Elvin A. Kabat papers (FA020) 1934-1990

7.7 cubic feet (16 document cases)

Biochemistry Immunology

Arrangement

The Elvin A. Kabat Papers are arranged in two series:

Series 1 - Personal

Series 2 - General Correspondence

Biographical / Historical

Elvin A. Kabat (1914-2000), a pioneer in the field of immunochemistry, worked for three decades on standardizing immunological science. In the late 1930s he worked as a Fellow at the Institute of Physical Chemistry for the Rockefeller Foundation and later he was a leading member of the faculty at Columbia University. He spent much of his early career working on the structure and immunochemistry of blood-group substances, analyzing the binding properties of antibodies and developing immunodiagnostic tests for multiple sclerosis. He paved the way for the modern experimental autoimmunity process. Kabat also devoted much of his time to mentoring new and often passed-over scientists. He aided foreign medical and chemistry students and provided opportunities to women and African American students in the United States during a time when these opportunities were virtually non-existent.

Through his hard work and endless efforts, a Kabat database was created to aid students in standard immunochemistry. Kabat was also a prolific writer. He authored numerous books, including “Sequences of Proteins of Immunological Interests” and “Kabat and Mayer’s Experimental Immunochemistry,” which became the text book for all future graduate and doctoral students. He often submitted articles on his latest research and contributed to the Immunochemical Studies on Blood Groups.

Kabat was known for his tireless pursuit of honesty and justice. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Kabat discovered that during the McCarthy era he was placed on a watch list because of his Eastern European heritage and because of his work with the National Research Council and the United States military.

Elvin A. Kabat (1914-2000), a pioneer in the field of immunochemistry, worked for three decades on standardizing immunological science. In the late 1930s he worked as a Fellow at the Institute of Physical Chemistry for the Rockefeller Foundation and later he was a leading member of the faculty at Columbia University. He spent much of his early career working on the structure and immunochemistry of blood-group substances, analyzing the binding properties of antibodies and developing immunodiagnostic tests for multiple sclerosis. He paved the way for the modern experimental autoimmunity process. Kabat also devoted much of his time to mentoring new and often passed-over scientists. He aided foreign medical and chemistry students and provided opportunities to women and African American students in the United States during a time when these opportunities were virtually non-existent.

Through his hard work and endless efforts, a Kabat database was created to aid students in standard immunochemistry. Kabat was also a prolific writer. He authored numerous books, including “Sequences of Proteins of Immunological Interests” and “Kabat and Mayer’s Experimental Immunochemistry,” which became the text book for all future graduate and doctoral students. He often submitted articles on his latest research and contributed to the Immunochemical Studies on Blood Groups.

Kabat was known for his tireless pursuit of honesty and justice. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Kabat discovered that during the McCarthy era he was placed on a watch list because of his Eastern European heritage and because of his work with the National Research Council and the United States military.

