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Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers 1937-2003 (bulk 1957-1997)
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Series 1: Personal and Biographical, 1945-2000 [series]:

The Personal and Biographical Series documents personal aspects of Nirenberg's life, most particularly his secondary education and awards such as the Nobel Prize. The series also provides further insight into Nirenberg's professional life through curriculum vitae, articles, and newspaper clippings which chronicle his successful research into the genetic code and subsequent accolades.

The series is divided into six sub-series: Curriculum Vitae, Education and Coursework, The Nobel Prize, Other Awards and Honors, Articles and Clippings, and Personal Papers. The materials in each of the six sub-series are arranged chronologically. The largest of the sub-series, Education and Coursework, consists mostly of Nirenberg's notebooks from his coursework at the University of Florida and the University of Michigan. Divided into sub-sub-series by institution, these materials attest to Nirenberg's early interest in zoology. The sub-series also includes manuscript drafts for Nirenberg's master's and Ph.D. theses. In addition, the Personal Papers sub-series includes a notebook in which a young Nirenberg recorded some of his observations on the Floridian flora and fauna which sparked his scientific inquisitiveness.

The Nobel Prize sub-series includes drafts and notes for Nirenberg's Nobel Prize address as well as articles about the prize and copies of the telegram informing him of the award. Researchers can find photographs of Nirenberg receiving the news of the award and the awards ceremony in Series 7: Photographs, as well as images of the scientist with his family, friends, and colleagues. The collection does not include the actual award or certificates. Similarly, the Other Awards and Honors sub-series of Series 1 does not include the awards received by Nirenberg; the materials in this sub-series consist mainly of drafts of acceptance speeches, travel arrangements, correspondence, and the occasional article or event program documenting the occasion.

1 1-11
Curriculum Vitae, ca. 1961-2000
 
Education and Coursework, 1945-1984 [subseries]:
 
Orlando Senior High School, 1945 [subseries]:
1 12
Yearbook, Tigando [photocopies], 1945
 
University of Florida, [1950]-1952; 1984 [subseries]:
1 13
Biology 332 - Advanced Invertibrate Drawings, [1950]
1 14-17
[Draft of Master's thesis], [ca. 1952]
1 18
"Geology of Alachua County", [ca. 1952]
1 19-20
[Master's thesis] "The Caddis Flies of Alachua County, with Notes on Those of Florida", 1952 Feb
1 21
University of Florida brochure, 1984
 
University of Michigan, 1953-1961 [subseries]:
1 22
[Notes on journal articles on insulin], [ca. 1953]
1 23
[Notebook containing outline of paper on thyrosine], [ca. 1953]
1 24
Notebook, Carbohydrate Metabolism [Biological Chemistry 203], 1953 Feb-Mar
1 25
Notebook, Carbohydrate Metabolism II [Biological Chemistry 203?], 1953 Apr-Aug
1 26
[Lab notebook - Physiology 121?], 1954 Jun-Sep
1 27
[Abstracts on journal articles on biotin], [ca. 1955]
1 28
[Notebook, Biological Chemistry 160], [ca. 1955]
1 29
Notebook, Enzyme Kinetics [Biological Chemistry 207 Problems in Kinetics], [ca. 1955]
1 30
[NH4+ Data], [ca. 1955]
1 31
Notebook, Abstracts [Zoology 215], 1955
1 32
Experiment 5, Marshall Nirenberg (C. Wagner) Desk #2 Fatique, "The Biotin-Carbon Dioxide Fixation Relationship", 1955 Feb 24
1 33
Anaerobic Glycolysis Data, 1955 Dec-1956 Mar
1 34-36
Books I-III A-Series, 1955-1957
1 37
Book II [experimental data], 1955 Sep-Dec
2 1-4
Books III-VI [experimental data], 1955-1956
2 5-9
Books 7-11 [experimental data], 1956-1957
2 10
[American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellowship], 1956-1959
2 11
[Laboratory Biochemistry], [ca. 1957]
2 12
[Dissertation, "semi-final draft"] "Hexose Uptake in Ascites Tumor Cells", 1957 Jan
2 13
Slide materials [for dissertation] - Negatives and originals, [1957 Jan]
2 14
The Society of the Sigma Xi (Michigan Chapter), 1957 Mar
2 15
[Notes on experiments], [1957 Jul]
2 16
Graphs [for Expts 179-181], 1957 Sep
2 17-19
[Dissertation] "Hexose Uptake in Ascites Tumor Cells", 1957 [Jun]
2 20
Form 57 [termination of post-doctoral fellowship and application for employment at NIH], 1957-61
2 21
[Grant application with University of Michigan], 1961 [RESTRICTED]
 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1957-1961 [subseries]:
2 22
[Notebook for coursework in Biochemical Genetics], 1957 Oct-1958 Sep
2 23
[Notebook for unknown course], 1958 Oct-1959 Jan
2 24
Notebook, Course in [Biochemical] Genetics, 1958 Oct - 1959 Jan
2 25
MN 1959 [Notebook for coursework in Bacterial Genetics], 1959 Mar-May
3 1
[Notebook, experiments], 1959 Jun
3 2
MN Notes 1959 [Notebook for coursework in Bacterial Genetics], 1959 Jun-Jul
3 3
MN Notes 1960 [Notebook for coursework], 1959 Oct-1960 Jan
3 4
MN 1960 [Notebook for coursework], 1960 Jan-1961 Jan
3 5
Notebook, Course Notes [Mechanisms in Biochemistry?], 1961 Feb-Mar
 
