Michigan. Historical Center for the Health Sciences.
  • University of Michigan. Integrated Premedical-Medical Program.
  • University of Michigan.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Programs and Projects [series]

The Programs and Projects (1 linear foot, 1976-1998) series contains correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, program and funding proposals, handwritten notes, background and other working materials, and reports related to programs and projects Nick Steneck started or was closely involved with during his career. The first of these is the Collegiate Institute for Values and Science (CIVS). CIVS began as an evening seminar series in 1976 and was expanded into a Collegiate Institute in Winter 1977 as a forum for exploring practical and philosophical questions related to scientific research and human values. Steneck's papers contain a CIVS annual report that Steneck authored, correspondence, notes and papers on CIVS programs, documents related to the initial search for CIVS Fellows, and other documents from the beginning of CIVS. Papers on the Historical Center for the Health Sciences (HCHS) contain correspondence, meeting minutes, a prospectus and a 6 month progress report, both authored by Steneck, and folders relating to projects either undertaken by HCHS or projects that pre-dated HCHS but were directly related to HCHS interests. These include the Historic Instruments and Observatory Preservation (HIOP) Committee, surveys of historic art related to the hospital and medical school, Old Main Hospital preservation, Detroit Observatory preservation, the Kellogg Project on the history of African American health care, and a CD-ROM on the history of instruments of gastrointestinal endoscopy. Steneck was also involved with the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program, or Inteflex, both on committees and as LS&A Co-Director. His papers related to this program include reports, correspondence, budget information, and curriculum discussions. They also contain agendas, minutes, and correspondence on the related LSA/Medical School Liaison Committee and the LSA/Medical School Task Force. In the mid to late-1980s, Steneck made an effort to begin a Michigan chapter of Science Technology and Society (STS), and his papers contain correspondence, notes, questionnaires, conference participant lists, and meeting minutes on this topic.

 
Collegiate Institute for Values and Science (CIVS)
Box   1  
1984/85 Program, 1984 1984-1985
Box   1  
1983/84 Program, 1983 1983-1984
Box   1  
1982/83 Program, 1982 1982-1983
Box   1  
Business 1976-1982
Box   1  
CIVS 3rd Conference 1982
Box   1  
Corporate Affiliates Program 1986
Box   1  
Correspondence 1984-1985
Box   1  
Curriculum Subcommittee 1980-1982
Box   1  
EHVIST and Funding 1977-1979
Box   1  
Fellows 1977-1984
Box   1  
First Annual Report 1986
Box   1  
Future 1982-1987
Box   1  
Future of CIVS Proposal 1986-1987
Box   1  
Funding 1979-1985
Box   1  
Pending 1984
Box   1  
Presidential Initiatives Fund 1987
Box   1  
Proposal Letters 1984-1987
Box   1  
Recombinant DNA Collection--Correspondence 1983-1984
Box   1  
Recombinant DNA Collection List 1983
Box   1  
Undergraduates Initiative Fund 1987
 
ENIAC
Box   1  
Move and Display 1986-1991 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Photographs
Box   1  
Faculty Governance at the University of Michigan: Principles, History, and Practice: A Report for the University Community 1991
 
Historical Center for the Health Sciences (HCHS), University of Michigan
Box   1  
Accounts--General 1990-1997
Box   1  
AGA/ASGE CD-ROM--Gastroenterology 1996-1997
Box   1  
Alumni/Graduates--Correspondence 1989-1990
Box   1  
American Astronomical Society 1987
Box   1  
Art Survey--Medical School Portraits 1989-1991
Box   1  
Art Survey--Miscellaneous 1991-1992
Box   1  
Detroit Observatory 1983-1988
Box   1  
Guidelines for Developing MARC Archival and Manuscripts Control Format Records for Collections in the History of Health Care and the Health Sciences 1993
Box   1  
Historic Instrument and Observatory Preservation (HIOP) Committee Minutes, Agendas, Correspondence 1984-1987
Box   1  
HIOP Correspondence 1984-1988
Box   1  
HIOP Funding Letters 1986-1987
Box   1  
Historic Instrument Survey 1987-1988
Box   1  
Historical Collection Committee 1989
Box   1  
Hospital Art Project 1990
Box   1  
Hospital History Vol. 1-5 (5 folders)
Box   1  
Instrument Survey Responses 1985-1987
Box   1  
Kellogg Project 1996-1998
Box   1  
North Hall 1991
Box   2  
Meeting Minutes and Annual Report 1997
Box   2  
Memos/Internal Correspondence 1987
Box   2  
Miscellaneous Materials 1989-1998
Box   2  
Old Main 1987-1988
Box   2  
Old Main Administrative Wing Preservation Proposal 1987-1989
Box   2  
Photos for Publications, undated

(Photographs related to HCHS projects and interests, including the historic instrument survey, the historic art and portraits surveys, the Detroit Observatory, and Old Main.)

