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Marshall W. Nirenberg Papers 1937-2003 (bulk 1957-1997)
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Series 3: Laboratory Administration, [1959]-1993 [series]:

The Laboratory Administration Series provides insight into the daily workings of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics throughout Nirenberg's tenure. These materials were generated by the LBG staff in the course of their everyday operations. They consist mainly of annual reports and daily log books, which contain correspondence, data, instructions from Nirenberg to the staff, invoices, journal lists, and other related materials. The series is organized into three sub-series: Annual Reports, Daily Books, and General Files.

The first sub-series, Annual Reports, contains overviews of lab activities for the year, including ongoing projects, with detailed descriptions of lab experiments. The evolution of each report is documented through various drafts as well as photocopied final products. Arranged chronologically, the annual reports are nearly complete for the years 1960-1993.

The Daily Books sub-series is the largest of the series. To keep track of activities and events pertaining to the lab, Nirenberg and his staff compiled "belts" (dictated messages from Nirenberg to lab secretaries), correspondence, events material, journal subscriptions, shared experimental data, lists of tasks to be performed, and similar materials into three-ring binders. Ranging in date from 1968 to 1997, these binders may span one month or several years. The daily books are numbered chronologically for the most part, but on two occasions the numbering restarted. Daily books which were not numbered have been marked with the notation [unnumbered].

Although the daily books contain mixed materials, the original order as compiled by lab personnel was retained to maintain their original context. For preservation purposes all materials were removed from the binders. Extraneous materials such as non-Nirenberg reprints, catalogs, blank ballots, and bibliographic search print-outs were deaccessioned. The following five volumes remain unaltered as examples of intact daily books: Mail 1 (1978 Jun-Jul), 151 (1981 Sep-Dec), 201 (1982 Nov-Dec), 342 (1986 Nov), and 442 (1990 Aug). The daily books are arranged chronologically by date, which correlates with the numerical sequencing.

The last sub-series, General Files, consists of materials which were never filed into the daily books or became separated through early attempts at processing. These files include the same types of materials as the daily books, as well as budget information, equipment inventories, lab redesign documentation, position descriptions, and work orders. The LBG facility underwent a move and major renovations between 1969 and 1971, documented here by blueprints and floor plans. Also of note are the position descriptions for the various personnel in the lab; however, the inclusion of sensitive information has resulted in restrictions to certain items. The General Files are arranged alphabetically by document type, and then chronologically.

 
Annual Reports, 1960-1993 [subseries]:
6 4-32
1960-1988
7 1-7
1988-1993
 
Daily Books, 1968-1996 [subseries]:
7 8
#14A Media and Neurochemistry, 1968-1973
7 9-10
Exa I, II, 1968-1969
7 11-12
Helmi III, 1969-1971
7 13
Daily 1: Belts, Correspondences, 1969 Jan-May
7 14
Daily 2: Correspondences, Growth Curve/Neuroblastoma, 1969 Apr-May
7 15
Daily 3: Correspondences, Reprints, 1969 Apr-May
7 16-19
#4 - #12, 1969 May-1970 Apr
7 20
#14, 1969 Nov-1970 Apr
7 21-23
#1, #2 for Norma [Heaton], 1970 Apr-Mar
7 24
#15 Norma [Heaton] - Willy [?] Methods 3, 1970 Jun
7 25
#16, 1970 Jun-Jul
8 1
Form Letters, [1971]
8 2
[unnumbered], 1971 Apr-Jul
8 3-9
#33 - #59, 1971 Oct-1972 Sep
8 10
Procedure Book, [ca. 1974]
8 11
#100, 1975 Oct-Nov
8 12
#173, 1976 Jun
8 13
#258, 1977 Jan
8 14
[unnumbered], 1977 Jan-Jul
8 15-19
Mail 1, 1978 Jan-Jun
8 20
[unnumbered], 1978 Feb
8 21
#265, 1978 Feb
8 22
[unnumbered], 1978 Apr-1979 Feb
8 23
Mail 2, 1978 Jun
8 24
[unnumbered], 1978 Jul
8 25-26
Mail - home 2, 1978 Jul-Dec
8 27
#1, 1978 Oct
8 28-29
[unnumbered], 1979 Jan-Feb
8 30
Mail 5, 1979 Feb
9 1-5
[unnumbered], 1979 Feb-Apr
9 6
M[ail] - 20, 1979 Apr-May
9 7-11
[unnumbered], 1979 Apr-Jun
9 12-33
#12 - #96, 1979 Jul-1980 Oct
10 1-36
#97 - #154 [includes photos], 1980 Oct-1982 Jan
11 1-33
#156 - #188, 1982 Jan-Nov
12 1-33
#189 - #238 [includes slides], 1982 Nov-1984 Jan
13 1-24
#239 - #269, 1984 Jan-Oct
14 1-25
#270 - #296, 1984 Nov -1985 Jun
15 1-28
#297 - #327, 1985 Jun-1986 May
16 1-34
#328 - #360, 1986 May-1987 Aug
17 1-2
[unnumbered], 1987 Aug
17 3-40
#361 - #400, 1987 Aug-1988 Oct
18 1-35
#401 - #429, 1988 Oct-1990 Feb
19 1-35
#430 - #461, 1990 Mar-1991 Sep
19 36-49
#263 - #322, 1991 Sep-1994 May
19 50-62
[unnumbered], 1995 May-1996 Jan
20 1-19
[unnumbered], 1996 Jan-1997 Feb
 
