Association of Harvard Chemists. Records of the Association of Harvard Chemists :
Harvard University Archives
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: HUD 3276
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Association of Harvard Chemists.
Title: Records of the Association of Harvard Chemists
Date(s): 1906, 1911-1989.
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (5 document boxes, 1 volume)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Association of Harvard Chemists was organized in 1911 and remains active (2008),
to aid in the advancement of chemical education and research at Harvard University
and to assist members in their professional development as chemists. The records are
organized in three series: Constitution and membership list, General information and
ephemera, and Secretary-Treasurer records.
The Records of the Association of Harvard Chemists were acquired through donation.
Whenever possible the archivist noted the terms of acquisition in the descriptions
and item lists.
The acquisitions are as follows:1913 Charles W. Eliot, 1944 Library of the Chemical
Laboratories, 1952 E.L. Tulloch, 1954 Library of the Chemical Laboratories.
The Records were first classified and described in the Harvard University Archives
shelflist prior to 1990. In September 2008, Dominic P. Grandinetti re-processed the collection. Re-processing included integrating and reorganizing
the collection, re-housing materials in the appropriate containers, placing documents
into acid-free folders, establishing series arrangement, and preparing this inventory.
Call numbers were simplified and reassigned. A list of obsolete call numbers is included
in this finding aid.
Publications by chemistry professor Arthur B. Lamb found in these records were compared
to identical materials in the Papers of Arthur Becket Lamb (HUG 4508.72). They were
found to duplicate existing holdings in Lamb's papers and therefore weeded and discarded.
The publications are as follows:The Cooper Flame Test for Halogens in Air, 1920, The
Densities of Certain Dilute Aqueous Solutions by a New and Precise Method, 1913, The
Determination of Chlorine with Nephelometer, 1920, An Equilibrium in the Cobaltammines,
1911, The Heat of Absorbtion of Vapors on Charcoal, 1920, Portable Electrical Filter
for Smokes and Bacteria, 1919, The Preparation of Iodic Acid and Its Anhydride, 1920,
The Rapid Determination of Carbon Monoxide Air, 1919, The Removal of Carbon Monoxide
from Air, 1920, Reproducible Liquid Junction Potentials: The Flowing Junction, 1920,
The Stability of the Cobaltammines, 1920.
The following publication by chemistry professor Grinnell Jones was relocated to
the Papers of Grinnell Jones (HUG 4469) during reprocessing:The Potential of the Thallium Electrode and the Free Energy of Formation of Thallous
The Records of the Association of Harvard Chemists are open for research.
- A group photograph of the Association of Harvard Chemists taken at the Second National
Symposium on Colloid Chemistry at Northwestern University (1924) is included in the
Harvard University Archives' Photograph Subject Files and classified as HUPSF, Association
of Harvard Chemists. Consult the Harvard University Photographs: Subject Files inventory.
- Search HOLLIS, Harvard's online library system, for related materials held both in the University
Archives and other Harvard libraries.
The Association of Harvard Chemists was organized on April 8, 1911 and remains active
(2008), to aid in the advancement of chemical education and research at Harvard University
and to assist members in their professional development as chemists. Membership in
the Association is open to any "degree holder of Harvard University, who has been
or is identified professionally or associated, as a chemist, owner, or director, with
the manufacture of chemicals, or other work in which chemical reactions are largely
concerned." Among the Association's ranks are prominent industrial, government and
commercial chemists, physicians and surgeons, and professors of chemistry.
The initial founders of the Association were John Downer (A.B. 1883), Dr. Morris
Loeb (A.B. 1883), Theodore W. Richards (A.B. 1886), and Gregory P. Baxter (A.B. 1896).
In its early days, the Association helped raise funds for the upkeep of the chemistry
library originally located in Boylston Hall. The Association later helped to promote
the construction of two new chemical laboratories at Harvard, the Converse Memorial
Laboratory (1928) and the Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory (1928). Over the
years, the Association has maintained a working relationship with the Department of
Chemistry in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, helping new graduates
secure employment in the chemical field. In addition, members have held regular gatherings,
including ones at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, to hear addresses
and reports by prominent chemists and to socialize with fellow alumni interested in
The Records of the Association of Harvard Chemists document its founding, organization,
and activities in support of chemical education and research at Harvard University.