Box   2  
Progress Report at 6 months 1990
Box   2  
Prospectus and Letters 1989-1990
Box   2  
Related Organizations 1986
Box   2  
The Social and Cultural History of Medicine and Health: A Guide to Bibliographic Resources at the University of Michigan 1991
Box   2  
State Ties--Correspondence 1989-1990
Box   2  
Vice Provost for Medical Affairs (VPMA) Interviews 1993-1995
 
Integrated Premedical-Medical Program (Inteflex)
Box   2  
Admissions 1994
Box   2  
Bioethics 1994
Box   2  
Budget 93-94 1993-1994
Box   2  
Budget 94-95 1994-1996
Box   2  
CRLT Grant (Curr.) 1994
Box   2  
Curriculum Initiative 1986-1987
Box   2  
IFX 100-103 1994
Box   2  
Inteflex--Academic Performance 1995
Box   2  
Inteflex LSA Review Committee--Report 1993
Box   2  
Inteflex Review 1995-1997
Box   2  
Intro to Health Care 1994
Box   2  
LSA Curriculum Committee 1994
Box   2  
New Curriculum 1994
Box   2  
Office 1994-1998
Box   2  
Sexuality 1994
Box   2  
Science 1994
Box   2  
Statistics 1994
Box   2  
Steering Committee 1992-1994
Box   2  
LSA/Medical School Liaison Committee 1986-1987
Box   2  
LSA/Medical School Task Force--Agendas, Minutes, Memos 1982-1986
Box   2  
LSA/Medical School Task Force--Report 1984
 
Science, Technology, and Society (STS), Michigan
Box   2  
Background and Miscellaneous Material 1974-1988
Box   2  
Correspondence 1987-1988
Box   2  
Organizational Questionnaires, Participant Lists 1987
Box   2  
Meeting Minutes 1987-1988
 
Committees and Task Forces [series]

The Committees and Task Forces (1.5 linear feet, 1987-1998) series consists of meeting agendas and minutes, correspondence, background and other working materials, and final reports relating to various committees and task forces Steneck either served on or chaired during his career. Perhaps the most significant records in this series are those relating to the Integrity of Scholarship Task Force (ISTF), which Steneck chaired. This was the first such task force and was met with much interest from both within and outside the University of Michigan. Two folders of material relating to requests from outside the university for copies of the ISTF Final report attest to this interest. The ISTF material also includes information on the nomination process for the task force, correspondence, handwritten notes, research into related policies, questionnaires, report drafts, and the final report. Steneck led the Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility (AFAR) Committee, which is represented in this series with memos and correspondence, letters seeking funding, and papers and a final report authored by Steneck. The series also includes materials on the Committee on the Use and Care of Animals, formed to address the 6-month probationary status given to the University of Michigan Animal Research Facility by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care; the Human Radiation Committee, or Panel of Inquiry into Federally-sponsored Human Radiation Research at the University of Michigan in the Post-World War II Era; the Conference on Teaching Ethics and Values (CTEV) Committee; History Department Curriculum Committee; the Research Policies Committee; the Humanities Advisory Committee; History of Medicine Professor Search; and Steneck's involvement in the inauguration ceremonies of university presidents James J. Duderstadt and Lee C. Bollinger.

 
Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility (AFAR) Committee
Box   2  
Background Info 1984-1985
Box   2  
Final Report and Comments/Correspondence 1986-1987
Box   2  
Foundations and Support Correspondence 1984-1985
Box   2  
Limiting Research--Report and Comments 1984
Box   2  
Notes, minutes, drafts, correspondence 1984-1986
Box   2  
Publicity 1983
Box   2  
Committee on the Use and Care of Animals 1986-1987
Box   2  
Committee for the Inauguration of James J. Duderstadt 1988
 
Conference on Teaching Ethics and Values (CTEV) Committee
Box   2  
CTEV Conference 1987-1988
Box   2  
5th Conference 1988-1989
Box   2  
History Department Curriculum Committee 1989-1991
Box   2  
History of Medicine Professor Search 1974-1979
Box   2  
Human Radiation Committee 1994-1995 (2 folders)
Box   2  
Humanities Advisory Committee 1977-1978
 
