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Guide to the Max A. Lauffer Papers, 1915-2013 UA.90.F99

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Max A. Lauffer Papers
Creator
Lauffer, Max A. (Max Augustus), 1914-2012
Collection Number
UA.90.F99
Date
1915-2013
Extent
28.34 linear feet
Language
The majority of the material in this collection is in English, although there are some correspondence and articles in German.
Abstract
Max A. Lauffer was an influential University of Pittsburgh professor and researcher who contributed greatly to the study of viruses during his career (1944-1986). His work was vital to the eventual discovery of a vaccine for polio, and Lauffer himself was instrumental in bringing Jonas Salk to work at Pitt. This collection documents his personal life and his career, including technical articles, books, lectures, course material, notes, and records from his involvement with many scientific and religious organizations and events. Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Max A. Lauffer Papers, 1915-2013, UA.90.F99, University Archives, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

Maximilian Augustus Lauffer was born on September 2, 1914, in Londonderry Township near Middletown, Pennsylvania, to Max and Elsie Lauffer. He had one sister, Eleanor. He attended Iron Mine Run School and graduated from Middletown High School in 1929. Lauffer received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1933 and a Master of Science in Biochemistry in 1934. He obtained his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1937.

In his work at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1937 to 1944, Lauffer published on the physical characteristics of the Tobacco Mosaic Virus. This was one of the first pictures of a virus ever created, and his work helped to lay the foundation for the cure of viral infections such as polio. Lauffer also studied the influenza virus and his work with its biophysical properties helped pave the way for the creation of flu vaccines. He also played an important role in bringing Jonas Salk to the University of Pittsburgh to study the polio virus. Lauffer's main research interests while at Pitt were "the hydration of viruses and proteins, and the relationship between the physical or chemical structure and the biological properties of biologically active proteins." He believed that his work on entropy-driven processes in biology was the most important work of his career because these processes are involved in so many other biological processes that involve motion.

Throughout his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Lauffer was an Andrew W. Mellon Professor, administrator, and researcher. He founded the Department of Biophysics in 1949 and chaired the department until 1956. When Chancellor Edward Litchfield reorganized the College of Arts and Sciences into three divisions, he appointed Lauffer as the first Dean of the Natural Sciences. Lauffer held this position until he returned to the Biophysics Department in 1963, when he was named the Mellon Professor of Biological Sciences. He was later named the chair of the merged Department of Biophysics and Microbiology. He retired from teaching and research at the university in 1984, being named Emeritus Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Biological Sciences, and continued to work in the office of the Provost for several years afterward.

Lauffer also loved to travel and did some teaching abroad over the years. He taught at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Lauffer was also a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland in 1952 and at the Max Planck Institute for Virus Research in Tubingen, Germany, from 1965 to 1966. He served as a consultant at the University of the Philippines in the fall of 1967.

Lauffer also served as a consultant to the Joint Research and Development Board and to the U.S. Army Biological Warfare Laboratories, and as a member of several National Research Council committees. He was a member of the first National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health, and a consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. from 1963 to 1967.

Lauffer received many awards for his work, including the Eli Lilly and Company Research Award in Biochemistry in 1945, the Pittsburgh Award from the Pittsburgh section of the American Chemical Society in 1958, and the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award in 1964. In 2006, the Tousimis-Lauffer Distinguished Annual Lecture in Biological Sciences was established in his honor by his former student, Anastasios J. Tousimis.

Lauffer was a member of many scientific organizations during his lifetime. He was a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, as well as a member of the American Chemical Society, the Federation of American Scientists, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. In addition to serving as a member, Lauffer was a founder and president of the Biophysical Society and editor of the Biophysical Journal, the official publication of the organization. He was also the co-editor of the publication  Advances in Virus Research for over thirty years.

In addition to his scientific work, Lauffer was very active in the Presbyterian Church. He served the Presbyterian Church on local, regional, national, and international levels. He was an elder of the Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown, a moderator of the Presbytery of Carlisle in 1992, a member and chairman of the Council on Church and Society from 1963 to 1971, and a delegate to the World Council of Churches’ Church and Society Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1966. He served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and The College of Wooster. He was also active in the community and was a lifelong member of the World Federalist Association (now Citizens for Global Solutions) and was president of the Rotary Club of Middletown.

Lauffer died on August 8, 2012, and is survived by his wife, Erika, and four children: Edward, Susan, Max and John.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection documents the life and work of Max A. Lauffer, a distinguished University of Pittsburgh professor and influential scientist who was crucial to the creation of the polio vaccine, among his many important professional accomplishments. Much of the material concerns his scientific work and his career at Pitt (1944-1986) through personal and professional correspondence, including letters to and from Jonas Salk; copies of many of his talks and lectures concerning various scientific and non-technical topics; articles and books that he wrote and to which he contributed; outlines and notes for his courses and other work; and many of the honors and awards that he received over his lifetime. Lauffer's participation in many professional and scientific organizations is also evident in this collection.

In addition, there are documents concerning Lauffer's personal life, such as his heavy involvement with the Presbyterian Church. The earliest records include personal material such as childhood photographs and examples from his college coursework. The scope of the collection continues after Lauffer's death with documentation of the Tousimis-Lauffer Distinguished Lecture Series, which was named after him and continues in his honor, as well as items used during his memorial service.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of nine series:

Series I. Correspondence, 1944-2004

Series II. Talks and Lectures, 1938-2013

Series III. Articles, 1934-2011

Series IV. Books, 1943-2000

Series V. Extracurricular Involvements, 1952-2011

Series VI. Course Outlines and Lecture Notes, 1931-1984

Series VII. Notes and Calculations, 1965-1986

Series VIII. Honors and Awards, 1944-2003

Series IX. Personal Material, 1915-2012

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, November 2015

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

The University of Pittsburgh holds the property rights to the material in this collection, but the copyright may still be held by the original creator/author. Researchers are therefore advised to follow the regulations set forth in the U.S. Copyright Code when publishing, quoting, or reproducing material from this collection without the consent of the creator/author or that go beyond what is allowed by fair use.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Erika Lauffer on March 21, 2014.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Schoenlein from January-August 2015.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Chemical Society.
  • Biophysical Society.
  • Eli Lilly and Company.
  • Fort Detrick (Frederick, Md.).
  • National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis.
  • Pennsylvania State University.
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation.
  • U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
  • United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Council on Church and Society.
  • United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
  • United States. Army. Chemical Warfare Service..
  • United States. Office of Naval Research..
  • United States. Public Health Service.
  • University of Minnesota.
  • University of Pittsburgh.

Personal Name(s)

  • Lauffer, Max A. (Max Augustus), 1914-2012
  • Litchfield, Edward H. (Edward Harold), 1914-1968
  • Longenecker, Herbert E. (Herbert Eugune), 1912-2010
  • Salk, Jonas, 1914-1995

Subject(s)

  • Poliomyelitis vaccine -- Development
  • Poliomyelitis vaccine -- Research
  • Tobacco mosaic virus
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Virology
  • Viruses

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Previous Citation

Max A. Lauffer Papers, 1915-2013, UA.90.F99, University Archives, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence, 1944-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of personal and professional correspondence between Max Lauffer and many different people and organizations. The highlight of this series is Lauffer's correspondence with Jonas Salk and others regarding the hiring of Salk at the University of Pittsburgh. There is also correspondence between Lauffer and other university personnel, as well as colleagues, friends, and others in his field. Other correspondence is concerned with Lauffer's work with government organizations and science related groups. Personal correspondence ranges from letters dealing with religion to his writing of books and articles.

Subseries  1. Jonas Salk, 1945-1960s 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains Lauffer's letters to and from Jonas Salk during the process of hiring him as the head of the animal virology laboratory, as well as his first few years at the University of Pittsburgh. Also included are correspondence from within the hiring committee and letters of recommendation supporting the hiring of Salk. In addition, this series contains some of Salk's research proposals and reports.