The records contain the Association's constitution, general information about the
Association and the Association's Secretary-Treasurer records which include meeting
minutes, correspondence, financial records, subject files, and the Secretary's annual
letter to members of the Association.
This document last updated 2016 October 25.
The following list provides a map to call numbers that were made obsolete by the archivist
during the 2008 re-processing. All the materials for the Records of the Association
of Harvard Chemists now fall under the single call number HUD 3276.
- HUD 3276 General folder moved to Secretary-Treasurer records, correspondence and Secretary's letter to members
of the Association of Harvard Chemists.
- HUD 3276.2 General folder by and about moved to General information and ephemera.
- HUD 3276.211 Constitution and list of members moved to Constitution and members of the Association of Harvard Chemists.
- HUD 3276.260 Reunion of March 4, 1960, notices, programs, etc. moved to Secretary-Treasurer records, subject files.
- HUD 3276.261 Reunion of April 21, 1961, misc. moved to Secretary-Treasurer records, subject files.
- HUD 3276.500 Correspondence and records moved to Secretary-Treasurer records: correspondence, Financial records, Subject
files, and General information and ephemera.
- HUD 3276.505 Minutes, 1911-1931, and other records of the Secretary moved to Secretary-Treasurer records, Meeting minutes.
- HUD 3276.929 Pledge book, 1929-1935 moved to Secretary-Treasurer records, Financial records.
- Series: Constitution and membership list of the Association of Harvard Chemists, ca. 1911
1 folders Box 1
Immediate Source of Acquisition: This document was donated by Charles W. Eliot in 1913.
Scope and Contents: This document describes the rules and regulations governing the Association of Harvard
Chemists. It also includes a list of Association members and officers, ca. 1911.
- Series: Secretary-Treasurer records 1.8 cubic feet (4 document boxes, 3 volumes)
Processing Information: Secretary-Treasurer records were organized into gropus by the archivist.
- Meeting minutes
- Financial records
- Administrative Files
- Secretary's annual letter to members of the Association of Harvard Chemists
Scope and Contents: The records in this series were compiled and maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer
of the Association of Harvard Chemists. The records document the business and financial
administration of the Association. Among the activities documented in this series
are the ollection of dues and the care of all funds for the Association, management
and reporting of the Association's finances, payment of all authorized expenses.notification
of candidates of their election to the Association, maintaining a complete record
of names and addresses of members and a professional record of all Harvard University
chemists, regardless of membership in the Association, mailing of election ballots
to all members.Association efforts to raise funds for a new chemistry building at
Harvard, establishment of the Association's endowment fund to support the chemistry
library at Harvard.
- Correspondence, .3 cubic feet (34 folders) Box 1
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Letters from 1926 to 1940 were donated by the Library of the Chemical Laboratories
Processing Information: Loose letters found among these records were integrated into this series by the archivist.
Arrangement: Correspondence arranged chronologically; one folder per year.
Scope and Contents
: This series contains incoming and outgoing correspondence. It documents the following:election
of new Association members, Association meetings, dinners, and luncheons, payment
of membership dues, acknowledgment of contributions, change of addresses of Association
members, fund raising activities for the chemistry library and new buildings at Harvard.
Researchers should note that correspondence for the years 1925, 1933, and 1935 is
missing from this series.
This series contains letters, circular letters, election ballots, receipts, postcards,
- Financial records, .35 cubic feet (1 document box, 3 volumes)
Processing Information: The material in this subseries was arranged alphabetically by the archivist.
Scope and Contents: The records in this subseries document the Association's early expenditures, purchases,
- Bank statements, 1922-1943 5 folders Box 3
Scope and Contents: Bank statements note monthly bank activity including withdrawals, deposits, and checks
cancelled. The statements also contain advertising inserts from local Cambridge businesses.
