Scope and Content
Title: Elmer D. Bueker, Ph.D., Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1995
Collection number: 437
Creator: Bueker, Elmer D.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections
for the Sciences
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This small document collection outlines Dr. Bueker's
biography and academic life with a curriculum vitae, reprints of publications,
and material on faculty appointments and grants. Mainly, however, it focuses on
his view of the seminal importance that research he published in 1948 played in
the subsequent elucidation of nerve growth factor (NGF) by Dr. Rita
Levi-Montalcini, work for which she won the Nobel Prize. Included is
correspondence between Drs. Bueker, Levi-Montalcini, and Victor Hamburger,
transcript of a lengthy interview with Dr. Levi-Montalcini, published items
referring to the history of NGF research, and notes on the subject by Dr. Bueker
and his wife.
Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical
Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and
their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds
the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission
to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.
[Identification of item], Elmer D. Bueker, Ph.D., Papers, 437, Louise M.
Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences ,
University of California, Los Angeles.
The collection was given by Elizabeth A. Bueker (Mrs. Elmer D. Bueker) to the
UCLA Neuroscience History Archives in 1998, which subsequently transferred it to
the UCLA Biomedical Library.
Elmer D. Bueker (1903-1996) was born and educated in Missouri. After
receiving an M.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Colorado he
taught high school Biology until 1942, while at the same time studying for a
doctorate at Washington University, St. Louis. He received the Ph.D. in Zoology
in 1942; his dissertation sponsor was Dr. Victor Hamburger. Dr. Bueker taught
Anatomy at South Carolina Medical College, Georgetown University, and University
of Missouri Medical School between 1943 and 1955. He moved to the Department of
Anatomy at New York University College of Dentistry from 1956 on. Upon
compulsory retirement in 1972 he continued as Adjunct Professor until 1978, and
as Emeritus Professor of Anatomy until 1985.
Scope and Content
The first five folders of the collection include biographical materials,
publications, academic appointments and grants. The papers in the remaining
eight folders focus almost entirely on the question of how the history of the
discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) was, or should have been, told. Included
is correspondence regarding this question, published articles, news reports,
marginalia and comments by Dr. Bueker and his wife, and the draft of a lengthy
1988 interview by Omni magazine with Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini after she was
awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for the discovery.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bueker, Elmer D.,
1903- 1996 - Archives
Nerve Growth Factor -
Nervous system - anatomy &
Nobel Prize --Collected