This film is a start-to-finish record of the dedication ceremonies for the new building of the National Library of Medicine that were held on December 14, 1961. Dr. Worth Daniels was the master of ceremonies. He introduced a clergyman who gave the invocation. Daniels then read a message from President John F. Kennedy and introduced a number of dignitaries in the audience and on the podium. This was followed by brief remarks by Frank B. Rogers, then NLM director, and by Abraham Ribicoff, then Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. The dedication address was given by Senator Lister Hill. The Greek ambassador to the United States, Alexis Liatis, presented the Library with a cutting from the Hippocratic Tree which stands on the Greek island of Cos. A clergyman pronounced the benediction. Shots include: the exterior of the National Library of Medicine before landscaping was completed; a band playing as the audience and dignitaries filed in for the ceremonies; the audience filing out after the ceremonies. Most of the footage is of the podium and the speakers.
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