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Joseph Stewart Fruton papers

Call Number: MS 1396

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence, lectures, writings, photographs, and laboratory notebooks documenting Joseph Stewart Fruton's career as a professor of biochemistry and the history of medicine. Family photographs are also included in the papers.


  • 1900-2007


Conditions Governing Access

While this collection as a whole is available for research, parts of it may be restricted due to law, university policy or fragility. Any restricted material will be noted as such.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Joseph Stewart Fruton was transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Stewart Fruton, 1994 and 2002.


Arranged by accession.


42.5 Linear Feet (40 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers include correspondence and laboratory notebooks documenting Joseph Stewart Fruton's career as a professor of biochemistry and the history of medicine.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Stewart Fruton was born in 1912. He received a BA from Columbia University in 1931 and earned his Ph.D. from there in 1934. Fruton served on the staff of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research for ten years, before coming to Yale University in 1945. In 1950 Fruton was promoted to the rank of full professor and in 1957 was named the Eugene S. Higgins Professor of Biochemistry. He was named professor emeritus in 1982. Fruton died on July 29, 2007, in New Haven, Connecticut.

A leading scientist in the field of the biochemistry of proteins, Fruton is also a scholar of the history of medicine. His published works include General Biochemistry, Molecules and Life, A Skeptical Biochemist, A Bio-bibliography for the History of the Biomedical Sciences since 1800, and Selected Bibliography of Biographical Data for the History of Biochemistry since 1800.

Other Finding Aids

For an listing of correspondents with Joseph Fruton and an overview of his activities at Yale, please consult the Correspondents Index.

Other Finding Aids

Guide to the Joseph Stewart Fruton Papers
Under Revision
Preliminary inventory by Diane E. Kaplan
May 1994
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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