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Guide to Collections Relating to the History of Artificial Internal Organs

respository

University of Utah, Marriott Library, Special Collections



address

295 S. 1500 E., Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 84112-0860


Telephone

(801) 581-8863


Fax Number

(801) 585-3463


Website

www.lib.utah.edu



Contact Person

Stan Larson, M.D., Manuscript Librarian, Special Collections


email


Access and Services

Collections and reference assistance available Monday to Friday.



Abstract

Over 1500 collections dealing mostly with Utah and Mormonism. Included are diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, reminiscences, correspondence, photographs, minute books, account books, military records, labor union records, ethnic materials, 5000 oral history interviews with western Indians, and records of Utah political leaders. There are also music scores, architectural drawings, literary manuscripts, manuscripts and papyri from the Middle East, and materials on Islamic history and literature, as well as the university's archives. Total volume: 7072 linear feet; 3658 reels; 600,000 photographs. Inclusive dates: 1450 to present.




Collections


title/date

Willem J. Kolff Papers, 1941-1992; bulk 1967-1987



Collection ID

MS 654



Quantity

300 linear feet



Biographical Note

Willem J. Kolff (born 1911) was a distinguished professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Utah. He used his skills as an entrepreneur, researcher, inventor, and writer to become known as the "Father of Artificial Organs." In 1950, Kolff and his family immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands where he had already invented the artificial kidney and dialysis technique. Then, he worked in the Research Department and the Department of Surgery of the Cleveland Clinic to improve the artificial kidney, develop the heart and lung machine, and invent the first total artificial heart. In 1967, he moved to Utah to direct the Division of Artificial Organs and IBE at the University of Utah. There, Kolff was in charge of teams working to further develop his previous inventions, as well as teams to develop the artificial eye, artificial hearing, artificial arm, and the subcutaneous peritoneal access device. During his life, he received more than 100 awards and published more than 600 articles.



Collection Description

The Willem J. Kolff Papers contain autobiographical and biographical material, research proposals, contracts, reports, article reprints, personal and professional correspondence, speeches, meeting minutes, patient files, patent records, financial records, subject and research files, working drafts, conference and symposium programs, interview records, news clippings, manuscripts, organizational material for the Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBE), records of the University of Utah medical research agencies headed by Kolff, records of medical research companies founded by Kolff, memorabilia.



Finding Aid

An indexed register is available.



Restrictions

None



Related Material

Photographs and slides (P0343) as well as audio-visual material (A0333) were separated from this collection and transferred to the Multimedia section of the Manuscripts Division. See listings below.

  • Kolff, Willem J., "Heart transplant or else - why bury two good kidneys?" [phonotape], Salt Lake City: [s.n.]; 1968. 1 reel; 3 3/4 ips.; 7 in. stereophonic. Speech presented April 3, 1968 as part of the University of Utah's Challenge Week. Location: Multimedia Center; RD 120.7.K6
  • Kolff, Willem J. "Jinko zoki ni mirai o miru: Kami no tsukurareshi mono to hito no tsukurishi mono," (W.J. Kolff and Yukihiko Nose) Tokyo: Mita Shuppan Kai, 1988. 273 p. : ill (some col), col. Plates, ports.; 22 cm. Translated title, "Looking at future through artificial organs: what God created and what the man made." Largely discussions between the authors on the subject of artificial organs, which took place during an international conference in Washington, DC on December 8-10, 1986. Location: Marriott Library; RD 130.K64 1988



title/date

Willem J. Kolff Photographs, circa 1940s-1980s



Collection ID

P 0343



Quantity

4 linear feet



Biographical Note

Willem J. Kolff (born 1911) was a distinguished professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Utah. He used his skills as an entrepreneur, researcher, inventor, and writer to become known as the "Father of Artificial Organs."



Collection Description

Collection depicts much of the work of this pioneer in artificial organs on the artificial kidney and heart, including animal experimentation, and includes documentation from Dr. Kolff's work at the Cleveland Institute, at Holy Cross Hospital, and at the University of Utah. Much of the collection is charts and graphs.



Finding Aid

Unprocessed collection with no inventory available.



Restrictions

See Multimedia Archivist for access.



Related Material

See above.




title/date

Willem J. Kolff Audio-Visual Materials, circa 1940s-1980s



Collection ID

A 0333



Quantity

Several hundred audio-visual items of all formats, sizes, and descriptions.



Biographical Note

Willem J. Kolff (born 1911) was a distinguished professor of medicine and surgery at the University of Utah. He used his skills as an entrepreneur, researcher, inventor, and writer to become known as the "Father of Artificial Organs."



