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Department of Physiology Faculty papers

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: 19-8-1138

Scope and Contents

Includes mostly figures and slides to accompany lectures and papers. Also includes grant file, graphs on ama respiration, notes, and two manuscripts. Creator is identified when known or suspected, but not all materials are.

The term "figures" is used to indicate a graph, illustration, or other image used to accompany a lecture or scientific paper.


  • 1955
  • 1961-1965
  • 1971-1979


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Department of Physiology, Miscellaneous Faculty Papers, are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

The School of Medicine has held classes in physiology since its inception in 1846; physiology was standard content in instruction of medicine. The first Professor of Physiology (and Medical Jurisprudence) was Charles Brodhead Coventry. The department went through successive chairs who were distinguished scientists in the field.

In 1956, Hermann Rahn was named chairman. Due to a decrease in faculty members, Rahn recruited several new faculty who brought new energy to the department. Over the succeeding years faculty members traveled on thirty field expeditions and built the Laboratory of Environmental Physiology. The Laboratory was unusual for a university and houses a human centrifuge and hyperbaric chamber.

The department continues to be a world leader in physiological research and teaches not only its constituent graduate students, but graduate students in dentistry, pharmacy, physical education, physical and occupation therapy, nursing, and students from all basic science departments.

For more information on the history of the Department, see Hermann Rahn's Brief History of Department of Physiology at State University of New York at Buffalo, 1846-1986, published in 1986 in The Physiologist 29:5, Supplemental.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)


Includes mostly figures and slides to accompany lectures and papers. Also includes grant file, graphs on ama respiration, notes, and two manuscripts.


Arranged alphabetically by format.

Acquisition Information

No acquisition information available.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

  1. 19/F/967, Leon E. Farhi Papers, 1964-2003
  2. 19/F/1134, Hermann Rahn Papers, 1855, 1928-1990
  3. 19/F/1135, Donald W. Rennie Papers, 1918, 1942-1979
  4. 19/F/1137, Suk-Ki Hong Papers, 1953-1997
  5. 19/8/1139, Department of Physiology and Biophysics Records, 1940, 1989, 1992-1998

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Tallman, September 2009.


Finding Aid for the Department of Physiology Faculty papers
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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