Register of the Steven Horvath Papers MSS 449

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Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
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Copyright 2005

Descriptive Summary

Title: Steven Horvath Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 449
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.4 Linear feet (6 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1938 - 1992
Abstract: Papers of Steven Michael Horvath, professor of physiology, researcher and director (1962-1984) of the Institute of Environmental Stress at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Horvath studied the physiological effects of the environment, particularly air pollutants, altitude, and heat. The bulk of the material documents Horvath's career after 1961, when he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, and took part in establishing the Institute of Environmental Stress. Materials documenting the Institute include correspondence, drafts and reprints of research reports, minutes of meetings, and annual reports. Also included are writings by Horvath, materials related to the Center for Aging Research at UCSB and typescript writings of others.
Creator: Horvath, Steven M.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Steven M. Horvath Papers (1938-1992) contain reprints and typescripts of his research papers and articles on his studies into the effects of environment on health, miscellaneous UCSB minutes and committee reports, Center for Aging Research materials and typescript writings of others. Materials documenting the Institute of Environmental Stress include director's correspondence (1962-1984), administrative files, annual reports, contracts and grants, photographs, and symposium files.
The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series is arranged alphabetically and contains awards and certificates of appreciation given to Horvath in the course of his career, personal correspondence, a curriculum vita dated 1962, and photographs of Horvath alone and with others, as well as images of a research laboratory at the University of Iowa in the 1950s.
The WRITINGS series begins with a chronological list of Horvath's publications from 1938 to 1962. Included in the series are typescript drafts, photocopies of published articles, and reprints. Writings are arranged alphabetically by title, reflecting Horvath's research interests in the physiological effects of a variety of substances and situations: air pollutants, particularly carbon monoxide; high altitude; desert heat; and aging. The series contains only a few of his papers, and is not a complete representation of his work.
The CENTER FOR AGING RESEARCH SERIES is arranged alphabetically by subjects related to establishing this center at UCSB and includes drafts and the final proposal, a descriptive brochure, sources of funding, correspondence, and miscellaneous material on aging.
This series is arranged in four subseries: A) Administrative Files, B) Annual Reports, C) Contracts and Grants, and D) Humans Under Stress Symposium.
A) The Administrative Files subseries contains drafts and a final copy of the plan to establish the Institute, curricula vitae for members of the staff, and the director's correspondence (1962-1984).
B) The Annual Reports subseries contains eleven years of accounts of Institute activities, a five-year review and material for a history of the Institute.
C) The Contracts and Grants subseries contains abstracts, interim and final reports on work done under contract to the California Air Resources Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
D) The symposium, Humans Under Stress: Will They Survive, honored Steven Horvath on his 80th birthday in 1991. The subseries contains material related to planning and organizing of the Symposium, letters of invitation, abstracts of papers presented, and photographs of Deborah Dreschler-Parks, the Symposium's organizer, and Steven Horvath.
The bulk of the UCSB MISCELLANEOUS series consists of correspondence related to funding sources, university relations and proposals for a research center and a visual science program.
The WRITINGS OF OTHERS series contains typescript copies of papers on topics in physiology and an English translation by D.B. Dill's son of a 1979 article in a Chilean newspaper describing an expedition to a mountain in the Andes (Aucanquilcha) that Dill's father had studied during the International High Altitude Expedition to Chile in 1935.


