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George Warren de Villafranca papers, 1922 - 1977 (Bulk: 1951 - 1992)
14 boxes (6.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: 42

Abstract:
Professor of Zoology. Contains publications, research, grant applications, photographs, news clippings, and correspondence documenting the professional life of George Warren de Villafranca.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

George Warren de Villafranca was born in 1923 in Meriden, Connecticut. He entered Yale University as a student of Zoology in 1942. His studies were interrupted by the onset of World War II and he became a radio and control tower operator for the USA Air Force in 1943. He eventually finished his undergraduate studies (1948) and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Yale University in Zoology in 1953.

In 1951, de Villafranca left the Marine Biology Laboratories in Woods Hole to take up a position at Smith College. At Smith, de Villafranca continued his research on contractile proteins in muscle. By the 1950s Burton Hall was considered an outdated facility for research and so de Villafranca and his students built a lab in one of the closets of Burton Hall. During summer, he took his lab to Wood Hole where he enjoyed state-of-the-art facilities and good sailing.

For his outstanding research and teaching, de Villafranca steadily rose through the academic ranks. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1954, Associate Professor in 1959, full Professor in 1963, and Gates Professor in 1974. In 1961, he was appointed Assistant to the President and was tasked with building a new science facility. The Clark Science Center opened in 1967.

Outside of his duties at Smith College, de Villafranca was incredibly active. He wrote nearly fifty articles on muscular contraction and won several grants for his research including a NIH grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Disease. He travelled to Germany as a visiting professor and to India as a consultant for the National Science Foundation. In 1971, he became the first scientist to deliver the prestigious Katherine Asher Engel lecture titled "The Driving Force: Muscle". De Villafranca was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society of Zoologists, the American Society of Biological Chemists, the Society of General Physiologists, Sigma Xi, the Biophysical Society, and the Marine Biological Laboratory Association. It is said that de Villafranca inspired so many of his students to enter the zoological field that many began to call meetings on the subject "de Villafranca Reunions".

De Villafranca passed away in 1977 after sustaining second heart attack. He was survived by his wife, Diana Fetter de Villafranca, Class of 1955, his children: Suzanne Stina Hans, Ruth Place de Villafranca and George de Villafranca Jr., and a former wife, Erica Pauli. His first wife, Suzanne Crane, died in 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains materials related to the professional life of George Warren de Villafranca at Smith College. Materials contained within the collection include: photographs of de Villafranca's lab and his teaching, correspondence to other researchers, news clippings about his achievements, and a volume titled Remembrances written by colleagues and friends. Approximately 5.5 linear feet of the collection is dedicated to de Villafranca's research and publications. These boxes include his published articles, his research notebooks, graphs and charts of various research projects, grant applications to fund his lab and his work as a consultant for the National Science Foundation in India.

Organization of the collection

The collection is organized into 6 boxes. The bulk of the collection contains research material. Correspondence and faculty materials are located in Box 1. The materials found in Box 8 are restricted as according to Smith College policies.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

George Warren de Villafranca papers, 1922 - 1977, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The George Warren de Villafranca papers, 1922 - 1977 were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Associate Professor of Zoology
1954 - 1992

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence
1951 - 1985

Box 1: folder 2
Correspondence - Sherman College of Chiropractic
1962 - 1975

Box 1: folder 3
Photographs
n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Volume of Remembrances
1977 - 1978

Box 1: folder 5
Grants- AM 02647 Proposals
1956 - 1957

Box 1: folder 6
Grants- AM 02647 Renewal Application - Aug 1976
1970 - 1978

Box 1: folder 7
Grants- Biochemistry and Localization of Muscle Proteins
1958 - 1968

Box 1: folder 8
Grants- Biochemistry and Localization of Muscle Proteins
1971 - 1977

Box 1: folder 9
Grants- re-Embryonic Alterations in Pre-Dystrophic Muscle
1965 - 1978

Box 1: folder 10
Grants- General
1952 - 1955

Box 1: folder 11
Grants-India
1968

Box 1: folder 12
Grants-India
1968 - 1969

Box 1: folder 13
Grants-India- Correspondence
1967 - 1970

Box 1: folder 14
Grants-RG 4709 - C
1957 - 1958

Box 1: folder 15
Grants-RG 4709
1956 - 1958

Box 1: folder 16
Publications- General
1959 - 1968

Box 1: folder 17
Publications- General- Abstracts
1960 - 1974

Box 1: folder 18
The A and I Band Lengths in Stretched or Contracted Horseshoe Crab Skeletal Muscle
1960 - 1961