  BoxFolder
Jonas Salk, 1947 11
 1. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, May 27, 1947 Online
 2. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 2, 1947 Online
 3. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, June 4, 1947 Online
 4. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 6, 1947 Online
 5. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, June 9, 1947 Online
 6. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 13, 1947 Online
 7. Max Lauffer to W.S. McEllroy, June 23, 1947 Online
 8. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 25, 1947 Online
 9. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 25, 1947 Online
 10. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 27, 1947 Online
 11. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, June 30, 1947 Online
 12. Max Lauffer to W.S. McEllroy and H.E. Longenecker, ca. July 1947 Online
 13. Max Lauffer to W.S. McEllroy and H.E. Longenecker, July 16, 1947 Online
 14. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, July 16, 1947 Online
 15. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, July 21, 1947 Online
 16. Jonas Salk to Dorothea Strawn, August 7, 1947 Online
 17. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, August 27, 1947 Online
 18. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, August 28, 1947 Online
 19. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, September 2, 1947 Online
 20. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, September 12, 1947 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1947 2
 1. Martin Hanig to Max Lauffer, May 23, 1947 Online
 2. Max Lauffer to Martin Hanig, June 23, 1947 Online
 3. Martin Hanig to Max Lauffer, June 25, 1947 Online
 4. Max Lauffer to Martin Hanig, June 27, 1947 Online
 5. Max Lauffer to R.K. Cannan, June 23, 1947 Online
 6. R. Keith Cannan to Max Lauffer, June 30, 1947 Online
 7. Max Lauffer to J.W. Dingle, June 23, 1947 Online
 8. John H. Dingle to Max Lauffer, June 26, 1947 Online
 9. Max Lauffer to Thomas Francis, June 4, 1947 Online
 10. Thomas Francis to Max Lauffer, June 10, 1947 Online
 11. Max Lauffer to Thomas Francis, June 13, 1947 Online
 12. Max Lauffer to Thomas Francis, July 16, 1947 
 13. Thomas Francis to Max Lauffer, July 24, 1947 Online
 14. Max Lauffer to W.M. Stanley, June 28, 1947 Online
 15. W.M. Stanley to Max Lauffer, July 1, 1947 Online
 16. Robley C. Williams to W.C. Price, July 11, 1947 Online
 17. Max Lauffer to R.W.G. Wyckoff, June 28, 1947 Online
 18. Secretary of R.W.G. Wyckoff to Max Lauffer, July 3, 1947 Online
 19. R.W.G. Wyckoff to Max Lauffer, July 14, 1947 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1947 3
 1. Max Lauffer to Dr. Thomas Francis, July 16, 1947 Online
 2. Max Lauffer to Joseph S. Baird, July 29, 1947 Online
 3. Max Lauffer to Joseph S. Baird, October 1, 1947 Online
 4. Max Lauffer to Peter Gray, October 2, 1947 Online
 5. Peter Gray to Max Lauffer, October 3, 1947 Online
 6. Herbert E. Longonecker to R.H. Fitzgerald, October 22, 1947 Online
 7. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, October 25, 1947 Online
 8. Jonas Salk to W.S. McEllroy, November 4, 1947 Online
 9. Jonas Salk to Walter H. Striker, December 4, 1947 Online
 10. Jonas Salk to W.S. McEllroy, December 9, 1947 Online
 11. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, December 11, 1947 Online
 12. Jonas Salk to H.M. Weaver, December 21, 1947 Online
 13. Jonas Salk to W.S. McEllroy, H.E. Longenecker, and Max Lauffer, December 24, 1947 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1948 4
 1. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, January 6, 1948 Online
 2. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, January 23, 1948 Online
 3. Jonas Salk to W.S. McEllroy, January 27, 1948 Online
 4. Jonas Salk to Margaret Vojtko, March 1, 1948 Online
 5. Wilton H. Robinson to Jonas Salk, March 4, 1948 Online
 6. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, May 5, 1948 Online
 7. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, June 17, 1948 Online
 8. Margaret Vojtko to Jonas Salk, October 20, 1948 Online
 9. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, October 23, 1948 Online
 10. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, October 28, 1948 Online
 11. Jonas Salk to R.A. Patton, November 6, 1948 Online
 12. "Influenza Virus, Chameleon Among Microbes" speech introduction, ca. 1947-1948 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1949 5
 1. Jonas Salk to E.P. Stapleton, February 2, 1949 Online
 2. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, February 15, 1949 Online
 3. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, February 21, 1949 Online
 4. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, February 25, 1949 Online
 5. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, May 14, 1949 Online
 6. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, May 18, 1949 Online
 7. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, June 27, 1949 Online
 8. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, July 15, 1949 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1950 6
 1. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, May 13, 1950 Online
 2. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, June 3, 1950 Online
 3. Jonas Salk to Max Lauffer, September 19, 1950 Online
 4. Max Lauffer to Jonas Salk, December 21, 1950 Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk, 1947-1950 7
 1.  Proposed Program of Studies on Influenza to be Carried Out in the Laboratory of Human and Animal Virus Diseases Online
 2.  Attempts to Propagate the Lansing Strain of Poliomyelitis Virus in Developing Chick Embryos Online
 3.  Purification of Lansing Strain of Poliomyelitis Virus and Related Problems Online
 4. Publications Online
 5. Publications by Jonas E. Salk Online
  Folder
Jonas Salk Lab, 1945-1948 8
  Folder
Jonas Salk & Edward Litchfield, 1940s-1960s 9

Subseries  2. Individuals, 1944-1991 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains Lauffer's correspondence to and from individuals other than Jonas Salk. These letters may be of a personal or professional nature and are arranged alphabetically by the subject's last name.

  Folder
Irwin Bendet, 1961, 1962, 1966 10
  Folder
Congressmen, 1946-1977 11
  Folder
Stanton C. Crawford, 1947 12
  Folder
Warren Gallagher, 1979-1988 13
  Folder
Hyman H. Gastfriend, 1980-1985 14
  Folder
Otto Glasser, 1947 15
  Folder
Herbert E. Longenecker, 1947 16
  Folder
Herbert E. Longenecker, 1948 17
  Folder
Herbert E. Longenecker, 1949-1950 18
  Folder
Herbert E. Longenecker, 1951-1952 19
  Folder
Herbert E. Longenecker, 1955 20
  Folder
Richard H. McCoy, 1956-1957, 1961-1962 21
  Folder
John McMichael, 1963-1981 22
  Folder
Arun Misra, 1981-1984 23
  Folder
F.F. Nord, 1948 24
  Folder
Wesley Posvar, 1986-1987 25
  Folder
Harry Prystowsky, Hershey Medical Center, 1974-1986 26
  Folder
Edward A. Quade, 1947 27
  Folder
Melville T. Sahyun, 1947 28
  Folder
W. N. St. Peter, 1947 29
  Folder
Ragaa Salaby, 1978-1986 30
  Folder
Howard K. Schachman, 1947 31
  Folder
Howard K. Schachman, 1948 32
  Folder
Howard K. Schachman, 1949 33
  Folder
Howard K. Schachman, 1950 34
  Folder
Hilla Schramm, 1972 35
  Folder
Kenneth Smith, 1981 36
  Folder
S. Srinivasan, 1966-1978 37
  Folder
S. Srinivasan, 1971-1991 38
  Folder
Wendell M. Stanley, 1947 39
  Folder
Rudolph H. Weingartner, Provost, 1987-1988 40
  Folder
Norman & Katryn Wright, 1978-1980 41

Subseries  3. Chronological Files 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains correspondence files with individuals that Lauffer had organized alphabetically by last name and sorted by year.

Correspondence, 1944 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1944 42
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1944 43
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1944 44
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1944 45
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1944 46
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1944 47
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1944 48
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1944 49
  Folder
Correspondence: I, 1944 50
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1944 51
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1944 52
  BoxFolder
Correspondence: L, 1944 21
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1944 2
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1944 3
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1944 4
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1944 5
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1944 6
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1944 7
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1944 8
  Folder
Correspondence: V, 1944 9
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1944 10
  Folder
Correspondence: Z, 1944 11

Correspondence, 1945-1946 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1945-1946 12
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1945-1946 13
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1945-1946 14
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1945-1946 15
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1945-1946 16
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1945-1946 17
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1945-1946 18
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1945-1946 19
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1945-1946 20
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1945-1946 21
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1945-1946 22
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1945-1946 23
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1945-1946 24
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1945-1946 25
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1945-1946 26
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1945-1946 27
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1945-1946 28
  Folder
Correspondence: Y, 1945-1946 29

Correspondence, 1947 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1947 30
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1947 31
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1947 32
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1947 33
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1947 34
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1947 35
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1947 36
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1947 37
  Folder
Correspondence: I, 1947 38
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1947 39
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1947 40
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1947 41
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1947 42
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1947 43
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1947 44
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1947 45
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1947 46
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1947 47
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1947 48
  Folder
Correspondence: V, 1947 49
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1947 50
  Folder
Correspondence: Y, 1947 51