September 1, 1914
Born in New York City to Harris Kabatchinick, from Lithuania, and Doreen Otesky from the Ukraine.
Spring 1929
Graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School (at the age of 15).
Fall 1929
Began studying at City College.
1932
Obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from the College of the City of New York.
1933-1937
Laboratory Assistant in Immunochemistry, Presbyterian Hospital, New York.
1934
Obtained an MA from Columbia University.
1937
Obtained a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
1937-1938
Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at Institute of Physical Chemistry, Uppsala, Sweden with Professors The Svedberg and Arne Tiselius.
1938-1941
Instructor of Pathology, Cornell Medical College.
1941-1946
Research Associate in Biochemistry (assigned to Neurology), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and the Neurological Institute, Presbyterian Hospital.
1942
Married Sally Lennick.
1942-1943
Director of Immunochemical Studies on Meningococcus Meningitis under subcontract from the Meningitis Commission, Board for the Control of Epidemic Diseases, United States Army.
1942-1945
Responsible investigator for three OSRD projects for Committee on Medical Research.
1943-1945
Chemist to an NDRC project. Member, Scientific Staff, Division of War Research, Columbia University.
1945-1947
Consultant, Chemical Warfare Service, Camp Detrick, Maryland.
1946-1948
Assistant Professor of Bacteriology, Columbia University.
1947-1951
Attending Consultant, Veterans Administration Hospital, Kingsbridge, Bronx, New York.
1948-1952
Associate Professor of Bacteriology, Columbia University.
1949
Eli Lilly Award in Bacteriology and Immunology.
1950
Visiting Staff Member, University of California Summer Session, Berkeley, California.
1950-1951
Harvey Lecturer.
1951-1953
Member, Subcommittee on Shock, National Research Council.
1952-1985
Professor of Microbiology, Columbia University.
1953-1967
Member, Medial Advisory Board, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
1953-1971
Member, Panel on Plasma, National Research Council.
1954-1968
Member, Scientific and Education Council, American Foundation for Allergic Diseases.
1956-1958
Member, Symposium Advisory Committee Unitarian Service Committee.
1956-1959
Member, Research Review Panel, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
1956-1985
Microbiologist Medical Service, Presbyterian Hospital, Neurological Institute.
1957-1960
Editorial Board Transplantation Bulletin.
1957-1962
Member, Biochemistry Advisory Panel AIBS to Office of Naval Research.
1957-1967
Member, Ad Hoc Panel and Committee on Tissue Transplantation, National Research Council.
1960
William Pyle Philips Lecturer, Haverford College.
1961
Editorial Board, Journal of Immunological.
1961-1964
Councillor American Association of Immunologists.
1962
Golden Hope Chest Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
1962-1968
Scientific Advisory Committee, Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers.
March 1963
Visiting Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of California, San Francisco.
April 1964
Professor, College de France, Paris.
1964
John S. Sharpe Memorial Lecturer, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
1964-1965
Vice President, American Association of Immunologists.
1965
Member of Scientific Committee New York Blood Center.
1965-1966
President, American Association of Immunologists.
1965-1975
Member, World Health Organization Advisory Panel on Immunology.
1966
Member, National Academy of Sciences. Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1967
Almroth Wright Lecturer, St. Mary's Hospital, Wright Fleming Institute, London.
1968
Claude Bernard Medal, Universit de Montreal. E. B. Wilson Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin.
1968-1972
Chairman, Committee on Latimaria, National Academy of Sciences.
1969
Professor of Human Genetics and Development, Columbia University.
1969-1972
National Science Foundation Panel on Molecular Biology.
1971
Member, Committee on Viral Hepatitis, National Research Council.
1974-1975
Fogarty Scholar at U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH).
1975-2000
Dr. Kabat divided his time between Columbia and NIH.
1991
Received the National Medal of Science.
June 16, 2000
Passed away at the age of 86.

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Contents

Personal, 1934-1988
Appointments, 1974, 1982-1983

Box 1, Folder 1

Dr. Max Berger, 1984

Box 1, Folder 2

Biographical Information, undated

Box 1, Folder 3

Biographical Information, undated

Box 1, Folder 4

Elsevier Science Publishers, 1982-1984

Box 1, Folder 5

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 1934-1947

Box 1, Folder 6

Fogarty International Center, 1972-1975, 1980

Box 1, Folder 7

Israel Lecture Conference, 1985-1987

Box 1, Folder 8

Knickerbocker Blood Bank - Dr. Amos Cohen, 1949-1951

Box 1, Folder 9

Letters from Sabbatical, undated

Box 1, Folder 10

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, 1977-1978

Box 1, Folder 11

News Releases and Correspondence, 1969-1979

Box 1, Folder 12

Personal Correspondence, 1980-1988

Box 1, Folder 13

Pierre Grabar Conference, 1986

Box 1, Folder 14

Publications - Book, 1979-1981, 1983-1984

Box 1, Folder 15

Rockefeller Foundation Correspondence, 1937-1939

Box 1, Folder 16

General Correspondence, 1944-1990
Dr. Pradip N. Akolkar, 1982-1985

Box 2, Folder 1

Dr. Howard J. Allen, 1978-1981

Box 2, Folder 2

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1967-1969

Box 2, Folder 3

American Society of Clinical Pathologists - Philip Levine Award, undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Dr. Byron Anderson - Northwestern University - The Bauman Carbohydrate Binding Prediction Program, 1977-1987

