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Robert D. Lange Papers

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Identifier: MS-2806

This collection contains the papers of Dr. Robert D. Lange, M. D., in the field of hematology. The bulk of the materials date from the 1960s through the 1990s. Materials include numerous slides, correspondence, publications, research materials, and more from his work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the University of Tennessee Medical Research Center and Hospital (UTMRCH), Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORAU/ORNL), and many other organizations. Also included are articles and information on the field of hematology, including but not limited to space anemia, canine and human cyclic neutropenia and cyclic hematopoiesis, and, most importantly, erythropoiesis.

There are nine series and several sub-series within this collection:

Series I. Personal and Professional Information, 1940s-1990s, contains certificates, plaques, autobiographies, scrapbooks, and other items that reflect the achievements of Dr. Lange in his field.

Series II. Correspondence, 1970s-1990s, undated, contains two sub-series. Sub-series A From Filing Cabinet contains correspondence from Dr. Lange's filing cabinet and remains in original order by the first initial of correspondent's last name or organization name. Sub-series B. Loose Correspondence was organized by the library by first initial of correspondent's last name or organization. There are also separate folders for No Last Name, business cards and contact, and miscellaneous (which contains a stamp and fax transactions).

Series III. Research Materials, 1960s-1990s, contains several sub-series, organized by project or article when known: A. Erythropoietin in the Anemia of End-Stage Renal Disease Chapter; B. Spaceflight Projects; C. Cyclic Hematopoiesis and Cyclic Neutropenia Projects; D. Matrex Agglutination: An Alternative to the Tanned Red Cell Technique for the Measurement of Erythropoietin Article; E. Regulation of Hematopoiesis in Rats...: II. Mechanisms of Anemia Article; F. cDNA Cloning of Erythropoiesis in RNA Article; G. Other Projects; H. Other Notes.

Series IV. Articles, 1911, 1940s-1990s, has five sub-series: A. Presentations by Lange; B. Articles by Lange; C. Lange's review material of Gunga et al article; D. Articles by other authors; and E. Bound publications by other authors. Some are further divided into sub-sub-series based on topic (e.g. cyclic neutropenia, erythropoiesis, etc.) or where removed from (e.g. from filing cabinets, from binders, etc.).

Series V. University of Tennessee and Management, 1960s-1990s, is divided into three sub-series by where the material came from: A. From filing cabinets; B. From folders; C. Loose materials. Each of the folders in the first and second sub-series remain in original division, but the third has been divided by topic (e.g. budget information, programs, etc.) by the library.

Series VI. Human Subject Committee for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), 1970s-1990s, is divided into four sub-series: A. Meeting Information; B. Proposals and Project Information; C. Publications; D. Other ORAU Material. The last sub-series contains correspondence, forms, and regulation information.

Series VII. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1970s-1990s, is divided into four sub-series by programs or missions: A. Spacelab Missions; B. Cosmos 2044; C. Life Sciences Program; D. Other Material, which contains correspondences, NASA publications, and proposals.

Series VIII. Travel and Conferences, 1966, 1970, 1980s-1990s, contains several folders divided by the organization (eg. International Society of Hematology), conference topic (eg. International Symposium on Biosatellite Cosmos), or location when the organization and topic are not provided (eg. Florida Trip).

Series IX. Audiovisual Material, 1960s-1990s, undated, contains Sub-series A. Microscope and Photographic Slides - be cautious of partially broken glass slides; Sub-series B. Pictures, which includes photographs and art prints; and Sub-series C. Audiocassettes, which contain interviews, etc.

Oversized materials are removed to appropriate oversized storage containers.

Dates

  • 1911, 1940s-1990s (bulk 1960s-1990s)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

39.25 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of Dr. Robert D. Lange, M. D., in the field of hematology. The bulk of the materials date from the 1960s through the 1990s. Materials include numerous slides, correspondence, publications, research materials, and more from his work with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the University of Tennessee Medical Research Center and Hospital (UTMRCH), Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORAU/ORNL), and many other organizations. Also included are articles and information on the field of hematology, including but not limited to space anemia, canine and human cyclic neutropenia and cyclic hematopoiesis, and, most importantly, erythropoiesis.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Minnesota on January 24, 1920, Robert Dale Lange received a BS from Macalester College at St. Paul, Minn., in 1941, and an M. D. from Washington University's School of Medicine at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1944. He was a major in the U. S. Army and served on the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission at Hiroshima from 1951-1953. From 1956 to 1964, Dr. Lange taught at Washington University and the Medical School of Georgia at Augusta.

In 1964, Lange moved his family to Knoxville, Tennessee, to work for the University of Tennessee Memorial Research Center and Hospital (UTMRCH), where he rose to the rank of director. Lange became professor and chairman in the Department of Medical Biology by 1978. From 1969 to 1993 as a representative of UT, he consulted Oak Ridge Associated Universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORAU/ORNL) and acted as a member of their Human Subjects Committee. In 1985, Dr. Lange retired; but as a professor emeritus and practicing doctor, he continued his work in hematology, especially focusing on erythropoiesis and anemia. As investigator on several NASA experiments, he enabled UT's medical projects fly on the space shuttles in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Challenger's ill-fated mission of 1986.

Lange's professional career also includes over 150 journal papers and book chapters, as well as a tremendous number of reviews and abstracts. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the International Society of Hematology and a member of many national and international societies and organizations, including Sigma XI and Pi Phi Epsilon.

On September 16, 1945, Dr. Lange married Mary Jane Adams, and the couple subsequently had two children, Ruth Ann (Mrs. R. A. Rehm), born circa 1944, and John Carl, born circa 1950. Dr. Lange died on March 1, 1999, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Arrangement

Collection consists of 38 boxes divided into nine series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Personal and Professional Information, 1940s-1990s
  2. Series II: Correspondence, 1970s-1990s, undated
  3. Series III: Research Materials, 1960s-1990s
  4. Series IV: Articles, 1911, 1940s-1990s
  5. Series V: University of Tennessee and Management, 1960s-1990s
  6. Series VI: Human Subject Committee for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), 1970s-1990s
  7. Series VII: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 1970s-1990s
  8. Series VIII: Travel and Conferences, 1966, 1970, 1980s-1990s
  9. Series IV: Audiovisual Material, 1960s-1990s, undated

Acquisition Note

Collection is property of the UT Special Collections Library.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480