Correspondence, 1948 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1948 52
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1948 53
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1948 54
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1948 55
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1948 56
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1948 57
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1948 58
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1948 59
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1948 60
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1948 61
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1948 62
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1948 63
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1948 64
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1948 65
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1948 66

Correspondence, 1949 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1949 67
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1949 68
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1949 69
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1949 70
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1949 71
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1949 72
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1949 73
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1949 74
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1949 75
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1949 76
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1949 77
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1949 78
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1949 79
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1949 80
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1949 81
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1949 82
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1949 83
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1949 84
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1949 85

Correspondence, 1950 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1950 86
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1950 87
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1950 88
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1950 89
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1950 90
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1950 91
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1950 92
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1950 93
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1950 94
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1950 95
  BoxFolder
Correspondence: N, 1950 31
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1950 2
  Folder
Correspondence: Q, 1950 3
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1950 4
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1950 5
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1950 6
  Folder
Correspondence: V, 1950 7
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1950 8

Correspondence, 1951 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1951 9
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1951 10
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1951 11
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1951 12
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1951 13
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1951 14
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1951 15
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1951 16
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1951 17
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1951 18
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1951 19
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1951 20
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1951 21
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1951 22
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1951 23
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1951 24
  Folder
Correspondence: Y, 1951 25

Correspondence, 1952 

  Folder
Correspondence: A, 1952 26
  Folder
Correspondence: B, 1952 27
  Folder
Correspondence: C, 1952 28
  Folder
Correspondence: D, 1952 29
  Folder
Correspondence: E, 1952 30
  Folder
Correspondence: F, 1952 31
  Folder
Correspondence: G, 1952 32
  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1952 33
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1952 34
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1952 35
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1952 36
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1952 37
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1952 38
  Folder
Correspondence: P, 1952 39
  Folder
Correspondence: R, 1952 40
  Folder
Correspondence: S, 1952 41
  Folder
Correspondence: T, 1952 42
  Folder
Correspondence: V, 1952 43
  Folder
Correspondence: W, 1952 44

Correspondence, 1954 

  Folder
Correspondence: H, 1954 45
  Folder
Correspondence: J, 1954 46
  Folder
Correspondence: K, 1954 47
  Folder
Correspondence: L, 1954 48
  Folder
Correspondence: M, 1954 49
  Folder
Correspondence: N, 1954 50
  Folder
Correspondence: O, 1954 51
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Correspondence: P, 1954 52
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Correspondence: R, 1954 53
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Correspondence: S, 1954 54
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Correspondence: W, 1954 55

Correspondence, 1955 

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Correspondence: B, 1955 56
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Correspondence: C, 1955 57
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Correspondence: D, 1955 58
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Correspondence: E, 1955 59
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Correspondence: F, 1955 60
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Correspondence: G, 1955 61
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Correspondence: H, 1955 62
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Correspondence: I, 1955 63
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Correspondence: K, 1955 64
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Correspondence: L, 1955 65
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Correspondence: M, 1955 66
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Correspondence: N, 1955 67
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Correspondence: P, 1955 68
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Correspondence: R, 1955 69
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Correspondence: S, 1955 70
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Correspondence: V, 1955 71
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Correspondence: W, 1955 72

Correspondence, 1956 

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Correspondence: A, 1956 73
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Correspondence: B, 1956 74
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Correspondence: C, 1956 75
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Correspondence: D, 1956 76
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Correspondence: E, 1956 77
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Correspondence: F, 1956 78
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Correspondence: G, 1956 79
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Correspondence: H, 1956 80
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Correspondence: K, 1956 81
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Correspondence: L, 1956 82
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Correspondence: M, 1956 83
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Correspondence: O, 1956 84
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Correspondence: P, 1956 85
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Correspondence: R, 1956 86
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Correspondence: S, 1956 87
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Correspondence: T, 1956 88
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Correspondence: U, 1956 89
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Correspondence: W, 1956 90

Correspondence, 1959 

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Correspondence: B, 1959 91
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Correspondence: E, 1959 92
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Correspondence: F, 1959 93
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Correspondence: G, 1959 94
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Correspondence: H, 1959 95
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Correspondence: M, 1959 96
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Correspondence: P, 1959 97
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Correspondence: R, 1959 98
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Correspondence: S, 1959 99

Correspondence, 1960 

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Correspondence: E, 1960 100
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Correspondence: H, 1960 101
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Correspondence: K, 1960 102
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Correspondence: P, 1960 103
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Correspondence: Y, 1960 104

Correspondence, 1961 

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Correspondence: B, 1961 105
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Correspondence: E, 1961 106
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Correspondence: F, 1961 107
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Correspondence: H, 1961 108
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Correspondence: M, 1961 109
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Correspondence: N, 1961 110
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Correspondence: W, 1961 111

Subseries  4. Organizations, 1945-1991 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of Lauffer's correspondence with various professional and government organizations and groups. It is arranged alphabetically by the name of the organization.

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American Chemical Society- Eli Lilly Award Committee, 1951 41
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American Chemical Society- Lecture Tour, 1951 2
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American Chemical Society- Lecture Tour, 1954 3
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American Chemical Society- Lecture Tour, 1955 4
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American Chemical Society- Lecture Tour, 1958 5
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American Chemical Society- Pittsburgh Award, 1958 6
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American Chemical Society, 1982, 1985 7
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American Society of Biological Chemists, 1985 8
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1950 9
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1951 10
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1952 11
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1953 12
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1954 13
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1955 14
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1956 15
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1957 16
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1958 17
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1959 18
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Atomic Energy Commission, 1960 19
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Biological & Health Sciences at Pitt, 1986-1987 20
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The Biophysical Journal, 1990 21
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Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Inc., 1967-1983 22
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Chemical Warface Service- J.B. Bateman, 1950 23
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Chemical Warface Service- J.B. Bateman, 1951 24
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Chemical Warface Service- J.B. Bateman, 1952 25
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Chemical Warface Service- J.B. Bateman, 1953 26
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Chemical Warface Service- Leslie Chambers, 1948 27
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Chemical Warface Service- Leslie Chambers, 1949 28
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Chemical Warface Service- Leslie Chambers, 1950 29
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Chemical Warface Service- Camp Detrick Secretary, 1948 30
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Chemical Warface Service- Camp Detrick Secretary, 1949 31
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Committee on Medical Research, 1944-1946 32
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Federation of American Scientists, 1985 33
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Lilly Research Laboratories, 1955 34
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Lilly Research Laboratories, 1956 35
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Lilly Research Laboratories, 1957 36
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Lilly Research Laboratories, 1958 37
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Marine Biological Laboratory, 1983-1984 38
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Middle States Association, 1984, 1986 39
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Municipal Hospital, 1947 40
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New York Academy of Sciences, 1958-1959 41
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New York Academy of Sciences, 1985-1986 42
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1945 43
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1946 44
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1947 45
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1948 46
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1949 47
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1950 48
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1951 49
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National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1953 50
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National Institutes of Health, 1981 51
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NIH Special Study Section: To review application of Gilbert N. Ling, 1982 52
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National Museum of American History, 1991 53
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National Science Foundation, 1952 54
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National Science Foundation, 1953 55
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National Science Foundation, 1954 56
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National Science Foundation, 1955-1957 57
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National Science Foundation Program Report, 1953-1954 58
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National Science Foundation Program Report, 1954-1955 59
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Office of Naval Research, 1951 60
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Office of Naval Research, 1952-1953 61
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Office of Naval Research, 1954 62
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Office of Naval Research, 1955 63
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Office of Naval Research, 1956 64
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Office of Naval Research, 1957 65
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Office of Naval Research, 1958 66
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Office of Naval Research, 1959 67
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Office of Naval Research, 1960 51
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Office of Naval Research, 1962 2
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Phipps Conservatory, Virus Research Program, 1945-1975 3
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Research in the Natural Sciences, 1953 4
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Research in the Natural Sciences, 1954 5
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Research in the Natural Sciences, 1955 6
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Research in the Natural Sciences, 1956 7
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Rockefeller University, 1982 8
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Scaife Foundation, 1949 9
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Scaife Foundation, 1950 10
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Scaife Foundation, 1951 11
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Scaife Foundation, 1952 12
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Scaife Foundation, 1962 13
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1947 14
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1948 15
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1949 16
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1950 17
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1955 18
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1956 19
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U.S. Public Health Service, 1957 20
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U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health, 1951 21
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U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health, 1952 22
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U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health, 1953 23
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United World Federalists, 1949 24

Subseries  5. Professional, 1944-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of Lauffer's professional correspondence that is not directed to a specific individual or organization. The majority of this subseries consists of letters regarding manuscripts for his articles, but Cold War era "red scare" material and information for various university departments are also included.

