Rita Colwell Papers

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These papers contain materials relating to some of Rita R. Colwell's professional activities. Series One covers her involvement in various programs of the American Society for Microbiology from 1963 until her election as the Society's President in 1983. Series Two relates to her activities in the International Union of Microbiological Societies from 1962-86. Series Three contains the records from her tenure as ASM President-elect, President, and Past-President, covering the years 1983-86. Series Four and Series Five are comprised of materials donated subsequent to processing of the first three series. Series Four contains records of Dr. Colwell's various ASM activities after her term as President. Series Five documents her tenure as Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology.

 

SERIES 1: ASM COMMITTEES AND PROGRAM AREAS, 1963-1983. 1.5'

1.   Aquatic Section, 1968

2.   Distinguished Fellowship, ad hoc (American Academy of Microbiology), 1982

3.   Environmental Microbiology, 1973-78

4.   Environmental Microbiology (Public and Scientific Affairs Board), 1978-83

5.   Environmental Science Task Force, ad hoc (Public Affairs Committee), 1978

6.   Information Science, 1970-76

7.   International Activities, 1974-76; 1982

8.   Microbiological Standards, ad hoc, 1975-77

9.   Microbiology Computer Users Group, 1983

10. Public Affairs Committee - A total of ten folders contained material relating to Colwell's activities on this committee. The material was foldered in a generally chronological fashion, although there were some overlaps. The original folder groupings have been maintained; original folder titles are used, with actual dates, when they vary from the original title, given in brackets.  Much of the material consists of copied documents distributed to the committee for informational purposes by Robert Watkins, Director of Public Affairs.            

10.1. ASM Public Affairs Committee [July-Dec., 1976]            

10.2. [untitled: distributed material from R. Watkins, Nov., 1976]            

10.3. ASM Pub. Aff. Comm 1.1 [Oct.-Nov., 1976]            

10.4. ASM Pub. Affairs Comm. (1.2) [Dec., 1976-March, 1977]            

10.5. ASM Public Affairs Comm. (2) [April, 1977]            

10.6. ASM Public Affairs Comm. (3) [May-June, 1977]            

10.7. ASM Pub. Affairs Comm. (4) [Sept., 1977]            

10.8. PAC-ASM Fall 1977            

10.9. ASM PAC 1978            

10.10. ASM-PAC 1979

11. Public Service and Adult Education (Board of Education and Training), 1978-79

12. Taxonomy, 1971-80            

12.1 Subcommittee on Enterobacteriaceae (later, S. on Gram-negative, Facultatively Anaerobic Rods), 1975-80            

12.2 Subcommittee on Lactobacilli and Closely Related Organisms, 1967-70            

12.3 Subcommittee on Methods (covers revision of Manual of Microbiological Methods), 1974-77, 1980             

12.4 Subcommittee on Neisseria/Moraxella, 1968            

12.5 Subcommittee on Numerical Taxonomy, 1963-72; 1971-72 (two original folders)

12.6 Subcommittee on Pseudomonadales, 1962-64            

12.7 Correspondence with Owen Weeks, 1963-1968

13.  Travel Grant Selection (for support for travel to XII International Congress in Munich), 1978

14.  Visiting Professorship of Microbiology and Public Policy, 1981-83

15.  Washington, DC Branch, ASM, 1966-1987

 

SERIES 2: INTERNATIONAL UNION OF MICROBIOLOGICAL SOCIETIES (IUMS) 1962-1986. 1.5'

The International Association of Microbiological Societies became the IUMS in 1981.

1.  Bacteriology Section, 1970-73; 1981-86 When IAMS reorganized in 1970, three sections were established: Bacteriology, Virology and Mycology. Colwell was the first elected Secretary of the Bacteriology Section (1970-73), and served as chair of the Section Council from 1982-86

2.  XIII International Congress (Boston, 1982), 1981-82            

2.1 General Assembly, 1982 (Colwell was an official delegate to the Assembly from National Academy of Sciences National Research Council) 

2.2 Organizing Committee, 1981-82            

2.3 COMCOFs, 1981-82 (Special Meetings of Committees, Commissions and Federations of IUMS during the Congress. Colwell was chair of the Organizing Committee's Subcommittee on Special Meetings.)

