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FDA Notices of Judgment Collection, 1908-1966

The FDA Notices of Judgment Collection is a digital archive of the published notices judgment for products seized under authority of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act. This digital library, created using the SPER system, allows for browsing the collection as well as searching the collection's metadata and full-text. The available sub-collections are:

  • Foods and Drugs, 1908-1943 (cases 1-31,157)
  • Drugs and Devices, 1940-1963 (cases 1-7,060)
  • Cosmetics, 1940-1964 (cases 1-256)
  • Foods, 1940-1966 (cases 1-30,700)

Evidence Files Archival Collection

The NJs are resources in themselves but also lead users to a physical collection of evidence files used to prosecute each case. An archival collection consisting of over 2,100 boxes of correspondence, legal records, lab reports, product labeling, photographs and other documentary evidence accumulated in case files by federal attorneys is also available for research. A finding aid to the collection is available at The evidence files are controlled by various Sample, S., or IS numbers found in the Numbers metadata field and just below the NJ title in the published case summaries. First, identify the relevant sample numbers; second, locate the box containing the appropriate number range in the finding aid; third, visit or contact NLM's History of Medicine Division to request the relevant boxes. For online reference help email

Publications About the Notices

Technical Papers About the Project


Kellogg's PEP cereal box sample, 1959, Foods Sub-Collection.
Kellogg's PEP cereal box sample, 1959, Foods Sub-Collection.

Advertisement for Bromo Seltzer, 1939
Advertisement for Bromo Seltzer, 1939, Food and Drugs Sub-Collection

Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications This collection is archived by SPER, a DSpace based system developed at the Communications Engineering Branch of Lister Hill Center at NLM.  For further information and feedback, contact the collection's curator.
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