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BOX 1-173 Isabella Karle Papers, 1930-2010
The Isabella Karle Papers series documents Karle’s scientific contributions to the field of x-ray crystallography and chiefly includes research and writing files produced at NRL, mostly between 1960 and 2008. Her papers include articles, correspondence, awards, performance appraisals, biographical sketches, oral history transcripts, professional membership files, and presentations given at scientific and academic conferences. The bulk of Isabella Karle’s series is represented by her Research File, which contains a significant volume of raw crystallographic data, notes, figures and illustrations of molecular structures, and correspondence with scientific collaborators at a variety of national and international institutions. Aside from a small number of biographical sketches and oral history transcripts, there are no files that document Karle’s childhood, personal and family life, education, or her work on the Manhattan Project.
Arranged into five subseries.
BOX 1-6 Personal File, 1946-2008
The Personal File subseries contains materials that provide a broad overview of Isabella Karle’s career, mostly between 1970 and 2008. Files include awards and nominations, résumés, oral history transcripts, biographical sketches, and photographs. Of particular interest are Karle’s performance reviews and project reports from NRL that provide succinct overviews of her research, publications, speaking engagements, and other professional activities. Other materials document her involvement in various scientific societies including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Crystallographic Association. Additional biographical materials related to Karle can be found in the Collaborations series and include awards, clippings, and oral history interviews.
Material types include résumés, awards, certificates, oral history transcripts, biographical sketches, business cards, photographs, correspondence, memoranda, reports, applications, clippings, notes, calendars, and schedules. Some visual materials are in digital formats.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or material type. The file structure of the digital content maintained as received.
BOX 1 Awards, 1961-2007
(6 folders)
BOX 2 Awards, 1961-2007
(3 folders)
BOX 2 Biographical sketches, 1965-2008
BOX 3 Biographical sketches, 1965-2008
(2 folders)
BOX 3 Business cards, collected, 1997-circa 2008
BOX 3 Calendars and schedules, 2006-2007
BOX 3 Congratulations banner, 1980s
BOX 3 Curriculum vitae and résumés, circa 1962-1986, 2003
BOX 3 Medical records, 1997-2002
BOX 3 Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC
BOX 3 Application for employment, 1946
BOX 3 Memoranda and administrative records, 1947-1979, 2001-2008
BOX 3 Performance reviews, 1947-1979
(4 folders)
BOX 4 Performance reviews, 1980-2008
(4 folders)
DF Performance reviews, 2001-2006
Digital ID: mss85507_215_089
Digital ID: mss85507_215_090
Digital ID: mss85507_215_091
BOX 4 Project reports, 1973-1975
BOX 4 Promotions and reassignments, 1947-1959, 1979-2008
BOX 5 Senior Executive Service Women's Forum, 1990-1991
BOX 5 Nominations for Nobel Prize, 1976-1985
(2 folders)
BOX 5 Oral history transcripts, 1993-2002
(2 folders)
BOX 5 Photographs
BOX 5 Equipment, 1950s-1960s
BOX 5 Portraits, 1949-1997
BOX 6 Professional memberships, 1974-2006
(2 folders)
BOX 6 Publications citing Isabella Karle, 1957-2003
(2 folders)
BOX 6-17 Correspondence, 1946-2009
The Correspondence subseries comprises professional correspondence received by Isabella Karle, mostly spanning from 1965 to 2000. The bulk of the subseries contains incoming letters from colleagues, publishers, and other scientists in her field. Topics documented include her research interests, status of projects and publications, involvement in professional organizations, arrangements for speaking engagements, biographical sketches, and referee comments by and for Karle. The subseries is not comprehensive, and most correspondence related to specific research, writings, speeches, and subjects can be found within files maintained according to topic throughout the series. Most letters addressed to both Isabella and Jerome can be found in the Collaborations series.
Material types include letters, email printouts, memoranda, invitations, and attachments including writings, programs, and itineraries.
Arranged alphabetically by subject, the bulk of which is a chronological file.