3.   Executive Board, 1983-84

4.   Medical Microbiology Interdisciplinary Committee (MEMIC), 1983

5.   Statutes Revision Committee, 1983

6.   Taxometrics            

6.1 newsletter of the Taxonomy Committee's subcommittee on Numerical Taxonomy, 1962-69

6.2 correspondence, 1962-66

7.   United States National Committee (USNC), 1982-86 In 1982, the Executive Board of IUMS recommended that each country with member societies in IUMS establish a national committee to centralize the official relations of  member societies with the Union. Colwell was the first Chair of the USNC (1982-83)

 

SERIES 3: PRESIDENTIAL PAPERS 1976-86. 3'

SUBSERIES 1: ELECTION AND ORIENTATION

1.   American Society for Microbiology [miscellaneous materials] 1976-82

2.   Amer. Acad. Micro.  info provided by John Sherris July, 1984

3.   Rel. w/ other societies & CPC meeting of 1982 provided by John Sherris

4.   Background Material President and President-elect [n.d.]

5.   ASM Annual Meetings 1983 [Society background material forwarded to RRC by John Sherris]

6.   Back-Up on Appointments, Guidelines, Etc. 1984-85

 

SUBSERIES 2: OFFICERS

1.    Past President Dr. Robert P. Williams 1984-85

2.    President Dr. Rita R. Colwell 1984-85

3.    ICAAC Welcoming Statement, appointments, 1984

4.    Pending items for Rita R. Colwell 1985

5.    Schedule of Appointments, Social Events [Annual Meeting], 1984, 1985, 1986

6.    Past-President Rita R. Colwell 1985-86

7.    President Dr. Moselio Schaechter 1984-85

8.    President-elect Dr. Jean Brenchley 1985-86

9.    Treasurer Dr. Brinton Miller (see Finance Committee) 1984-85

10.  Treasurer S. Gaylen Bradley 1985-86

11.  Secretary Dr. Barbara Lago 1984-85

12.  Aims and Goals Meetings, 1983-84

13.  ASM Officers' Meetings, 1984-85

14.  Aims and Goals Meeting of Officers, June 13-15, 1985

15.  Officers' Meeting, Jan., 1986

16.  Aims and Goals Meeting, 1986

 

SUBSERIES 3: COUNCIL AND COUNCIL POLICY COMMITTEE (CPC)

1.   Council Policy Committee Meeting 1983 -- New Orleans, LA

2.   CPC & Council Meetings, 1983

3.   Council Policy Committee Meetings, March 1984 -- St. Louis, MO

4.   President's Address (report) to Council & Council Policy Committee 1985

5.   Agenda ASM Council & CPC Meetings, March 2-6, 1985

6.   Council Policy Committee (CPC) 1985

7.   CPC & Council 1986

 

SUBSERIES 4: HEADQUARTERS

1.   Executive Director Search 1984

2.   Executive Director Dr. Michael I. Goldberg 1984-85

3.   ASM Headquarters: Communication Network Electronic Mail -- Dr. Michael I. Goldberg 1984-85

4.   Executive Director's Office Membership Lorna D. Kent 1984-85

5.   Headquarters Director, Education & Training Helen L. Bishop, 1984-86

6.   Headquarters Director, Finance Richard P. Franetzki 1983-85

7.    Headquarters Director, Meetings Richard A. Bray 1984-86

8.    Headquarters Director, Public Affairs Robert D. Watkins 1984-85

9.    Headquarters Director, Publications  Walter G. Peter III 1985

10.  Management/Governance  ASM Headquarters 1984-85

11.  CPC -- New Headquarters Building, 1984-86

12.  Draft Policy for staff representing ASM, 1985

 

