Collection VC086 - Ruth Silberberg Photomicrographs

Description

Reference code

VC086

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Collection

Title

Ruth Silberberg Photomicrographs

Date(s)

  • circa 1959 (Creation)

Extent

3.00 Linear Feet

Name of creator

(1906-1997)

Biographical history

Born in Germany, Ruth Silberberg (1906-1997) studied medicine at the University of Breslau (M.D. 1931) as did her husband Martin Silberberg (1895-1966). They often collaborated on research, particularly the study of aging and degenerative arthritis, until Martin's death in 1966. The Silberbergs met at the University of Breslau, where Martin was Ruth's professor. Martin was already a specialist in bone diseases, experimental cytology, and haematology. While on a Rockefeller traveling fellowship to the United States in 1928 and 1929, Martin worked with Leo Loeb at Washington University. After getting married in 1933, the Silberbergs worked jointly in the Institute of Pathology at Breslau until forced from their positions by the Nazi regime in 1934.

After leaving Germany, the Silberbergs settled in Canada where they joined the department of Pathology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. They moved to St. Louis in 1937 to work with Leo Loeb where Ruth was a researcher in the Department of Pathology. The Silberbergs were on staff at New York University in the Department of Pathology from 1941 until 1944. Then the Silberbergs returned to St. Louis to fill positions in the reorganized Department of Pathology at City Hospital and at Jewish Hospital. Both Martin and Ruth were also instructors in the Department of Pathology at Washington University. Ruth became Assistant Professor of Pathology in 1950, Associate Professor in 1957, and a full Professor in 1968. She retired as Professor Emerita and Lecturer in 1975, and later went to live and work in Israel in 1977.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 2136 photomicrographs originally mounted in 5 notebooks that have been unbound and arranged into 37 folders. Ruth Silberberg states in her oral history that the Silberbergs learned electron microscopy in 1959, so the electron micrographs in the series probably antedate 1959. Each photomicrograph is individually labeled with information such as mice strain (C57 or Dba), sex, age, hormone or other treatment with dose and frequency and other information concerning the microphotograph, including the level of magnification. For a description of each folder, please see FC086, Series 2. https://beckerarchives.wustl.edu/FC081-S02

System of arrangement

When the photomicrographs came to the archives, each subdivision of the notebooks was put in a folder and the subdivision labels were copied and became folder labels. The photomicrographs are arranged and described in the Ruth Silberberg Papers collection [FC081-S02] Each folder was also given a VC number when the photographs came to the archives [VC086001-037]. Each folder contains multiple photomicrographs.

Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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