Series 8 - Research: Laboratory Reports

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UTA 1289-B1995-0044-2-8


Research: Laboratory Reports


  • 1925-1962 (Creation)

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1.17 m of textual records

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Associated with the research files are nine boxes of laboratory notebooks with the results of experiments conducted between 1925 and 1964. The arrangement is chronological, and by notebook number where more than one is used in a project.

The earliest results, from 1925 to 1942 [boxes 027 to 029], relate largely to scarlet fever antitoxin research, though there are also some for vaccine research beginning in 1935. From 1942 to 1948 [boxes 030 and 031] the notebooks contain data for experiments on penicillin absorption, on Griffith cultures, on streptomycin, and the effectiveness of penicillin in the treatment of gonorrhoea.

The remaining notebooks in box 031 and the first one in box 032 (1948 to 1953) contain data collected for the experiments on the new strains of micro-organisms, on gram-negative cocci experiments. There follows five notebooks of data from experiments carried out between December, 1950 and December, 1952 on antibiotic strains of fungi, including strains isolated from samples of Arctic soil, and possibly on other projects as well.

The first notebook in box 033 contains data from experiments conducted in the first four months of 1953 that are not identified. There follow, in boxes 033 and 034, eleven notebooks of data from experiments conducted between May, 1953 and March, 1958 that are from Dr. Fraser's experiments on methods for the electrophoresis on paper of viruses and a strain of bacteriophage. These notebooks are related to six more containing data on phage experiments, beginning with the last file in box 034. They cover the period October, 1952 to September, 1957. This may be the data, which led to the development of simple synthetic media for the propagation of phage on a non-pathogenic mycobacterium.

The last two laboratory notebooks in this series contain later data (April, 1958-January, 1959) on phage experiments, and swabs from Public Health Nursing students taken between 22 January and 3 December, 1964.

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