SUBSERIES 5: GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE FILES

1.   General Correspondence January thru June 1983

2.   General Correspondence (2) July 1983 thru December 1983

3.   General Correspondence file (3) 1984 [Jan.-June]

4.   General Correspondence (4) March 1984 thru June 1984

5.   General Correspondence (5) July 1984-December 1984

6.   General Correspondence (6) January 1985 - June 1985

7.   General Correspondence file (7) June-Sept. 1985

8.   USSR, 1983-85

9.   Antero Kare, Microbiological Art 1985

 

SUBSERIES 6: BOARDS

American Academy of Microbiology (s.a. subseries 1, folder 1)

1.   Board of Governors Wm. J. Cromartie, Chairman 1984-86

2.   Certification Board of the National Registry of Microbiologists 1984-85

3.   Civil Service Affairs Committee  Sharon L. Hanson, Chairman 1984

 

Education and Training

4.   Board of Education and Training Chair: Frank E. Swatek 1984-85

5.   Project Share Dec. 11-12, 1986

 

Meetings

6.   Conference on the long-term Worldwide Biological Consequences of Nuclear War 1983

7.   Meetings Board  Harry Gooder, Chairman 1983-86

8.   Annual Meeting Program Committee  F.C. Neidhardt, Chairman  1984-85

9.   Meetings Development Committee  1984

 

Public and Scientific Affairs Board

10.   Public and Scientific Affairs Board Chair Harlyn O. Halvorson June 1984-December 1984

11.   Public and Scientific Affairs Board  Chair: Harlyn O. Halvorson December 1984-June 1985

12.   Public and Scientific Affairs Board  Chair: Harlyn O. Halvorson July 1985-July 1986

13.   Public and Scientific Affairs Board  ad hoc Committee on Role Of Doctoral Clinical Scientists/Accreditation Standards of Hospitals  Dieter H.M. Groschel, Chairman 1983-84

14.   Agric., Food & Industrial Microbiology  Public & Scientific Affairs Board 1984-85

15.   Culture Collections  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1984-86

16.   Genetic & Molecular Microbiology  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1984-85

17.   International Activities in Microbiology  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1984-86

18.   Laboratory Practices for Microbiology  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1984-86

19.   Status of Minority Microbiologists  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1984-85

20.   Status of Women Microbiologists  Public and Scientific Affairs Board 1983-86

21.  Testimony June 7, 1985  Task Force on Science Policy House Committee on Science and Technology (Public Affairs)

22.  EPA review: Research Program for Environmental Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Applications, 1984

 

Publications

23.   Publications Board  Chair: Helen Whiteley  1983-85

24.   ad hoc Committee on Textbook Publication (under Publications Board)  1984

25.   Applied/Environmental Microbiology  James M. Tiedje, Editor in Chief  1984-87

26.   International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology  W.E.C. Moore, Editor 1984-85

27.   Journal of Bacteriology  Simon Silver, Editor in Chief 1983-85

28.   Journal of Virology  Edw. M. Scolnik, Editor in Chief 1984-85

29.   ASM News  Michael I. Goldberg, Editor in Chief 1983-86

 

SUBSERIES 7: NON-BOARD COMMITTEES AND OTHER PROGRAM AREAS

Archives

1.   Archives Donald E. Shay, Chairman 1984-86

 

Awards

2.    ad hoc Awards Committee Dr. John Liston, Chairman 1984-85

3.    Awards (Miscellaneous) 1983-86

4.    Committee on Awards approved by CPC October 1985-86

5.    Abbott Laboratories Award  Dr. Wm. J. Martin, Chairman 1984-86

6.    Becton-Dickinson Award Committee  Wm. B. Cherry, Chairman 1984-86

7.    Behring Diagnostics Award  Dr. Edwin H. Lennette, Chairman 1984-86

8.    Carski Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award Committee  John L. Fryer, Chairman 1983-86

9.    Eli Lilly Award Committee  Alice S. Huang, Chairman 1983-86

10.  Fisher Award Committee  Jas. T. Staley, Chairman 1983-86

11.  Foundation for Microbiology Lectures Committee  Thos. M. Cook, Chairman 1984-85

12.  Foundation Lectures. Materials relating to RRC visits as Foundation Lecturer, 1985-86

13.  Hoechst-Roussel Award Committee  George Jacoby, Chairman 1983-85

14.  ICAAC Young Investigator Award Committee  Martin Forbes, Chairman 1983-85

15.  J. Roger Porter Award Committee  Robt. E. Stevenson, Chairman 1984-86

16.  New Brunswick Lecturer  1983

17.  ONR guest lecturer 1983 Annual Meeting

18.  President's Fellowship Awards Committee  Paul F. Smith, Chairman 1985

 

