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Christian Anfinsen Papers 1939-1999 (bulk 1964-1999)
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Collection Scope and Content Note


The collection consists primarily of materials related to Anfinsen's scientific career and is geared toward Anfinsen's research activities both inside and outside the laboratory. These scientific materials include professional correspondence with organizations or individuals, mostly from the 1980s; a long run of laboratory notebooks from 1961-1981, with most of the material by individuals other than Anfinsen; a collection of Anfinsen's publications from the 1950s to the 1990s; and a photographic collection containing portraits of Anfinsen's colleagues and an assortment of slides used for his scientific publications and lectures. Aside from a small number of clippings and articles, the collection contains few materials related to Anfinsen's receiving the 1972 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The collection also contains a small series of personal and biographical information. Most of this material includes biographical sketches, articles, and items related to several memorial services held for Anfinsen. During his leisure time Anfinsen spent many hours sailing, and the collection contains a few sailing logs and photographs from various excursions.

Nearly half of the collection consists of Anfinsen's professional correspondence files from the 1960s to the 1990s related to his scientific activities. Another one-third of the collection is made up of laboratory notebooks from the late-1960s and 1970s. The rest of the materials consist of publications, slides, photographs, and biographical materials. The bulk of the materials in the collection thus came from the late-1960s to the early 1990s. Despite the small amount of early materials and Nobel Prize related items, this collection effectively documents Anfinsen's late 1960s - 1970s laboratory work and professional activities.

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