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Professor Emeritus Wesley Platner

Professor Emeritus Wesley Platner. C:14/33/2 Box 6 FF7

Record Group: 14 C
Record Sub-Group: 27
Records Title: UMC; School of Medicine; Department of Physiology; Faculty Records; Professor Wesley Platner Research and Teaching Files
Dates: 1931-1990, bulk 1942-1980
Volume: 6 cubic feet, 7.5 linear feet; 1 OSF

Scope and Content Note

(A95-128; A09-14)
This Record Sub-Group contains papers documenting the personal and professional life of Wesley S. Platner. The bulk of the papers cover his duties as Professor of Physiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Items in this Sub-Group include lecture notes, raw research data, reprints and drafts of Platner's articles, correspondence, minutes of meetings, personal letters, and photographic materials. The photographic materials include 3 by 4 transparencies, photographic prints and negatives, and 35 mm slides. The Sub-Group also contains a family scrapbook of Platner's wife, Mary McConathy.

Biographical Note:

Wesley S. Platner was born on the 26th of September, 1915, in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1939. Platner received his masters degree in cellular physiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1942.

From 1942 to 1947, Platner worked as an aquatic biologist for the United States Department of the Interior. A part of his duties involved traveling the United States gathering water samples for the U.S. Government Water Pollution Survey. These samples were analyzed at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Thus, Platner first came to MU in January of 1942.

He obtained his Ph.D. degree in mammalian physiology at MU in 1948. Later in 1948, Platner became an assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology at MU. He was named associate professor in 1950 and received tenure in 1955. From 1965 to 1969, Platner had a joint appointment with MU and the Space Science Center based in Columbia. In 1971, he was a visiting research physiologist at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Platner retired in September 1980 and became Professor Emeritus of Physiology.

Platner married Mary McConathy in Columbia on November 28, 1942. Mary McConathy Platner was born on March 5, 1913 and died on December 24, 1992 in Columbia. She worked for a time as a secretary in the Physiology Department at the University of Missouri. The Platners had a daughter, Peggy Ann Platner. Wesley Platner died on August 23, 1999 at the age of 83.

Series Descriptions:

This Sub-Group is divided into seven record series and four sub-series. Arrangement within each series is primarily chronological, except for Series One (Teaching) and Series Four (Professional Societies and Councils). In Series One, the class files are in alphabetical order by title and the notes for each class are in chronological order. In Series Four, the folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title of society or organization.

Series One includes lecture notes covering classes on general physiology, medical physiology, mammalian physiology, environmental stress on physiology, and teaching laboratory experiments. Series One is divided into four sub-series: departmental correspondence (physiology department), committee work, professional correspondence (regarding classes and animal care), classes and teaching files. (ca 1931-1980)

Series Two contains methods, reports, and field data on water and soil analysis; correspondence; and grants, applications, and progress reports on research. Topics in Series Two include lipid metabolisms and the effects of special diets on lab animals. (ca 1936-1980)

Series Three includes reprints and drafts of Platner's articles, reports on water and soil analysis, and laboratory guides for Elements of Physiology from 1954, 1957, 1961, and 1965. (ca 1942-1979)

Series Four contains correspondence, minutes and eligibility standards for various academic and professional organizations. The societies covered are American Physiological Society, Sigma XI, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. (ca 1951-1980)

Series Five includes certificates, annual faculty reports, and a newspaper clipping concerning Platner's wedding. Series Five is divided into three sub-series: personal records, personal correspondence, and professional correspondence. (ca 1934-1980)

Series Six contains notes from classes which Platner attended, his Masters thesis, and his doctoral dissertation. (ca 1937-1950)

Series Seven includes black and white photos, a color photo, photo negatives, 3 x 4 transparencies, and 35 mm slides. A black and white wallet size, undated, photo of Platner is included in Series Seven. The 3 x 4 transparencies include graphs, charts, and diagrams relating to research and teaching. The 35 mm slides are divided into seven sheets. Sheets one and three contain physiology diagrams and research data. Sheet two covers chick embryos. Sheet four covers a liver lecture. Sheets six and seven have pictures of lab equipment and organs.

Series Outline

  1. Series One - Teaching

  2. Sub-Series One - Departmental Correspondence

  3. Sub-Series Two - Committee Work

  4. Sub-Series Three - Professional Correspondence

  5. Sub-Series Four - Class and Teaching Files

  6. Series Two - Research and Grants

  7. Series Three - Publications

  8. Series Four - Professional Societies and Councils

  9. Series Five - Personal Records and Correspondence

  10. Sub-Series One - Personal Records

  11. Sub-Series Two - Personal Correspondence

  12. Sub-Series Three - Professional Correspondence

  13. Series Six - Personal Class-Work Records

  14. Series Seven - Photographic Materials

Inventory

Series One - Teaching
Sub-Series One - Departmental Correspondence
Box 1

FF 1 - Department of physiology annual reports and correspondence, 1971-1977

FF 2 - Department of physiology brochures, n.d.