Biotechnology

19.  ad hoc Biotechnology Committee 1985-86

 

Branches

20.  Branch Organization Samuel H. Black, Chairman 1983-85; incl. manual for 84/85

21.  Hawaii Branch Dr. Clara Yuen Ching, President 1985

 

Divisions

22.  ad hoc Committee on Division Chairs 1984-85

23.  Divisional Structure  Divisional Group Representatives Groups I-V 1983-86

 

Ethics

24.  Ethical Practices Committee  Jules V. Hallum, Chairman 1982-85

 

Finance

25.  Finance Committee 1984-85  Chair: Brinton Miller 1983-84

26.  Finance Committee 1985-86 Chair: S. Gaylen Bradley

27.  Budget, 1985 Operating

 

Foundation

28.  ASM Foundation Wm. D. Sawyer, Chairman 1984-85

29.  Foundation Fundraising Program William D. Sawyer 1984

 

Honors

30.  Honors Committee  Chair: Frederick C. Neidhardt 1984-85

31.  Honors Committee  Chair: John Sherris 1985-86

32.  Honorary Memberships  1984/85

 

Investments

33.  ad hoc Comm. Investments 1984

34.  ad hoc Investments Committee  Theodore J. Carski, Chairman 1984-86

 

Membership

35.  Membership Committee Chair Robt. K. Nauman 1983-86

 

Membership Survey (ad hoc)

36.  ad hoc Committee on Membership Survey Dr. Robert P. Williams Chairman 1984-86

 

Nominating

37.  Nominating Committee Chair: Robert P. Williams 1984-85

38.  Nominating Committee, Rita R. Colwell, Chairman 1985-86

 

Placement

39.  Placement Committee W.S. Jeter, Chairman 1984-86

 

Public Relations

40.  ad hoc Public Relations Committee  Wayburn S. Jeter, Chairman 1983-86

 

Sunset

41.   Sunset Committee 1983-84

42.   Sunset Committee 1984-85

 

SUBSERIES 8: REPRESENTATIVES TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

1.    Representatives/Other Organizations: Council of Scientific Society Presidents (Robt. P. Williams, Rita R. Colwell, Moselio Schaechter) [1984-86]

2.    CSSP-- May 14, 1986

3.    USANC/International Assoc. on Water Pollution Research & Control  IAWPRC 1985

 

SERIES 4: POST-PRESIDENTIAL ASM PAPERS, 1987-1997. 2'

SUBSERIES 1: GENERAL FILE

1.      General correspondence, 1987-88

2.      ASM, 1989-94

3.      ASM correspondence, 1990

4.      ASM General file, 1991

5.      ASM correspondence, 1991

6.      ASM correspondence, 1992

7.      ASM correspondence, 1993

8.      Michael Goldberg, Executive Director, 1986-88

9.      Barbara Iglewski, President, 1986-87

10.    Barbara Lago, Secretary, 1987-88

 

SUBSERIES 2: COUNCIL AND CPC

1.      General file, 1990-93

2.      General file, 1994-97

3.      Meeting, March 1990 (strategic planning)

4.      Meeting, May 1990

5.      Meeting, October 1990

6.      Meeting, March 1991 (strategic planning)

7.      Meeting, March 1993 (strategic planning)

8.      Meeting, October 1994

9.      Meeting, September 1995

 

SUBSERIES 3: BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

1.      Board of Education and Training, 1991-97

2.      Public and Scientific Affairs Board, 1989-90

3.      Public and Scientific Affairs Board, 1991-96

4.      [PSAB] Director of Public Affairs, 1986-87 [relates to Microbiological research Centers (MIRCENS)]