Collection Description

When Dr. Willem J. Kolff donated his papers to the University of Utah, accompanying them were these audio visual materials. Most of the items were prepared in conjunction with Kolff's research in development of artificial kidney, an artificial heart, and other artificial organs. The items concerned with the artificial kidney date from 1949, the year he introduced the artificial kidney in Kampen, Netherlands, to 1975, as he was developing a wearable artificial kidney. A large portion of these materials shows the evolution of the artificial kidney since 1949, with emphasis on the technical aspect of its use. Other subjects covered in recorded lectures and interviews, as well as visual presentations, include patient treatment, peritoneal lavage, single-needle dialysis and transplantation. The development of the artificial heart begins, in this collection, with research into artificial heart valves in 1958. Films document the effect of thrombosis on different valve material and high speed photography is used to explore the strengths of different valves, in testing machines. The development of the Norton, or Solenoid, heart is shown in films documenting the insertion of this heart and the recovery of the animals used. Later films present the manufacture and use of a heart made from silastic. Films made in the early 1960s document progress made in the artificial heart for other researchers, and films made in the 1970s show test animals and other aspects of work on the Jarvik heart at the University of Utah. Completing this section is a videocassette discussing a portable artificial heart driver. The section on artificial organs includes material discussing work on the artificial arm and artificial ear at the University of Utah in the years 1983-85. Miscellaneous materials in the last section include two non-research films of kidney patients at outings in the 1960s. Also listed in this section are materials not produced by Kolff and his associates, such as a radio interview, medical reports, and commercial television documentaries.



Finding Aid

Unprocessed collection with no inventory available. See Multimedia Archivist for access.



Restrictions

None



Related Material

See above.




title/date

Barney B. Clark Collection, 1919 - 1985; bulk 1980-1984



Collection ID

MS 670



Quantity

13 linear feet



Biographical Note

Dr. Barney Bailey Clark (1921-1983) was the first authorized recipient of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart.



Collection Description

The Barney B. Clark Collection provides information on the development of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart and the implantation of this heart into a human being. Between October 1980 and April 1984, Reader's Digest planned to publish a story about Dr. Clark and his experience. The authors commissioned for this task were Earl and Miriam Selby. However, before the Selbys could finish, the management at Reader's Digest scrapped the project. The materials collected by the Selbys were then given to Dr. Clark's widow, Una Loy. She donated these papers to the Marriott Library in June 1994, along with other private papers in her possession. The collection contains: interviews conducted by the Selby's, several rough drafts of the Selby's manuscript, personal and professional correspondence, medical charts, information about the development and use of the artificial heart, newspaper and magazine articles about the artificial heart, four scrapbooks collected by Una Loy, and a personal account of the events by Dr. Clark's family.



Finding Aid

An indexed register is available.



Restrictions

Copyright restrictions imposed by donors.



Related Material

Photographs and slides (P0624) as well as audio- and video-cassettes (A0363) and the oral history collection (A0500) were separated from this collection and transferred to the Multimedia section of the Manuscripts Division.




title/date

Barney Clark Photographs, circa 1980.



Collection ID

P 0624



Quantity

49 photographs



Biographical Note

Famous recipient of the first artificial heart.



Collection Description

Collection consists of press images of medical/government staff involved in the implantation of an artificial heart in Dr. Clark in December 1982 until he died in March 1983. Also included are images of a sheep presumably with artificial organ and photos taken during and immediately after the famous operation on Dr. Clark. An interesting collection of unidentified personal images is also included which were removed from correspondence.



Finding Aid

Detailed inventory of the photographs is available.



Restrictions

Copyright restrictions imposed by donors.



Related Material

See above.




title/date

Barney Clark Audio-Visual Material, 1983 and undated.



Collection ID

A 0363



Quantity

Seventy videocassettes and about thirty-four audiocassettes.



Biographical Note

Famous recipient of the first artificial heart.



Collection Description

Videocassette tapes and audio cassette tapes of oral history interviews dealing with the Dr. Barney Clark artificial heart replacement. Interviews with the principle physicians, researchers and Dr. Clark. Also lab shots, press conferences and the surgery itself.



Finding Aid

None



Restrictions

Copyright restrictions imposed by donors.



Related Material

See above.




title/date

Barney Clark Oral History Collection, 1993 and undated.



Collection ID

A 0500



Quantity

Twenty-one boxes of tapes (VHS, ¾", Beta, 1' open reel video tapes and others).



Biographical Note

Famous recipient of the first artificial heart.



Collection Description

Oral history dealing with the Dr. Barney Clark artificial heart replacement collected soon after Dr. Clark's death.



Finding Aid

None



Restrictions

Copyright restrictions imposed by donors.



Related Material

See above