The Nobel Prize, 1968-1983 [subseries]:
3 6
[Nomination], [1968 Jan-Feb]
3 7
[Telegram announcing award], 1968 Oct 16
3 8
NIH Nobel Prize Celebration in Honor of Dr. Marshall Nirenberg, 1968 Oct 23
3 9
[Articles and clippings], 1968 Oct-Dec
3 10-11
[Preliminary outlines and drafts of speech], 1968 Oct-[Dec]
3 12
"Notes 1" [outlines and notes], 1968 Oct-Nov
3 13
[Draft 1], 1968 Oct-Nov
3 14
"Notes 2" [outlines, notes, figures], 1968 Nov
3 15
[Slides for Nobel talk], [1968 Nov]
3 16-17
[Drafts 6-8 and notes], 1968 Nov-Dec
3 18-21
Draft, "Deciphering the Genetic Code", 1968 Nov-1969 Mar
3 22
[Travel arrangements], [1968 Dec]
3 23-24
Manuscript, "The Genetic Code", [1969 Mar]
3 25
Original MS entered for Nobel Talk -- not used, 1969 Mar 1
3 26
[Draft of conclusion intended for Nobel manuscript -- not used], 1969 Mar 1
3 27
Preprint, "The Genetic Code", 1969 Apr
3 28
[Program listing Nobel Laureates], 1983
 
Other Awards and Honors, 1962-1988 [subseries]:
3 29
National Academy of Science Award in Molecular Biology, 1962 Apr
3 30
Washington Academy of Sciences 1962 Award for Scientific Achievement, 1963 Feb
3 31
[Arthur S. Flemming Award], [1963 Feb-Oct]
3 32
American Heart Association Career Investigatorship, 1963-1964
3 33
Modern Medicine 1964 Award for Distinguished Achievement, 1964 Jan
3 34
Pfizer Paul-Lewis Award in Enzyme Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1964 Jan
3 35
Harrison Howe Award, American Chemical Society (Rochester, NY) [includes notes for speech], 1964 Nov
3 36
National Medal of Science, 1964 Nov
3 37
Hillebrand Award, Chemical Society of Washington [includes notes for speech], 1966 Mar
3 38
Prix Charles Leopold Mayer, French Academy of Sciences (Paris, France), 1967
4 1
Research Corporation Award of 1966 (New York, NY) [includes drafts of speech], 1967 Jan
4 2
[American College of Physicians and Surgeons Award (San Francisco, CA)] [includes notes for speech], [1967 Apr]
4 3
Gairdner Foundation Award (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) [includes notes and drafts of speech], 1967 Nov
4 4
Joseph Priestley Award, Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), 1968 Mar
4 5
Distinguished Service Award, Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1968 Apr
4 6
Honorary degree, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), 1968 Jun
4 7
The Franklin Medal, The Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA), 1968 Oct
4 8-9
Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, Columbia University (New York, NY) [includes drafts of speech], 1968 Oct
4 10
Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, Albert Lasker Foundation (New York, NY) [includes notes and drafts of speech], 1968 Nov
4 11
Honorary degree, School of Public Health Services (Albany, NY), 1986 Mar
4 12
Honorary degree, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Holmdel, NJ), 1988 May
 
Articles and Clippings, 1961-1993 [subseries]:
4 13-14
Clippings and miscellany, 1961-1990
4 15-16
NIH Record, 1961-1993
4 17
"NIH Researchers Crack Genetic Code," Medical World News, 1962 Jan 5
4 18
"Findings May Speed Solution to Genetic Code," Chemical & Engineering News, 1962 Jan 15
4 19
"Man and Molecule," The Florida Alumnus vol. 16 no. 1, 1963 Dec
4 20
"Marshall Nirenberg," Current Biography, vol. 26 no. 4, 1965 Apr
4 21
Biographical entries in Who's Who, et al., 1966-1988
4 22
"Nobel Laureate Spotlighted at Bennett Research Day," The Ohio State University College of Medicine Journal, 1986
 
Personal Papers, [ca. 1955] [subseries]:
4 23
Poem, "Who Are You", undated
136 1
Sketch pad, undated
4 24
[Notes on Florida flora and fauna], [1944]
4 25
[Unsent letter to Nirenberg's parents], [ca. 1955?] [RESTRICTED]
4 26
[List of birthdays and anniversaries], [ca. 1955?]