Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

MULLER MSS.

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Inventory

I. CORRESPONDENCE, 1910-1972

Arranged chronologically followed by a small alphabetically arranged group. A list of the names in the alphabetical section is available. A card index in the Library may be consulted for the location of individual letters in the chronological section and throughout the rest of the collection.

II. WRITINGS

Organized into three sections. Muller's holograph and typescript Writings are arranged in chronological order, as are his Reprints. These are followed by Writings by Others, which is mostly holograph copies and typescripts, and is arranged alphabetically by author. Some printed materials follow this section. Inventories are available for all three sections.

III. CONFERENCES/MEETINGS

Arranged chronologically by the date of the conference or meeting. Contents of the folders may contain earlier or later materials than the date given, reflecting plans to attend or publication of resulting paper, for example.

IV. INDIANA UNIVERSITY

Contains materials concerning Indiana University when Muller was a faculty member. This includes various miscellaneous administrative files, materials concerning grants administered by the University, and personnel files of his student assistants, kitchen help and secretaries.

V. ORGANIZATIONS

Arranged alphabetically by title of the organization, committee, council, congress, institute, or society of which Muller was a member. Includes correspondence, newsletters, bulletins and related printed materials. See also materials filed under CONFERENCES/MEETINGS.

VI. RESEARCH AND EDUCATION

Arranged chronologically. The early files cover Muller's education, from Morris High School to his college years and includes entrance exams, class notes, and experiments. Later files include lecture notes for classes he taught, as well as speeches and talks he gave elsewhere, and data and notes for both his and his students experiments. Also included are notes taken by Muller from lectures given by others. Lectures and speeches, including transcripts, notes and related materials given outside his classes may also be found in the Writings section.

VII. SUBJECTS

Materials may include correspondence, certificates, and printed items. Arranged alphabetically by various subjects, including: 1. Awards; 2. Biographical materials, including personal and family-related items; 3. Drosophila stock lists and requests; 4. Evolution. Mostly concerning debate held in 1966 in Arkansas; 5. Germinal choice; 6. Lysenkoism; 7. Radiation; 8. Reprint requests and lists; 9. Savitsky case.

VIII. PHOTOGRAPHS

Arranged chronologically. Mostly contains photographs of Muller, his family, friends and colleagues.

IX. PRINTED

Arranged chronologically. Mostly contains printed articles or magazines containing articles about Muller. Also included is a folder of Spanish Civil War materials collected by Muller in 1936 and The Spark, the controversial newsletter Muller helped edit and distribute. Other printed materials may be found throughout the collection as indicated.

X. CLIPPINGS, 1927-1972

Arranged chronologically. A few subjects have been kept together and filed within the chronological arrangement, such as: Cartoons by Low, collected by Muller's wife Thea, 1938-1939; foreign newspaper clippings about Nobel Prize, 1946; Lysenkoism, 1948-1963; Atomic testing, 1950-195; International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, 1955; Darwin Centennial, 1959; Sperm Banks, 1962; Watson and Crick, 1962; Germinal Choice, 1963-1966 (see also: Oversize)

XI. AUDIO/VISUAL MATERIALS (Consult Curator of Manuscripts for access)

  • Contains:
    • Audographs - 66 discs mostly correspondence and some lectures
    • Cassettes - 2 copies of Muller talk "Genes: The core of our being" for Harcourt Brace Record "The biologist speaks"
    • Film - unidentified
    • LP recording - The Scientists Speak
    • Color slides - 6 slides of age experiment tables (charts) on blackboard, May 1945
    • Wax cylinders - 2 unidentified marked "HJ?"
    • Reel-to-reel tapes:
      • 1. 8 tapes of lectures given at RNA Coding Symposium held at Indiana University, Bloomington, Jan. 23, 1962
      • 2. 29 tapes of Muller's lectures for Zoology 410 (evolution), given at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1966. 14 additional tapes of excerpts. Also includes typescripts and correspondence with Thea Muller concerning the tapes
      • 3. 2 copies of interview of Charlotte Auerbach by Tracy Sonneborn on Muller, taped March 1972
      • 4. Julian Huxley. Humanism - The continuing revolution