Steven Michael Horvath was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 15, 1911. In 1930 he enrolled at Oberlin College to study chemistry and after one year transferred to Miami (Ohio) University where he earned a B.A. degree in chemistry and physical education in 1934 and an M.S. in physiology in 1935. After two years at Ohio State University (1935-1937), he went to Harvard University, earning a Ph.D. in physiology and biology in 1942.
As a student Horvath held research and teaching assistantships at the Woods Hole Biology Laboratory and Miami (Ohio) University. At Harvard he worked in the Fatigue Laboratory under the direction of David Bruce Dill, whose daughter, Elizabeth, Horvath married in 1940.
In the 1940s and 1950s, Horvath held a variety of medical research and teaching positions: director of physiological research at the Massachusetts State Hospital for the Insane (1939-1942); on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and the State University of Iowa (1949-1958); and, head of the Department of Physiology at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia (1958-1961). He was a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1958-1959 and at Jefferson Medical College in 1959-1961.
In 1961 Horvath joined the faculty of the Department of Physical and Health Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he helped establish the Institute of Environmental Stress and served as its director (1962-1984). Horvath also worked on the proposal to establish the Center for Aging Research at UCSB.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Preferred Citation

Steven Horvath Papers, MSS 449. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Acquisition Information

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Related Materials

Additional writings by Steven Horvath can also be found in the David Bruce Dill and Harvard Fatigue Laboratory Reprints, MSS 517, at the University of California, San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cheadle, Vernon I.
University of California, Santa Barbara -- Administration
University of California, Santa Barbara. Center for Aging Research.
University of California, Santa Barbara. Institute for Environmental Stress.
Adaptation (Physiology)
Aging--Physiological aspects
Air--Pollution--Physiological effect
Altitude, Influence of
Heat -- Physiological effect
Stress (Physiology)



Box 1, Folder 1

Awards and certificates 1938 - 1988

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence 1962 - 1972

Box 1, Folder 3

Curriculum vita ca. 1962


Photographs of Steven Horvath

Box 1, Folder 4

Two informal portraits 1992

Box 1, Folder 5

Horvath with others 1960 - 1980

Box 1, Folder 6

Research and testing facilities at the University of Iowa - Photographs 1950



Box 1, Folder 7

Publications list 1938 - 1962

Box 1, Folder 8

Age, Smoking Habits, Heat Stress, and Their Interactive Effects with Carbon Monoxide and Peroxyacetylnitrate, with P.B. Raven, et al. 1974

Box 1, Folder 9

Aging and Heat Stress ca. 1966

Box 1, Folder 10

Air Pollution, Exercise and Heat Stress, with Barbara L. Drinkwater, et al. 1974

Box 1, Folder 11

Carbon Monoxide - Number 13, Environmental Health Criteria, published by the World Health Organization 1979

Box 1, Folder 12

Carbon Monoxide and Human Vigilance, with T.E. Dahms 1971

Box 1, Folder 13

Carbon Monoxide and Vigilance: Potential Danger from Existing Urban Concentrations, with J.F. O'Hanlon, et al. 1970

Box 1, Folder 14

Carbon Monoxide Elimination, with J.A. Wagner, et al. undated

Box 1, Folder 15

Effect of Carbon Monoxide and Peroxacetyl Nitrate on Man's Maximal Aerobic Capacity, with P.B. Raven, et al. 1974

Box 1, Folder 16

Effects of Age on Plasma Aldoterone Levels and Hemoconcentration at Altitude, with R.C. Jung, et al. 1971

Box 1, Folder 17

Effects of Carbon Monoxide on Human Behavior 1973

Box 1, Folder 18

Electrocardiogram of Burros, with Taketoshi Morimoto, et al. 1975

Box 1, Folder 19

Exercise at Ambient and High Oxygen Pressure and High Altitude and at Sea Level, with K. Klausen, et al. 1970

Box 1, Folder 20

Hemoconcentration at Altitude, with D.B. Dill, et al. 1969

Box 1, Folder 21

Influence of Glycine on Muscular Strength, with C.A. Knehr, et al. 1941

Box 1, Folder 22

Man's Physiologic Response to Long-Term Work during Thermal and Pollutant Stress, with J.A. Gliner, et al. - Abstract undated

Box 1, Folder 23

Maximal Aerobic Capacity at Different Levels of Carboxyhemoglobin, with P.B. Raven, et al. undated