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Advances in Virus Research Series, 1953-1984 25
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Regarding Tobacco Mosaic Virus, 1969-1974 26
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"Entropy-Driven Processes in Biology," Chapter 1, 1966-1974 27
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"Entropy-Driven Process in Biology", 1974-1977 28
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"Scanning Calometric Investigation of Polymerization of the Coat Protein of TMV," Biochemistry Vol. 20, 1981 29
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Motion in Biological Systems, 1988-1990 30
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics", 1996-2000 31
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Manuscripts, 1959-1963 32
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Manuscripts, 1964-1965 33
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Manuscripts, 1966-1967 34
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Manuscripts, 1968-1969 35
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Manuscripts, 1970-1971 36
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Manuscripts, 1972-1979 37
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Manuscripts, 1980-1981 38
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Manuscripts, 1982-1985 39
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Herman T. Epstein & Loyalty Oath, 1949-1950, 1952-1953 61
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Loyalty Oath, 1951 2
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McCarthy Era & Pennsylvania Loyalty Oaths, 1952-1953 3
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Confidential Edward Gerjuoy File, 1956 4
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Erdem Cantekin Dispute Re: Scientific Misconduct, 1990-1991 5
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Camp Detrick, 1955 6
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Camp Detrick, 1956 7
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Camp Detrick, 1963-1967 8
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Department of Physics, 1947 9
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College of Arts and Sciences, 1955-1956 10
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Department of Political Science, 1983-1984 11
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Office of the Provost, 1983-1986 12
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Conference Participation, 1958 13
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Andrew W. Mellon Professorship, 1962 14
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Ross Aiken Gortner Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 1996-1998 15
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Impersonal 1944 16
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Assorted Professional 1951-1994 17

Subseries  6. Personal, 1948-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of Lauffer's personal correspondence that are unrelated to his professional or scientific work. Included are letters related to religious activities, trips, and other letters to friends and colleagues. It is arranged chronologically.

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European Trip, 1952 19
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Sabbatical in Tubingen, Germany, August 1965-April 1966 20
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Invitations, 1977, 1979, 1980 21
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Retirement Dinner, 1984 22
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After Retirement, 1983-2004 23
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Assorted Personal, 1948-1993 24
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Personal, 1950s-1960s 25
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Personal, 1970s 26
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Personal, 1980s 27
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Personal, 1990s 28
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Personal 29

Subseries  7. General, 1952-1988 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of correspondence that Lauffer had labeled as "general." It contains some letters concerning religion, but is primarily personal correspondence.

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General-Religion, 1952-1987 30
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General-Personal, 1956-1988 31
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General, 1960s 32-34
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General, 1960s 71
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General, 1960s & 1970s 2-4
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General, 1980s 5

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Series  II. Talks and Lectures, 1938-2013 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of copies of talks and lectures given by Lauffer over his career. Most talks are related to science and technical topics, though there are several that deal with religion and other subjects. Also included are speeches that he gave at various professional lecture series.

Subseries  1. Scientific/Technical Lectures, 1938-1975 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of copies of lectures on scientific and technical topics that are arranged chronologically. There are also undated lectures placed at the end of the subseries.

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Original Notes 6
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List of Technical Lectures, 1938-1964 7
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Lectures in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 1958-1959 8
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"Electric Double Refraction of Viruses", March 4, 1940 9
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"Bushy Stunt Virus", May 31, 1941 10
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"Living Organisms", August 12, 1941 11
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"Viruses: General", September 10, 1941 12
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"The Rheology of Tobacco Mosaic Virus", October 24, 1941 13
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"Viruses as Molecules: Crystalline Virus Protein", December 9, 1941 14
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"Sedimentation Rate of the Infectious Principle of Tobacco Mosaic Virus", September 19, 1943 15
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"Chemical and Physical Aspects of Virus Research", October 27, 1943, January 27, 1944 16
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"Viruses", October 25, 1944 17
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"Pathogenic Viruses and Fundamental Problems of Physics", March 14, 1945, May 3, 1945 18
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"Outline: The Virus Research Program", September 25, 1945 19
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"Dual Sedimentation Phenomenon of T2 Bacteriophage", 1946 20
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"Influenza Virus", May 8-11, 1946 21
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"Combined Abstract of Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Formaldehyde Studies," Max Lauffer and Marie A. Fischer, 1947 22
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"Biophysical & Biochemical Characteristics of Viruses", February 24, 1948 23
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"Hydration of Viruses & Proteins", October 4, 1948 24
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"Virus Chemistry", December 14, 1949 25
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"Viruses: Large Molecules or Small Organisms?", February 15, 1980 26
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"Biophysics Laboratory Demonstration", February 23, 1950 27
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Seminars, March 17, 1950, March 31, 1950 28
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"Blood Lipoproteins and Arteriosclerosis", October 18, 1950 29
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"Biophysical Studies on Viruses", December 13, 1950 30
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"Chemical and Physical Properties of Viruses," American Chemical Society Tour, 1951 31
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"Solvation of Macromolecules", April 4, 1951 32
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"Kinetics of the Disintigration of Tobacco Mosaic Virus," Lauffer and Schachman, ASC Meeting, September 1951 33
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"Form and Function: A Problem in Biophysics", October 9, 1951 34
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"X-Ray Studies on Bacteriophage", January 16, 1952 35
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"Pure Versus Applied Science", March 11, 1952 36
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"Camp Detrick Lectures", May 7, 1952 37
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"Die physikalischen, chemischen, und biologischen Eigenschaften der Viren", December 1, 1952 38
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"Viruses as Physical and Biological Entities," RNS General Science Seminar, October 20, 1954 39
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"Tobacco Mosaic Virus," ACS Lecture Tour, 1955 40
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"Horizons in Virus Research", 1957 41
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"Living Molecules," WQED TV Program, Max Lauffer and Charles Brinton, Jr., 1957 42
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"The Charge Effect in Sedimentation," Max Lauffer and J.H. Tremaine, Division of Biological Chemistry, ACS Meeting in Miami, April 7, 1957 43
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"Tobacco Mosaic Virus," Radio Script, June 5, 1957 44
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"Physical Characterization of T3 Bacteriophage," ACS Meeting, September 10, 1957 45
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"The Effects of Radiation on Biological Systems," The Society of Nuclear Medicine in Pittsburgh, December 7, 1957 46
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"Frontiers in Virus Research," New York Academy of Medicine, 1958 47
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"Research Prospectives in Nutrition: The Nucleus of the Problem", 1958 48
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"The Polymerization-Depolymerization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein," Max Lauffer, A.T. Ansevin, T.E. Cartwright; Biophysical Society, February 1958 49
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"Living Molecules," American Chemical Society Tour, May 6-9, 1958 50
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"Viruses and Cancer", November 5, 1958 51
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"Anatomy of a Virus," Pittsburgh Award Address, December 11, 1958 52
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"The Morphology of Viruses", October 20, 1959 53
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"The Anatomy of a Virus", October 21, 1959 81
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"Water, Virus, and Life", December 9, 1963 2
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"Endothermic Polymerization of TMV Protein," International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics: Commission on Molecular Biophysics, June 24-27, 1968 3
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"Formation of Polymers of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein," International Symposium on Molecular Electro-Optics, September 1-4, 1975 4
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Assorted Science Talks, 1968-2002 5
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"A Bio-kinetic Process" 6
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"Camp Detrick Series: The Effect of Radiation on Living Organisms" 7
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"Can Life Be Synthesized?" 8
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"Contributions of Virus Research to Chemistry and Physics" 9
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"Die Ultrazentrifuge in der Virus-Forshung" 10
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"Disintegration of Influenza and Other Viruses" 11
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"Disintegration of Viruses" 12
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"Electrophoretic Characterization of Biological Entities" 13
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"Experimental Methods and Facts Pertaining to the Connection Between Viscosity, Molecular Size, and Molecular Shape" 14
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"Hinshelwood Series," Camp Detrick 15
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"Hydration" 16
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"The Inactivation of Viruses at Extremely High Pressures" 17
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"Influenza Virus" 18
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"Kinetics of the Inactivation & Destruction of Tobacco Mosaic Virus" 19
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"Kinetics of Reactions between Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Formaldehyde" 20
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"Methods" 21
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"The Origin of the Streaming Potential in Organic Liquids" 22
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"Physical & Chemical Characteristics of Viruses" 23
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"Physical & Chemical Properties of Viruses" 24
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"Physical, Chemical and Biological Properties of Viruses," Theodor Kocher Institute, Germany 25
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"Physics and Chemistry of Tobacco Mosaic Virus" (1) 26
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"Physics and Chemistry of Tobacco Mosaic Virus" (2) 27
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"Physical Properties of Alfalfa Mosaic Virus" 28
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"Poliomyelitis Virus" 29
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"The Reaction of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein with Formaldehyde," Max Lauffer and T.E. Cartwright 30
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"The Size and Shape of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein Molecules" 31
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"The Size and Shape of Viruses" 32
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"The Smallest Pathogens" 33
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"Ultrafiltration" 34
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"Viruses and Human Welfare" 35
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"Viruses as Molecules" 36
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"Viruses as Organisms" 37
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"The Virus Proteins" 38
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"Viscosity and Molecular Weight" 39