Box 2, Folder 5

Animals, 1979-1983

Box 2, Folder 6

Annual Review of Immunology, 1982, 1985, 1986

Box 2, Folder 7

Dr. M. Zoe Atassi, 1976-1985

Box 2, Folder 8

Dr. Statis Aurameas, 1976-1978

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence (A), undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Dr. Don A. Baker, 1984-1985

Box 2, Folder 11

Dr. David Baltimore, 1984-1985

Box 2, Folder 12

Dr. Arthur Bank, 1977-1982

Box 2, Folder 13

Dr. Shmuel A. Ben-Sasson, 1979-1985

Box 2, Folder 14

Dr. Baruj Benacerraf, 1976-1985

Box 2, Folder 15

Dr. Sabhas B. Bhattacharya, 1984-1986

Box 2, Folder 16

Dr. Dietmar G. Braun, 1977-1987

Box 2, Folder 17

Dr. Hagan Bretting, 1976-1985

Box 2, Folder 18

Correspondence (Ba-Be), undated

Box 2, Folder 19

Correspondence (Bi-Bu), undated

Box 3, Folder 20

Dr. Donald Capra - University of Texas, Dallas, 1976, 1986

Box 3, Folder 21

Dr. Charles Cantor, 1981-1984

Box 3, Folder 22

Cetus Corporation - Dr. Henry A. Erlich, 1986

Box 3, Folder 23

Dr. Thomas Chalmers, 1981-1982

Box 3, Folder 24

Dr. Hsu-Tang Chen, 1983-1988

Box 3, Folder 25

Dr. Shu Chien, 1978-1983

Box 3, Folder 26

Chinese Society of Hematology - Dr. Che'n Wen-Chieh, 1984, 1985

Box 3, Folder 27

Dr. John Cisar, 1975-1984

Box 3, Folder 28

CODATA Conference, undated

Box 3, Folder 29

Columbia University, 1977-1981

Box 3, Folder 30

Controller's Office - Business Office - Mr. Lee Coyle, 1976-1981

Box 3, Folder 31

Dr. Audrey Cohen and Dr. Michael Heidelberger, 1980-1985

Box 3, Folder 32

Cyfoger Certification - Dr. John Rockwell, 1986

Box 3, Folder 33

Correspondence (Ca-Ci), undated

Box 3, Folder 34

Correspondence (Cl-Cy), undated

Box 4, Folder 35

Dr. Peter Dmant, 1982

Box 4, Folder 36

Dr. Keith J. Dorrington, 1984-1987

Box 4, Folder 37

Dr. Sheldon Dray, 1977-1980

Box 4, Folder 38

Correspondence (D), undated

Box 4, Folder 39

Correspondence (E), undated

Box 4, Folder 40

Dr. Ten Feizi, 1976-1986

Box 4, Folder 41

French Lecture Series, 1959-1979

Box 4, Folder 42

Correspondence (F), undated

Box 5, Folder 43

Dr. Rina Ghosh, 1986-1987

Box 5, Folder 44

Dr. Tarun Kanti Ghosh, 1982-1984

Box 5, Folder 45

Dr. Irwin Goldstein, 1976-1986

Box 5, Folder 46

Correspondence (Ga-Gol), undated

Box 5, Folder 47

Correspondence (Goo-Gu), undated

Box 5, Folder 48

Dr. Bernard Halpern, 1968-1985

Box 5, Folder 49

Dr. Valee Harisdangkul, 1976-1985

Box 5, Folder 50

Dr. Beth Hill, 1986

Box 5, Folder 51

Human Genetics and Development, 1982-1983

Box 5, Folder 52

Dr. Leroy E. Hood, 1978-1986

Box 5, Folder 53

Dr. Tasuku Honjo, 1982-1987

Box 5, Folder 54

Dr. John H. Humphrey, 1983-1988

Box 5, Folder 55

Correspondence (H), undated

Box 6, Folder 56

Information on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, and Health, Education, and Welfare, and Related Agencies, March 1975

