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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John J. Biesele Papers



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Creator: Biesele, John J.
Title: Biesele, John J. Papers
Abstract: The Biesele Papers consist of the professional records and academic studies of Biesele, including teaching files, research materials, publications, manuscripts, research findings, and photographs.
Accession No.: 2010-125
Extent: 25 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Waco, Texas, in 1918, John Julius Biesele studied at the University of Texas under Dr. Theophilus Painter, earning his Ph.D. in 1942. Biesele’s doctoral studies focused on chromosome abnormalities in mouse tumor cells, thus forming the basis of a lifelong interest in the cytological basis of carcinogenesis.

Among his notable professional posts, Biesele worked as a research associate at M.I.T. where he learned novel techniques of electron microscopy and ultraviolet microscopy with Dr. Francis Schmitt. He also served as an associate scientist of chemotherapy at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York. In 1958 he moved back to Austin to become professor of zoology at UT. During his tenure at UT, Biesele was instrumental in obtaining the university’s first electron microscope and continued his study of chromosome structures and their relation to cancer. The microscope became a key tool in many university research projects and was employed by researchers in microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and biomedical engineering.

The breadth of Biesele’s electron microscope studies was remarkable. They ranged from studies of mitosis to correlations of chromosomal abnormalities with disease states other than cancer in humans and insects to studies of the movement of chromosomes and related organelles, such as centrioles. Biesele retired from UT in 1978 as professor emeritus, and died in Austin in 2009.

(Adapted from the UT Faculty Memorial Resolution)

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Scope and Contents

The Biesele Papers consist of the professional records and academic studies of Biesele, including teaching files, research materials, publications, manuscripts, research findings, and photographs.

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Most of these papers are stored off-site. Please contact repository in advance for retrieval.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John J. Biesele Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/D24d Photographic prints of microscope slides

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Stored off-site at LSF

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2010-125/1 Chromosome research files
Daily planners
Research notebooks
Daily time log
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2010-125/2 Teaching files, quizzes, tests, student correspondence
Research notebooks
R.S. Bear course on optics
Loofbourow course on ultraviolet microscopy, M.I.T., 1942
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2010-125/3 Zoology 380, 1959-1966
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2010-125/4 Sloan-Kettering Institute
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2010-125/9 Sloan-Kettering Institute
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2010-125/11 Sloan-Kettering Institute
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2010-125/5 Biesele’s early notebooks from college
Early reprints
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2010-125/6 IZUTSU
Chemistry of chromosomes
Manuscripts
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2010-125/17 Chemistry of chromosomes
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2010-125/12 Manuscripts, 1943-1959
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2010-125/7 Manuscripts, 1943-1959
Manuscripts, 1960-1964
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2010-125/13 Manuscripts, 1960-1964
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2010-125/8 Manuscripts, 1960-1964
Manuscripts, 1966-1974
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2010-125/9 Manuscripts, 1966-1974
Zoology 320
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2010-125/10 Zoology 320 class notes and exams
Manuscripts
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2010-125/12 Dissertation drafts
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2010-125/14 Zoology 380
Mammalian Chromosomes
Principles of Biology, 3rd edition
Biesele’s lab notebook
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2010-125/13 “The Karyology of Mouse Cancer,” by Biesele
Biesele’s lab notebooks
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2010-125/15 Biesele’s lab notebooks
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2010-125/16 Films
Paraffin samples
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2010-125/17 Microscope photos
Microscope slides
Abstracts card file
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2010-125/18 Oversize photo prints: microscope slides, diagrams
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2010-125/19 Oversize photo prints: microscope slides, diagrams

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