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Traylor (Teddy G.) Papers
MSS 0183  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Teddy G. Traylor Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0183
    Physical Description: 6.4 Linear feet (16 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1955-1995
    Abstract: Papers of Teddy G. Traylor, organic chemist and professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1994

    Preferred Citation

    Teddy G. Traylor Papers, MSS 183. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.


    Teddy G. Traylor was born in Sulphur, Oklahoma, on May 21, 1925. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in chemistry at UCLA and received a B.A. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1952, under the direction of Saul Winstein. Traylor worked at Dow Chemical Company for six years, then as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University for two years under Paul D. Bartlett. In 1961, Traylor joined the Chemistry Department at UCSD as an assistant professor and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1968. He served as department chairman (1973-1976) and actively participated in the long-range planning for and expansion of the department.
    Traylor conducted research in the fields of bioinorganic, organometallic and physical organic chemistry. His areas of study included oxymercuration of olefins, electrophilic substitution at saturated carbon, autoxidation of hydrocarbons, radical carbonium ions (and metallocene chemistry), carbon-carbon bond lengths, and biological oxygen transport and activation.
    His pioneering research in the field of biomimetic chemistry developed new models for understanding biochemical reactions. He made significant contributions in understanding the mechanism of oxygen and carbon monoxide binding by heme proteins. In 1973, Traylor's group synthesized the active site of myoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of muscle.
    In 1973, Traylor combined instruction in organic and inorganic chemistry in a graduate class entitled "Chemistry 141 A-B-C: Organic Chemistry." In collaboration with Patricia Traylor, his wife and also a chemistry professor, Traylor wrote a textbook for this class entitled "Organic-Inorganic Chemistry: A Course in Chemical Principles and Reactions of the Light Elements." In addition, he devised a new symbology for molecular orbitals and integrated computer methods for making spectroscopic drawings.
    Traylor received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the John E. Fogarty International Center twice during his career.
    He retired from the UCSD Chemistry Department in July 1991 and remained active professionally until his death on June 14, 1993.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Teddy G. Traylor, organic chemist and professor of chemistry at the University of California, San Diego. Traylor's research interests included organometallic chemistry, autooxidation, oxygen transport, and bioorganic chemistry. He made significant contributions to biomimetic chemistry through studies of the mechanisms of oxygen transport and activation in biological systems, especially those involving heme proteins. The papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, published and unpublished writings, professional meeting materials, grants, patents, teaching materials, and UC San Diego materials.
    The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series is arranged alphabetically and includes his curriculum vitae, biographies for UCSD brochures and articles pertaining to Traylor's research.
    The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged in two subseries: A) A-Z, General, and B) Heme Protein Collaborations. Both subseries are arranged in alphabetical order by name of correspondent. The Heme Protein Collaborations subseries pertains to Traylor's research on biological oxygen transport and other projects.
    The WRITINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Research Publications and B) Unpublished Works.
    A) The Research Publications (1955-1991) subseries contains published writings arranged chronologically and numbered according to a publications list that precedes the subseries. Unnumbered publications have been interfiled chronologically within the numbered order. Materials include drafts, correspondence, referee reports, and reprints.
    B) The Unpublished Works (1974-1994) subseries is arranged in chronological order and consists of drafts, referee reports and correspondence. Included is Traylor's unpublished textbook for Chemistry 141 A-B-C entitled "Organic-Inorganic Chemistry: A Course in Chemical Principles and Reactions of the Light Elements" (see also TEACHING MATERIALS and GRANTS series). Undated publications are arranged alphabetically at the end of the subseries.
    The MEETINGS AND LECTURES series documents Traylor's attendance and participation at professional meetings and his delivery of papers. The series is arranged in two subseries: A) Meetings and B) Lectures.
    A) The Meetings subseries is arranged chronologically by meeting date and includes correspondence, programs, lecture materials, scientific papers, and abstracts.
    B) The Lectures subseries is arranged chronologically and consists of correspondence and event announcements.
    The GRANTS AND PATENTS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Grants for Traylor's Research and C) Patents.
    A) The Grants for Traylor's Research subseries is arranged chronologically by grant start date (inclusive folder dates are noted, if different) and includes proposals, referee reports and correspondence. A few of the grants included are not by Traylor but contain his research proposals.
    B) The Patent subseries is arranged chronologically and is preceded by a numbered listing of Traylor's early patents. Materials include typescripts, reprints, legal documents, and correspondence.
    The UCSD MATERIALS series is arranged alphabetically by subject and includes correspondence, committee files and Chemistry Department-related materials. The committee and department materials contain an early history of the Chemistry Department and discussions of departmental long-range planning. Also included in this series is a 1962 report pertaining to the UCSD-San Diego State College joint doctoral program in chemistry.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Chemistry -- Study and teaching
    Bioorganic chemistry
    Organometallic chemistry
    Traylor, Teddy G. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. Department of Chemistry
    University of California, San Diego -- Faculty