XII. Additional

Box 1

  • Regina Fischer March to Moscow, 1961
  • June 1922 photo, Carr-Saunders Cottage
  • Correspondence 1940, 1950
  • "Genetic Damage by Radiation"
  • Acceptance speech, President American Humanists Association
  • Crow, James F., "The Genetic Load [...]", 1959
  • Institute of Animal Genetics, 1961
  • "Some Mutational Techniques in Drosophola", 1961
  • Correspondence 1962-1964
  • Misc thesis
  • Muller to Edward Altenberg, 1924-1950 (5 folders)
  • Altenberg to Muller, 1941-1948 (2 folders)
  • Personal correspondence 1928
  • Paragraphs from "The Principles of Bacteriology"
  • Altenberg 1953-1962 (2 folders)
  • National Academy of Sciences selection of officers, 1947
  • Grant Proposal, 1956
  • Thea Muller's 1933 story about father's release from a concentration camp
  • National Academy of Sciences 1963
  • National Academy of Sciences 1964
  • India 1951
  • Geneva 1956
  • Separatist Movement, 1923-1928
  • The "Other Alfred Kantorwicz", 1953
  • re: Kantorwicz, George, 1947
  • "Subject classification for card index"
  • Family letters 1940
  • Family letters 1942
  • Correspondence from family 1957
  • Paul Smith, 1965
  • Recommendations, 1959
  • Letter to Thea, 12/16/1973
  • David Muller Sears order, 1941
  • Letters criticizing biography of Afred Kantorwicz
  • To Dr. Anderson re: Helen
  • Fischer, Regina 1943
  • Fischer, Regina Card and Photo, 1942
  • Carlson, Elof Alex 1972
  • Carlson correspondence 1969-1981 (14 folders)
  • "Bobby Fischer’s Secret"

Box 2

  • Carlson memos
  • Carlson diagrams and illustrations for biography
  • Biography photo layout
  • Carlson biography titles of chapters and preface
  • Carlson biography suggestions, 1976 (2 folders)
  • Carlson's biography summary chapters 1-19
  • Carlson's biography summary chapters 20-28
  • Carlson biography of Muller draft
  • Carlson, Chapters 1-28 (28 folders)
  • Carlson, FBI 1973
  • Carlson, Elof publications
  • Carlson, other writings
  • Teacher's pamphlet for Muller exhibit 1969
  • Dictionary of Science Biographies

Box 3

  • Modern Concept of Nature 1969
  • Man's Future Birthright 1969
  • Carlson, FBI
  • H.J. Muller, Genetics 1/1972
  • Carlson biography reviews
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  • Carlson biography misc.
  • Carlson biography footnotes
  • Carlson biography glossary
  • Germinal Choice 1981-1982
  • National Research Council: Committee on Common Problems in Genetics [...] 1947
  • National Research Council 1947-1948
  • National Research Council 1948-1952
  • Frye, Sara 1963-1967
  • Allerbach, Charlotte
  • Muller, Thea correspondence, 1938-1971 (12 folders)
  • Answered sympathy letters, 1967-1968
  • Miller, T correspondence, N.D. and misc. 1967-1970

Box 4

  • Muller, T. correspondence 1972-1983 (6 folders)
  • Muller, T correspondence 1968-1980
  • Muller, T correspondence, misc, 1938-1942
  • Tjio, J.H., 1975
  • re: collection at the Lilly Library
  • Harris and Ewing 1945
  • Library of Congress
  • Misc. notes and correspondence
  • Literary agents
  • re: Rockefeller grant
  • Guttmacher, Alan
  • Germinal Choice Article, 1980
  • National Science Foundation Restrictions
  • Appeal for donations 1967
  • Thea Muller to Sue Hickerson, 1967
  • Notes, 1967
  • Graham, Robert, 1971/1980
  • Restrictions
  • Publication/Quotation Rights, 1970
  • Photo requests, 1970
  • Classification of Muller mss. at the Lilly
  • Reprints
  • Library of Congress 1970
  • 'H' correspondence
  • Canadian Broadcasting Co.
  • Rare Book Dealers
  • Interlibrary Loan Reprint Requests
  • Reprint Requests
  • 'S' Correspondence 1970
  • Reprint offers
  • Filled requests
  • Notes re: correspondence
  • Misc. Correspondence
  • American Philosophical Society 1968
  • Lang, Elfrieda
  • Key sort index
  • Punchcards
  • Notes for cataloger
  • Frye, Sara Helen, "A Study of Minute Structural Changes..."
  • Misc publications
  • Kamrat-Lang, Deborah, "Genetics Humanized"

Box 5

  • Thea's Address Book, A-Z
  • Writings by others, A-Z
  • Published and unpublished, A-Z
  • Condolences, A-Z
  • General filing, A-Z (2 boxes)

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