FF 3 - Department of physiology correspondence, 1946-1959

FF 4 - Department of physiology correspondence, 1960-1980

FF 5 - Department of physiology minutes of staff meetings and other staff correspondence, 1958-1965

FF 6 - Department of physiology minutes of staff meetings and other staff correspondence, 1966-1971

FF 7 - Preliminary doctoral exams, 1953-1954

FF 8 - School of Medicine Conferences, 1962-1966

FF 9 - School of Medicine Faculty Forums, 1964-1965

FF 10 - School of Medicine Faculty Forums, 1966-1967

Series One - Teaching (cont'd)
Sub-Series Two - Committee Work
Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 11 - Graduate Council minutes of meetings, 1955-1963

FF 12 - Graduate Faculty Senate and Faculty Advisory Committee, 1968-1970

FF 13 - Committee work correspondence, 1946-1980

FF 14 - Committee work correspondence, 1956-1968

FF 15 - Committee work correspondence, 1968-1980

FF 16 - Medical School Foundation correspondence, 1957-1966

Series One - Teaching (cont'd)
Sub-Series Three - Professional Correspondence
Box 1 (cont'd)

FF 17 - Professional Correspondence regarding classes, 1951-1980

FF 18 - Professional Correspondence regarding animal care, 1956-1959

Box 2
Series One - Teaching (cont'd)
Sub-Series Four - Class and Teaching Files

FF 1 - Biochemistry, 1970-1971

FF 2 - Cryophysiology 421, n.d.

FF 3 - Elements of Physiology, Course 201, 1947-1955

FF 4 - General Physiology I, 1948-1971

FF 5 - General Physiology, Course 251, 1948-1971

FF 6 - General Physiology, Course 251, Lab Experiments, n.d.

FF 7 - General Physiology II, Course 251, Quizzes, 1948-1951

FF 8 - Human Physiology, Course 208, 1971-1979

FF 9 - Lab outlines and directions for experiments on the physiology of the circulatory and respiratory system by C. W. Greene, 1931

FF 10 - Physiology of Environmental Stress, Course 303, 1955-1959

FF 11 - Physiology of Environmental Stress, Course 303, 1959-1969

FF 12 - Physiology of Environmental Stress, Course 303, 1969-1980

FF 13 - Mammalian Physiology, Course 418, 1953-1967

FF 14 - Mammalian Physiology, Course 418, 1961-1967

FF 15 - Mammalian Physiology, Course 418, 1961-1971

FF 16 - Medical Physiology I, n.d.

FF 17 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, 1946-1952

FF 18 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, 1954-1971

FF 19 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, 1961-1971

FF 20 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, Laboratory Experiments, 1956-1957

Box 3
Series One - Teaching (cont'd)
Sub-Series Four - Class and Teaching Files (cont'd)

FF 1 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, Laboratory Experiments, 1957-1958

FF 2 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, Laboratory Experiments and stencils, 1958-1959

FF 3 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, Laboratory Experiments, 1959-1960

FF 4 - Medical Physiology II, Course 251, Multidisciplinary Laboratory Experiments, 1969-1970

FF 5 - Medical Physiology 250 and Mammalian Physiology 305, n.d.

FF 6 - Medical Physiology 250 and Mammalian Physiology 305, Laboratory Instructions, 1965-1966

FF 7 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, n.d.

FF 8 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, Laboratory Instructions, 1963-1977

FF 9 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, Experiments in Physiology, 1961-1964

FF 10 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, Experiments in Physiology, 1966-1968

FF 11 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, Experiments in Physiology, 1968-1977

FF 12 - Medical Physiology 251 and Mammalian Physiology 306, Lecture Supplement, 1960-1962

FF 13 - Physiology 250, 1951-1955

FF 14 - Physiology 400, Student Reports, 1951-1952

FF 15 - Physiology 602, Final Exam, 1955

Series Two - Research and Grants
Box 3 (cont'd)

FF 16 - Methods for Water and Soil Analysis, 1936-1944

FF 17 - Field Data Records, 1942-1944

FF 18 - Data from Water and Soil Analysis, 1943

FF 19 - Diary and field data on water quality research, 1944

FF 20 - Field data on e.k.g. of cattle and other animals, 1947

FF 21 - Water Quality Studies, 1944-1945

FF 22 - Correspondence regarding research supplies, equipment, and grants, 1949-1979

FF 23 - Lipid Metabolism Charts, 1961

FF 24- Research on a cold stressed animal's metabolism, 1961

FF 25 - Data Records; Ground Squirrel Data, Monkey Data, Rat Hypertensive-Cold, Pig-Dog Transmural Heart, Radioactive 14c Studies, Transmural Heart, Fatty Acid-Dog, 1973-1985

Box 4
Series Two - Research and Grants (cont'd)

FF 1 - Research on the effects of special diets on rats, 1963-1969

FF 2 - NIH Grant Status Report-Magnesium and Lipid Metabolism in Fatty Liver, 1967

FF 3 - Space Science Proposal on Fish, 1968

FF 4 - Space Science Research, 1970

FF 5 - Research Council Grant on Effects of Diet on Rats, 1972-1973

FF 6 - Grant Applications for Research on Structural Lipidsin Heart Sub-cellular fractions, 1973