BOX 6 Chronological file, 1946-1959
(2 folders)
BOX 7 Chronological file, 1960-1973
(8 folders)
BOX 8 Chronological file, 1974-1980
(7 folders)
BOX 9 Chronological file, 1981-1987
(7 folders)
BOX 10 Chronological file, 1988-1992
(8 folders)
BOX 11 Chronological file, 1993-1998
(6 folders)
BOX 12 Chronological file, 1998-2003
(7 folders)
BOX 13 Chronological file, 2004-2009
(6 folders)
BOX 13 Reprint requests, 1951-1962
BOX 14 Reprint requests, 1963-1973
(7 folders)
BOX 15 Reprint requests, 1974-1986
(6 folders)
BOX 16 Reprint requests, 1987-1996
(6 folders)
BOX 17 Reprint requests, 1997-1999, undated
(2 folders)
BOX 17-42 Speeches and Writings, 1944-2008
The Speeches and Writings subseries comprises files related to articles, reports, speeches, lectures, and book chapters written by Isabella Karle, mostly from 1960 to 2003. The files contain drafts, working files, figures, illustrations, research data, notes, abstracts, and correspondence. Frequent collaborators represented in the subseries include Darshan Ranganathan, Subramania Ranganathan, Padmanabhan Balaram, and Bernhard Witkop. The bulk of the speeches and writings correspond to the molecular structure analyses contained in Karle’s Research File. Published structures of these complex organic and inorganic substances include steroids, alkaloids, toxins, ionophores, and, especially, peptides, and relate to such varied topics as the transport of ions, protection against radiation damage, energetic and propellant materials, antimalarials, antibiotics, non-addicting analgesics, shock, neurotoxins, explosives, and nitrogen compounds. Also present in the subseries are Isabella’s lecture files from a variety of x-ray crystallography study institutes, many of which include lectures she presented with Jerome Karle. For additional materials from these study institutes, as well as writings and speeches written in collaboration with Jerome, see the Collaborations series. Additional writings, speeches, and related materials are interspersed throughout the Research File and Subject File.
Material types include articles, notes, research, data, figures, illustrations, correspondence, conference programs, abstracts, speeches, travel files, photographs, and bibliographies. Some textual and visual materials are in digital formats.
Arranged alphabetically by subject or material type and thereunder chronologically. The file structure of the digital content maintained as received.
BOX 17 Articles, 1944-1979
(6 folders)
BOX 18 Articles, 1980-1989
(7 folders)
BOX 19 Articles, 1988-1990
(5 folders)
BOX 20 Articles, 1989-1990
(6 folders)
BOX 21 Articles, 1990-1992
(5 folders)
BOX 22 Articles, 1990-1998
(5 folders)
BOX 23 Articles, 1992-1993
(6 folders)
BOX 24 Articles, 1992-1996
(6 folders)
BOX 25 Articles, 1994-1998
(7 folders)
DF Articles, 1996
Digital ID: mss85507_215_092
BOX 26 Articles, 1997-2002
(4 folders)
DF Articles, 2001
Digital ID: mss85507_215_093
Digital ID: mss85507_215_094
BOX 27 Articles, 2003-2008
(3 folders)
BOX 27 "Diffraction Studies of Model and Natural Helical Peptides," Membrane Protein Structure: Experimental Approaches, 1993
BOX 27 Figures and illustrations, undated
BOX 28 Figures and illustrations, undated
(3 folders)
BOX 28 International Summer School on Crystallographic Computing, Prague, Czech Republic, 1975, July 28-Aug. 5 See also Container 416, same heading
(3 folders)
BOX 29 International Summer School on Supramolecular Chemistry, Strasbourg, France, 1990
BOX 29 Lists of publications, 1963-2008
BOX 29 Naval Research Laboratory release for publication requests, 1951-1953
BOX 29 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Direct Methods in Crystallography, York, England, 1980, Aug. 4-15 See also Container 417, same heading
BOX 29 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Direct and Patterson Methods of Solving Crystal Structures, Parma, Italy, 1970, Sept. 7-19 See also Container 417, same heading
BOX 29 Referee and editor comments, 1951-1971
(3 folders)
BOX 30 Referee and editor comments, 1972-1987
(2 folders)
BOX 30 Reports, 1954-1955
BOX 30 Review articles, 1977-1978
BOX 30 Rontgenstrukturanalyse organisher Verbinungen, preface, 1972-1973
BOX 30 Speeches, 1954-1969
BOX 31 Speeches, circa 1965-1970s See also Container OV 2, same heading
(6 folders)
BOX 32 Speeches, 1975-1978
(5 folders)
BOX 33 Speeches, 1979-circa 1999
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