Box 1, Folder 24

Miscellaneous individual projects undated

Box 1, Folder 25

My Institute undated

Box 1, Folder 26

Peripheral Blood Flow Response to Exercise Consequent to Physical Training, with R.H. Rochelle, et al. 1971

Box 1, Folder 27

Rapid Acclimatization to Work in Hot Climate 1943

Box 1, Folder 28

Rapid, Accurate Technique for Determination of Carbon Monoxide in Blood, with T.E. Dahms 1974

Box 1, Folder 29

Respiratory and Circulatory Responses to Acute Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, with H. Chiodi, et al. 1941

Box 1, Folder 30

Responses to Exercise as Related to Age, with D.B. Dill, et al. 1958

Box 1, Folder 31

Spirometric Changes Following Long-Term Work in Polluted Environments, with P.B. Raven, et al. undated

Box 1, Folder 32

Sweat Electrolytes in Desert Walks, with D.B. Dill, et al. 1967

Box 1, Folder 33

Technique for Accurately Producing Desired Carboxyhemoglobin during Rest and Exercise, with T.E. Dahms, et al. undated



Box 2, Folder 1

Development Case Statement 1980

Box 2, Folder 2

Fund sources in aging 1978 - 1984

Box 2, Folder 3

Funding publicity letters 1982 - 1983

Box 2, Folder 4

Invitations to become associate of Center for Aging Research January 22, 1983

Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous aging material 1978 - 1983

Box 2, Folder 6

Opportunities for Giving - Includes brochure and draft cover letter 1982


Project for a Center for Research on Aging

Box 2, Folder 7

Handwritten and typescript notes - Includes "Funding Source Information for Educational Programs for the Aging" and list of names of medical specialists undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Miscellaneous reprints and typescripts by various authors 1969 - 1982




Administrative History

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence 1962 - 1984

Box 2, Folder 10

Curriculum planning and staffing 1961 - 1980

Box 2, Folder 11

Curricula vitae for staff at the Institute of Environmental Stress 1957 - 1964


For Institute Scrapbook

Box 2, Folder 12

Includes humorous certificates, verse and correspondence 1968 - 1972

Box 2, Folder 13

Newspaper clippings 1954 - 1973

Box 2, Folder 14

Individual Adaptations Symposium 1977

Box 2, Folder 15

Laboratory Policy - Includes typescript description of laboratory equipment needs and handwritten procedure for carbon-14 studies undated

Box 2, Folder 16

Miscellaneous write-ups on Institute 1966 - 1975

Box 3, Folder 1

Plan for the establishment of the Institute of Environmental Stress, April 5 1963

Box 3, Folder 2

Publications and manuscripts concerning carbon monoxide 1975



Box 3, Folder 3

Group pictures of faculty, students and staff of the Institute of Environmental Stress 1967 - 1981

Box 3, Folder 4

Miscellaneous unidentified photographs of Institute students, faculty and staff undated


Annual Reports

Box 3, Folder 5

1966 [?] - Includes copy of The University as a Major Influence in the State. Proceedings of the University of California Twenty-Second All-University Faculty Conference, March 20-23, 1967. Annotated by Steven M. Horvath

Box 3, Folder 6

1970 [?]

Box 3, Folder 7-13

1972 - 1977

Box 4, Folder 1-6

1977 - 1984

Box 4, Folder 7

Five-Year Review 1976 - 1981

Box 4, Folder 8

History - Includes "Analysis of Experiments by Type and Year" 1971 - 1985


Contracts and Grants


California Air Resources Board

Box 4, Folder 9

Influence of Carbon Monoxide in Normal and Cardiovascular Stressed Animals - Abstract of final report 1971 - 1974

Box 4, Folder 10

Interaction of Two Air Pollutants, Sulphur Dioxide and Ozone, on Lung Function, with L. J. Folinsbee 1975 - 1977

