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Bernice K. Noble papers

 Collection — Box: 1-12
Identifier: 19-F-970

Scope and Contents

When the personal papers of Dr. Bernice K. Noble were donated to the University Archives, it was noted by her husband, Dr. Robert Noble, that she did not keep non-current files. Therefore most of the materials contained in this collection date between the late 1990's and 2003.


  • 1976-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1994-2003


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Bernice K. Noble 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.

Biographical Note

Professor Bernice Katz Noble taught at the University at Buffalo in the School of Medicine from 1977 until her death in 2003. She contributed so much to UB through not only her scholarly research, but her tireless activism for affirmative action and women's rights at UB.

Born in Philadelphia in 1940, Noble graduate from Bryn Mawr College in 1962. She went on to receive a master's degree from Brandeis University in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975. Two years later, she joined the faculty of UB as a professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

Over the course of her career, Noble published over one hundred journal articles relating to her scientific research in immunologic damage with functional impairment and the relations between autoimmunity and gender.

On top of all of her teaching and research, Noble also dedicated much of her time to advancing women's careers at UB.

Working to increase the number of female students and tenure-track faculty in the sciences, Noble served as co-chair of the President's Task Force on the Status of Women at UB from 1996 to 1997. The final report (authored by Noble and co-chair, John M. Staley) from that Task Force led directly to increased salary parity, a stronger affirmative action office and enhanced child-care facilities at UB.

For biographical information on Dr. Bernice K. Noble, please refer to her Biographical File.


5.50 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 2 half manuscript boxes)


This collection consists mostly of notes from classes taught by Bernice Noble, materials related to committees and advisory bodies she served on, and offprint publications.


The papers of Dr. Bernice K. Noble have been arranged into four series: I. Course related materials, II. Publications, III. Committee participation, IV. Other records. In some cases these series were further subdivided into sub series. Many of the original folders used by Bernice Noble were used more than once and therefore had more than one label. Efforts were made to determine the proper label for the contents of the folder. In most cases, the exact wording used to label the original folders was reused on the new folders.

Acquisition Information

On June 1, 2004, this collection was donated to the University Archives by Dr. Robert Noble, Doctor Bernice Noble's husband. These papers were surveyed and packed in Professor Noble's office in Cary Hall by Dr. Robert Noble and former University Archivist, Shonnie Finnegan.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

The following theses and dissertations were removed from this collection during processing and sent to the Health Sciences Library:
Park, Eun Kyue. Proximal Tubule Function in Heymann Nephritis. 1984
Gorfien, Janet Brink. The Induction of Remission in an Early Stage of Chronic Serum Sickness. 1986
Brodkin, Marc A. Antibody Mediated Proliferation of Proximal Tubules in Heymann Nephritis. 1987
Haddad, Asmahan. Proximal Tubule Function in Rats with Heymann Nephritis. 1987
Ren, Keyong. Mononuclear Cells and Glomerular Inflammation in Experimental Proliferative Immune Complex Nephritis. 1991
D'Auria, Peter. Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha and Interleukin-1 Beta in Human Palatine Tonsil Disease. An Immunohistochemical Study and Review of the Literature.

Processing Information

Processed by William J. Offhaus, October 2004.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.

Finding Aid for the Bernice K. Noble papers
Finding aid prepared by William J. Offhaus.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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