Integrity of Scholarship Task Force (ISTF)
Box   3  
Correspondence and Drafts 1983-1984
Box   3  
Ethics--Replies to Questionnaires 1983
Box   3  
Follow up Discussions 1986-1987
Box   3  
Follow up Meetings 1984
Box   3  
Input--Phone and Miscellaneous Correspondence 1983-1984
Box   3  
Integrity of Scholarship and Publication Requests 1984-1985
Box   3  
Internal Questionnaire #2 1984
Box   3  
Letters to Committee 1984
Box   3  
Maintaining the Integrity of Scholarship Report 1984
Box   3  
Meeting #7 and Drafts 1984
Box   3  
Notes on Meetings 1983-1984
Box   3  
Organizations with Policies 1983
Box   3  
Other Guidelines 1982-1983
Box   3  
Preliminary Material 1982-1984
Box   3  
Questionnaire #3 1984
Box   3  
Questionnaire #4 1984
Box   3  
Review of Interim Policy of Integrity of Scholarship 1986-1987
Box   3  
Marshal--Bollinger Inauguration 1997
Box   3  
Research Policies Committee 1990-1992
 
Teaching Materials [series]

The Courses subseries of the Teaching Materials (1.5 linear feet, 1971-2004) series contains mainly course syllabi, lecture schedules, and reading lists for the history courses Steneck taught. Several courses--UC 211, UC 342, UC 265, and UC 615--addressed research ethics and science and values, which fits with Steneck's other professional interests and activities. The Courses sub-series also contains correspondence and course material for several overseas summer programs Steneck participated in.

 
Courses [subseries]
Box   3  
Hist 101 1971-1977
Box   3  
Hist 263, 283--Schedules and Exams (Science to Newton) 1975-1991
Box   3  
Hist 265--Campus Practicum (self-guided Central Campus tour) 1995, 2000-2005
Box   3  
Hist 265--IRB Forms 1998-1999
 
Hist 265--Oral History Assignment
Box   3  
1998
Box   3  
1999
Box   3  
2001-2002
Box   3  
2004 (4 folders)
Box   3  
Hist 285--Fall/Winter 92-93 (Science, Technology and Society) 1992-1993
Box   3  
Hist 392, 397--Scientific Revolution 1974-1978
Box   3  
Hist 396--Critics of Science 1980
Box   3  
Hist 396--Family Life and Education 1973
Box   3  
Hist 396--Health Sciences at Michigan and Science and Policy After the Bomb 1990
Box   3  
Hist 396--Intellectual Warfare
Box   3  
Hist 396--Technology and Society 1984
Box   3  
Hist 398--Mysticism 1975
Box   3  
Hist 421--Medieval Culture and Learning 1971, 1974
Box   3  
Hist 422--Medieval Culture and Learning 1971
Box   3  
Hist 586--Scientific Revolution
Box   3  
Hist 593--Science to Newton 1973-1974
Box   3  
Hist 618, 619--History of Science 1973-1975
Box   3  
Hist 704--European Studies 1982
Box   3  
Honors 199 Colloquium 1977
Box   3  
MARC 213--Family Life and Education in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance 1974
Box   3  
MARC 223--Medieval Near East and the Steppes of Central Asia, 454--Paris from Abelard to Villon 1974
Box   3  
MARC 432--Medieval Universities 1976
Box   3  
Paleography--Winter 74 1974-1977
Box   3  
Peace Studies 1984
 
UC 211--Mini-Course on Professions, Research, and Ethics
Box   3  
UC 211--Correspondence 1985-1986
Box   3  
UC 211--Ethics and Professions 1986
 
UC 265--Science and Values
Box   3  
UC 265--Correspondence 1981-1982
Box   3  
UC 265--Correspondence 1983-1987
Box   3  
UC 265--Funding 1984-1986
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values 1977
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values Fall 1978
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values Winter 1979-1980
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values Fall 1980
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values Winter 1982
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values November 1982
Box   4  
UC 265--Science and Values Winter 1986-1987
Box   4  
UC 342--Ethics and Professions 1988-1989
Box   4  
UC 615--Science and Values Summer Institutes 1991-1997
Box   4  
996--Rackham Research Responsibility Program 1996-1997
Box   4  
Passau Summer Program 1978-1979 (2 folders)
Box   4  
REF@UM, Curriculum 2000--Engineering Ethics 1997-1999
Box   4  
Sarah Lawrence Summer Program 1974-1975
 
