Doris Zallen Papers
Scope and Content
The Doris Zallen Papers, Ms2018-032, contain content from Doris Zallen’s professional work with genetic research, discussions, and testing from 1960 to 2016.
The records are divided into six series including: I. Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee Service, 1990-1999; II. Professional Papers, 1960-2016; III. Book Reviews, 1962-2010; IV. Background information on Published Papers, 1980-2008; V. Ethics and Advisory Board, 1979; and VI. Liverpool School, 1952-2012.
In the first series, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee Service, 1990-1999, each folder relates to the Recombinant Advisory Committee. They include meeting notes, correspondence within the organization, and notes from conferences.
The second series, Professional Papers, 1960-2016, outlines Doris Zallen’s academia starting with her education at Brooklyn College, Harvard University, and the University of Rochester. This series includes manuscripts from her teaching and research careers at Nazareth College of Rochester and Virginia Tech. Zallen’s professional papers include research, summaries of sabbaticals and other leaves, consulting, teaching awards, and student and faculty correspondence.
Series III, Book Reviews, 1962-2010, includes book reviews from other scholars about Zallen’s research: "Science and Morality", "Does it Run In the Family?," and "To Test or Not to Test?" This series also includes a poster from a discusion led by Zallen about genetic testing and images from "Does it Run In the Family?"
The fourth series, Background information on Published Papers, 1980-2008, contains published and unpublished articles by Doris Zallen and other scholars about genes from 1980 to 2008.
The fifth series, Ethics and Advisory Board, 1979, consists of the report, conclusions, and appendix from the Human in Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer study.
The last series, Liverpool School, 1952-2012, consists of background information, publications, interviews, and pictures from Zallen's research of the prevention of Rh disease.
- 1952 - 2016
Language of Materials
The materials in the collection are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
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Doris Zallen received her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and completed her graduate and doctoral work at Harvard Univeristy. Zallen focused her research on the social, ethical, and policy issues of genetic technologies. She came to Virginia Tech in 1983 and retired as professor of Science and Technology Studies and Humanities in 2015. Zallen published three books and created the Choices and Challenges Forum series at Virginia Tech. In 1991 Zallen interviewed David Weatherall who sparked Zallen's research on the prevention of Rh disease and the role the Liverpool School played in that medical advance.
10 Cubic Feet (13 boxes)
The Doris Zallen Papers, Ms2018-032, contains meeting notes from the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, Doris Zallen's professional papers, book reviews, and background on Zallen's published papers from 1960 to 2016. Doris Zallen attended Brooklyn College and Harvard University before becaming a professor of Science and Technolgy Studies and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Science at Virginia Tech. This collection follows Zallen's acadamic work from the undergraduate to graduate level, post-doctoral appointments, and her genetic research and teaching. Included in this collection is Zallens research on the Liverpool School which providedresearches the medical advance of the prevention of Rh disease.
The Doris Zallen Papers are organized into the following series:
- Series I. Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (NIH) Service, 1990-1999
- Series II. Professional papers, 1960-2016
- Series III. Book Reviews, 1982-2010
- Series IV. Background Information on Published Papers, 1980-2008
- Series V. Ethics Advisory Board, 1979
- Series VI. Liverpool School, 1952-2012
Source of Acquisition
The Doris Zallen Papers were donated to Special Collections and University Archives in July 2018. Additions were donated in March 2019 and December 2019.
Rights Statement for Archival Description
The guide to the Doris Zallen Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your- work/public-domain/cc0/).
The processing, arrangement, and description of the Doris Zallen Papers was completed in October 2018. Additional processing, arrangement, and description of an addition was completed in May 2019 and January 2020.
- Science and Technology
- University Archives
- University History
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Arts and Sciences (1970-2003)
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
- Doris Zallen Papers, 1952-2016
- Caroline Harvey, Student Worker, and LM Rozema, Archivist
- 2020 (CC0 1.0)
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