Box 6, Folder 57

International Laboratory for Research on Animal Disease, 1975-1981

Box 6, Folder 58

Institute for Cancer Research - Dr. Knudson, 1974-1983

Box 6, Folder 59

Correspondence (I), undated

Box 6, Folder 60

Correspondence (J), undated

Box 6, Folder 61

Dr. Akira Kobata, 1975-1977

Box 6, Folder 62

Dr. Karen Krupen, 1981-1990

Box 7, Folder 63

Correspondence (Ka-Ke), undated

Box 7, Folder 64

Correspondence (Ki-Ku), undated

Box 7, Folder 65

Dr. Sung La, 1983-1984

Box 7, Folder 66

Dr. Eric Cheong Hon Lai, 1982-1987

Box 7, Folder 67

Dr. James W. Larrick, 1985-1986

Box 7, Folder 68

Dr. Raymond Lemieux, 1975-1980

Box 7, Folder 69

Dr. Raymond Lemieux, 1981-1987

Box 7, Folder 70

Dr. Richard A. Lerner, 1983-1984

Box 8, Folder 71

Dr. Kenneth Lloyd, 1975-1987

Box 8, Folder 72

Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize Committee, 1979-1982

Box 8, Folder 73

Correspondence (L), undated

Box 8, Folder 74

Dr. S. Daniel Makover, 1984-1988

Box 8, Folder 75

Dr. Donald M. Marcus, 1975-1984

Box 8, Folder 76

Dr. Michael N. Margolies, 1977-1984

Box 8, Folder 77

Dr. Paul A. Marks, 1976-1980

Box 8, Folder 78

Matheson Commission - Correspondence and Reports, 1944-1962

Box 8, Folder 79

Matheson Commission - Correspondence and Reports, 1963-1978, 1982

Box 8, Folder 80

Dr. Tsudasa Matsuda, 1983-1988

Box 8, Folder 81

Dr. Linda Matsuuchi, 1980-1984

Box 8, Folder 82

Dr. Manfred Martin Mayor, 1975-1979

Box 9, Folder 83

Dr. Manfred Martin Mayor - Obituary and Memorial Material, 1984

Box 9, Folder 84

Dr. Florence M. McAuliffe, 1975

Box 9, Folder 85

Dr. Vincent J. McAuliffe, 1983-1986

Box 9, Folder 86

Dr. Esther L. McCandless, 1979-1982

Box 9, Folder 87

Dr. Hugh O'Neill McDevitt, 1979-1983

Box 9, Folder 88

McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1978-1979

Box 9, Folder 89

Allyn McIntyre - Journal of Theoretical Biology, 1981-1982

Box 9, Folder 90

Dr. Ian McIntyre, 1975-1986

Box 9, Folder 91

Dr. Giampaolo Merlini, 1987

Box 9, Folder 92

Microbiology, 1976-1984

Box 9, Folder 93

Dr. Cesar Milestein, 1978-1986

Box 9, Folder 94

Dr. Carlos Moreno, 1984-1985

Box 9, Folder 95

Dr. Richard Y. Morita, 1984

Box 9, Folder 96

Dr. Sherie Morrison, 1981-1986

Box 9, Folder 97

Correspondence (M), undated

Box 9, Folder 98

National Academy of Science, 1977-1984

Box 10, Folder 99

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, undated

Box 10, Folder 100

Dr. Lenore Neigeborn, October 27, 1983

Box 10, Folder 101

New York Blood Center, 1978-1979

Box 10, Folder 102

Dr. Barbara Newman, 1980-1987

Box 10, Folder 103

Dr. Walter Newman, 1977-1983

Box 10, Folder 104

Dr. Yutaka Nishioka, 1979-1980

Box 10, Folder 105

Nobel Prize Committee, 1981-1985

Box 10, Folder 106

Correspondence (N), undated

Box 10, Folder 107

Dr. Susuma Ohno, 1982-1983

Box 10, Folder 108

Dr. Elliot Osserman, 1978-1985

