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Michael Solursh Papers

Identifier: RG99.0195

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Scope and Contents

These are the professional papers of Michael Solursh, Ph.D., while on faculty at the University of Iowa Department of Biology. Professor Solursh's published research papers are housed as numbered by him, 3 through 169, roughly in chronological order dated 1967 to 1994. These folders include manuscripts and supporting data, photographs, and correspondence. Abstracts are filed chronologically following research papers. Additional correspondence is organized chronologically or alphabetically. Correspondents include Ahnders Franzen, Gillian M. Morriss, Ignacio V. Ponseti, Rebecca S. Reiter, and Karen L. Jensen, among others. These papers also include course lectures, reprints of scientific papers written by other researchers, and research grant files. Each line in the box list represents one folder, unless otherwise noted.


  • Creation: 1967-1994


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Michael Solursh was born December 22, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He married Victoria Raskin on March 22, 1964, and they had one daughter, Elizabeth.

Solursh received his B. A. degree in Zoology from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1964. He took his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in July 1969. In August 1969 Solursh joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Department of Zoology, where he taught courses in developmental biology. He was named a full professor in 1980. The UI Zoology Department merged with the Biology Department in 1986 and Solursh became a professor of biology at that time. He published a vast number of papers relating to cartilage formation of chicken embryo limb bud cells and was internationally known and consulted.

The National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development established the Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank at Johns Hopkins University in 1986. A single subcontract was granted, which went to the University of Iowa and director Michael Solursh. The DSHB produces a large variety of monoclonal antibodies for use in limb and developmental studies. In recognition of his accomplishments, Professor Solursh was named a Carver/Harold W. Beams Professor of the Biological Sciences at the University of Iowa in 1989. Following the death of Michael Solursh on April 9, 1994, the bank was transferred to the lab of Dr. David R. Soll at the University of Iowa.

Denise Anderson, July 2009


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Professor of Biology at the University of Iowa, 1969-1994. Manuscripts, correspondence, grants, course material.

Method of Acquisition

These papers were transferred to University Archives from the Biological Sciences Department in January 1998.

Related Materials

Folder, "Solursh, Michael," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Solursh, Michael. "The Role of Transcriptional Events in Tissue-Specific Responses to Thyroxine in Induced Anuran Metamorphosis." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1969.

Folder, "Soll, David R.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Jerry Kollros Papers (RG99.0008)

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242