General Files, [1959]-1993 [subseries]:
20 20
Actions logs, 1981
20 21
[Agendas], [1962-1987]
20 22
Appointment Administration/HR, 1988-1992
20 23-25
"Old" Belts, 1968-1972
20 26-31
Budget reports [FY 1989 - FY 1991], 1989 Aug-1991 Mar
20 32-34
[Calendars], 1963-1971
20 35
Data entry logs [blank], undated
20 36
[Equipment inventories], [1971-1972]
20 37
[Equipment inventory], 1980 May 3
20 38-40
[Equipment purchases], [1985-1991]
20 41
Executive Inventory Record - Marshall Nirenberg, 1960-1968
20 42
FY 1990 Congressional Justification for DIR, 1988 Nov 18
20 43
[Honeywell, Inc. - Preventive Maintenance and Emergency Repairs], [1978-1979]
20 44-45
Instrument orders, 1987
21 1
Intramural Genome Initiative, 1991
21 2
Isotope records, 1979-1984
21 3-4
[Journal] subscriptions, 1973-1979
21 5
Journal lists, book lists, 1980-1981
21 6
[Journal subscriptions], 1982
 
[Laboratory Renovation], 1968-1972 [subseries]:
21 7
[Laboratory - Design sketches and equipment catalogs], [1968-1969]
21 8
[Laboratory - Floor plans], [ca. 1969]
21 9
[Laboratory - Alarm System], [1969]
21 10-11
[Laboratory] - 2nd and 3rd sets of plans, 1969 Apr-Oct
21 12
[Laboratory] - Floor plans for Section 4C, [ca. 1969]
21 13
[Laboratory - Floor plans for 1C and 4C], 1969 Apr-Sep
21 14
[Laboratory] - Floor plans for 1C, [1969-1971]
21 15
[Laboratory - Equipment changes], [1970-1972]
21 16
[Laboratory - Floor plans for] 4C, [ca. 1971]
21 17
[Laboratory] - Future area Bldg 36 1C08, 1C06, 1C04, 1C07, [1971]
21 18
[Laboratory personnel], [1967; 1978-1984] [RESTRICTED]
21 19
[Laboratory] Positions 2, 1974-1980
21 20
[Memoranda], [1976-1985]
21 21
[Microbiological Associates internal sales requests], 1970-1971
21 22
[Microbiological Associates budget information], [ca. 1972]
21 23
[Microbiological Associates contract modification], 1978 May
21 24
Microbiological Associates contract modification], 1981-1982
21 25-26
NIH Position Descriptions, [1956-1982]
21 27
[Nitrogen freezer and CO2 logs], 1977-1979
21 28
Nitrogen freezer information, 1980-1981
21 29-31
Individual performance plan - Marshall Nirenberg, 1984-1993
21 32
Personnel/Requisitions/Travel, 1983-1984
21 33
Pharmacology Research Associate Program, 1978
21 34
[Proposed training], [ca. 1961]
21 35-37
Radiation survey reports, 1977-[1987]
21 38
[Research Fellowship application - J. Heinrich Matthaei], [1959 Jun 24]
134
Specimen vials, 1967 Mar 23
21 39-47
[To Do lists], 1967-1987
21 48
[Work orders], [1987]