Guide to the Chemistry Department Records
1937-1997

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. Dept. of Chemistry.
Title: Chemistry Department Records
Dates: 1937-1997 ( inclusive )
1945-1981 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.75 cubic foot (1 box)
4 microfilm reels
Collection Number: RG 098
Summary: 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 1970s.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Related Materials :  

Additional materials pertaining to the Chemistry Department are available in the College of Science Records (RG 024), the Memorabilia Collection, and the Chemistry and Pharmacy Department Records. The Chemistry Department Motion Picture Films (FV P 205) include recordings of the General Chemistry course taught via interinstitutional television in 1958-1959. The Archives collections also include the Otto Ballhorn Chemistry Laboratory Notebook, the Harry Freund Collection, and the papers of Joseph S. Butts and Robert W. Newburgh.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  General Subject File, 1937-1963

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.

Container(s)
Description
1937-1939
Reel
1 1: Chemistry Department Statistics
1 2: Chemistry Building Contract
1942-1947
Reel
1 1: Anti-malarial research correspondence
1 2: ASTP correspondence
1 3: Chemistry Department correspondence
1945-1950
Reel
1 1: Forest Products correspondence
1 2: Gifts to the Department of Chemistry
1 3: General correspondence
1 4: Board of Control Oregon State
Communications
Reel
1 5: to the staff
1-2 6: from the staff
Correspondence
Reel
2 7: School of Science
2 8: President's Office
2 9: Information Analysis, outside requests
2 10: A.B. Scott
2 11: Dr. J.S. Butts
2 12: W.E. Caldwell
1946-1950
Reel
2 1: General Correspondence
2 2: Office of Naval Research U.S. Navy
2 3: Information and Analysis
2 4: Personal - E.C. Gilbert
2 5: President's Office Dr. Strand
Communications
Reel
2 6: To and from staff
2 7: To and from other departments
2 8: Gifts to the Department
2 9: Information Analysis
2 10: Oregon State Civil Defense Agency
2 11-14: School of Science F.A. Gilfillan
2 15: Personal E.C. Gilbert
2 16: Gifts to the Department
2 17: Presidents Office A.L. Strand
1950-1955
Reel
2 1: Interdepartmental Correspondence, 1952-1953
2 2: Gifts to the Department, 1950-1951
2 3: President's Office A.L. Strand, 1950-1953
2 4: School of Science, 1950-1955
2-3 5: E.C. Gilbert Personal, 1950-1955
3 6: Graduate Assistance Correspondence
1955-1963
Educational TV
Reel
3 1957-1958
3 1958-1959
3 1959-1960
3 1960-1961
Reel
3 5: Departmental Seminars, 1962-1963
3 6: Gilfillan Dinner
Planning Committee
Reel
3 7: Minutes
3 8: Reports
Publications
Reel
3 1961
3 10: Staff
3 11: Department of Chemistry and Exchanges from Other Colleges
3 12: Richland General Electric Graduate Work
3 13: General Chemistry
3 14: Kasetsart University
3 15: Gifts for Commencement Program
3 16: Interdepartmental Correspondence, 1955-1956
3 17: Gifts and Awards
3 18: Interdepartmental Correspondence, 1956-1957
President's Office
Reel
3 1957-1958
3 20: Report
3 1959-1960
3 22: School of Science, 1962-1963
3 23: President's Office, 1955-1956
3 24: Gilbert E.C., 1955-1956
President's Office
Reel
3 1956-1957
3 1960-1961
3 1961-1962
School of Science
Reel
3 1957-1958
3 1955-1957
3 1956-1957
3 31: Gifts
3 32: Registration Report, 1959-1960
3 1959-1960
3 1961-1962
3 1958-1959
3 1960-1961

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Series II:  Research, 1958-1962

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.

Container(s)
Description
Research Proposals
Reel
3 1958-1959
3 1959-1960
3-4 1960-1961
4 1961-1962
Reel
4 2: Research Project Outline, 1958
4 3: Shell Fellowship
4 4: Research Reports of, 1959-1960
4 5: Fellowship bulletins

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Series III:  National Science Foundation, 1958-1961

Series III includes announcements and publications issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as well as correspondence with NSF regarding research programs in chemistry at Oregon State.

Container(s)
Description
Reel
4 1958-1959
4 1959-1960
4 1960-1961

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Series IV:  Graduate School, 1945-1961

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 students.

Container(s)
Description
Reel
4 1945-1946
4 1946-1947
4 1947-1948
4 1948-1953
4 5: Graduate Student Notices
4 6: Graduate Committee, 1946-1951
4 7: Graduate School, 1955-1961
4 8: Graduate School Committee Departmental

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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.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Space Requests Design Literature Space Requirements Committee, 1968-1970
1 Minutes of New Building Committee Planning Records Reports, 1969-1974
1 New Building Priorities, 1969-1974
1 Building Committees, 1970-1974
1 Building Program Reports, 1970-1974
1 Program Design Standards, 1971-1974
1 Proposal Planning Review, 1972-1978
1 Exhaust and Cross Contamination Study, 1973
1 Feasibility Study, 1973-1974
1 Architects' Folios Facilities Inventory, 1973-1974
1 Program, 1974
1 New Building (Executive Order Space Inventory), 1974
1 Architects Proposals, 1974
1 Project Description Preliminary Estimate, 1974-1975
1 Award of Contract, 1976
1 New Building Early, 1975-1977
1 New Building Committee Fall, 1977
1 Proposal Ways and Means, 1977
1 Energy Requirements, 1977-1978
1 Movables, 1977-1978
1 Space Utilization (Lab), 1978
1 Project Summary, 1978
1 Final Review, 1978
1 Bids Clippings, 1978
1 New Building Dedication, 1981

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Series VI:  Promotional Materials, 1997

The Promotional Materials consist of a booklet for prospective graduate students about the Chemistry Department graduate and research programs that includes profiles of all faculty.

Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Booklet for Prospective Graduate Students, 1997

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • National Science Foundation (U.S.)
    • Oregon State College. School of Science.
    • Oregon State College--Graduate students.
    • Oregon State University. School of Science.
    • Oregon State University--Buildings.
    • Oregon State University--Faculty.
    • Oregon State University--Graduate students.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Chemistry--Research--Oregon.
    • Chemistry--Study and teaching (Higher)--Oregon.
    • College buildings--Oregon--Corvallis.
    • Research grants--Oregon.
    • Television in higher education--Oregon.
      • Other Creators :
      • Christensen, Bert Einar, 1904-
      • Fulton, John, 1868-1953.
      • Gilbert, Earl C.
      • Gilfillan, F. A. (Francois Archibald), 1893-1983
      • Oregon State College. Dept. of Chemistry.

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