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Telford H. Work Papers 1938-1990
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Administrative material, correspondence, research files, reports, publications, audiovisual material, pathology slides, and personal items (33.5 l.f.; 1938-1990) document Telford H. Work's international research career in arboviruses, especially West Nile and Yellow fever. Topics documented include his education at Stanford University Medical School, his U.S Naval service, and his career with the Rockefeller Foundation, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and UCLA. His work in tropical medicine lead to the isolation of several viruses, how they are transmitted and by what vectors, and the better understanding of arthropod-borne viruses. The bulk of the material in the collection relates to his research projects for the Rockefeller Foundation, the CDC, and UCLA.

There are several series that might be of significant interest to researchers. The personal series (Series 1) provide some insight about his career motivations, education, his passion for nature and photography, and career highlights. Series 3-6 document the institutions for which he worked during his career and where he made his greatest discoveries. Much of his research carried over from institution to institution, so many of the same topics and research projects can be found in each of these series. For his Rockefeller Foundation career, information about the origins and management of the Virus Research Centre in Pune, India where Work isolated the Kyasanur Forest Disease and his work in Egypt on isolating the West Nile virus can be found in the Correspondence, Rockefeller Foundation, and Pathology Slides series. Much of the actual research activities information is limited to the Rockefeller Foundation series.

Work returned to the U.S. as head of the CDC's Virology Section during the 1960's and focused on tropical diseases as found within the US. His research on various strains of encephalitis is located in Series 5. He completed his active career as professor and department head of the Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of California at Los Angeles. Much of the materials in Series 6 continue to reflect his research activities and less so for his teaching work.

Work's passion for research and nature is combined in his hobby as a photographer and film-maker. Throughout his research and travel he created films in support of his research findings as well as serving as travelogues. The majority of these films were separated to the Historical Audiovisual Collection.


This series contains includes material on his education at Stanford University, personal notebooks, diaries, correspondence, photographs, and clippings. Items of particular interest here include a notebook from a journalism class at Stanford, information about the Richard Taylor award (he received it in 1981), and information regarding the National Audubon Society.


This series has been subdivided into seven subseries: individuals, general project, Rockefeller Foundation, publications, job, personal, and general professional. The largest and of particular interest is the individuals subseries. Contained here is the communication between Work and several of his colleagues. Some of the more prominent names include Dr. Richard Taylor and Dr. Hugh Smith.


This series contains directories, handbooks, newsletters, clippings, reports, and notes. Work spent his first years as a medical professional serving the Navy. As part of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit III, Work traveled on the USS Monongahela, an oil tanker transporting oil between the Middle East and Japan.


This series contains correspondence, photographs, administrative files, reports, research papers/notes, architectural drawings, data, and clippings. The series has also been further divided into three subseries: Egypt, India, and other research. His first major task with the Rockefeller Foundation was being assigned to work in Egypt at the Naval Medical Research Unit no. 3 (NAMRU-3). His work there, along with Dr. Richard Taylor, led to the isolation of the West Nile virus in a local village in the area. The India subseries have been further divided into sub-subseries to highlight the various aspects of his time in the country. The sub-subseries include: Virus Research Centre (VRC), Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), Human Serum Data, and general. As director of the VRC, Work not only oversaw the operation of the center, but he also had the responsibility to oversee the construction of the facility. His research into the KFD led to the better understanding of the disease. The third subseries, other research, contains information not specific to the other two including information from his time in the NY laboratory.


This series contains correspondence, photographs, administrative files, reports, research papers/notes, data, and clippings. The series has been divided into ten subseries: Florida, other US, USSR, Argentina, Venezuela, Caribbean and Latin American, viruses/diseases, tests/data, research papers, and other research. As director of Virology Section for the institution, Work lead several investigation of outbreaks in the US. Each subseries highlight the efforts and work that he performed. It should be noted that some of the information in this series, especially for the Argentina, Venezuela, and Caribbean and Latin America subseries, contain material that are in Spanish. The USSR subseries also contains material that is in Russian.


This series contains correspondence, photographs, administrative files, reports, meeting minutes, research papers/notes, and clippings. The series has been divided into seven subseries: personal, Australia, Mexico, viruses/diseases, tests/data, research papers, and other research. Work served as professor and head of the Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases department at the university. Some of the material in the Mexico subseries is in Spanish.


This series has been divided into three subseries: annual, research papers, and general. The annual reports subseries contain various reports from his various career appointments. Research papers are comprised of written reports that were either meant for various publications and/or presentations. Most of which were written by Work.


This series contains correspondence, photographs, research papers/notes, proceedings, and ephemera. The series has been divided into four subseries: lectures, American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses (ACAV), Armed Forces Epidemiological Board-Commission on Viral Infections (AFEB-CVI), and other. The lectures subseries contains information about the various lectures Work presented at various institutions including Stanford and Harvard Medical School. Work was a member of both the ACAV and AFEB-CVI. Both these subseries contain material regarding the various conferences and meeting the groups held. The other subseries contains material about other conferences, symposium, and meetings that Work attended and/or presented during his medical career.


This series contains correspondence, papers, and notes. The series has been divided into four subseries: drafts, final edition, correspondence, and general. The Arthropod-Borne Virus Information Exchange was the newsletter that Work and Dr. Richard Taylor started in 1960. Work served as the first editor of the newsletter. The drafts subseries contains material sent in by various individuals for addition in the newsletter. The final edition subseries is the actual newsletter produced and distributed subscribers. The correspondence subseries highlights the communication between individuals and the newsletter concerning addition of their work in the newsletter.


This series contains excerpts, clippings, correspondence, and copies of articles and published works. The series has been divided into six subseries: USSR, India, Rockefeller Foundation, CDC, UCLA, and other. While material Work produced for publication is contained in this series, not all work is his. The USSR subseries contains material that is in Russian. The India subseries contains material that was published in India including some Indian journals. The next three subseries contain published material either by Work or his colleagues and related to where he was during the time they were published.


This series contains photographs, correspondence, reports, and clippings. Material in this series could not easily fit into any of the other series, but are important to the collection. Perhaps of special interest to researchers would be the catalog of registered viruses. There is an alphabetical listing of then known viruses (ca.1974) as well as registration cards containing information on these viruses.


145 pictures of Work and of his field research activities and partners, laboratory environments, and group photographs. Most all were labeled by Martine Work before donation identifying people, events, location, date, and personal remembrances. Others also bear labels contemporary to the original photograph.