Box 1: folder 19
The Action of ATP on Natural Actomyosin
1977

Box 1: folder 20
Actomyosin Solubility and Skeletal muscle Emptying of Horseshoe Crab
1970

Box 1: folder 21
Adenosintriphosphatase activity in developing rat muscles
1954

Box 1: folder 22
Adenosintriphosphatase activity of Frog Myosin B.
1962

Box 1: folder 23
Adenosintriphosphatase activity of myofibrils
1966

Box 1: folder 24
Adenosintriphosphatase Activity of Squid Mantle Muscles (Loligo Peatii)
1954

Box 1: folder 25
Biology of Muscle Cells
1966

Box 1: folder 26
Contractive Proteins from Horseshoe Crab Muscle
1967

Box 1: folder 27
Contraction of the A Band
1962

Box 1: folder 28
The Driving Force: Muscle
1971

Box 1: folder 29
Frog Myofibrillar Adenosintriphosphotase Activity
1964

Box 1: folder 30
Immunahistochemical Localization of Contractile Proteins in Limulus Striated Muscle
1972

Box 1: folder 31
Isometric Contraction in Glycerated Skeletal Muscle of Horseshoe Crab and Rabbit - I Relation of Tension to Muscle Fiber Dimensions
1969

Box 1: folder 32
Isometric Contraction in Glycerated Skeletal Muscle of Horseshoe Crab and Rabbit - II Calcium and Magnesium Requirements for Contraction 1970


Box 1: folder 33
Isometric Contraction in Glycerated Skeletal Muscle of Horseshoe Crab and Rabbit - III Relaxation
1971

Box 1: folder 34
Limulus Striated Muscle
[date of publication not identified]

Box 1: folder 35
Magnesium Activation of Natural Actomyosin ATPase from Horseshoe Crab
1968

Box 1: folder 36
Magnesium Control of the Calcium Myosin and Actomyosin ATPase of Limulus polyphemus
1974

Box 1: folder 37
Myofibrillar ATPase Activity and the Effect of Relaxing Substances
1965

Box 1: folder 38
Observations on the Anisotropic Band of Cross-Striated Muscle
1957

Box 1: folder 39
Paramyosin from Arthropod Cross - Striated Muscle
1967 - 1973

Box 1: folder 40
Paramyosin from Arthropod Cross - Striated Muscle - charts and graphs
1971 - 1972

Box 1: folder 41
Paramyosin from Arthropod Cross - Striated Muscle - Clam (V. mercenaria) paramyosin- mol. wt.
1971 - 1972

Box 1: folder 42
Paramyosin from Arthropod Cross-Striated Muscle - Limulus Paramyosin - molecular weight data
1970 - 1972

Box 1: folder 43
Paramyosin from Arthropod Cross-Striated Muscle - photographs
1972

Box 1: folder 44
Phase Contrast Observations on the Anisotropic Band of Cross - Striated Muscle
1955 - 1957

Box 1: folder 45
reviews
1969 - 1972

Box 2: folder 1
Sedimentation Behavior of Limulus Actomyosin
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 2
Some Physico - Chemical Properties of Myosin B from the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus
1967 - 1968

Box 2: folder 3
Some Properties of the myosin B ATPase Limulus
1963

Box 2: folder 4
Study on the Localization of Contractile Proteins in the Muscle of the Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)
1958 - 1959

Box 2: folder 5
A Study on the Nature of the A Band of Cross - Striated Muscle
1955 - 1956

Box 2: folder 6
Superprecipitation of A Horseshoe Crab and Rabbit Myosin B
1969 - 1970

Box 2: folder 7
Ultrastructure of Striated Muscle from Limulus polyphemus
1960 - 1961

Box 2: folder 8
charts and graphs
1966

Box 2: folder 9
charts and graphs
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 10
charts and graphs
1976

Box 2: folder 11
charts and graphs
1973

Box 2: folder 12
charts and graphs
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 13
charts and graphs
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 14
charts and graphs
1972

