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American Society for Microbiology Michigan Branch Records

 Collection
Identifier: WSR000368
The collection covers the years 1917 to 1973. It includes the Constitutions and By-Laws, minutes, reports, correspondence, membership lists, agendas of meetings and seminars and other material relating to the group and its endeavors. The records reflect the administrative and pedagogical activities of the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

Series Description: Series 1: Bio-Club of Detroit, 1917 Series 2: Society of American Bacteriologists (SAB), 1920-1935 Series 3: Michigan Branch of the Society of American Bacteriologists (SAB), 1936-1962 Series 4: Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), 1962 to 1973 Series 5: SAB - Other Branch Materials, 1943-1962 Series 6: ASM - National Society Materials, 1962-1973

In addition, One scrapbook of photographs taken at various functions at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Meeting, May 5-10, 1968 has been kept with the collection.

Dates

  • 1917 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1958 - 1973

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (4 MB, 1 Scrapbook)

Abstract

This collection contains papers from 1917-1973, primarily from 1958 through 1973. This society began with the organization of the Bio-Club of Detroit, which disbanded in 1920 and reorganized as the Society of the American Bacteriologists. In 1926 the organization evolved to the Michigan Branch of the Society of American Bacteriologists. In 1962, the name was changed to the Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology.

History

The Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology began in January, 1917 with the organization of the Bio-Club of Detroit. The original eighteen charter members, predominately bacteriologists, met on an informal basis. Dr. R.W. Pryer was the first President and Dr. J.W. Bunker was the first Secretary Treasurer. The dues were five dollors per year and entitled the members to dinner at each of the four meetings held.

In 1920 the Bio-Club disbanded and unanimously voted to reorganize as a branch of the Society of the American Bacteriologists. Thus, the Bio-Club became the Detroit Local Branch of the Society of American Bacteriologists. The first regular meeting was held on March 9, 1921 and the Constitution and By-Laws were approved and adopted. This action was confirmed in April of the same year by the Council of the National Association. The territory covered by the Detroit local was Detroit and the suburbs. The Annual Meeting of the Society of American Bacteriologists was held in Detroit in December, 1922.

The organization became the Michigan Branch of the Society of American Bacteriologists in 1936. The Constitution was revised in May and the By-Laws were adopted at the first meeting, October 27, 1936. Revisions in the By-Laws were made in March, 1953. An invitation was extended by the local branch to the National Association to hold their annual meeting in Detroit in 1945 but their attempts were interrupted by travel restrictions due to World War II. A successful meeting was held in May 1946 and the Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting was also held in Detroit, April 28 - May 3, 1957. A change in the name of the local branch was required due to the change in the title of the National Organization. The Michigan Branch of the American Society for Microbiology was established by adoption of the new By-Laws on October 12, 1962. These By-Laws were amended on April 2, 1971. The Sixty-Eighth Annual Meeting was held in Detroit by the National Association from May 5-10, 1968. During this meeting a Roundtable was held, May 8, 1968, entitled "Historical Highlights of Microbiology in Michigan."

In 1973 there were 343 active members and 20 honorary members. Meetings are held three times a year: April, October and January. The spring meeting was the Annual Business Meeting of the branch. Permanent committees were: Program, Education, THE MICHIGAN BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY Nominating, Historian and Executive.

Arrangement

Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Box 1), Series 2 (Box 1), Series 3 (Boxes 1-2), Series 4 (Boxes 2-4), Series 5 (Box 4), and Series 6 (Box 4). Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Acquisition

Donated to the University Archives on June 18, 1975 by Dr. Fred Rights.

Transfers

1 reel tape recording - Grace Eldering Seminar, Department of Microbiology Pertussis Immunization, May 21, 1971; 1 reel tape recording - Roundtable - Detroit, May 8, 1968; as well as 1 cassette - Symposium on Pertussis Immunization in Honor of Dr. Pearl L. Kendrick in her 80th year, October 9, 1970 have been placed in the Archives Audiovisual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the American Society for Microbiology Michigan Branch Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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