Researchers should note that statements for the years 1923-1924 and 1935-1936 are
- Bills, 1919-1949 21 folders Box 3
Scope and Contents: These bills reveal many of the operational costs of the Association including printing
expenses, cigar and cigarette purchases for Association dinners, the purchase of chemistry
journal subscriptions, secretarial work performed for the publication of the 1921
directory, the creation of mailing lists, the purchase of envelopes, stationary, postage,
and other office supplies, and the cost of refreshments at meetings. Bills for the
years 1929 to 1938 are missing.
- Check register, 1928-1939 1 Volumes Box 3
Scope and Contents: Stubs indicate amount paid, check date, payee, and provide a description of the transaction.
Dues paid by members are also recorded.
- Pledge book, 1929-1935 1 Volumes Box 4
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Donated by the Library of Chemical Laboratories, 1954.
Scope and Contents: This book contains the name and addresses of Association members, the financial pledges
made to the Association by each member, and notes the payments made by each member.
- Administrative files, 1912-1961 and undated .7 cubic feet (2 document boxes)
Date: 1912-1961 and undated
Processing Information: The contents of some folders labeled "miscellaneous" were interfiled in this subseries
by the archivist. Folder titles enclosed in square brackets were supplied by the archivist.
Arrangement: Material arranged alphabetically.
Scope and Contents: This series consists of subject files covering the day-to-day operations of the Association.
Most of the the records concern administrative matters related to the election of
new officers and members, fundraising for the chemistry library, and the planning
- Alumni Directory Office, 1938-1950 Box 4
- American Chemical Society meetings, 1940-1944, 1946-1950 Box 4
- Applications for membership, 1916-1917, 1919 Box 4
- [Arthur B. Lamb Memorial Fund, 1958] Box 4
- [Blank forms, 1912-ca. 1940s] Box 4
- Crimson Printing Company, 1937-1938, 1943-1950 Box 4
- Deaths of members, 1917 Box 4
- Elected members, 1918-1919 Box 4
- [Elmer Peter Kohler Memorial Fellowship Fund, 1940, 1945] Box 5
- Employment Committee, 1944, 1947-1950 Box 5
- Funds, 1928-1936, 1941, 1948 Box 5
- Harvard Trust Company, 1947, 1950-1951 Box 5
- Leary, Richard E., 1933-1941, 1944-1947 Box 5
- Letters asking for new names, 1937-1938, 1940 Box 5
- [Lists of members compiled by the Association's secretary-treasurer, 1911-1917] Box 5
- [Nominating Committee, 1917-1918] Box 5
- Nominating Committee, 1929-1939 Box 5
- [Notices of annual meetings, 1920, 1929-1933 and undated] Box 5
- [Officers, Association of Harvard Chemists, 1929-1941] Box 5
- [Past Officers, with years of election, 1921] Box 5
- Post Office, 1936-1950 Box 5
- Research at Harvard, 1921 and undated Box 5
- Resignations of members, 1916-1919 Box 5
- [Reunion of Association of Harvard Chemists 1960, 1959-1960] Box 5
- [Reunion of Association of Harvard Chemists 1961, 1961] Box 5
- [Sign-in sheet for Association meeting?, undated] Box 5
- Secretary's annual letter to members of the Association of Harvard Chemists, 1935-1989
.35 cubic feet (1 document box) Box 6
Processing Information: Call number HUF277.888, Association of Harvard Chemists' newsletter (1989), was eliminated
and integrated into this subseries.
Arrangement: Letters arranged chronologically; one folder per year.
Historical note: Each year the Association's secretary-treasurer mailed an election ballot and letter
to all the Association's members. The letter summarized all the events of the past
year and kept members informed of news and events in the Department of Chemistry at
Scope and Contents
: The secretary's letter documents all manner of happenings at the Harvard Chemistry
Department, including descriptions of staff and personnel changes, changes in course
instruction, chemical research activities undertaken, and the construction of new
chemistry laboratories and buildings on campus. In addition, the letter notes a wide
range of activities involving members of the Association, including conferences attended,
involvement in professional associations, new jobs in the chemistry field, and research
Researchers should note that annual letters are missing for the years 1971, 1976-1977,