Box 2: folder 15
Limulus Paramyosin M and C.D and ORD.
1972

Box 2: folder 16
Parocrystals
1970

Box 2: folder 17
Limulus Myosin
1971-1972

Box 2: folder 18
Model E
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 19
Rabbit Psoas - phase and electron photographs
1955

Box 2: folder 20
Glyc. Psaos electron microscope
1960

Box 2: folder 21
Limulus electron microscope
1960

Box 2: folder 22
Limulus electron microscope photographs, 2712 - 3165
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 23
Limulus electron microscope photographs, 3166 - 3577
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 24
Limulus electron microscope photographs, 3608 - 3723
1959

Box 2: folder 25
Limulus electron microscope photographs, 3724 - 3744
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 26
Limulus electron microscope photographs, 4038 - 4315
1960

Box 2: folder 27
Limulus- extract of A Band, phase and electron microscope photographs
[date of publication not identified]

Box 2: folder 28
Model E Log Book
1962 - 1963

Box 3: folder 1
Model E Log Book
1963 - 1964

Box 3: folder 2
Model E Log Book
1964

Box 3: folder 3
Model E Log Book
1965

Box 3: folder 4
Model E Log Book
1965 - 1966

Box 3: folder 5
Log Book for the Model E Analytical Ultracentrifuge
1966 - 1967

Box 3: folder 6
Log Book for the Model E Analytical Ultracentrifuge
1967

Box 3: folder 7
Log Book for the Model E Analytical Ultracentrifuge
1967

Box 3: folder 8
Ultracentrifuge Data, 722 - 900
1967 - 1969

Box 3: folder 9
Ultracentrifuge Data, 901 - 1083
1969

Box 3: folder 10
Ultracentrifuge Data, 1084 - 2049
1970

Box 3: folder 11
Ultracentrifuge Data, 2050 - 2157
1970 - 1971

Box 3: folder 12
Ultracentrifuge Data, 2158 - 2284
1971 - 1972

Box 3: folder 13
Ultracentrifuge Data, 2285 - 2400
1972 - 1973

Box 3: folder 14
Ultracentrifuge Data, 2401 - 2510
1973 - 1975

Box 3: folder 15
Ultracentrifuge Data, 2511 - 2662
1975 - 1977

Box 3: folder 16
Chromoscan Tracings - D.G. runs , 452 - 466
[date of publication not identified]

Box 4: folder 1
Para
1976 - 1977

Box 4: folder 2
Vert. Physiol. - Zool au (1960) G.H. de Villafranca
1960

Box 4: folder 3
Electrophoresis, 196 - 305
10/08/1974 - 07/17/1975

Box 4: folder 4
Actomyosin Preps, 365 (cont')
07/06/1977

Box 4: folder 5
Orthoplan & E.M.
08/31/1971 - 08/02/1973

Box 4: folder 6
Actomyosin Prep, 354 - 365
12/16/1976 - 07/16/1977

Box 4: folder 7
Actomyosin Prep Limulus, 342 - 352
07/26/1976 - 12/15/1976

Box 4: folder 8
Actomyosin Prep, 326 - 341
01/21/1976 - 07/15/1976

Box 4: folder 9
Actomyosin Prep, 316 - 325
10/22/1975 - 01/20/1976

Box 4: folder 10
Room 338 Limulus - Actin and Myosin - Prep, 274 - 299
09/17/1973 - 12/20/1974

Box 4: folder 11
Room 338 Limulus - Actin & Myosin Prep, 250 - 273
1972-1973

Box 4: folder 12
Disc Gel , 468 -710
1977

Box 4: folder 13
Electrophoresis (slab) & D.G., 423 - 466
1976 - 1977

Box 4: folder 14
Disc Gel, 306 - 422
07/18/1975

Box 4: folder 15
D.G., 17 - 195 - Electrophoresis
03/27/1972 - 10/03/1974

Box 4: folder 16
Rabbit Myosin - Burton 30
05/01/1963 - 03/12/1975

Box 4: folder 17
Miscellaneous Preps
04/21/1970 - 07/17/1976

Box 4: folder 18
Miscellaneous Preps
07/21/1976 - 07/07/1977

Box 4: folder 19
T.N. & Tropo
07/17/1972 - 03/07/1973

Box 4: folder 20
Paramyosin Prep, 179
03/29/1976 - 05/10/1977

Box 4: folder 21
Paramyosin, 151 - 178
02/28/1972 - 06/18/1974

Box 4: folder 22
Paramyosin & Tropo Prep, 110 - 150
02/28/1972 - 06/18/1974

Box 4: folder 23
Limulus Actomyosin, 96 - 113
09/01/1962 - 11/01/1965

Box 5: folder 1
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 48 - 83
1961-1963

