Guide to the Papers of Albert Tyler, 1930-1968

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Guide to the Papers of Albert Tyler, 1930-1968


California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

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  • California Institute of Technology
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Papers of Albert Tyler,
Date (inclusive): 1930-1968
Creator: Tyler, Albert
Extent: Linear feet: 5
Repository: California Institute of Technology. Archives.
Pasadena, California 91125
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item, Box and file number], Papers of Albert Tyler, Archives, California Institute of Technology.

Biographical Sketch

Albert Tyler (1906-1968), Caltech professor of biology, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and received his bachelor's degree in 1927 from Columbia University. In 1928 he accompanied Thomas Hunt Morgan from Columbia to Caltech, as Morgan came to California to set up a new biology program. Tyler subsequently became Caltech's first PhD in biology (1929).
Tyler's lifelong devotion was to embryology, especially of marine organisms. During his years at Caltech he expanded classical embryology by the application of new methods from genetics and molecular biology. He was especially known for his studies of fertilization and his work on the chemistry and physiology of the fertilization process, and for his studies of embryogenesis in sea urchins. Tyler was the author of over 200 scientific papers.

Scope and Content

The Albert Tyler Papers (1930-1968) were donated to the Archives by the Caltech Biology Division in 1970. They represent only a small portion of his scientific legacy. In 1996, files relating to Tyler's work in the 1930s on Urechis and to Caltech's marine station at Corona del Mar were transferred from the T. H. Morgan papers to the Tyler collection. Researchers should consult related collections in the Archives: the Papers of Thomas Hunt Morgan, the Papers of Norman Horowitz, and Biology Divisional Records.


Biology courses, lectures, quizzes

Box 1, Folder 1.1

Embryology class and lecture, MBL

Folder 1.2

Embryology course

Folder 1.3

Histology lab

Folder 1.4

Bi 11 Histological Technique

Folder 1.5

Bio 128 Advanced Microtechnique

Folder 1.6

Quizzes, lectures

Folder 1.7


Folder 1.8

Notes and reprints I

Folder 1.9

Notes and reprints II


Miscellaneous lecture notes and experiments

Box 2, Folder 2.1

Requests for reprints Caltech

Folder 2.2

Handwritten notes

Folder 2.3

Protope (1st copy)

Folder 2.4


Folder 2.5

Misc. letters

Folder 2.6

Lecture notes I

Folder 2.7

Lecture notes II

Folder 2.7a

Talks outlines and notes

Folder 2.8

Urechis DNA 1968 See also: Box 8

Folder 2.9

Urechis DNA 1967-1968; Urechis experiment of Dec. 6, 1967 See also: Box 8

Folder  2.10

Protein determination

Folder 2.11


Folder 2.12

"Methods and Principles of Systematic Zoology," Mayer, Linsley, and Unsinger

Folder 2.13

"Fertilization," proposed article for Protoplasmatologia


Mouse egg culture tests

Box 3, Folder 3.1

Mouse egg cultures 1957-1959

Folder 3.2

Mouse egg cultures, original protocols 1957- 1958

Folder 3.3

Mouse egg cultures, original protocols 1958- 1959

Folder 3.4

Mouse egg cultures, June-November 1959

Folder 3.5

Mouse culture data 1959-1961

Folder 3.6

Mouse eggs data, January-June 1960


Polyuridylic acid tests (Poly U)

Box 4, Folder 4.1

Miles Chemical Company, correspondence re: Poly U

Folder 4.2

Summary action of Poly U on whole eggs

Folder 4.3

Notes on Poly U and protein panosynthesis 1962-63; summary tables of experimentation

Folder 4.4

Tested Poly U on urides, whole eggs, and tested effects on eggs (includes photos)

Folder 4.5

Poly U; phosphate

Folder 4.6

Poly U tests

Folder 4.7

Negatives of Poly U effects on eggs

Folder 4.8

Poly U effects on whole eggs during 5-180 min. incubations

Folder 4.9

Experiment with whole eggs

Folder 4.10

Poly U effects on whole eggs with 20 amino acids together

Folder 4.11

Poly U effects on eggs



Box 5, Folder 5.1

American Society for the Study of Sterility 1947, 1954

Folder 5.2

American Society of Zoologists 1955- 1963

Folder 5.3

California Alumni of Columbia College First Congress of Animal Reproduction, Milan

Folder 5.4

Correspondence 1946-1947

Folder 5.5

Correspondence 1948

Box 6, Folder 6.1

List of publications

Box 6-7

Reprints, Albert Tyler


Marine Biology Laboratory


[Materials removed from the T. H. Morgan Papers, June 1996]
Box 8, Folder 8.1

Equipment, misc. (T. H. Morgan) 1930- 1947

Folder 8.2

Misc. 1940-1968

Folder 8.3

Sea water system 1959-1962

Folder 8.4

Marine Station Committee, re: application for NSF funds 1960- 1967

Folder 8.5

Proposal for a "Community Marine Station" 1960- 1962

Folder 8.6

Development of upper Newport Beach 1961- 1968

Folder 8.7

Rehabilitation by NSF 1962-1963

Folder 8.8

Development of upper Newport Bay


Miscellaneous technical material

Box 8, Folder 8.9

Urechis centrifuge experiments (includes notes from T. H. Morgan) 1930

Folder 8.10

Urechis parthenogenesis (includes correspondence form Hans Bauer) 1936- 1937

Folder 8.11

T. H. Morgan reprint, " Self-Sterlility in Ciona," annotated by Tyler 1942


Miscellaneous correspondence

Box 8, Folder 8.12

Beadle, George 1930, n.d.