The Albert B. Sabin Digitization Project: New Display in the Winkler Center

By Megan Ryan, Sabin Project Student Assistant

The Sabin family is seen here with the street sign that is currently on display in the Winkler Center. (This photograph originally appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer on 29 April 2000.)

The newest display case in the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions features a small portion of the multitude of accolades deservedly presented to Dr. Albert B. Sabin. The display is titled “Highlights of Dr. Albert B. Sabin’s Awards and Honors,” and it features plaques spanning the years of 1960-1987. Dr. Sabin is highlighted as the recipient of the honors from the American Jewish Literary Foundation, Associacão Médica de Santos, the Pan American Medical Society, the Ohio Senior Citizens Group, Associacão “A Hebraica” de São Paulo, the American Legion, and the Tokyo Society of Medical Sciences and Faculty of Medicine, to name a few.

Another interesting item that is on display is an Albert Sabin Way street sign. The street connecting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine was dedicated to Dr. Sabin on April 29th, 2000, in honor of the 40th Anniversary celebration of his development of the oral polio vaccine. As James Anderson, then the president and chief executive of Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said:

The work that Dr. Sabin did left an indelible mark on Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a demonstration of the extraordinary impact of research. We selfishly use the example he set to inspire the next generation of researchers.[1]

If you are interested in seeing the current display, or any other of Dr. Sabin’s awards, please come visit us in the Winkler Center for an up-close and personal view! The Winkler Center is located on the University of Cincinnati’s Medical Campus in suite R006 of the Medical Sciences Building. Along with the Sabin display, the gallery space includes several new exhibits, including highlights from the Dr. Henry J. Heimlich and Dr. Robert S. Heidt collections.  To schedule an appointment to view our collections, please call (513)558-5120 or email

[1] Bonfield, Tim. “City street honors Sabin.” The Cincinnati Enquirer (29 April 2000): 1D, 8D.

In 2010, the University of Cincinnati Libraries received a $314,258 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to digitize the correspondence and photographs of Dr. Albert B. Sabin. This digitization project has been designated a NEH “We the People” project, an initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture through the support of projects that explore significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and that advance knowledge of the principles that define America. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.