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Collection American Society for Cell Biology records
Call Number Coll008
Creator American Society for Cell Biology;
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
Digital Link Finding aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll008.php
Date 1959-1995
Description 75 boxes (83 linear feet)
Scope & Content Files documenting the origins of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), its significant growth in membership and standing committees, the opening of its National Office and its work in promoting both education and research in the field of cell biology. Contains correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, accounting and membership. Of particular interest is correspondence covering the proposed merger between ASCB and the Society for Developmental Biology, documents relating to the Society's publication Journal of Cell Biology, records and grant proposals pertaining to summer study at the Marine Biological Laboratories (Woods Hole, Mass), and files documenting the Women in Cell Biology Committee. This collection contains additional accessions that have not been fully incorporated.
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History Organized in 1960 by members of the Tissue Culture Association, the Cell Biology Study Section of the Public Health Service, and other cell biologists, and led by Keith Porter; the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) was incorporated in the state of New York on July 31, 1961. It opened a National Office in 1978 in Bethesda, Maryland where it still maintains its headquarters.
Arrangement Organized into five series: Series I. National Office, 1959-1995. Series II. Meetings, 1960-1994. Series III. Publications, 1961-1995. Series IV. Public Affairs, 1970-1994. Series V. Committees, 1974-1994.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by the creator.
Citation American Society for Cell Biology records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 8, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information SARCV 1995-01, SARCV 1998-08, SARCV 1998-09, SARCV 1999-03, SARCV 2000-01, SARCV 2000-02, SARCV 2000-10, SARCV 2000-14, SARCV 2001-02, SARCV 2002-01, SARCV 2003-05, SARCV 2007-02, SARCV 2008-03, SARCV 2012-02; the first accession was donated by the American Society for Cell Biology on March 30, 1995, with subsequent accessions donated in 1998 to 2012.
Processing Information Currently, only the SARCV 1995-01 accession has been processed. This collection was processed under the supervision of Marcia Frank Peri and completed in April 2000. The accession of the records of ASCB arrived in 85 boxes and 3 steamer trunks. While the records from later years were in reasonably good order, those for the period prior to the establishment of the National Office were extremely disordered. This was not surprising, because records from the early years were passed from officer to officer and from place to place. It was therefore determined that the organization of these records would follow from the order discernable in the later materials and along the lines of the committees structure set out in the ASCB management packet. This arrangement left the bulk of the disordered materials in one series, National Office. These documents were then arranged by activity. Thus, correspondence for all officers were kept together, as were reports, minutes, accounts, awards, nominations and so forth. When necessary this subseries was further subdivided by subject or date. For example, in the case of the correspondence it was necessary to further organize the documents by officer. Multiple copies have been disposed whenever there were more than two copies of a given document as have old checks and checkbooks.
Archivist Peri, Marcia
Format records (documents)
People Porter, Keith R.;
American Society for Cell Biology;
Society for Developmental Biology;
Subjects Porter, Keith R.;
American Society for Cell Biology -- Archives;
Society for Developmental Biology;
Cellular control mechanisms;
Cytology -- Societies, etc.;
Women scientists -- United States;
Year Range from 1959.0
Year Range to 1995.0