Subseries  2. Religious and Non-Technical Talks, 1946-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of copies of non-technical lectures on topics such as religion, education, world peace, and nuclear power. It is arranged chronologically and there are undated talks at the end of the subseries.

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Talks Regarding Church and Religion, 1950-1999 40
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Notecards for Church Talks and Meditations, 1975-1998 41
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"Virus Research," University of Pittsburgh, December 2, 1946 42
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"Atomic Bomb", September 16, 1949, April 23, 1950 43
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"Science and Religion", April 1 & 8, 1951 44
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"Your Stake in Education", October 17, 1951 45
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"Biophysics and Education", April 24, 1952 46
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"Impressions of Science in Europe," Biochemistry Seminar, March 26, 1953 47
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"The Effect of Sponsored Research on the University," AAUP Meeting, February 18, 1954 48
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"The Crucible", April 7, 1956 49
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"United World Federalists Panel Discussion", December 4, 1956 50
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"Careers, Training, and Future in Biophysics," National Biophysics Conference, March 4-6, 1957 51
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"Skeptical Faith," University Service of Worship, February 11, 1958 52
(""Skeptical Faith," University Service of Worship," online pending)
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"How to Influence Children So They Can Get a Higher Education," Franklin Township PTA, February 17, 1958 53
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Dubbing from Nutrition Conference, December 16, 1958 241
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"What are the Roles of Research and Publication, and How are Data Evaluated," Pitt AAUP, March 12, 1959 854
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"The Cost of Survival: The Control of Nuclear Power", March 4, 1960 55
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"Scientific Development and World Change", October 18, 1960 56
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"Science and Your Child," Hillcrest PTA, May 18, 1961 57
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"Christian Attitudes in the Nuclear Age", October 7, 1962 58
(""Christian Attitudes in the Nuclear Age"," online pending)
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"Jesus of Nazareth: Scientist", October 21, 1962 59
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"Career Conference in Science and Engineering", November 30, 1962 60
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"The Threat of Nuclear War", January 30-31, 1964 61
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"Atmospheric Testing", January 30-31, 1964 62
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"The Social Responsability of a Scientist", March 3, 1964 63
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"Science, Scientists, and Liberal Education", April 18, 1964 64
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"Henry Frank in Pittsburgh", December 10, 1964 65
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"World Conference on Church and Society," Geneva, Switzerland, July 12-26, 1966 66
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"War and World Order", 1967 67
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"Law and Order- with Justice", October 8, 1968 68
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"The Church as I See It", March 21, 1969 69
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"Relevance", April 2, 1970 70
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"The Social Mission of the Church," Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, September 2, 1970 71
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"Remarks," Alumni Dinner, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, May 1, 1972 91
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"Does the Church Have a Social Mission?", March 5, 1972, February 11, 1973 2
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"Western Pennsylvania's Contributions to the Age of Science," Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, May 4, 1977 3
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"Christian Attitudes in the Nuclear Age", May 23, 1979 4
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"Ground Zero Talk", April 1982 5
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Assorted Subjects, 1960-2000 6
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"Biophysics and Interrelationship Among the Sciences" 7
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"Can We Control the Super Bomb?" 8
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"The Control of the Environment for the Health of Man: The Role of the Physical Sciences" 9
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"Definition of a Scientist," "Biological Immortality" 10
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"The Future of the Natural Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh" 11
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"High School Physics as a Preparation for the Study of Science and Engineering" 12
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"Nuclear War and World Order" 13
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"On the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research" 14
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"Physics and Medicine" 15
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"The Renaissance of American Idealism in Liberal Arts Education: A Scientist's View" 16
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"Science and Religion" 17
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"A Scientist Contemplates the Brotherhood of Man" 18

Subseries  3. Other Assorted Talks, 1959-2013 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains copies of speeches given at professional lecture series and other speaking engagements. There is also material regarding the Tousimis-Lauffer Distinguished Lecture Series, which was established by a former student in Lauffer's honor, which continues after his death.

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Twentieth Annual Priestly Lectures, Penn State, May 20-24, 1946 19
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Twentieth Annual Priestly Lectures, Penn State, Certificate, May 20-24, 1946 5-61
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American Chemical Society- Pittsburgh Award, December 29, 1987 20
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Salk & Sabin Talks, July 19, 2000, November 29, 2001 21
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Tousimis-Lauffer Distinguished Lecture Series, Department of Biological Sciences, 2008-2013 22
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Phillips Lecture, Phi Lambda Upsilon 23
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Speaking Engagements, 1959 24
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Speaking Engagements, 1960 25
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Speaking Engagements, 1961 26
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Speaking Engagements, 1962 27
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Speaking Engagements, 1963 28
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Speaking Engagements, 1964 29
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Speaking Engagements, 1965 30

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Series  III. Articles, 1934-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of articles written by Lauffer, most of which are scientific, though there are a few that are related to religious topics. This series also contains official reprints of articles separate from the journals in which they were originally printed. There are also a few book reviews written by Lauffer and several articles about Lauffer, as well as many fragile newspaper clippings.

Subseries  1. Articles by Lauffer, 1934-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains articles that Lauffer has written on various scientific and religious topics. It is arranged chronologically by the date in which the article was published.

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List of Publications, 1938-1985 31
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"Studies on the Absorption and Elimination of Nicotine Administered Orally for Chickens and Techniques Involved," Master of Science Thesis, Penn State, 1934 32
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"The Future of Natural Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh," PITT No. 37, Summer 1949 33
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"Physical Chemistry of Viruses," Record of Chemical Progress Vol. 10 No.4, Fall 1949 34
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"Blood Lipoproteins and Arteriosclerosis," PITT No. 42, Autumn/Winter 1950-1951 35
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"The Physical Sciences," Public Health Reports Vol. 69 No. 7, July 1954 36
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"The Control of the Environment for the Health of Man- The Role of the Physical Sciences," PITT No. 52, Summer 1954 37
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"The Detection of Infectious Agents in Biological Preparations," unpublished, 1955 38
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"Evaluation of Serum Lipoproteins and Cholesterol Measurements as Predictors of Clinical Complications of Atherosclerosis," Contributor, Circulation Vol. 14 No. 4, October 1956 39
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"A Skeptic's Faith," THINK Magazine Vol. 24 No. 10, October 1958 40
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"Skeptical Faith," Science of Mind Vol. 32 No. 8, August 1959 41
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"Correlation of Ionizing Radiation Effects with Physical Changes in Viruses," Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: Inactivation of Viruses Vol. 83 Art. 4, January 13, 1960 42
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"...for Academic Research," The Science Teacher Vol. 32 No. 4, April 1965 43
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"Hydrogen Ion Uptake upon Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein Polymerization," Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 116, 1977 44
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"Motion in Viscous Liquids," Journal of Chemical Education Vol. 58, March 1981 45
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"The Significance of Entropy-Driven Processes in Biological Systems," Comments on Molecular and Cellular Biology Vol. 2 No. 2, 1983 46
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"Calcium Ion Bonding by Isolated Tobacco Mosaic Virus Coat Protein," Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 170, 1983 47
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"Contributions of early research on tobacco mosaic virus," Trends in Biochemical Sciences Vol. 9 No. 1, September 1984 48
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"Comparison of the Entropy-Driven Polymerization Reactions of E66 and Vulgare Tobacco Mosaic Virus Proteins," Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics Vol. 236 No. 1, 1985 49
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"Entropy-Driven Polymerization of Ribgrass Virus Protein," Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics Vol. 238 No. 1, 1985 50
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"Effects of Dipolar Ions on the Entropy-Driven Polymerization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus," Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics Vol. 242 No. 2, 1985 51
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"History of Virus Research Between 1930 and 1950", 1987 52
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"History of the Biophysical Society & Biophysics", 1990 53
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"Life Begins When?," SciTech Vol. 13 No. 1, February 2004 54
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"Electronic Birefringence of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Solutions," "Polymerization of TMVP," articles & notes 55
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"Vitamin A in its Relation to Carotene: A Historical Review" 56
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Unidentified Article 57

Subseries  2. Reprints of Articles, 1937-1985 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of official reprints of some of Lauffer's articles. These reprints are printed in their own booklet and do not include any other part of the original publishing journal or magazine. They are arranged chronologically by publication date. Lauffer had given numbers to some of the reprints so those are arranged by number in ascending order, but within that numbering system the reprints had been arranged chronologically.

