The Chemistry Department Records document
the research and graduate programs in chemistry at Oregon State
University, primarily in the post-war period of the late 1940s to early
1960s, as well as building renovations and construction in the
Oregon State University
Chemistry courses have been taught at Oregon State University since the
earliest years of the institution; the first doctoral degree in Chemistry
was awarded in 1935. A Chemistry Building (later named Gilbert Hall for
Earl C. Gilbert) was constructed in 1939; it was extensively renovated and
the Gilbert Addition was constructed in 1981.
John Fulton was department head from 1907 until 1940, when Earl C.
Gilbert, who had been on the faculty since 1917 was appointed head. Bert
Christensen followed Gilbert as Department Head in 1956.
Oregon State College was one of the first institutions to offer a
chemistry course by television and to broadcast a course to students at
several institutions simultaneously.
The Chemistry Department Records document the research and graduate
programs of the department. Series I-IV consist of microfilmed records,
primarily from the post-war period of the late 1940s to early 1960s. Of
particular note are extensive correspondence between the department chair
and the Dean of the School of Science, F.A. Gilfillan; materials
pertaining to the department's use of educational television for teaching
general chemistry courses; research proposals and summaries of research
projects; and records of the department's graduate program.
The paper records consist predominantly of building renovation and
construction planning records for major renovations to Gilbert Hall and
the construction of the Gilbert Addition. A 1997 booklet for prospective
graduate students includes profiles of all department faculty.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
Chemistry Department Records (RG 098), Oregon State University
Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
The records consist of 6 series: I. General Subject File, 1937-1963;
II. Research, 1958-1962; III. National Science Foundation, 1958-1961; IV.
Graduate School, 1945-1961; V. Building Renovation and Construction
Planning Records, 1970-1981; and VI. Promotional Materials, 1997.
Acquisition Information :
Transferred from the Chemistry Department in several accessions from
1966 through 1997.
The General Subject File consists primarily of correspondence sent and
received by the department chairs (John Fulton, E.C. Gilbert, and B.E.
Christensen); much of the correspondence is with the F.A. Gilfillan, Dean
of the School of Science. The series also includes reports and statistics.
Topics include research activities, budgets, student enrollment, graduate
programs, and faculty.
1: Chemistry Department
2: Chemistry Building
3: Chemistry Department
1: Forest Products
2: Gifts to the
Department of Chemistry
4: Board of Control
5: to the
6: from the
7: School of
9: Information Analysis,
11: Dr. J.S.
2: Office of Naval
Research U.S. Navy
3: Information and
4: Personal - E.C.
5: President's Office
6: To and from
7: To and from other
8: Gifts to the
10: Oregon State Civil
11-14: School of Science
15: Personal E.C.
16: Gifts to the
17: Presidents Office
2: Gifts to the
3: President's Office
A.L. Strand, 1950-1953
4: School of
5: E.C. Gilbert
6: Graduate Assistance
11: Department of
Chemistry and Exchanges from Other Colleges
Series II consists of research proposals and applications for graduate
fellowships; proposals to the National Science Foundation for research
projects and equipment purchases; and summaries of research being
conducted in the Chemistry Department.
Series IV provides information about graduate programs in the Chemistry
Department including degree requirements and curriculum; graduate
assistantships; and applications and inquiries from prospective graduate
Series V: Building Renovation and Construction
Planning Records, 1970-1981
The Building Renovation and Construction Planning Records pertain to
the renovation of Gilbert Hall and the construction of the Gilbert
Addition and include meeting minutes for various building committees,
proposals, students, program descriptions, reports, correspondence, and
dedication materials. All files include correspondence.
Space Requests Design Literature Space
Requirements Committee, 1968-1970
Minutes of New Building Committee
Planning Records Reports, 1969-1974