Center for Biological Sciences Archives
Special Collections Archivist
The mission of the Center for Biological Sciences Archives (CBSA) is to identify, preserve, and provide access to manuscripts, personal papers, and archives generated by individuals and institutions involved in the biological sciences. In addition the CBSA will encourage research, scholarship, and publication of writings on the history, policy implications, and social and cultural impact of the biological sciences. Public programs concerning the archives will be featured in the future as the archives and its activities are developed.
Among the CBSA's holdings are the archives of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Tissue Culture Association (now called the Society for Invitro Biology), Society for Developmental Biology, International Union of Immunological Societies, American Type Culture Collection, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Association of Immunologists, Society for Protozoologists, the Biophysical Society, the Society for Industrial Microbiology, the American Association of Anatomists, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI), and archives of Keith R. Porter and R.D. Allen. Also located at UMBC are the Archives of the American Society for Microbiology which in addition holds the archives of the International Union of Microbiological Societies, the Anne Sayre Collection of Rosalind Franklin materials, and the Rita Colwell papers.
The Center for Biological Sciences Archives is now participating in the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Finding Aids Consortium. (Learn more)
Finding Aids to Biological Science CollectionsFinding aids to processed collections available in Special Collections.
- Society of Protozoologists records
The collection documents the development and growth of the Society of Protozoloogists from its founding in 1947 to 1994. The records are organized by Society history, Executive Committee records, membership, meetings, publications & affiliated societies. In 2005 the membership voted to change the name to International Society of Protistologists.
- International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) records
The records of the IUIS document the history of the Union beginning with its initial organization in 1969 to the present. The records are arranged in five series: Officers & Council, Membership, Meetings, Committees, and Affiliated Organizations.
- Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) records
This finding aid of the records of the Society for Industrial Microbiology covers the years beginning in 1949, with birth of the Society, through its development and growth up to 2001. Records include correspondence, minutes, reports.
- Tissue Culture Association records
Finding Aid to the Tissue Culture Association. The finding aid includes the documents and records of the TCA from its founding in 1946 to 1986. Documents include correspondence, meeting minutes, publications, reports, and other society activities. In 1994 the membership voted to change the name to Society for In Vitro Biology.
- Finding Aid to the Records of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
Coverage: Index Only
This collection of records of the American Association of Immunologists documents the Association's activities primarily from 1941-1992. The correspondence, reports, minutes, newsletters, programs, etc. provide a view of the Association's later years.
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) records
This collection of records of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) documents the society from its founding in 1906 through the present. This collection includes meetings, publications, correspondence, committees.
- American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) records
The records of the ASCB document the history of the society beginning with its initial organization in 1961. Correspondence, meeting minutes, agendas, reports, accounting & membership files provide a view of the Society's interests and activities.
- Biophysical Society records
This collection of records of the Biophysical Society documents the founding of the society in Columbus, Ohio in 1957, the development of the Biophysical Journal and other publications and its growth up to the present day.
- Society for Developmental Biology records
This collection contains the organizational records for the Society of Developmental Biology, including documents relating to committees, members and membership, finances, meetings and conferences, awards, publications, and affiliated associations.
- Finding Aid to American Association of Anatomists records
Coverage: Index Only
This collection documents the history of the American Association of Anatomists. Contains awards, committee files, planning files for the annual meeting, Experimental Biology, financial documents, membership lists, AAA publications, and historic photographs.
- Society for Invertebrate Pathology records
Coverage: Index Only
The Society for Invertebrate Pathology records date from 1954 to 2012; they contain early documents relating to the founding of the society, society publications, papers and records belonging to society members, photographs, meeting and seminar materials, and interview recordings.
American Society for Microbiology ArchivesLink to the pages and finding aids of collections held by the American Society for Microbiology
- American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Archives
The ASM archives house the records of the Society from its founding in 1899 to the present and various collections relating to the history of microbiology.