History of the University of Michigan [subseries]

The History of the University of Michigan subseries contains a self-guided tour of Central Campus authored by Nick and Margaret Steneck, who developed and team-taught a course on the history of the University. The rest of this sub-series consists of student papers for major assignments in the course. These include an oral history assignment and a major research paper. For the oral history assignment, students interviewed alumni or employees of the University with knowledge of some aspect or period of the University's history. These folders contain papers written from these interviews as well as interview transcripts and, in some cases, audio tape recordings of the interviews. The course research papers are arranged by topics such as Buildings, Athletics, or Greek System. As undergraduate assignments, these are not necessarily authoritative sources, but in many cases they contain first-person accounts of student life as well as university history on focused topics, often informed by primary sources, which likely have not been written on elsewhere.

 
U-M History Research Papers
Box   4  
Buildings 1987-2003 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Athletics 1989-2003 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Clubs, Organizations, and Facilities 1989-2003
Box   4  
Faculty/Staff 1987-1998
Box   4  
Greek System 1987-2002 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Housing 1988-1995
Box   4  
Miscellaneous 1987-1992
Box   4  
Monuments
Box   4  
Race/Ethnic Diversity 1999
Box   4  
Service 1990-2002
Box   4  
Scholarships 1987-1999
 
International Student Pugwash (ISP) [subseries]

The subseries on International Student Pugwash (ISP) contains material on the formation and activities of an Ann Arbor chapter of ISP, for which Steneck served as faculty advisor.

Box   4  
Administrative Material 1984
Box   4  
Chapter Activities and Advertising 1984-1985
Box   4  
Chapter Charter 1983-1984
Box   4  
Correspondence 1983-1985
Box   4  
Correspondence--Arms Control Simulation 1985
Box   4  
Grants 1983-1984
Box   4  
Mailing Lists/Contacts 1983
Box   4  
Newsletter and Publicity 1981-1983
Box   4  
Nuclear Arms Control Simulation 1985
Box   4  
Organizing and Leadership Workshop 1984
Box   4  
Pugwash Blurb 1983-1984
Box   4  
Records 1983-1984
Box   4  
SPUSA Conference 1983
 
Slides [series]

The Slides (2 linear feet) series consists of slides that Steneck compiled or created, primarily about the history of the University of Michigan and the city of Ann Arbor. The slides contain pictures used in his UM practicum course. Slides also include material from the medical facilities, the engineering department, and the Detroit Observatory. Titles listed are the labels written on each individual slide box, which then contain a number of slides organized by categories. There are 13 slide boxes total.

Box   5  
Slide Notes
Box   5  
Ann Arbor, 1940-"At Home in Ann Arbor"
Box   5  
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, sports, Shapiro, Duderstadt, Taylor Bell Foundation
Box   5  
Buildings I
Box   5  
Buildings II: scenes and views, maps, monuments, Angell, photo hunt, display
Box   5  
Engineering: Faculty, buildings, students, Phoenix, instruments, ENIAC, astronauts
Box   5  
Historical/Medical instruments, anatomical remains, HCHS
Box   6  
History of UM, 1817-
Box   6  
History of UM 1909-1967
Box   6  
History of UM, 1968-
Box   6  
Medical: building, classes, faculty, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry
Box   6  
Misc. Slides; unlabeled medical and other
Box   6  
Observatory: history, instruments, restoration; preservation; general; medical school: basic science, classrooms, 298th hospital unit
 
Practicum
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Material

Additional materials on many of the projects and organizations represented in the Steneck papers can be found in other Bentley Library records. The library holds collections for the Collegiate Institute for Values and Science (CIVS), the Historical Center for the Health Sciences (HCHS, known subsequently as the Center for the History of Medicine), the Integrated Premedical-Medical Program (Inteflex), and the Detroit Observatory. The CIVS collection has folders related to the Academic Freedom and Academic Responsibility (AFAR) committee. The CIVS collection and the School of Public Policy collection both have some material on the Ann Arbor chapter of International Student Pugwash (ISP).

Steneck deposited research materials for his 1984 book The Microwave Debate, at the Gerald R. Ford Library. This includes "published material related to the biological effects of microwave radiation and government documents, acquired under the Freedom of Information Act, related to the microwave bombardment of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow" (Ford Library finding aid).