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Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Life Sciences Division research logbooks of Patricia Durbin, 1941-1969

Description of Collection


National Archives and Records Administration. Pacific Sierra Region.

1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

Papers created by

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Life Sciences Division.

Size of collection

3.75 linear feet
3 records box(s)

Short description of collection

These records document the research of Patricia Durbin's group in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL).

Language(s) of collection


Filing code:

ARO-921 (NRHS 434-04-046)

Historical Note

The laboratory was founded as the University of California Radiation Laboratory in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a University of California Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory, operated by the University of California. The name of the laboratory has evolved since its founding: Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (1931-1958), the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1959-1995), and currently the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1995-present).

Patricia Durbin (Ph.D., biophysics, University of California, Berkeley, 1953) was a member of the research team of Dr. Joseph Hamilton at Crocker Laboratory, a predecessor of parts of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL), then at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (LRL) from 1946-1954, research fellow from 1954-1956, lecturer from 1957-1959, and a physiologist from 1951-1977.

Scope and Contents of Collection

These records document the research of Patricia Durbin's group in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology of the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL). The logbooks include data, notes, daily reports, graphs and charts relating to various experiments. Included are the effect of a complexing agent and mode of administration on the distribution of Curium-242 in the rat, the metabolism of Americium-241 in the adult female rat and monkey, the growth and senescence of the female Sprague-Dawley rat, and the tracing of natural levels of strontium and other elements in baby food and milk. Research focuses on radiation exposures and the effects on biological systems.

Restrictions on Use and Access

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Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Durbin, Patricia Wallace.


Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Life Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Subject terms

Molecular biology
Radiation. Physiological effect.

Genre terms

Logs (records).

Related Collections

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division scientist files of Patricia Durbin, 1941-1969 (3 records boxes). Filing code: ARO-5914. Finding aid

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Life Sciences Division research logbooks of Patricia Durbin, 1941-1969


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Mueller in 2012. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Research logbooks of Patricia Durbin

Box 1 Folder 1 L.W. Tuttle, December 1946-March 1947
Folder 2 L.W. Tuttle, biology metabolism of Su in rats, August 1947-February 1948
Folder 3 Helen Goodwin, 1948
Folder 4 F.C. Henriques Jr., July 1946-February 1947
Folder 5 H.R. Haymond, 1949
Folder 6 K. Scott, 1947-1948
Folder 7 Method for analysis of calcium, Larson & Greenburg, 1947-1948
Folder 8 Edith Stumhauff, September 7, 1947
Folder 9 Helen Haydon data, 1948-1949
Folder 10 Gudrun Brown, undated
Folder 11 A.J. Barber, 101 Crocker, undated
Folder 12 Decay curves, March 8, 1950-Febrary 13, 1951
Folder 13 Mozley, August 3, 1949-February 23, 1950
Folder 14 Mass absorption curves, 1950-1951
Folder 15 Counter tubes decay curve data, December 22, 1948-August 2, 1949
Folder 16 DK curves, 1949
Folder 17 Mass Absorption, 1951-1954
Folder 18 Mozley, March 3, 1948-December 17, 1948
Folder 19 Mozley, undated
Folder 20 Mass Absorption Curves, Jamie Mozley, 1949-1950
Folder 21 H.R. Haymond Laboratory Separations, undated
Folder 22 K.H. Larson Chemical Analysis "Crossroads", undated
Folder 23 Radio Purifications, Larson, 1947
Folder 24 Phosphorus preparations, 1941-1943
Folder 25 HR Haymond, Crocker Laboratory, 1951
Folder 26 Jack Alley, Crocker Laboratory (Garrison's notes in back), 1947
Folder 27 Visitor record, Crocker Laboratory, June 1953-February 1956
Folder 28 Visitor record, Crocker Laboratory, January 1951-May 1953
Box 2 Folder 1 Joan Larson, Book IV, 1960-1961
Folder 2 Sylvia Murray (Jean Burg's baby experiment incorporated in this book), 1960-1963
Folder 3 Book III, Baby Experiment (Jean Burg) & Book III, Monkey Excreta (Jean Burg), 1960-1961
Folder 4 Sample log baby experiments, undated
Folder 5 M. Williams baby experiment, 1969
Folder 6 X-Ray fluorescent sample standards, undated
Folder 7 X-Ray fluorescent counter baby experiments 1, 1962
Folder 8 X-Ray fluorescent samples, undated
Folder 9 Jean Burg's notes, undated
Folder 10 Parrott, September 2, 1954-May 2, 1962
Folder 11 Parrott M.W., March 5, 1952-September 2, 1954
Folder 12 Osteogenic sarcoma log, 1957-1959
Folder 13 Transplantable osteogenic sarcoma log, July 30, 1956-February 8, 1957
Folder 14 E. Hessel Book I, osteogenic sarcoma, 1957
Folder 15 Hessel, Crocker Laboratory, Book 59-1, 1958-1959
Folder 16 Hessel, Crocker Laboratory, Book 59-2, 1959
Folder 17 Richard Watts, metabolic rate experiments, August 10, 1954
Folder 18 Richard Watts, radiotoxicity studies, 1955
Folder 19 R. Watts, metabolic rate determiniations, 1954-1955
Folder 20 R. Watts, role of the salivary glands in iodine metabolism, 1955
Folder 21 Peggy O'Donnell, tissues, 1959
Folder 22 Peggy O'Donnell, 1960
Folder 23 Micki, 1963-1964
Folder 24 Jean Burg I, undated
Folder 25 Jean Burg II, monkey feeding experiments and analysis of samples, 1595-1960
Folder 26 Diapers, milk and food, 1961-1963
Box 3 Folder 1 Sylvia Murray, Book I (monkey food), 1961-1963
Folder 2 S. Murray, procedures, 1961-1963
Folder 3 Joan Larson IV, 1960
Folder 4 Joan Larson, Book II, 1959-1960
Folder 5 Joan L., Book I, 1959
Folder 6 G. Barr, Crocker Laboratory, Book I, 1954
Folder 7 George Barr, Crocker Laboratory, Book I, 1957
Folder 8 G. Barr, Book II, 1957-1958
Folder 9 Index card tray - names, addresses, phone numbers of former employees, 1942-1960