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Robert Guthrie Phenylketonuria (PKU) papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 19-F-1072

Collection focuses primarily on PKU related work of Dr. Guthrie. Includes publicity clippings pertaining to research findings, related works and interests (1958-1980); reprints of Guthrie's publications (1949-1980); subject files covering various aspects of Guthrie's work and daily life (1960-1991); letters sent and received by Guthrie and collaborators (1962-1991); newborn screening program tests (1970-1986); PKU collaborative labs (1962-1990); lab reports (1959-1981); grant files (1963-1991).

Dr. Guthrie's papers are representative of his work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics (1958-1986) and the Department of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

Dates

  • 1949-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1958-1986

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The bulk of the Robert Guthrie Phenylketonuria (PKU) Papers are open for research.

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or lib-archives@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment.

Restrictions

Records that contain personally identifiable information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. According to HIPAA Privacy Regulations patient evaluations and medical records are closed for 50 years after date of death. If date of death is unknown, records are closed for 100 years from date of creation. Folders that are restricted are marked as such.

Copyright

Copyright of 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.

Extent

43.75 Linear Feet (35 cartons)

Overview

Personal papers of Dr. Robert Guthrie, who is widely recognized for the development of simple screening tests that detect phenylketonuria (PKU) and other inherited metabolic diseases in newborn infants. The collection includes publicity clippings, reprints of publications, subject files, correspondence, newborn screening program tests, PKU collaborative labs, lab reports, grant files.

Biographical Note

Dr. Robert Guthrie is widely recognized for the development of simple screening tests that detect PKU (phenylketonuria) (1961) and other inherited metabolic diseases in newborn infants.

Robert Guthrie was born 1916 in Marionville, Missouri, earned his B.A. in Premedical Studies, B.S. in Medical Science, and B.M. in Medicine from the University of Minnesota (1941-1944), his M.S. in Bacteriology and Biochemistry from the University of Maine (1942), and his M.D. and Ph.D. in Bacteriology and Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota (1945, 1946).

Dr. Guthrie was professor of microbiology (1970-1974) and professor of pediatrics and microbiology (1974-1986) at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was research professor of pediatrics from 1971-1974. Previously, Dr. Guthrie was research associate professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1958-1971), principal cancer research scientist at Roswell Park Memorial Institute (1954-1958), assistant in the Department of Chemotherapy at the Sloan-Kettering Institute (1951-1954), professor and chairman of the Department of Bacteriology and Immunology at the University of Kansas (1949-1950), and research scientist in the Division of Experimental Biology and Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

Arrangement

Organized in eleven series as follows:
  1. Press Clippings, 1958-1980
  2. Reprints, 1949-1990
  3. Subject Files, 1960-1991
  4. International Organizations, 1979-1990
  5. Correspondence, 1962-1991
  6. PKU Collaborative Labs, 1962-1990
  7. "PKU Controversy" and Lab Directors Meetings, 1965-1981
  8. Newborn Screening Program, 1970-1986
  9. Lab Reports, 1959-1981
  10. Grants, 1963-1991
  11. Miscellaneous Printed Material, 1973-1980

Physical Location

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or lib-archives@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment.

Acquisition Information

The papers of Robert Guthrie were donated to the University Archives by Robert Guthrie via Joan Edwards on August 31, 1994.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff in the 1990s.

Collection reboxed by William Offhaus in September, 2010.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding Aid for the Robert Guthrie Phenylketonuria (PKU) papers
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
Date
2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Contact:
420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
716-645-2916
716-645-3714 (Fax)