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Article Reprints, 1938-1939 58
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Article Reprints, 1940 59
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Article Reprints, 1941-1942 60
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Article Reprints, 1943 61
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Article Reprints, 1944 101
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Article Reprints, 1945-1946 2
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Article Reprints, 1947-1949 3
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Article Reprints, 1950-1951 4
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Article Reprints, 1952 5
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Article Reprints, 1953-1954 6
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Article Reprints, 1955 7
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Article Reprints, 1956 8
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Article Reprints, 1957-1959 9
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Article Reprints, 1960 10
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Article Reprints, 1961-1962 11
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Article Reprints, 1963-1964 12
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Article Reprints, 1965-1966 13
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Article Reprints, 1967 14
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Article Reprints, 1968-1969 15
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Article Reprints, 1970-1973 16
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Article Reprints, 1975, 1977, 1978 17
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Article Reprints, 1979-1981 18
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Article Reprints, 1982-1985 19
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Article Reprints, undated 20
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Article Reprints 36-54, 1945-1949 21
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Article Reprints 55-79, 1949-1952 22
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Article Reprints 80-106, 1953-1959 23
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Article Reprints 107-120, 1959-1960 24
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Article Reprints 121-138, 1961-1965 25
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Article Reprints 139-155, 1966-1969 26
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Article Reprints 156-168, 1970-1978 27
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Article Reprints 169-184, 1980-1985 28
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Reprints by Wendell M. Stanley, Lauffer's mentor at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1937-1939 111
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Reprints by Wendell M. Stanley, Lauffer's mentor at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, 1941-1958 2

Subseries  3. Book Reviews by Lauffer, 1943-1945 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains Lauffer's reviews of other books, which were published in various journals.

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Plant Viruses and Virus Diseases by F.C. Bawden, 1943 3
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Annual Review of Biochemistry edited by James Murrary Luck, 1945 4
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Frontiers in Chemistry, Vol. 4 edited by R.E. Burke and Oliver Grummit, 1945 5
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Studies in Biophysics: The Critical Temperature of Serum by Lecomte Du Nuoy, 1945 6

Subseries  4. Articles about Lauffer, 1945-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of articles about Lauffer written by other people. It primarily contains journal and magazine articles, but there are also several newspaper clippings.

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Newspaper Articles, 1940s-1970s 7
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Newspaper Article 8
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PITT No. 21, Spring/Summer 1945 9
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Alumni Review, Summer 1945 10
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PITT No. 45, Winter 1951-1952 11
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PITT No. 53, Winter 1954-1955 12
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PITT Ten Year Report, 1955 13
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The Triangle Vol. 15 No. 11, November 1957 14
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A Report on Professional Activities, University of Pittsburgh, October 1, 1958 15
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The Pitt News, December 10, 1958 16
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Presbyterian Life, January 15, 1970 17
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Southminster Presbyterian Vol 25 No. 1, February 1970 18
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University Times, Arpil 17, 1980 19
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The Patriot-News, Harrisburg, PA, November 11, 2003 20
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Biophysical Society Newsletter, July/August 2004 21
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Pitt Magazine, Fall 2006 22
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World of Giving, Fall 2006 23
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Biophysical Society Newsletter, July 2011 24
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Presbyterian Congregation of Middletown Newsletter, September 2011 25
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Biographies for Publications, General, 1960-1988 26
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Biographies- "Who's Who" Series, 1979-1986 27

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Series  IV. Books, 1943-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of books and book chapters that Lauffer wrote or to which he contributed. There are several drafts of one particular chapter that he authored for A History of Biochemistry. This series also contains several booklets of various topics that Lauffer owned, as well as books that were inscribed to him by the authors, many of whom were his friends and colleagues.

Subseries  1. Book Chapters by Lauffer, 1945-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of Lauffer's work on chapters for various scientific books to which he was contributing. The bulk of the subseries is documentation of his work on a chapter for A History of Biochemistry, including several drafts, figures, and notes for the chapter.

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Chapter 4- "Tobacco Mosaic Virus and Its Protein" 28
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"Forward," Studies in Biophysics: The Critical Temperature of Serum by Lecomte de Nouy, 1945 29
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"Entropy-Driven Polymerization of Proteins: Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein & Other Proteins of Biological Importance," from Physical Aspects of Protein Interactions, 1978 30
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Ch. 4 in A History of Biochemistry,  Comprehensive Biochemistry Vol.41, 2000 31
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Galley proofs 32
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," early drafts, June 26 & October 11, 1996 33
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," draft 34
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Draft 3 35
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Draft 4 36
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Draft 5 37-38
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," Draft 6 39
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," final draft 40
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," extra figures 41
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," figures slides 241
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"Half a century with TMV and biophysics," dictation on microcassette 2

Subseries  2. Books by and Contributed to by Lauffer, 1938-2000 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains Lauffer's work on several books that he either wrote or to which he contributed, including a book entitled Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics that he was writing with Howard Schachman and was never published. This subseries also contains Volumes 1-30 of the  Advances in Virus Research series, of which Lauffer was a long time editor.

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Advances in Virus Research Vol.1, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1953 121
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.2, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1954 2
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.3, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1955 3
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.4, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1957 4
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.5, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1958 5
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.6, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1959 6
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.7, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1960 7
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.8, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1961 8
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.9, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1962 9
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.10, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1963 10
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.11, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1965 11
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.12, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1966 12
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.13, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1968 13
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.14, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1969 14
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.15, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1969 15
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.16, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1970 16
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.17, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1972 131
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.18, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1973 2
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.19, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1974 3
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.20, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1976 4
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.21, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1977 5
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.22, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1978 6
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.23, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1978 7
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.24, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1979 8
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.25, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1979 9
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.26, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1981 10
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.27, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1982 11
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.28, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1983 12
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.29, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1984 13
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Advances in Virus Research Vol.30, Edited by Max A. Lauffer, 1985 14
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Comprehensive Biochemistry Vol.41: A History of Biochemistry, Personal Recollections VI, Edited by Giorgio Semenza and Rainer Jaenicke, Ch.4 by Lauffer, 2000 141
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Comprehensive Virology 17: Methods Used in the Study of Viruses, Edited by Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat and Robert R. Wagner, Ch.1 by Lauffer, 1981 2
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Electrophoresis: Theory, Methods, and Applications, Edited by Milan Bier, Ch.10 by Lauffer, 1959 3
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Entropy-Driven Processes in Biology: Polymerization of Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein and Similar Reactions, 1974 4
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Entropy-Driven Processes in Biology- Reviews and Royalties, 1975 5
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The Lauffer Farm, 1992 6
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics- Table of Contents & Appendix 7
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics- Figures 8
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics- Assorted Material 9
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.1- "The Electron Microscope" 10
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.2- "X-ray Diffraction" 11
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.4- "Light Scattering" 12
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.5- "Optical Methods" 13
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.6- "Diffusion" 14
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.8- "Viscosity" 15
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics Ch.11- "Electrophysics" 16
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Methods in Physical Biochemistry & Biophysics- "Sedimentation Velocity" 17
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Motion in Biological Systems- Figures and Transparencies, 1989 18
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Plant Virology, Edited by M.K. Corbett and H.D. Sisler, Appendix 1 by Lauffer, 1964 19
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Scientific Publications, Bound reprints of previously published articles, 1938-1944 20
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Subunits in Biological Systems: Part A, Edited by Serge N. Timasheff and Gerald D. Fasman, Ch.4 by Lauffer, 1971 21
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Viral and Rickettsial Infections of Man, Edited by Thomas M. Rivers, Ch.2 by Lauffer, 1948 151
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Viral and Rickettsial Infections of Man Second Edition, Edited by Thomas M. Rivers, Ch.2 by Lauffer, 1952 2
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Assorted Notes from Books 3

Subseries  3. Books and Booklets Owned by Lauffer, 1943-1990 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of booklets and books that Lauffer owned. The books were inscribed to him by the authors who were various friends and colleagues. The booklets are on assorted subjects such as nuclear war and various Pitt subjects.

