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Institutional Review Board records

Identifier: 2H-IRB

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence and memos internal to the IRB Committee members, as well correspondence between the IRB and researchers, regarding the evaluation of their proposal. Some records describe the studies themselves, but the collection predominantly reflects the process of the IRB committee in developing guidelines and assuring compliance with federal regulations. Includes meeting minutes, blank forms, lists of members, lists of proposals submitted, and budget information.


  • 1977-1983


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. To make an appointment to view materials, please contact the Archives staff by email at or by phone at (781) 283-3745.

Conditions Governing Use

The Wellesley College Archives welcomes researchers to use materials in the public domain, to make fair use of copyrighted materials as defined by copyright law, and to request permission to use works whose copyright is held by Wellesley College. All materials from the Archives, regardless of copyright status, should be attributed to the Wellesley College Archives, Library and Technology Services when cited, quoted, or reproduced.

Biographical / Historical

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) was originally called the Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects. Federal policy for the protection of human subjects was established in 1974 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is known as “The Common Rule." The IRB reviews all planned research involving human subjects, approves or rejects research proposals involving human subjects, and monitors said research to protect human subjects. The IRB is a part of Wellesley College's Office of Sponsored Research.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection is maintained in original order.
Wellesley College. Office of Sponsored Research. Institutional Review Board. Institutional Review Board records, 1977-1983: a guide
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Repository Details

Part of the Wellesley College Archives Repository