FF 7 - Cold Induced Hypertension FASEB Anaheim, CA, 1976

FF 8 - FASEB Poster Session, Chicago, 1977

FF 9 - Proposal and Grant Forms for Research in Comparative Aspects of Mitochondrial Membrane Lipids, 1977

FF 10 - Research on Mitochondrial Fatty Acids, 1977-1978

FF 11- Research after Retirement, 1980

Series Three - Publications
Box 4 (cont'd)

FF 12 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1942-1946

FF 13 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1946-1947

FF 14 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1948-1959

FF 15 - Cold Symposium in Argentina, 1959

FF 16 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1960-1964

FF 17 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1964-1972

FF 18 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1968-1971

FF 19 - Wesley Platner's Research Papers, 1972-1981, and n.d.

FF 20 - Laboratory Guide for Elements of Physiology, 1954 and 1957

FF 21 - Laboratory Guide for Elements of Physiology, 1961, 1965, 1968

Series Four - Professional Societies and Councils
Box 5

FF 1 - American Physiological Society, n.d.

FF 2 - Sigma XI Societies, 1948-1958

FF 3 - Sigma XI Societies, 1958-1982

FF 4 - Sigma XI Committee on Eligibility Standards, 1953-1970

FF 5 - Sigma XI Nominating Committee, 1971

FF 6 - Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, MO section, n.d.

Series Five - Personal Records and Correspondence
Sub-Series One - Personal Records
Box 5 (cont'd)

FF 7 - Reports with Biographical Information and Lists of Publications, 1946-1980

FF 8 - Official Certificates and Personal Keepsakes, 1947-1980

FF 9 - Annual Faculty Status Reports, 1953-1980

FF 10 - Papers and Keepsakes from Conference in Buenos Aires, 1959

Series Five - Personal Records and Correspondence (cont'd)
Sub-Series One - Personal Records (cont'd)
OSF 1

Item - University of Missouri PhD Diploma, 1948

Series Five - Personal Records and Correspondence (cont'd)
Sub-Series Two - Personal Correspondence
Box 5 (cont'd)

FF 11 - Personal Correspondence, 1941-1942

FF 12 - Personal Correspondence, 1942

FF 13 - Personal Correspondence, 1942-1982

FF 13A - Dr. M. M. Ellis, 1935-1990

Series Five - Personal Records and Correspondence (cont'd)
Sub-Series Three - Professional Correspondence
Box 5 (cont'd)

FF 14 - Professional Correspondence, 1934-1945

FF 15 - Professional Correspondence, 1945-1949

FF 16 - Professional Correspondence, 1948-1959

FF 17 - Professional Correspondence, 1967-1986

FF 17A - Sabbatical, 1970-1972

Series Six - Personal Class-Work Records
Box 6

FF 18 - Animal Life and Biology Classes, 1937

FF 19 - Advanced Physiology, 1940-1942

FF 20 - Masters: The Influence of Diet on Heat Sensitive of Tadpoles, 1942

FF 21 - General Physiology, I and II, n.d.

FF 22 - Water Quality Class, 1942

FF 23 - Biochemistry, approximately, 1943

Series Six - Personal Class-Work Records (cont'd)
Box 6 (cont'd)

FF 1 - Blood Biochemistry, 1944

FF 2 - Chemistry Classes, 1946

FF 3 - Chemistry Notes and Exams, 1946-1947

FF 4 - Dissertation: Body Magnesium and Temperature, June, 1948

FF 5 - Public Speaking: a Short Course, 1950

Series Seven - Photographic Materials
Box 6 (cont'd)

FF 6 - Hand Drawn Map of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Missouri, n.d.

FF 7 - Photographic Prints and Negatives, n.d.

FF 8 - Thirty-five millimeter slides Sheets 1-3, n.d.
Sheet 1 and 3--Physiology diagrams, research data, and graphs, n.d.
Sheet 2--Chick Embryos, n.d.

FF 9 - Thirty-five millimeter slides Sheets 4-7, n.d.
Sheet 4--Liver Lecture, n.d.
Sheet 5--Pictures of organs and a human eye and mouth, n.d.
Sheets 6 and 7--Lab rats and Lab equipment, n.d.

FF 10 - Transparencies of charts and negatives, n.d.

FF 11 - Transparencies and Negatives--"Physiology of Life in Space," 1960

FF 12 - Transparencies--Teaching and Research, I, n.d.

FF 13 - Transparencies--Teaching and Research, II, n.d.

FF 14 - Transparencies--Teaching and Research, III, n.d.

FF 15 - [A09-14] Photographs - Welsey S. Platner - Fisheries, laboratories, and colleagues, ca. 1940s-1980s

FF 16 - [A09-14] McConathy Scrapbook (photographs of McConathy family boat trip up the Mississippi River, including images of the steamboats "Muscatine" and "General Allen"), ca. 1934

FF 17 - [A09-14] Photographs - McConathy - Miscellaneous, ca. 1930s

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