Inscribed Books, 1943-1990 

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Bauplane des Lebens: Probleme und Ergebnisse der Biochemie, by Gerhard Schramm, 1949 4
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Comprehensive Biochemistry Vol.37: A History of Biochemistry, Personal Recollections III, Edited by Giorgio Semeza and Rainer Jaenicke, 1990 5
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A History of the Rockefeller Institute, 1901-1953, Origins and Growth, by George W. Corner, 1965 6
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The Mathematics of Physics and Chemistry, by Henry Margenau and George Moseley Murphy, 1943 7
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Religion and the State University, Edited by Erich A. Walter, 1958 8
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Student Dictionary of Biology, by Peter Gray, 1972 9
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Ultracentrifugation in Biochemistry, by Howard K. Schachman, 1958 10

Booklets, 1957-1963 

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"The Effects of Nuclear War on the Pittsburgh Area," A Report by the Pittsburgh Study Group for Nuclear Information, June 1, 1962 11
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Edward Litchfield Inauguration Program, May 11, 1957 12
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University of Pittsburgh Faculty Handbook & Directory, 1963 13
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University of Pittsburgh Division of Natural Sciences Bulletin, 1959-1960, 1962-1963 14
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University of Pittsburgh Graduate Faculty Bulletin, 1962-1963 15

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Series  V. Extracurricular Involvments, 1952-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of material related to Lauffer's involvement in various organizations and events. While working at the University of Pittsburgh, he did a variety of work in the Office of the Provost which is represented here. He was also an active member of several scientific organizations, such as The Biophysical Society. In his spare time, Lauffer was heavily involved in the Presbyterian Church and worked in many different subgroups within the organization.

Subseries  1. Pitt Activities, 1956-1987 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of material related to Lauffer's work at the University of Pittsburgh outside of his regular duties as a professor and researcher. The bulk of the material relates to his work in the Office of the Provost performing such tasks as departmental reports and serving on task forces.

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Work with Provost Roger Benjamin, 1984 161
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Consultant to Provost Roger Benjamin, 1986-1987 2
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Chair, Task Force on the Basic Biological Sciences, 1984-1985 3-4
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Task Force- Feedback, 1983-1985 5
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Task Force- Minutes, 1984-1985 6
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Task Force- Preliminary and Minority Reports, 1987 7
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Provost's Office- Department of Biological Sciences Comprehensive Self-Study, September 1984 8
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Provost's Office- University Plan 1985-1990, Preliminary Recommendations, November 29, 1984 9
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Provost's Office- University Plan 1985-1990, Final Recommendations, March 1, 1985 10
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Provost's Office- University Plan, A Report to Trustees, June 1985 11
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Provost's Office- Evaluations, Basic Biological Sciences Departments, 1985 12
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Provost's Office- Faculty of Arts and Sciences/FAS, 1985 13
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, 1986 14
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, FAS, 1985-1986 15
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, Engineering, 1985-1987 16
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, Medicine, 1987 17
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, Medicine, Research and Training Programs Book, 1985-1986 18
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Provost's Office- Department Visits, Public Health, 1986 19
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Provost's Office- Biological Sciences Evaluation, 1985-1986 20
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Provost's Office- Engineering Review, 1984-1986 21
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Provost's Office- Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology Review, 1986 22
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Provost's Office- Technology Transfer, 1986 23
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Provost's Office- Brainstorming Session on Technology Transfer, Cassette, April 24, 1986 243
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Provost's Office- Brainstorming Session on Technology Transfer, Poster, April 24, 1986 5-61
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Provost's Office- Faculty Unionization, 1984-1985 1624
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Provost's Office- Visit, Duke University, 1985 25
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Provost's Office- Visit, Stanford University, 1986 26
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Provost's Office- Visit, University of California Berkeley, 1986 27
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Provost's Office- Visit, University of Iowa, 1985 28
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Provost's Office- Visit, University of Michigan, 1985 29
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Provost's Office- Visit, University of Virginia, 1985 30
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Provost's Office- Visit, Yale University, 1985 31
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Annual Report, Division of the Natural Sciences, 1956-1962 32
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Closing Speaker, Andrew Lowy Memorial Seminar Room Dedication Ceremonies, May 25, 1959 171
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Chair, University of Pittsburgh Tenure Commission- Report, 1974 2

Subseries  2. Science Activities, 1966-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of material related to Lauffer's involvement in various scientific organizations, such as the Biophysical Society, of which he was a founder and lifelong member.

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Member, National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council- Photograph, June 1966 3
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Board of Directors, Health Research and Services Foundation, 1955-1980 4
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Founding Member, Biophysical Society, 1968-2011 5
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Biophysical Society Membership Directory, 2011 6

Subseries  3. Religious Activities, 1952-2011 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains material regarding Lauffer's involvement with the Presbyterian Church. He was a member of various organizations within the United Presbyterian Church and participated in many committees and conferences, as well as editing the Social Progress journal.

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Board of Trustees, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1965-1990 7
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Member, Board of Christian Education, United Presbyterian Church, 1963-1979 8
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Member and Chair, UPC Council on Church and Society, 1964-1973 9
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Member, UPC Counseling Committee on Church and Society, 1966-1967 10
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Member, UPC Advisory Committee on International Affairs, 1964-1968 11
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"Social Progress: A Journal of Church and Society," Board of Christian Education, United Presbyterian Church, 1963-1964 12
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"Social Progress: A Journal of Church and Society," Board of Christian Education, United Presbyterian Church, 1965, 1967 13
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"Social Progress: A Journal of Church and Society," Board of Christian Education, United Presbyterian Church, 1968-1969 14
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Delegate, World Council of Churches, Conference on Church and Society, Task for Member for UPC, July 12-26, 1966 15
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Session Member and Chair of Church and Community Commission, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1952-1984 16
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Chair, Advisory Committee on Conscience and Conscription, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1969-1972 17
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Advisory Council on Conscience and Conscription- Conscience, Conscription, and the Church, 1967-1969 18
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Advisory Council on Conscience and Conscription- Alternative Service for Conscientious Objectors, 1969-1970 19
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Advisory Council on Conscience and Conscription- Selective Service and the Draft, 1969 20
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Board Member, Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology, and the Christian Faith, 1995-2011 21

Subseries  4. Other Activities, 1960-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of material related to Lauffer's involvement in organizations that are not specifically scientific, religious, or related to Pitt. This includes serving as a professor at the University of the Philippines and as a Citizen Ambassador to China.

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Board Member, Pittsburgh Chapter of World Federalist Association, 1960-1967 22
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Board Member, College of Wooster, 1969-2002 23
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Consultant of the Rockefeller Foundation in the Natural Sciences Program, University of the Philippines, October 2-November 15, 1967 24
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Visiting Professor of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines, October 2-November 15, 1967 25
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Member and Officer, Rotary International, Middletown, PA, 1989-2003 26
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Member of Biophysics Delegation, Citizen Ambassador Program, People to People International, China, November 9-30, 1988 27
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Journal, People to People Biophysics Delegation, China, November 9-30, 1988 181
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Citizen Ambassador Program- Brochures and Booklets, November 9-30, 1988 2
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Member, Penn State Alumni Association 3
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Assorted Membership Cards 4

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Series  VI. Course Outlines and Lecture Notes, 1931-1984 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of material that Lauffer used for the various courses that he taught at the University of Pittsburgh. It contains course outlines, lecture notes and slides, and other material that he used to instruct his classes. It is arranged chronologically by the year in which the course was taught, though there is also general material for classes that were not specified.