5.      [PSAB] ASM-UNESCO MIRCENS, 1991-97

6.      [PSAB] Robert Watkins, 1990-92

7.      Archives, 1988-92

8.      Finance Committee, 1990-96

9.      Honors Committee

10.    International Coordinating Committee, 1995

11.    Ad hoc Committee on the Status of Microbiology Departments, 1987-88

 

SUBSERIES 4: MEETINGS

1.1   Release of Genetically Engineered Organisms into the Environment, National Symposium, 1984-86

1.2   Planning Committee for National Symposium on Engineered Organisms, 1984-86

2.    ASM/Ecological Society of America Joint Planning Meeting on Deliberate Release of Organisms and Modified Genomes into the Environment, 1985-86

3.    Annual Meeting, 1987

4.    Annual Meeting, 1988 (Symposia and Workshops)

5.    Annual Meeting, 1988 (International Workshop on Aeromonas and Plesiomonas)

6.    ICAAC, 1990

7.    Annual Meeting, 1991

8.    Biotechnology Conference, 1991

9.    Annual Meeting, 1992

10.  ICAAC, 1992

11.  Southern California Branch Meeting, 10/92

12.  Water Quality Conference, 4/93

13.  General Meeting, 1993

14.  General Meeting, 1994

15.  General Meeting, 1995

16.  Marine Biotechnology Conference, 1997

 

SERIES 5: PAPERS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MICROBIOLOGY, 1989-1996. 2'

SUBSERIES 1: BOARD OF GOVERNORS

1.    General file, 1990-1994

2.    General file, 1995-1996

3.    Board of Governors, 1989-98

4.    Correspondence, 1990

5.    Correspondence, 1991

6.    Correspondence, 1992

7.    Bylaws, 1992-1997

8.    Annual Reports for years 1989-92, 1994, 1995

9.    Statement concerning biodegradation, 1991

10.  BOG meetings, November, 1989

11.  BOG meetings, May, 1990 (incl. Agenda for meeting of Fellows of AAM)

12.  BOG meetings, October, 1990

13.  BOG meetings, February, 1991 (Strategic planning)

14.  BOG meetings, May, 1991

15.  BOG meetings, May, 1992

16.  BOG meetings, May, 1993

17.  BOG meetings, December, 1994 (Strategic planning)

18.  AAM Budget for 1998

 

SUBSERIES 2: OTHER BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

1.    National Registry of Microbiologists, 1989-90, 1996

2.    American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, 1990-1992

      3.    Awards Committee, 1988-1997

4.    Committee on Election to Fellowship, 1989-1990
 
5.    Committee on Election to Fellowship, 1991-1997
 
6.    Nominating Committee 1990-1992
 
7.    Colloquium Committee: General file, 1990-1991, 1996
 
8.    Colloquium proposals, 1992-1994
 
9.    Colloquium: Diagnostic Instrumentation, Automation and Kit Technology, 1990
 
10.   Colloquium: Aging and Microbiology
 
11.   Colloquium: Infection Control in Dentistry, 1991-1992
 
12.   Colloquium: Basic Research for the Future, 1992-1993
 
13.   Colloquium: Scientific Foundation of Bioremediation, 1992
 
14.   Colloquium: Strategies and Mechanisms for Field Research in Bioremediation, 1993
 
15.   Colloquium: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 1993
 
16.   Colloquium: Dynamic Issues in Scientific Integrity, 1993-1995
 
17.   Colloquium: The Microbial World: Foundation of the Biosphere, 1995-1996
 
18.   Colloquium: Global Decline in Microbiological Safety of Water, 1992-1995
 
19.   Colloquium: Basic Research for the Future, 1995
 
20.   Colloquium: Antibiotic Resistance, 1995
 
21.   Colloquium: Climate Change and Human Health, 1996
 
22.   Colloquium: Food Safety, 1997
 
23.   Ad hoc Committee on Certification and Credentialing, 1990-1992
 
24.   Ad hoc Committee Establishing a Policy Advisory Structure and Function, 1990
 

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