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Department of Biochemistry papers

Identifier: 353

Scope and Content

The collection contains the files of Wallace Armstrong, the first head of the department of biochemistry within in the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. Materials include subject files, research and participation reports, correspondence and research funding papers. Also included is material on dental, fluoridation, radiation and tobacco research, and correspondence of Wallace D. Armstrong. The papers do not contain materials from the department of biochemistry within the Institute of Agriculture.


  • 1946-1976


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Department of Biochemistry papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Historical Note

Biochemistry studies the "chemical substances occurring in living organisms and the reactions and methods for identifying these substances." The department of biochemistry was established at the University of Minnesota in 1963 as two separate departments, one within the Medical School on the Minneapolis Campus and one within the College of Biological Sciences on the St. Paul campus. Even though the departments were not established until the 1960s, biochemistry education can be traced back to 1888 when Charles Bell was appointed as the first professor of medicinal chemistry and in 1891 when Harry Snyder was appointed as the first professor of agricultural chemistry. In 1997, the two departments were merged and later renamed the department of biochemistry, molecular biology and biophysics. The department still maintains an office on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.


8 boxes (10.4 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of the Department of Biochemistry within the Medical School at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was originally deposited in University Archives in 1968.

Related Materials in University of Minnesota Archives

Wallace D. Armstrong papers

University of Minnesota. Dept. of Agricultural Biochemistry papers

University of Minnesota. Division of Agricultural Biochemistry papers

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Department of Biochemistry papers, 1946-1976
Karen Spilman
July 2005
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