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"Theoretical Chemistry," ABCh 425, 1931 5
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"Food Analysis," ABCh 404, 1932 6
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"Soils," 1048, 1936 7
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General Biophysics, 1945-1946 8
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Biophysics 278, 1946-1964 9
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Biometry 174, 1949 10
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An Outline of Biometric Analysis by Alan E. Treloar (1935), for Biometry 174, 11
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An Outline of Biometric Analysis Part II: Further Studies in Correlational Analysis by Alan E. Treloar (1935), for Biometry 174 12
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"Biometry," Physics E174/Biology E172, 1949 13
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Biophysics Curriculum, 1950 14
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"Biometry," Biophysics 173, 1950 15
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"Theory of Biophysical Methods," Biophysics 277, 1951, 1953-1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963 16
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Physiology Course- Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, 1953-1955 17
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Biophysics E174, 1957 18
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Random Sampling Distributions by Alan E. Treloar (1952), for Biophysics 174 19
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Biometry 264, 1963 20
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Life Sciences 80, 1968 21
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"Theology and Science," Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1969 22
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"Thermodynamics and Biology," B&M 377, 1970 23
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Biophysics and Microbiology 378, 1970 24
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Life Sciences 80, 1970 25
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Biophysics 377, 1971 191
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Biophysics and Microbiology 129, 1972 2
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Biophysics and Microbiology 378, 1972 3
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Biophysics and Microbiology 377, 1973 4
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"Entropy-Driven Processes in Biology," B&M 152/BS 124, 1974-1979 5
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"Molecular Biology," Life Sciences 21, 1975-1976 6
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"Entropy-Driven Processes in Biology," Life Sciences 124, 1976 7
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"Molecular Biology," Life Sciences 21, 1977 8
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Life Sciences 377, 1977 9
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Biological Sciences 21- Transparencies, 1978 10
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Life Sciences 21, 1978 11
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Life Sciences 378, 1978 12
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Material for unidentified course, 1978 13
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Biological Sciences 124, 1979 14
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"Section on Biophysical Methods," Biological Sciences 212, 1979 15
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Life Sciences 377, 1979 16
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Biological Sciences 124, 1980 17
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Biological Sciences 377, 1980 18
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Biological Sciences 378, 1980 19
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Biological Sciences 337, 1981 20
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"Theory of Biophysical Methods," Biological Sciences 378, 1982 21
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"Theory of Biophysical Methods," Biological Sciences 378- Transparencies, 1982 22
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Biological Sciences 147, 1983 23
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Biological Sciences 377, 1983 24
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Biological Sciences 217, 1984 25
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Biological Sciences 378, 1984 26
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Biostatistics 111 27
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Transparencies for various courses 28
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Film Negatives- BS 212 244

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Series  VII. Notes and Calculations, 1965-1986 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of various notes, calculations, and figures used by Lauffer when writing books and articles or preparing for research. The purpose of many of these notes are unspecified and, therefore, are organized as best as possible to reflect whether they were labelled as "notes," "calculations," or some other specified research material.

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Calculations, 1967 1929
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Calculations and Deductions, 1974-1983 30-31
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Calculations, 1980, 1981, 1983 32
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Calculations, 1981 33
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Notes and Calculations, 1965-1975 201
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Notes and Calculations from Reprints, 1965-1978 2
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Laboratory Notes- Stokes' Law, 1965-1970 3
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Notecards, 1974, 1978 4
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Notes, 1974 5
  Folder
Notes, 1983 6
  Folder
Notes on Radiation, 1986 7
  Folder
Notes on Properties of Alcohol 8
  Folder
Notes on Assorted Science Topics 9
  Folder
Notes- Biometry 10
  Folder
Notes- Technical 11
  Folder
Notes- Journal 12-14
  Folder
Notes from courses and book chapters 15
  Folder
Notes for slides- CMU/Shalaby 16
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Slides- Assorted Notes and Lectures 245
  BoxFolder
Assorted Notes 2017
  Folder
Figures and Tables- Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 18
  Folder
Figures- "Motion in Biological Systems" 19
  Folder
Figures for plates- Tobacco Mosaic Virus Protein 20
  Folder
Reprints- Subject Classification, Department of Biophysics 21
  BoxFolder
Slides- Assorted Figures and Graphs 246-8
  BoxFolder
Film Negatives- Assorted Figures and Graphs 249

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Series  VIII. Honors and Awards, 1944-2003 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains documentation of various honors and awards given to Lauffer, including grants that he received over the course of his career. It also contains the physical awards themselves, such as medals and plaques.

  BoxFolder
Summary of Grants Received, 1944-1984 2022
  BoxItem
The Eli Lilly and Company Research Award for Fundamental Research in Biological Chemistry, Administered by the American Chemical Society, 1945 231
  Item
One of Pittsburgh's Leaders of Tomorrow Award Medal, Presented by The Chamber of Commerce of Pittsburgh and TIME, June 18, 1953 2
  BoxFolder
The Scaife-Buhl Grants, 1955-1956 2023
  Folder
American Chemical Society Pittsburgh Award, 1958 24
  BoxItem
American Chemical Society Pittsburgh Award Plaque, 1958 233
  Item
University of Pittsburgh Andrew Mellon Professor Medal, 1963-1984 4
  BoxFolder
Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Minnesota, 1964 2025
  BoxItem
Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Minnesota Medal, 1964 235
  BoxFolder
The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board Certificates, 1976-1977, 1980-1983 2026
  Folder
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Certificate of Outstanding and Dedicated Service, 1994 27
  Folder
Samuel and Carolyn Williams Mission and Peacemaking Award, July 2003 28
  Folder
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award 29
  BoxItem
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow Award Medal 236
  Item
College of Wooster Appreciation Paperweight 7

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Series  IX. Personal Material, 1915-2012 

Scope and Content Notes

This series consists of personal material that is largely unrelated to Lauffer's career or involvement in professional organizations. Included are his personal date books that span almost fifty years. There is also an assortment of personal material that did not fit anywhere else in the collection, such as coursework from his college years and photographs of his high school and college friends. There is also material that was used at his memorial service, including several photographs and articles that span his lifetime.

Subseries  1. Biographical Information, 1963-1970 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains biographical information and data books that detail Lauffer's work history, publications, and other information at various points in his life.

  Folder
Biographical Information 30
  Folder
Biographical Data Book, 1963-1964 31
  Folder
Biographical Data Book, 1965-1966 32
  BoxFolder
Biographical Data Book, 1967-1968 211
  Folder
Biographical Data Book, 1969-1970 2

Subseries  2. Date Books, 1958-2004 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains Lauffer's date books from approximately fifty years of his life. These outline his daily schedules, appointments, contact information, and other personal data.

  Folder
Date Books, 1958, 1961-1963 3
  Folder
Date Books, 1964-1967 4
  Folder
Date Books, 1968-1971 5
  Folder
Date Books, 1972-1975 6
  Folder
Date Books, 1976-1979 7
  Folder
Date Books, 1980-1983 8
  Folder
Date Books, 1984-1987 9
  Folder
Date Books, 1988-1991 10
  Folder
Date Books, 1992-1995 11
  Folder
Date Books, 1996-1999 12
  Folder
Date Books, 2000-2004 13

Subseries  3. Assorted Personal Material, 1929-1987 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries consists of material from Lauffer's personal life that is not directly related to his career. This includes some examples of college coursework, diplomas, programs from ceremonies, and index cards taken from his personal address book.

  Map-caseOversize
Middletown High School Diploma, June 13, 1929 5-61
  Folder
Penn State Grade Books, 1933 14
  Folder
Coursework at the University of Minnesota, 1933-1937 15-16
  Folder
University of Minnesota Grade Books, 1934-1935 17
  Folder
"Peaks of Progress" Award Selection Form, 1946-1947 18
  Folder
Ocean Times, January 16, 1953 19
  Folder
Langley and Crawford Hall Dedications, 1961, 1969 20
  Folder
Self-Evaluation Reports, 1980, 1982 21
  Folder
Franklin & Marshall Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae, 1987 22
  BoxFolder
Personal Address Book: A-E 221
  Folder
Personal Address Book: F-L 2
  Folder
Personal Address Book: M-R 3
  Folder
Personal Address Book: S-Z 4
  BoxFolder
Slides- Unknown Event 2410

Subseries  4. Memorial Service Material, 1915-2012 

Scope and Content Notes

This subseries contains the material used for Lauffer's memorial service, including photographs of friends and family and articles that were used for display. This subseries also includes a DVD of the memorial service.

  BoxFolder
Memorial Service Material, October 7, 2012 225
  Folder
Photographs of High School and College Friends 6
  Folder
Retirement Photograph- with Jonas Salk, May 17, 1984 7
  Folder
Assorted Photographs from Memorial Service, 1915-2012 8

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