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Arthur M. Zimmerman fonds
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Arthur M. Zimmerman fonds

  • UTA 1989
  • Fonds
  • 1956–1997

The records that make up the Arthur M. Zimmerman fonds document his professional activities and research endeavours from the 1960s to the present. They are rich in correspondence and manuscript drafts of articles and seminars that document the collaborative research efforts among Zimmerman and his colleagues. The correspondence files are especially insightful on Zimmerman’s relationship with his students both while they were under his supervision and later in their careers. Series of professional correspondence, recommendations, reviews and editorial positions give evidence to Zimmerman’s role as an expert whose knowledge and opinions were sought by his peers. Finally, records that reflect his teachings of courses within in the Department of Zoology are contained more or less in one series, Teaching Files.

Finally as one might expect in personal records, there is very little evidence of his role in University administrative positions. Neither is there any significant amount of records documenting his personal life. The Personal Correspondence series, for example, contains mainly correspondence regarding professional appointments and remuneration.

These records will be of general interest to researchers studying the history of science and particularly of cellular biology, the history of the teaching of science, and the history of any of the associations to which Dr. Zimmerman was active. It may also be useful to those researching the role of scientists in society in general, especially with respect to the their influence on issues surrounding drug abuse.

Zimmerman, Arthur M.

Seminars and Talks

This series documents attendance and participation at professional conferences, meetings and symposia. Files contain correspondence relating to attendance and the delivery of papers, as well as manuscripts of seminars and talks. They also contain general information regarding meetings including conference programs, list of participants, minutes and proceedings. Includes associations and symposia such as: the International Cell Cycle Congress, Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences, the American Society of Cell Biology and the International Congress of Physiological Sciences.

This series also includes notes and draft manuscripts for workshops and invited lectures especially relating to Zimmerman's research on narcotics and particularly marijuana in the 1970s. All files are titled most often by the institution or group hosting the seminar and are arranged chronologically.

Graphic material

This series includes photographs and technical drawings of pressure equipment used by Zimmerman in early high pressure research.

Reviews

This small series contains correspondence and reports documenting Zimmerman's role as reviewer for various publications particularly Experimental Cell Research, Journal of Parasitology, Cytobios and Life Science Advances. Also includes files on reviews of grant proposal applications to the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

Grant Applications

Series consists of correspondence and grant applications detailing Zimmerman's research experiments as proposed. Zimmerman received grants from various organizations including the Marine Biological Laboratory (Massachusetts), National Cancer Institute of Canada, the Ontario Research Foundation, the National Research Council and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Teaching Lecture Notes

Included in this series are lecture notes filed by subject used while teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses. Some of the subjects covered include lectures on RNA, cell surface, osmosis - diffusion, cannabis, cell synchrony, microtubules and mitochondria. There are also files relating to lab experiments and reading lists especially for the 4th year course, Cell Biology.

Cell Biology Series

General files document Zimmerman's time as editor of the Cell Biology Series and contain correspondence, status reports, proposed papers and notes of editorial board meetings. These files are followed by files specific to scientific papers published by the Series which are arranged by the name of the author(s). They contain correspondence, notes, critical comments, proposals, outlines and manuscripts.

Canadian Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

While Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Zimmerman collected records that document the editorial board including correspondence, minutes and agenda from the annual meetings. Also included in the series are publication case files that contain submitted manuscripts, correspondence and referee reports.

Professional Association and Research Institutes

This series documents Zimmerman's activities in terms of research and professional leadership in various organizations. Files contain mainly correspondence, agenda and minutes of meetings, research proposals, papers and progress reports. Of note are the records related to Zimmerman's role in the research surrounding the effects of cannabis. They include research and reports for the Department of National Health and Welfare, Food and Drug Directorate for the Government of Canada, the U.S. Senate, Committee of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Internal Security as well as the National (U.S.) Institute of Drug Abuse. There are also several files on the Canadian Centre for Toxicology, the High Pressure Biology Group, the Canadian Society of Cell Biology, and the International Cell Cycle Society.

Professional Correspondence

Correspondence and related attachments document Zimmerman's professional relationships especially with co-authors of published articles, research partners and former Ph.D. students.

Publications

Records in this series document Zimmerman' s publishing activities relating to refereed articles, chapters in books, books edited and papers presented at symposia, and subsequently published in proceedings and journals. Files contain draft manuscripts, submitted final drafts, some research notes, as well as correspondence among the authors, with publishers and comments from reviewers. They are arranged chronologically. Files are titled most often with the name of the authors and sometimes the "running title". A cross-reference number [ in brackets ] refers to its corresponding bibliographic reference in Zimmerman's c.v. found in the file list

Letters of Recommendation

Series contains letters of recommendation written for former students and colleagues in support for their requests for grant funding and academic appointments.

Personal correspondence

This series contains personal correspondence regarding appointments, remuneration, sabbatical requests and research proposals. There is also one file relating to his appointment as Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

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