The Barney B. Clark papers (1910-1984) provide information on the development of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart, the implantation of this heart into a human being, and on Barney Bailey Clark, the first authorized recipient of this artificial heart. The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to the writing of a story about Barney Clark and the artificial heart by Earl and Miriam Selby. Also included are materials collected by Una Loy Clark, Barney Clark's wife, including a history told from the perspective of the family, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and correspondence written to Barney Clark during his convalescence at the University of Utah Medical Center, as well as posthumous plaques and awards.
The Rosemary Holt papers (1980-1997) contain materials focusing on the implantation of the artifical heart in humans. Included are correspondence, reports, minutes and agendas, news articles, and other papers. Holt (b. 1932) was a citizen member of the Institutional Review Board for the artificial heart at the University of Utah.
The Willem J. Kolff audio-visual collection (1949-1995) consists of film, video and audio recordings relevant to Kolff's groundbreaking medical research into the development of artificial organs, including the artificial kidney and artificial heart.
The Willem Johan Kolff papers (1935-2009) contain materials that record the many artificial organ projects, from early dialysis to the first artificial heart implant, as well as the personal life of one of the world's most respected pioneering doctors. Kolff was a distinguished professor of surgery at the University of Utah, a medical researcher specializing in artificial organs, and a developer of the first permanent artificial heart implanted in a human (1982).