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Sara E. Branham Papers 1930-1986 (bulk 1930-1962)
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Collection Scope and Content Note


The small collection of personal papers primarily contains professional correspondence during the 1930s-early 1960s as well as some lectures and published works. Specifically of note is the correspondence between Branham and two colleagues, E.G.D. Murray and Arthur Hitchens. The letters discuss their current research activities and demonstrate the collaborative nature of scientific work necessary in early microbiology. Letters between Murray and Branham often involve asking one or the other to send live meningococcus strains, as they were difficult to maintain in the laboratory. Murray was performing similar studies in England and Canada, and Hitchens worked for the University of Pennsylvania. Also included is a complete bound version of her reprints, an autographed copy of an AAAS publication on Gonococcus that she contributed to, and a special issue of the journal Drugs, vol. 31, supplement 3 (1986) containing articles from a symposium on Branhamella catarrhalis.

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