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Lawrence B. Dumas (1941-2008) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/6/3

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Lawrence Dumas contain biographical materials, teaching files, professional files, departmental files, publications, and photographic transparencies.

Biographical materials (one folder) span the years 1971 through 2008 and contain faculty biographical records, curriculum vitae, clippings, and funeral eulogies from family and faculty. Folders are arranged in alphabetical order according to topical headings.

Teaching files (fifty-two boxes) contain mainly lecture notes, exam questions and answers, student exams and grades, letters of recommendation, experiments performed by Dumas and members of his laboratory team, and laboratory notebooks. This subseries spans the years 1953 to 1997.

Professional files (two boxes) contain correspondence, grant applications, and laboratory order notebooks. This subseries span the years 1973 through 1994.

Departmental files (two boxes) span the years 1970 to 1991.This subseries contains mainly materials on the Life Science campaign and the Searle Leadership Fund, minutes of the Department of Biological Sciences as well as summaries of account expenditures at the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology.

The publications subseries (one box) contains articles and reprints from Dumas and his laboratory members from the years 1970 to 1991.


  • 1953 - 2008
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1969 - 1987
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/04/2008


Conditions Governing Access

Box 1, folder 3-6; box 2, folder 5; box 3, folder 8; box 4, folder 1; box 5; box 52, folder 6; and box 54, folder 3 are restricted; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


58.00 Boxes

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Lawrence Dumas became assistant professor in the Biological Science Department at Northwestern University in 1970, was appointed associate professor in 1975, and full professor in 1980. Dumas also served as chair of the department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology, and as dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, before becoming University Provost. This collection of his papers fills 58 boxes and spans the years from 1953 it 2008. It contains biographical materials, teaching, professional and departmental files, and publications.


The papers of Lawrence Dumas are organized into: biographical materials; teaching files (arranged by course and topic, in a single alphabetical sequence, plus Experiments; folders listed under sub-headings are also in alphabetical order); professional files (in alphabetical order): departmental files (in alphabetical order); publications (in alphabetical order); and photographic transparencies.

Source of Acquisition

Lawrence B. Dumas

Method of Acquisition

The Lawrence B. Dumas Papers were donated to the Northwestern University archives (Accession # 08-45).

Separated Materials

Eight cubic feet of duplicate and extraneous materials were discarded.

Guide to the Lawrence B. Dumas (1941-2008) Papers
Yvonne Spura
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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US