G. Robert Greenberg papers: 1940-2005 (bulk 1954-1977)
Summary Information
Title: G. Robert Greenberg papers
Creator: Greenberg, G. Robert.
Inclusive dates: 1940-2005
Bulk dates: 1954-1977
Extent: 4 linear feet
Abstract:
G. Robert Greenberg was a professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Western Reserve University (1946-1957) and the University of Michigan (1957-2004). His papers contain correspondence, grant applications, research notes, and teaching documents.
Call number: 2014019 Aa2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Lexy deGraffenreid, December 2013

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Material was received in September 2008 (Donor no. 10111).

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  • Personnel related files , including search, review, promotion, and tenure files, are restricted for thirty years from date of creation.
  • Student educational records are restricted for seventy-five years from date of creation.
  • Patient/client records are restricted for one-hundred years from date of creation.
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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, G. Robert Greenberg papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


History

Goodwin Robert Greenberg was born in Danube, Minnesota on June 23, 1918. He received his B.A (1941), M.S. (1942), and Ph.D. (1944) in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He was hired by Western Reserve University in 1946, and was promoted to Assistant Professor (1948) and Associate Professor of Biochemistry (1954). After receiving the American Chemical Society's Paul Lewis Award in Enzyme Chemistry, he began his career at the University of Michigan Medical School's Department of Biological Chemistry as Professor on February 15, 1957.

G. Robert Greenberg was very active in both research and teaching. His research fields included purine biosynthesis, enzymology, and molecular genetics. As a fellow at the University of Utah (1944-1946), he worked on a chemical warfare project and the anemia of infection (his chemical warfare research is not documented in this collection). Western Reserve University then recruited Greenberg to develop the new Department of Biochemistry, where his research focused on the biosynthesis of purines. Following his appointment at U-M in 1967, his research interests turned to studying bacterial viruses, studying the roles of dCMP hydroxymethylase and dTMP synthetase. He also became involved with studying bacterial genetics, researching the thymidlate synthesase in E. coli and phage ?thyA hybrids. In the 1970s, his research turned towards molecular genetics, when he worked on synthesizing deoxyribonucleotides in phage-infected cells, ultimately conducting research on membrane biochemistry with Nobel laureate Har Gobind Khorana from 1974-1975. Greenberg continued to work in molecular genetics through his appointment as Professor Emeritus in 1988 until his death, May 15, 2005.

Although predominantly a researcher, Greenberg was an active faculty member and member of the broader professional community, as a member of the American Society of Biological Chemists and American Society for Microbiology.

Greenberg first married Cora Greenberg, but divorced and later married Susan Jiga (1966). He had six children: Alice, Bettie, Efraim, Ela, James, and Paula.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The G. Robert Greenberg papers consist of four series: Biographical/Historical, Pre-University of Michigan, University of Michigan, and Visual Materials.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Biochemistry -- Research.
  • Biochemistry -- Study and teaching.
  • Biochemistry -- Study and research.
  • Photographs.
  • Greenberg, G. Robert.
  • University of Michigan. Department of Biological Chemistry.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Greenberg, G. Robert.
  • University of Michigan. Department of Biological Chemistry.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • Balls, A. K. (Arnold Kent), 1891-1966.
  • Smith, Arthur H. (Arthur Harry), 1893-1976.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical/Historical [series]

Biographical/Historical, 1957-2004 (0.2 linear feet), arranged chronologically, includes Greenberg's curriculum vitae, faculty record, and family correspondence.

Box   1  
Curriculum Vitae 1988
 
Faculty Record
Box   1  
1957-1965
Box   1  
1976
 
Family correspondence
Box   1  
1966
Box   1  
1993-1995
Box   1  
2004
 
Pre-University of Michigan [series]

Pre-University of Michigan, 1931-1957 (0.9 linear feet) is arranged into three sub-series, Correspondence, Grants and Research, and Teaching Materials and contains records from Greenberg's work for the University of Utah and Western Reserve University. Correspondence, 1946-1957 (0.3 linear feet) consists of general and research correspondence during his tenure at Western Reserve University and his first months at the University of Michigan. Grants and Research, 1931-1957 (0.3 linear feet) consists of unpublished speeches, grant applications, and research materials. Included materials primarily focus on Greenberg's iron and anemia research. Of particular interest to researchers are the assorted lab results and lab notebooks from 1946-1956. Teaching Materials, 1946-1956 (0.3 linear feet) consists of lecture notes, exams, and other faculty meeting materials.

