David B. Lackman papers, 1933-1987

Overview of the Collection

Lackman, David Buell, 1911-1990
David B. Lackman papers
1933-1987 (inclusive)
2.6 linear feet
Collection Number
The David B. Lackman Papers present a selection of material on his research work involving encephalitis and like arboviruses.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

David Buell Lackman was born in Plymouth, Connecticut in 1911 and earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut. Lackman next pursued a Doctorate in medical bacteriology at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with his PhD in 1937. He then spent the majority of his career working for the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana starting in 1946 in a number of positions that included Senior Scientist, Scientific Director and Director of the Microbial Lab, and served as an administrator starting in 1971. His research interests focused on encephalitis and like arboviruses. Lackman was also a frequent guest lecturer on the Montana State University-Bozeman campus during his career. David Lackman passed away in 1990.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Lackman's papers present a selection of material on his research work involving encephalitis and like arboviruses. The collection is organized into four series. The first series is correspondence involving Lackman and his co-workers. Series two is a collection of the references regarding Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other diseases that Lackman used in his research. Series three is a small collection of photos that were kept by Lackman. Series four is an extensive collection of journal reprints and publications that Lackman collected over his years spent in the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, some of which list him as a contributing author.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Series 1 Correspondence, 1950-1984

Series 2 Reference material

Series 3 Photographs

Series 4 Publications, 1933-1987

Acquisition Information

Papers and publications created or collected by David B. Lackman of Helena, Montana, were donated to Montana State University on April 6, 1990.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2010 May 5

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1950-1984Return to Top

Series 1 deals exclusively with the correspondence between Lackman, his colleagues at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, and researchers around the world. Subjects include specific disease research and routine management matters at the Laboratory itself. The correspondence has been arranged chronologically by letters sent to, and letters sent from, Lackman.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
From David Lackman
1 2
From David Lackman
1 3
To David Lackman
1 4
To David Lackman

Series 2:  Reference materialReturn to Top

Research notes and other reference material used in operations and publications by David Lackman. The diseases that are referenced are organized alphabetically and reflect the main areas of Lackman's research, primarily Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/Rickettsial and some work in regards to Tsutsugamushi and Typhus.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 5
Q-Fever References
1 6
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/Rickettsial Reference 1
1 7
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/Rickettsial Reference 2
1 8
Tsutsugamushi References
1 9
Typhus References

Series 3:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Five photographs that David Lackman kept in his collection, including a hospital chart, microscopic virus photos and a picture of the Rocky Mountain Laboratory, all of which may have been used as illustrations in his various publications.

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 10
# 1-5
#1: Hospital Chart
#2: Rocky Mountain Lab Photo in Hamilton, MT
#3: Tsutsugamushi Virus Photo
#4: Tsutsugamushi Virus Photo
#5: X-Ray Photo

Series 4:  Publications, 1933-1987Return to Top

The largest series of this collection consists of the publications David Lackman amassed over the years. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject matter, and contains journal reprints, publications, and whole journals. Also included into the collection are folders dealing with "Slow Viruses," (e.g., cancer, forms of encephalitis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob) some of W.J. Hadlow's publications, and a small collection of circular newsletters. Of the final two folders in this collection, one is a large collection of articles published by Lackman himself and the second is a collection of research summaries from the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, MT.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1-2
Journal Reprints: Arbovirus
2 3
Journal Reprints: Bacteria
2 4-9
Journal Reprints: Encephalitis
2 10
Publications: Encephalitis
2 11-12
Journal Reprints: Miscellaneous
2 13-25
Journal Reprints: Q-Fever
2 26-47
Journal Reprints: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
3 1-13
Journal Reprints: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
3 14-18
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: Vaccines
3 19-22
"Slow Virus" Publications
3 23
Journal Reprints: Trichinosis
3 24
Journal Reprints: Tsutsugamushi
3 25-33
Journal Reprints: Tularemia
3 34-36
Journal Reprints: Typhus
3 37-38
Typhus: Vaccines
3 39-42
W.J. Hadlow Publications
3 43
Newsletters: NIH Circulars
3 44
Newsletters: Rocky Mountain Laboratory Circulars
3 45
Newsletters: Sta. Circulars
4 1
David Lackman Research Reprints
4 2
Rocky Mountain Lab Research Summaries

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Arboviruses
  • Bacteriologists-Montana-Hamilton (Ravalli County)
  • Encephalitis
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Corporate Names

  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)-Rocky Mountain Laboratory