Guide to the Robert W. Newburgh Papers
1958-1976

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Newburgh, Robert W. (Robert Warren), 1922-
Title: Robert W. Newburgh Papers
Dates: 1958-1976 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: MSS.Newburgh
Summary: The Robert W. Newburgh Papers document Newburgh's research, administrative activities, participation in faculty governance, contributions to statewide and national organizations, and instruction. Newburgh joined the faculty of Oregon State University in 1953 and served as Chair of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department, Director of the Science Research Institute, and Dean of the Graduate School. Newburgh retired from Oregon State in 1981.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://archives.library.oregonstate.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The Robert W. Newburgh Papers document Newburgh's research, administrative activities, participation in faculty governance, contributions to statewide and national organizations, and instruction. The Papers include correspondence, research grant proposals and reports, drafts of journal articles and book chapters, committee and organizational records, and course materials.

Of special note are Newburgh's evalution of proposed environmental sciences programs at Portland State College and the Oregon Technical Institute in 1968; his participation in the Advisory Committee on Environmental Science and Technology which prepared a 1971 report on environmental quality in Oregon; and records of the Environmental Health Sciences Center at Oregon State.

Records of the OSU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the Faculty Senate document Newburgh's involvement with faculty governance. The collection also includes materials of the Biological Sciences Committee, the Board of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Student-Faculty conferences held in the early 1970s.

Biographical Note

Robert W. Newburgh joined the faculty of Oregon State College in 1953 as a research associate in the Chemistry Department. He became an Assistant Professor the following year and was promoted through the faculty ranks to Professor in 1961. Newburgh was appointed the acting chair of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department when it was established in 1967 and was named chair in 1968; he served as Director of the Science Research Institute from 1971 to 1974. Newburgh became Dean of the Graduate School in 1976, a position he held until he left OSU in 1979 to become Section Head for Molecular and Genetic Biosciences at the National Science Foundation. Newburgh officially retired from Oregon State in late 1981 and was awarded emeritus status.

Newburgh's research was in the field of developmental and cell biology, using primarily insects and cell cultures as models. He focused on the neural development of a variety of organisms.

Newburgh earned his BS in Chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1949 and his MS (1951) and Ph.D. (1953) degrees in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. After leaving OSU, Newburgh worked at the National Science Foundation for several years and then became head of the Biological and Biomedical Division of the Office of Naval Research. In 1995, he became the Executive Director of The Protein Society, a position he held until 2003.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Robert W. Newburgh Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Robert W. Newburgh Papers are arranged in 5 series: I. Correspondence, 1962-1974; II. Research Projects, 1958-1970; III. Article and Book Chapter Drafts, 1968-1976; IV. Committee and Organizational Involvement, 1965-1976; and V. Course Materials, 1969-1970.

Related Materials :  

The Science Research Institute Records (RG 014) document research in biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State prior to 1974. The Biochemistry and Biophysics Department Records (RG 178) and Photographs (P 107) provide additional information about research and instruction programs.

Acquisition Information :  

These materials were transferred to the Archives as part of departmental records by the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department in several accessions during the 1970s. They were separated from the department records to form a separate collection in 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence, 1962-1974

Series I is comprised of correspondence written or received by Newburgh, primarily in his role as chair of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department. Correspondence pertaining to his research and participation in faculty governance is also included.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Dean of Faculty, 1968-1974
1 Environmental Health Sciences Center, 1969-1974
2 folders
1 Evaluation of Environmental Sciences Programs at Portland State University and Oregon Technical Institute, 1968
1 General, 1967-1974
1 OSU Foundation, 1969-1970
1 OSU Library, 1962-1966
1 Performance Appraisal Training, 1972
1 Research Contacts for Eastern Trip, 1974

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Series II:  Research Projects, 1958-1972

Series II consists of grant proposals, correspondence, and progress reports for research conducted by Newburgh. It includes a proposal for a summer training program in toxicology.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Comparative Enzymic Patterns During Development, 1963-1970
2 folders
1 Developmental Biology Training Grant, 1964-1966
1 Metabolism of Steriods and Terpenes, 1967
1 Oxidative and Synthetic Enzyme Systems, 1958-1968
1 ToxicologyTraining Workshop, 1972

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Series III:  Article and Book Chapter Drafts, 1968-1976

Series III consists of manuscripts of journal articles and book chapters written by Newburgh and submitted for publication and related correspondence.

Container(s)
Description
Chapter on "Toxicology of the Reproductive System" by Newburgh for the book, Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons , 1973-1974
Box
1 Correspondence and manuscripts
2 Galley and page proofs
Box
1 Multiple Forms of NADP-Linked Isocitric Dehydrogenase in Chick Embryo, 1968
1 Synthesis and Degradation of Chichen Liver Xanthine Dehydrogenase During Development, 1972
1 Various Topics, 1971-1976

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Series IV:  Committee and Organizational Involvement, 1965-1976

Series IV comprises the bulk of the collection and documents Newburgh's involvement in faculty governance and organizations, including the Faculty Senate and American Association of University Professors. His contributions to state and national committees and organizations, such as the Oregon Heart Association Research Committee and the American Chemical Society Pauling Award Selection Committee, are also reflected in the materials. The records of the Advisory Committee on Environmental Science and Technology includes a report on environmental quality in Oregon. The records include correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, and publications.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Advisory Committee on Environmental Science and Technology (OSU), 1971
1 Advisory Council on College Chemistry, 1967-1970
1 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) - OSU Chapter, 1967-1974
3 folders
1 Biological Sciences Committee, 1968-1969
2 Board of Intercollegiate Athletics, 1975-1976
1 Congress of Biochemistry, 1972-1973
1 Environmental Health Science Training Committee, 1972-1973
2 Faculty Senate, 1967-1973
6 folders
2 Faculty Status Committee, 1973-1974
2 Nutrition Research Institute, 1970
2 Oregon Comprehensive Cancer Program, 1973-1974
Oregon Heart Association, 1972-1975
Box
2 Applications and Proposals for Research Support, 1972-1973
2 Research Committee, 1972-1975
2 Research Postdoctoral Fellowships, 1972
2 OSU Research Council, 1967-1968
2 Pauling Award Selection and Canvassing Committee (American Chemical Society), 1965-1974
2 Society for Developmental Biology, 1966-1971
2 Society of Toxicology, 1973-1974
2 Student-Faculty Conference Planning Committee, 1971-1973
2 Workshop on Educational Systems Design, 1975-1976

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Series V:  Course Materials, 1969-1970

Series V consists of course descriptions and outlines, examinations, and course notes for several bichemistry and biophysics courses, including Molecules of Life (BB 100), Introduction to Biophysics (BB 333), Introduction to Physcial Biochemistry (BB 450), and General Biochemistry (BB 451 and 452).

Container(s)

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Subjects

  • Corporate Names :
  • American Association of University Professors. Oregon State University Chapter.
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
  • Oregon State University. Environmental Health Sciences Center.
  • Oregon State University--Faculty.
  • Oregon State University--Research.
  • Subject Terms :
  • Biochemistry--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon--Corvallis.

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