 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   1  
Correspondence 1946-1957 (5 folders)
Box   1  
Lothar 1956
Box   1  
Newcastle, England sabbatical 1956
Box   1  
Research correspondence 1947
Box   1  
Wintrobe, M.M. 1946-1947
Box   1  
Silverman, Milton 1955-1956
 
Grants and Research [subseries]
Box   1  
Biosynthesis of Purines and Nucleic Acids, National Institute of Health Grant G-3840 and A-1111 (C3) 1953-1957
Box   1  
Development of Anemia in Growing Pigs Receiving an Iron Deficient Diet undated
Box   1  
Greenberg-Ashenbrucker Radio Iron Workbook 1946
 
Lab notebook
Box   1  
1946-1947
Box   1  
1951
Box   1  
1956
Box   1  
undated
Box   1  
Old research methods 1931-1935
Box   1  
Pathogenesis of the Anemia of Infection talk March 14, 1947
Box   1  
Phase I Lab Results 1954
Box   1  
Studies of Iron Metabolism 1947
Box   1  
Talks, Federation Meetings, Chicago 1947-1953
Box   1  
Teichoic Acids, Phosphorus-Containing Substances from Bacterial Cell Walls, paper to be read at Biochemical Congress in Vienna undated
 
Teaching Materials [subseries]
Box   1  
Biochemistry course materials 1954
Box   1  
Dental Biochemistry course materials 1946-1949 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Dental Biochemistry lectures undated
Box   1  
Enzymes course materials 1954
Box   1  
Lectures 1947
Box   1  
Medical lectures undated
Box   1  
Nutrition lectures undated
Box   1  
Pyr-Purine lectures undated
Box   1  
Radioactivity Measurements lectures undated
Box   1  
Western Reserve University faculty materials 1949-1950
Box   1  
Western Reserve University faculty meeting minutes 1951-1956
 
University of Michigan [series]

University of Michigan, 1957-2005 (2.8 linear feet) is arranged into four sub-series, Correspondence, Departmental Materials, Grants and Research, and Teaching Materials. Correspondence, 1957-2005 (1.3 linear feet), arranged alphabetically and chronologically, consists of extensive incoming and outgoing correspondence with biochemists both domestically and internationally. Correspondents include alumni and leading chemists such as Nancy Nossal and Nobel laureate Har Gobind Khorana. Also of note is an autobiographical account of Greenberg's life and career in the 2005 correspondence. Departmental Materials, 1957-1995 (0.2 linear feet), arranged alphabetically, consists of records relating to the department and several University of Michigan Committees. Within this subseries, the folder Dissertation Committee includes compilations of dissertation abstracts as well as dissertation committee policies. Grants and Research, 1957-2001 (0.8 linear feet), arranged alphabetically and by grant, consists of grant applications, annual grant reports, research proposals, and records relating to his research associates. Included grant materials primarily focus on Greenberg's research into DNA, bacteriophage infection, and enzyme formation. This series includes the original 1956 grant application for Enzyme Formation in Phage-Infected Bacteria, a research project started during Greenberg's sabbatical in Newcastle, England while a member of Case Western Reserve's faculty and continued at the University of Michigan. Correspondence related to the Newcastle sabbatical is included in the Pre-University of Michigan Correspondence sub-series. The Teaching Materials sub-series, 1959-2002 (0.6 linear feet), arranged alphabetically, consists of course evaluations, exams, labs, lecture notes, and syllabi.

 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   2  
Bose, Subir K. 1964
Box   2  
Correspondence 1958-2005 (38 folders)
Box   2  
Correspondence with researchers 1966
Box   2  
Drake, John W. 1992-1993
Box   2  
Gobind Khorana, Har 1975-1976
Box   2  
Grant correspondence 1957-1959
Box   2  
Lab correspondence 1961-1971
Box   2  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology sabbatical 1973-1974
Box   2  
National Science Foundation 1973
Box   3  
Nossal, Nancy 1962-1963
Box   3  
Research 1968-1978 (9 folders)
Box   3  
Research and fellowship 1970-1976
Box   3  
Shapiro, David M. 1961-1964
Box   3  
SOS research 1981
Box   3  
Speaker correspondence 1957-1958
 
