Archives and Manuscript Collections
Records of the Laboratory (RG5)
MARJORIE ANCHEL RECORDS
1931-1978 [bulk 1960-1975]
5.5 linear feet (6 boxes)
Wolff Anchel was born in New York, NY on May 6, 1910. She attended Barnard
College, receiving a BA. in Chemistry in 1931. She received her M.A. in
Chemistry from Columbia University in 1933 (Chemistry) and her Ph.D. in
Biochemistry in 1939.
Dr. Anchel began her career at The Squibb Institute for Medical Research,
in the Organic Chemistry Division, working there from 1943 to 1946. She
began her work at The New York Botanical Garden in 1946 as a Research Associate,
and was promoted to Senior Research Associate in 1961. From 1972
to 1977, Dr. Anchel worked as the Senior Chemist and Administrator of the
Laboratory. In 1977, she retired from the Garden, having been conferred
with the title of Senior Scientist, Emeritus. Her research interests include
antibiotics, natural polyacetylenes, and the chemistry and biogenesis of
Marjorie Anchel is married to Herbert Rackow. Marriage dates are unclear.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
The Marjorie Anchel Collection covers her career as a Chemist at The
New York Botanical Garden. No other material on her life or career is included.
The collection consists of six series. The records contain primarily correspondence
and laboratory notebooks. The other series help to complete the picture
of her research career.
Series 1: Annual Reports
Series 2: Biographical/Personal
Series 3: Correspondence
Series 4: Grants
Series 5: Laboratory Notebooks
Series 6: Publications
Series 1: Annual Reports, 1950-1976
3 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.
Includes annual reports of Marjorie Anchel, her staff, and the Research
Laboratory. These reports detail the research conducted by individuals
and the Lab as a whole.
Series 2: Biographical/Personal, 1977
1 folder. Arranged alphabetically.
Contains brief lists of her professional career attached to bibliographies
of her works.
Series 3: Correspondence, 1951-1978
9 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.
The bulk of the correspondence concerns research questions about fungi,
Clitocybe. Also included here is correspondence showing
Anchel's interest and dedication to the cause of animal rights. Throughout
the series can be found letters urging for the more humane treatment of
animals, especially dogs, used in scientific experiments. Anchel worked
to support the passage of S285, the repeal of the Metcalf-Hatch Act. (Correspondence
"A" and "I" have letters of note, but this is not exclusive of other folders.)
Other correspondence of note includes E. J. Crane and her abstracting work
Series 4: Grants, 1951-1974
4.5 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.
Granting agencies were the National Institutes of Health and the National
Science Foundation. This series includes applications, budgets, and progress
reports. The folders are arranged alphabetically by grant number. The Miscellaneous
folder includes a list of grant folders removed from the collection: 1973,
1974, and grant #1-2-4633.
Series 5: Laboratory Notebooks, n.d.
4.5 lin. ft. Arranged alphabetically.
The bulk of this series is bound notebooks containing the research notes
for the Laboratory. These include charts, graphs, and notes both in Anchel's
handwriting and in others'. Also included are folders containing unbound
lab notebooks (see "Laboratory Notebooks--Institutional Grant") and other
material from the Lab. They are arranged alphabetically by the names on
Series 6: Publications, 1931-1973
1.5 lin. in. Arranged alphabetically.
Included are mostly reprints of articles by Anchel and other researchers.
Anchel's manuscript, Beyond Veterinary Care can also be found here.
The New York Botanical Garden
RG2 Records of the Board of Managers
RG5 Annette Hervey Records
PROCESSED BY: Serena D. Gomez August 1998. Revised
September 2000 by Susan Fraser, NYBG Archivist.
For more information and
a complete description contact:
Susan Fraser, NYBG
The LuEsther T. Mertz Library
The New York Botanical Garden
Bronx, NY 10458-5126
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