This paper describes the identification of some of the contact-shifted resonances in the 1H NMR spectrum of low spin ferric cytochrome b5. In these experiments comparison with cytochrome b5 which had been reconstituted with deuteroheme IX played an important role. NMR techniques used include double resonance experiments, line width analyses, and studies of the pH-dependence of the 1H NMR chemical shifts. The electronic heme structure derived from these resonance assignments is characterized by a highly anisotropic spin density distribution. This anisotropy is most strikingly manifested in the resonances of the vinyl and propionic acid substituents of the protoheme IX. The experiments described in this paper further revealed the coexistence in aqueous solutions of two different molecular species of cytochrome b5, which can be simultaneously observed in the regions of the 1H NMR spectrum which contain the largely contact-shifted resonances.