Departmental Materials [subseries]
Box   3  
Committee on Educational Affairs 1959-1960
Box   3  
Department of Biochemistry 1966-1969
Box   3  
Dissertation Committee 1968-1973
Box   3  
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 1962-1963
Box   3  
Molecular Genetics Center Executive Committee Meeting May 20, 1983
Box   3  
Research Training Program undated
Box   3  
Symposium 1995
Box   3  
Thesis Committee meeting January 28, 1981
 
Grants and Research [subseries]
Box   3  
Application for Radioisotope Procurement 1973
 
Biochemical Events after Bacteriophage Infection, National Institute of Health Grant A-1669
Box   3  
Annual expense reports 1958-1960
Box   3  
Application 1959-1961
Box   3  
Application 1966-1967
Box   3  
Grant materials 1961-1964 (3 folders)
 
Biosynthesis and Metabolism of Nucleotides, USPHS Grant A-1669
Box   3  
Applications and budget 1957-1961
Box   3  
Budgets and employees 1958-1962
Box   3  
Characteristics of a Bacteriophage T4 Induced Complex Synthesizing Deoxyribonucleotides reader comments 1982
Box   3  
Copyright transfer agreement 1994
Box   3  
Denovo Pathway to Inosinic Acid: the Background Fifty Years Later 2001
Box   3  
Deoxyribonucleotide and DNA Biosynthesis in Phage Infection Grant Applications 1972-1973
Box   3  
Disclosure of invention 1993
Box   3  
DNA research materials 1994
 
Enzyme Formation in Phage-Infected Bacteria, National Science Foundation grant 11432
Box   3  
Employee materials 1960-1962
Box   3  
National Science Foundation correspondence 1958-1964
Box   3  
Proposal and Annual Reports 1957-1962
Box   3  
Research proposals 1960-1964
Box   3  
Sabbatical application 1956
Box   3  
Experiment protocols 1987
Box   3  
Grant applications 1981-1982
Box   3  
Grants 1975-1976
Box   3  
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Fellowship application 1974
Box   3  
Lab notebook 1974
 
Lab notes
Box   3  
1968
Box   3  
1985
Box   4  
National Institute of Health applications and correspondence 1972-1973
Box   4  
Nature of DNA Replication Complex grant application 1976
 
Peer review comments
Box   4  
1991
Box   4  
undated
Box   4  
Phage Infected Bacteria, National Science Foundation grant 11432 1960-1964 (4 folders)
Box   4  
Phage Infection: Deoxyribonucleotide and DNA Biosynthesis grant application 1975
 
Research Associates
Box   4  
Al-Khalidi, Usama 1957
Box   4  
Ebisuzaki, Kaney 1957
Box   4  
Eigner, Joseph 1961-1964
Box   4  
Figueirado, Eurico 1957-1958
Box   4  
Hayes, Donal 1957-1965
Box   4  
Rodriguez, Fabio Andres 1970-1973
Box   4  
Somerville, Ronald H. 1960-1964
Box   4  
Yun-chi, Yeh 1964
Box   4  
Role of Ribonucleotide Reductase in DNA Replication grant application and correspondence 1983
Box   4  
Sabbatical leave request 1973
Box   4  
Biological Chemistry 711 course evaluation 2004
Box   4  
Biological Chemistry 711 graduate seminar 1973-1974
Box   4  
Biological Chemistry 807 and 808 course materials 1967-1969
Box   4  
Biological Chemistry exams 1959-1970 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Biological Chemistry graduate lectures 1963
Box   4  
Course 516B lab notes 1975-1976
Box   4  
Course syllabi 1982
Box   4  
Course syllabi and labs 1974-1979 (3 folders)
Box   4  
Genetic lectures notebook June 1964
Box   4  
Massachusetts Institute of Technology sabbatical 1974-1975
Box   4  
Seminar notebook 2002
 
Visual Materials [series]

Visual Materials, 1940-1957 (0.1 linear feet), arranged alphabetically, consists of photographs and research negatives. The photographs include the Paul Lewis Award ceremony and several Department of Biochemistry photographs dating from before Greenberg's involvement at U-M. These photographs include autographed headshots of biophysicists as well as a group department photograph from May 4, 1940.

Box   4  
American Chemical Society Paul Lewis Award photograph 1957
Box   4  
NrdB negatives, before 1983 undated
Box   4  
University of Michigan Department of Biochemistry department photographs 1940