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Center for the History of Microbiology/ASM Archives (CHOMA)

Public and Scientific Affairs Board

See also H. Orin Halvorson Papers


I.   Antecedents

A.    Public Affairs Committee (1973-1979); see also Rita Colwell Papers

l) Memoranda from file of Executive Director (A.F. Langlykke Robert F. Acker), l970‑77

2) Reports to Council, 1973‑78; clippings from ASM News, 1976-78; committee list, 1975

3) Agenda packets for committee meetings, 1976, 1977

4) Minutes, 1974-75, 1977

II.  Public and Scientific Affairs Board and Director of Public Affairs: General

A.    PSAB

1) Reports of Chairman to Council and CPC, 1979-84, 1989

2) Agenda of Board Meeting, 1984, 1989; Agenda Packs, 1990, 1994-; Minutes of Board Meeting, 1984, 1988

3) Memoranda and miscellanea including correspondence of Donald E. Shay, 1981‑87

4) Public Affairs Report, l981-83, 1985-86, 1991, 1993

5) Clippings from ASM News, 1985-86; "Public Affairs Issues, 1991-1992;" "Public Policy Issues," 1996; Timeline of PSAB actions re Clinical Microbiology,1987-96; Draft history of SAB/ASM Public Policy activities, by Harlyn Halvorson, 1998

6) Official Statements and Position Papers, 1989-96

7) Publications: "The Employment Outlook in the Microbiological Sciences"(WESTAT, Inc.), 1994-1996; "New and Reemerging Infectious Diseases," 1997

8) "Basic Protocols for Level A Laboratories for the Presumptive identification of..." [various bioterror agents], 2001-

B.    Director of Public Affairs

1) Reports to Council and CPC, 1980‑87

C.    Congressional Scientific Fellows (1977)


D.    Task Forces

1) Report of Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance, 1994

2) Congressional Briefing, "Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: Economic and Other impacts on Plants, Animals and Humans," 1996

3) "Preventing the Misuse of Microorganisms: The Role of the American Society for Microbiology in Protecting Against Biological Weapons;" MS submitted to JAMA, 1997

III.  Committees

A.    Agricultural, Food and Industrial Microbiology


B.    Civil Service Affairs


C.    Culture Collection


D.    Environmental Microbiology

1) Minutes, reports to Counci1, 1971‑84;

2) Correspondence of Robert E. Hungate, 1970

3) Clippings from ASM News, 1971‑75

4) Microbial Water Safety Workshop, 1998

E.    Genetic and Molecular Microbiology


F.    International Activities in Microbiology

some material pre-dates PSAB)

1) Reports to Council, 1966‑80, 1984, 1985, 1988-91; Memoranda, 1966‑70

2) Minutes, 1973, 1978, 1985, 1990[?]

3) Correspondence of Robert E. Hungate, President of ASM, 1970; letter of J. Roger Porter to W. D. Sawyer, 1975; letter of Moselio Schaechter to Joan Bennett, 1990

4) Correspondence of theSecretary of ASM, 1967‑78

5) Clippings from ASM News, 1967-81

6) "Highlights of International Activities: A Report of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board International Activities Committee, 1986-1994," by Moselio Schaechter

7)"Enhancing Interamerican Cooperation in Microbiology," by Cristian Orrego and Moselio Schaechter; "Report of the Workshop on the Role of Scientific Societies in Fostering Interamerican Cooperation in Microbiology and Other Biological Sciences," 1989; "Excellence Under Adversity: The Life Sciences and Biotechnology in Latin America," by Christian Orrego, 1989

10) "International Forum for an Inter-Island Science Information System:" program, slides, 1990

G.    Laboratory Practices for Microbiology

1) Minutes, 1987; report, 1992

H.    Manpower Planning for Microbiology

1) Report, 1984

2) "Employment Outlook in the Microbiological Sciences," 1996. See also 13-II CS, Folder 45

I.    Medical Microbiology and Immunology

1) Statements before Congress: Gail Cassell, Chair, 1991-92

J.    Status of Minority Microbiologists (1984)

1) Directories of minority microbiologists, 1986, 1987,1991; announcements of ASM programs for minority microbiologists, 1985-87; brochures

2) Minority Student Science Careers Support Program: announcements, brochures, directories, n.d.; report, 1990

3) Miscellaneous correspondence (some non-committee), 1952-1991

4) Newsletter, "Mentor," 1988-1992

5) "History of ASM Sponsored Minority Initiatives," (draft), 1995

6) Memo of Gerald Stokes, Chair, on status of Committee, 1993

K.    Status of Women Microbiologists

1) Reports to Council, 1970‑79; report to PSAB, 1984, 1986

2) Miscellaneous correspondence and materials prepared by the Committee, 1971-86; article (unpublished) on founding of the Committee, 1993

3) Correspondence of Robert E. Hungate, President, 1970, includes material on founding of committee

4) Minutes of committee meetings, 1976, 1984, 1986

5) Miscellaneous correspondence and information on women in microbiology not related to the committee: includes reprints of articles on women microbiologists; lists of early women members of SAB; and correspondence of the Archivist, l971‑85

6) Clippings from SAB Newsletter/ASM News on women in microbiology (non‑committee), 1948-85

7) Newsletter, "The Communicator," 1983-1993

8) Materials on the Alice Evans award: see Part 9, Awards

9) File of Robert Acker, Executive Director, on sex discrimination case brought by Joy Hochstadt, 1974-75

10) Clippings from ASM News including reports, 1971‑82

L.    Professional Affairs

1) Chronology of ASM Involvement re Medicare Reimbursement for Clinical Consultation, 1992-2002 (2003)

M.    ad hoc Committees

1) Project Share: joint ad hoc committee w/ Board of Education and Training: see 5 III-J, Folder 2