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Finding Aid to the Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. papers, circa 1949-2007 (bulk 1965-2007)
BANC MSS 84/33  
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    Collection Title: Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1949-2007
    Date: (bulk 1965-2007)
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/33
    Creators : Koshland, Daniel
    Extent: Number of containers: 28 cartons (Linear feet: 35)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: Papers of Daniel Koshland, pioneering biochemist and former faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html. 
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. papers, BANC MSS 84/33, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    Portions of the Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. papers were gifted to the Bancroft Library by Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. in 1998. Other portions were transferred to the Bancroft Library from Daniel E. Koshland, Jr.'s office in 1983 and 2008.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Koshland, Daniel--Archives
    University of California, Berkeley. Department of Biochemistry.
    Biochemistry--20th century.
    Biochemistry--Research--20th century
    Biochemistry--Laboratory manuals
    Biochemistry--Study and teaching
    Faculty papers

    Administrative Information


    No additions are expected.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Lara Michels in 2013.


    Daniel E. Koshland, Jr. (1920-2007), pioneering biochemist, was educated at the University of California and the University of Chicago. While in Chicago, Koshland worked on the Manhattan Project as part of a team that successfully purified plutonium. In 1965, Koshland joined the Biochemistry faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1966, Koshland published what would become a classic paper, "Comparison of experimental binding data and theoretical models in proteins containing subunits." In the 1970s, Koshland's lab moved its focus to exploring bacterial chemotaxis. In 1984, he and Albert Goldbeter introduced the concept of "ultrasensitivity." In addition, Koshland was an active administrator on campus, serving as chair of the biochemistry department in the mid-1970s and instituting a reorganization of the campus' biology faculty in the 1980s. In 1985, Koshland was appointed editor of Science Magazine, a post he retained until the mid-1990s. Koshland was married to Marian (Bunny) Koshland, also an accomplished scientist. Koshland and his wife were active philanthropists for science. As one of the heirs to the Levi Strauss fortune, Koshland helped finance science buildings on the UC Berkeley campus as well as at Haverford College. Koshland also endowed and helped design the Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, D.C.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection, which mostly dates from the 1960s through 2007, consists of seven series: Correspondence; Koshland Lab; Writings; Teaching; Grants; Subject Files; Biographical, Professional, and Personal; and Photographs, Slides, and Audiovisual. The correspondence, which includes general correspondence, Science Magazine correspondence, and Department of Biochemistry correspondence, dates from 1963 to 2007 and is arranged chronologically. Most of Koshland's correspondence between 2003 and 2007 is unsorted. Koshland Lab materials are mostly related to work done by post-doctoral fellows in Koshland's lab in the 1990s and 2000s, though there are earlier materials relating to Albert Goldbeter. Writings in the collection include copies of Koshland editorials for Science Magazine, reprints of his articles, and an assortment of other manuscripts and articles. The collection also contains one folder of photographs, including images of Koshland, and a series of teaching slides.