Box 10, Folder 109

Correspondence (O), undated

Box 10, Folder 110

Dr. Eduardo Paldan, 1976-1986

Box 10, Folder 111

Dr. Miercio Pereia, 1974-1985

Box 10, Folder 112

Dr. Jerzy Petryniak, 1975-1984

Box 11, Folder 113

Dr. Ronald D. Poretz, 1978-1983

Box 11, Folder 114

Correspondence (Pa-Ph), undated

Box 11, Folder 115

Correspondence (Pi-Py), undated

Box 11, Folder 116

Quarterly Review of Biology, 1975-1979

Box 11, Folder 117

Mr. James Quirk, 1976-1977

Box 11, Folder 118

Radiation Safety - Correspondence and Agreements, 1977-1984

Box 12, Folder 119

Dr. Arepalli S. Rao, 1979-1984

Box 12, Folder 120

Dr. Dieter Roelcke, 1984

Box 12, Folder 121

Dr. Noel R. Rose, 1978-1979

Box 12, Folder 122

Dr. Jonathan Rothbard, 1985

Box 12, Folder 123

Dr. Luciana Rouis, 1975-1982

Box 12, Folder 124

Correspondence (Ra-Ri), undated

Box 12, Folder 125

Correspondence (Ro-Ru), undated

Box 12, Folder 126

Dr. Manju Sarkar, 1975-1984

Box 12, Folder 127

Dr. Conrad Schuerch, 1978-1983

Box 12, Folder 128

Dr. Stuart Schlossman, 1977-1987

Box 12, Folder 129

Dr. Robert Schwartz, 1983-1988

Box 12, Folder 130

Dr. Fred Seymour, 1977-1982

Box 12, Folder 131

Dr. Jacqueline Sharon, 1980-1985

Box 12, Folder 132

Dr. Nathan Sharon, 1975-1985

Box 13, Folder 133

Dr. Santosh Kumar Sikdar, 1981-1985

Box 13, Folder 134

Arthur M. Silverstein - "History of Immunology", 1982-1985

Box 13, Folder 135

Dr. Alan Solomon, 1982

Box 13, Folder 136

Soviet Union, 1975, 1980

Box 13, Folder 137

Dr. Georg Springer, 1964-1988

Box 13, Folder 138

Dr. Lisa Steiner, 1978-1987

Box 13, Folder 139

Dr. B. David Stollar, 1986

Box 13, Folder 140

Dr. Jack L. Strominger, 1977-1978

Box 13, Folder 141

Dr. Shunji Sugii, 1976-1988

Box 14, Folder 142

Dr. Lanping Amy Sung, 1978-1988

Box 14, Folder 143

Correspondence (Sa-Sh), undated

Box 14, Folder 144

Correspondence (Si-Sz), undated

Box 14, Folder 145

Dean Donald Tapley, 1976-1981

Box 14, Folder 146

Dr. Mitsuo Torii, 1975-1988

Box 14, Folder 147

Trends in Biomedical Sciences, 1975-1983

Box 14, Folder 148

Dr. Nancy A. Treptow, 1982-1987

Box 15, Folder 149

Correspondence (T), undated

Box 15, Folder 150

Correspondence (U), undated

Box 15, Folder 151

Dr. Giuseppe Vicari, 1966-1970

Box 15, Folder 152

Correspondence (V), undated

Box 15, Folder 153

Dr. Irving Weissman, 1976-1980

Box 15, Folder 154

The Weizmann Institute of Science, 1975-1984

Box 15, Folder 155

Dr. Jeffery L. Winkelhake, 1976-1981

Box 15, Folder 156

Dr. Charles Wood, 1980-1985

Box 15, Folder 157

World Health Organization, 1976-1985

Box 15, Folder 158

Dr. Albert Ming-Tao Wu, 1975-1984

Box 16, Folder 159

Dr. Albert Ming-Tao Wu, 1985-1986

Box 16, Folder 160

Correspondence (Wa-Wh), undated

Box 16, Folder 161

Correspondence (Wi-Wy), undated

Box 16, Folder 162

Correspondence (Y), undated

Box 16, Folder 163

Correspondence (Z), undated

Box 16, Folder 164