Box 5: folder 2
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 134 - 165
11/01/1967 - 12/01/1969

Box 5: folder 3
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 166 - 179
1968

Box 5: folder 4
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 225 - 250
06/30/1971 - 06/19/1972

Box 5: folder 5
M. McCarthy Rm. 341 - Sr
09/15/1971 - 01/20/1972

Box 5: folder 6
Actomyosin Preps, 300 - 351
01/20/1975 - 10/21/1971

Box 5: folder 7
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 179 - 196
1968 - 1969

Box 5: folder 8
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 19 - 47
07/01/1958 - 07/01/1961

Box 5: folder 9
Limulus Actomyosin Preps, 1 - 18
06/01/1957 - 03/01/1958

Box 5: folder 10
Rabbit Myosin and Actomyosin Preps, 2-17
03/01/1964 - 04/01/1968

Box 5: folder 11
Myofibrils ATPase and Relaxation
11/22/1965

Box 5: folder 12
Limulus Myofibril ATPase Preps, 1 - 20
07/01/1964 - 11/01/1964

Box 5: folder 13
Paramyosin III Preps, 62 - 109
05/18/1970 - 02/25/1972

Box 5: folder 14
Limulus Paramyosin Preps, 24 - 61
1968 - 1970

Box 5: folder 15
Limulus Paramyosin Preps, 1 - 24
1967 - 1968

Box 5: folder 16
Limulus APK
1962

Box 5: folder 17
Pof Limulus Muscle
1959 - 1960

Box 5: folder 18
Frog Book VIIb
1962

Box 5: folder 19
Limulus Actomyosin IV Preps, 196 - 225
02/17/1969 - 06/29/1971

Box 5: folder 20
Frog Book VIIa AM & Para
1961 - 1970

Box 5: folder 21
Frog Myosin ATPase Book III My
1957 - 1958

Box 5: folder 22
Frog Myofibrils I
1961 - 1963

Box 5: folder 23
Frog Book VI
1960 - 1962

Box 5: folder 24
Frog Book V
1958 - 1960

Box 6: folder 1
Frog Myosin IV
1958

Box 6: folder 2
Frog Myosin ATPase Book #2: De Villafranca & Hochgiaf My experiments
1956 - 1957

Box 6: folder 3
Woods Hole - Frog Myosin
1956

Box 6: folder 4
a band of muscle - fine - structure, etc.
1958 - 1970

Box 6: folder 5
Squid Muscle ATPase, Woods Hole
1953

Box 6: folder 6
Extraprotein of muscle EP #1
1954

Box 6: folder 7
Instructions for Muscle Research EP #2
1955 - 1958

Box 7: folder 1
Limulus Actomyosin ATPase #4
1963

Box 7: folder 2
Osboric Zool
1951 - 1952

Box 7: folder 3
Thesis III
1950 - 1952

Box 7: folder 4
Osboric Zool. Book, New Haven Thesis
1949 - 1951

Box 7: folder 5
Lorraine Gudas, Class of 1970: Honors Project
1969

Box 7: folder 6
Lorraine Gudas, Class of 1970
[date of publication not identified]

Box 7: folder 7
Localization of Actint Myosin, Actomyosin, Paramyosin, & "Tropa" - Limulus Experiments 1968-1969
1968 - 1969

Box 7: folder 8
Restricted


Box 8

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Subjects
  • De Villafranca, George W.
  • Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.)
  • National Science Foundation (U.S.). Development in Science Education
  • Smith College -- Clark Science Center
  • Smith College -- Faculty -- Sources
  • Smith College--Department of Biological Sciences
  • Zoology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts -- Northampton.

Genre terms
  • correspondence
  • grants
  • photographs
  • research centers (buildings)
  • research notes


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