Box 4, Folder 11

Physiological Effects of Exposure to Different Concentrations of Ozone, with L.J. Folinsbee, et al. 1975 - 1978

Box 4, Folder 12

Physiological Effects of Air Pollutants during Long and Short Term Work..., with P.B. Raven, et al. - Abstract 1971 - 1974

Box 4, Folder 13

Response to Oxidants, with J.F. Bedi 1981 - 1983

Box 4, Folder 14

Response to Oxidants: Human Exposure to Sulphur Dioxide and Ozone... 1978 - 1980

Box 4, Folder 15

Responses to Oxidants: Pre-Exposure to Low Ozone Concentrations Does Not..., with J.F. Bedi 1981 - 1982

Box 5, Folder 1

Rest and Work During Carbon Monoxide Exposures at Altitude 1982 - 1985

Box 5, Folder 2

Synergistic Effects of Sulphur Dioxide and Ozone and Adaptation to Ozone, with J.A. Gliner 1982


Environmental Protection Agency

Box 5, Folder 3

Effects of Low Levels of Ozone and Temperature Stress on Cardiac..., with L.J. Folinsbee 1974 - 1975

Box 5, Folder 4

Effects of Sulfuric Acid Mist Exposure on Human Pulmonary Function 1977 - 1980

Box 5, Folder 5

Related Ozone Exposures undated

Box 5, Folder 6

National Institutes of Health. Cardiovascular Adjustments to Cold Exposure, with J.A. Wagner 1979 - 1982

Box 5, Folder 7

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Physiological Adaptation of Women to Heat Stress, with B.L. Drinkwater 1979 - 1982


Humans Under Stress Symposium

Box 5, Folder 8

Abstracts of papers presented at the Symposium 1992

Box 5, Folder 9

Financial records 1991 - 1992

Box 5, Folder 10

Fund raising letters, notes and brochures 1990 - 1992

Box 5, Folder 11

Letters of invitation and replies 1991 - 1992

Box 5, Folder 12

Photographs of Deborah Dreschler-Parks, Steven M. Horvath and others 1992

Box 5, Folder 13

Proposal form and planning material 1990 - 1992



Box 6, Folder 1

Cheadle, Vernon I., Chancellor - Correspondence 1963 - 1985

Box 6, Folder 2

Gifts and endowments 1966 - 1984

Box 6, Folder 3

Scientific Center of Research Excellence 1970 - 1974

Box 6, Folder 4

Systemwide Estate Monies - Correspondence 1981 - 1982

Box 6, Folder 5

University Relations - Correspondence

Box 6, Folder 6

Visual Science Program at the University of California at Santa Barbara, proposal 1982



Box 6, Folder 7

Astorga, Luz M. "Searching for the Top of Man's World" 1979

General note

English translation by D.B. Dill, Jr. Includes letter in Spanish from D.B. Dill, Jr. to A. Araneda, July 1, 1979.
Box 6, Folder 8

"Changes in Adaptability to Heat and Cold Stress of the 'Climateric' Female with and without Estrogen Therapy" undated


Costill, David

Box 6, Folder 9

"Appendix: Glycogen Depletion Pattern in Human Muscle Fibers during Distance Running" undated

Box 6, Folder 10

"Glucose Ingestion at Rest and During Prolonged Exercise" undated

Box 6, Folder 11

Horstman, Donald Herbert. "Glycogen Resynthesis in Man: Role of Depletion, Carbohydrate and Insulin" 1970

Box 6, Folder 12

Lin, Yu-Chong. "Proposal 1: Studies on the Sympathetic Activity and Cardiovascular Parameters..." undated

Box 6, Folder 13

Project Menlec. "The Effects of the Menstrual Cycles upon Eccrine Sweating and Electrolyte Loss..." undated


Robinson, Sid

Box 6, Folder 14

"The Effects of Hot Environments on Men" 1944

Box 6, Folder 15

"Physiological Adjustments of Men to Stress" 1966