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David Shemin (1911-1991) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/6/1
The David Shemin papers fill four boxes and span the period from 1938 to 1998. The bulk of the papers relate to Shemin's tenure at Northwestern University and date from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. The papers are arranged into four categories: biographical material, general correspondence, subject files, and publications.

Biographical material includes general items as well as clippings, press releases and curricula vitae. Other items document the tributes given upon his retirement and after death and include the Shemin Fellowship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Shemin Memorial Lectureship, Shemin Scholars Research Fellowships, and a 1981 Symposium in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

General correspondence is chronologically arranged and covers the period 1965-1991. The volume of correspondence is small and reflects professional interests and relationships with colleagues.

Subject files form the major part of the collection. Like the general correspondence, the subject files relate to Shemin's professional and collegial interests as well as to research on porphyrins and enzymes. Included here are a number of files documenting Shemin's service to Northwestern University and its Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. These files are particularly important for the information they contain on the Department's early development, curriculum and seminar program. Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order according to keyword of folder title.

Shemin's scientific publications dating from 1938 to 1977 have been collected and bound chronologically in four volumes. A few loose publications and reprints supplement the bound items.

Dates

  • 1938-1998, n.d.
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1966-1989

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

4.00 Boxes

Abstract

The David Shemin papers fill four boxes and span the period from 1938 to 1998. The bulk of the papers relate to Shemin's tenure at Northwestern University and date from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. The papers are arranged into four categories: biographical material, general correspondence, subject files, and publications.

Method of Acquisition

Charlotte Shemin donated this collection to the Northwestern University Archives between December 14, 2001 and September 1, 2004 (Accessions #01-214, 02-9, 02-53 and 04-129).

Separated Materials

About three and one-half linear feet of duplicate and extraneous materials have been added to the University Archives' general reference files or discarded.

Processing Information

Kevin B. Leonard; November 24, 2004.
Title
Guide to the David Shemin (1911-1991) Papers
Author
Kevin B. Leonard
Date
12/11/2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
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847-491-3635