Charles Lee Reese papers1831-1947 Majority of material found within 1880-1936
Charles Lee Reese, Sr. (1862-1940) was a chemist and scientist at the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 1902 to 1931. The Charles L. Reese papers are a group of material from his student days, the texts of lectures and articles, biographical materials and genealogical notes.
- Majority of material found within 1880-1936
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Charles Lee Reese, Sr. (1862-1940) was a chemist and scientist at the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 1902 to 1931. Reese graduated from the University of Virginia in 1884. He pursued his graduate work in Germany at the Universities of Göttingen and Heidelberg, taking his doctoral degree from the latter institution in 1886. Until 1900 he taught chemistry in several American schools, and then began his career in industrial research. In 1902 he began his long association with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as chief chemist of the Eastern Dynamite Company at Repauno, New Jersey. Soon thereafter, he established the Eastern Laboratory, one of the pioneer facilities of its kind in America.
In 1906, Reese assumed charge of the Chemical Division of the High Explosives Operating Department. In 1911, all chemical operations were consolidated into a single Chemical Department with Reese as director. Under his direction DuPont's research and development program grew rapidly, employing 1,200 chemists in Reese's lab by 1917. The research program had expanded from its original focus on explosives into paints, dyes, artificial leathers and plastics.
Scope and Content
The Charles L. Reese papers are a group of material from his student days, the texts of lectures and articles, biographical materials and genealogical notes.
The student notebooks are Reese's class notes, particularly from chemistry courses under J. W. Mallet at Virginia and von Richter and Bunsen at Heidelberg. There are also Reese's lecture notes for a course on geology taught at the Citadel in 1894.
The lecture and publications date from Reese's tenure as a DuPont chemist and primarily stress the benefits of industrial research. There is also a 2 page list of Reese's publications.
The genealogical materials include a few old family letters, genealogical notes and a typescript genealogy of the Reese family, including the following allied families: Atkinson, Croasdale, Evans, Maulsby, Rhodes, Smith and Tomlinson.
A memorandum book records Reese's expenses and itineraries while a student, particularly at Heidelberg.
There are also nine opera libretti with annotations by Reese from his days in Germany, including works by Bizet, Beethoven, Flowtow, Mozart, Rossini and Wagner.
Scrapbooks kept by Reese during his last years in Germany and immediately after his return contain newsclippings, snapshots, photographs, drawings, school reports, songs and ephemera like four Confederate bills. Reese kept up the scrapbooks into the 1930s. A small group of papers record trips taken by Eben Reese between 1931 to 1933, including to the Chicago World's Fair and a coast-to-coast trip with return by the Panama Canal.
In contrast, the articles and lectures are primarily professional papers from Reese's chemical career.
This collection is open for research.
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