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Collection Biophysical Society records
Call Number Coll014
Creator Biophysical Society;
Finding Aids Finding aid available.
Digital Link Finding aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll014.php
Date 1955-2009
Description 116 boxes (50.5 linear feet)
Scope & Content The collection documents the origins of the Biophysical Society, its growth, and its work in promoting biophysical education and research. Materials include correspondence, legal documents, constitutions and by-laws, meeting minutes, budget and financial reports, administrative files, conference programs and catalogs, presentation and research abstracts, membership directories, publication files, publications and journals, copies of the Society's newsletter, and committee and sub-group files. One series is dedicated to interaction with two affiliated professional organizations, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) and the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics (IUPAB).
Language English (eng)
Admin/Biographical History The Biophysical Society was founded in 1957 and held their first national meeting in 1958. Formed from interested parties in academic biophysics departments and members of physiological societies, the Society's focus has been in the education, training, career placement, and development of its members. Sub-groups within the society focus on specific areas within biophysics. The Society's journal, the Biophysical Journal, began publication in 1960.
Arrangement Organized into five series: Series I. Officers and Executive Committee, 1955-2002. Series II. Meetings, 1956-2002. Series III. Committees, 1956-1998. Series IV. Publications, 1956-2008. Series V. Affiliated Societies, 1964-2009.
Access Conditions No restrictions.
Copyrights Reproduction allowed for research purposes. Copyright maintained by creator.
Citation Biophysical Society records, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 14, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).
Provenance and Aquisition Information The records in this collection were donated over a period of three years in five accessions and an additional accession eleven years later: SARCV 2003-03, SARCV 2003-01, SARCV 2002-02, SARCV 2001-03, SARCV 2000-08, SARCV 2014-05. The donations were approved by Ms. Rosalba Kampman and the materials transferred from the Society’s offices in Bethesda, MD.
Processing Information This collection was processed by Rose King and Kristen Taynor under the supervision of Marcia Frank Peri and completed in November 2003. The finding aid was written by Ms. Kristen Taynor in January 2004.

The majority of the records having come from a few prior officers were found to be in relatively good order but there are notable gaps in the records. Information on the early years is fairly comprehensive as are the more current records but there is a real dearth of documentation for the 1970’s. Multiple copies have been disposed of whenever there were more than two copies of a given document, as have general invoices, receipts and personnel information such as time sheets and payroll documents.

Additional materials were processed in January 2015 by graduate assistant Jessica Pantazis. Subseries III.H and Subseries V.C were established.
Archivist Peri, Marcia
Format records (documents)
Other Creators Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology;
International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics;
People Biophysical Society;
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology;
International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics;
Subjects Biophysical journal;
Biophysical Society -- Archives;
Biophysics -- Societies, etc.;
Year Range from 1955
Year Range to 2010