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Laboratory notebooks

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Scope Note: Notebooks used in laboratories to make notations and calculations regarding experiments and observations.

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Allied Kid Company records

Identifier: 2218
Abstract: The Allied Kid Company was a major manufacturer of kid leather and suede; it was one of the most important specialty leather firms in Wilmington. The records are a miscellaneous collection of Allied Kid Company materials preserved by Alexander Ulin of the Specialty Division of the company in Wilmington. The bulk of the records consist of laboratory and production notebooks giving chemical formulae and instructions for tanning and dyeing batches of hides, including calfskin, goatskin, and suede.
Dates: 1937-1951

Carter Litchfield collection on the history of fatty materials

Identifier: 2413
Abstract: Carter Litchfield (1932-2007) an organic chemist who studied and specialized in edible fats and oils. In the course of his career Litchfield also built an interesting and significant collection of books, manuscripts, and ephemera relating to the history of fatty materials. The collection is arranged into seven series and includes his research with animal fats and fatty materials, collecting activities, research and publication on the history of oil mills around the world; the papers of Julius Lewkowitsch, the first authority on fats and fatty materials; the papers of Ellsworth C. Warner, founder of the Midland Linseed Products Company; and the correspondence of Frech Chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul
Dates: 1707-2007; Majority of material found within 1970-2000

Charles A. Rosencrans lab notebooks

Identifier: 2549
Abstract: Charles A. Rosencrans (1908-1991) was an RCA engineer who specialized in radio transmission. His notebooks largely consist of fragmentary handwritten notes from both his career at RCA and from his studies in electrical and mechanical engineering at Lehigh University.
Dates: 1929-1959

Charles J. Pedersen lab notebooks

Identifier: 2270
Abstract: Charles J. Pedersen (1904-1989) was a research chemist with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company who spent most of his career at the Jackson Laboratory in Deepwater, New Jersey, and the Elastomer Chemicals Department in Wilmington, Delaware. This collection consists of two laboratory notebooks from Jackson Laboratory from 1956.
Dates: 1956

Charles J. Pedersen notebook on Amine oxides and N-oxides

Identifier: 2545
Abstract: Charles J. Pedersen (1904-1989) was a research chemist with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company who spent most of his career at the Jackson Laboratory in Deepwater, New Jersey, and the Elastomer Chemicals Department at Wilmington, Delaware. This notebook consists of notes in Pedersen's own hand, with extensive chemical formulas and diagrams of molecules, interspersed with copies of journal articles.
Dates: 1951-1957

Charles J. Pedersen papers

Identifier: 1956
Abstract: Charles J. Pedersen (1904-1989) spent more than forty years as a DuPont research chemist in the Organic Chemicals and Elastomer Chemicals departments. Pedersen’s early investigations led to the development of a dramatically improved process for manufacturing tetraethyl lead, an important gasoline additive. His discoveries relating to the degradative effects of heavy metals on petroleum products resulted in thirty patents for antioxidants and other related products. Pedersen’s greatest achievement, however, came toward the end of his career when he discovered a new class of molecules that he called "crown compounds." Twenty years after his ground-breaking discovery was first disclosed publicly, Pedersen shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Pedersen’s research notebooks provide detailed accounts of laboratory preparations and analytical procedures. Also included in this collection are files compiled by Pedersen relating to his original research on crown compounds, as well as his earlier research.
Dates: 1928-1988

Charles L. Reese laboratory notebooks

Identifier: 2266
Abstract: Charles Lee Reese Sr. (1862-1940) was a chemist and scientist at the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 1902 to 1931. Until 1900 he taught chemistry in several American schools, and then began his career in industrial research with the New Jersey Zinc Company. The collection consists of nineteen volumes of Reese's laboratory notebooks, most dating from his tenure at New Jersey Zinc. A minority of the notebooks cover some of his early work for DuPont.
Dates: 1900-1927

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Organic Chemicals Department, Dyestuffs Division manuals and notebooks

Identifier: 2419
Abstract: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was a chemical company and began a research program in dyes in 1916. By the late 1920s the DuPont Company was one of the four major U.S. dye producers and controlled twenty-five percent of the market. The records consist of notebooks and procedures on dyes, which describe the colors, uses, applications, tests, and fastness and dying properties for dyes manufactured by DuPont and its competitors.
Dates: 1924-1977

Lab notebooks, 1924-2000

Identifier: 2464-09-26.
Scope and Content: Most notebooks are highly technical and difficult to follow without subject expertise. However, researchers sometimes inserted reports, correspondence, or meeting records into the books. More frequent are printouts, charts, and photographs pasted onto the pages.

As notebook titles are often incomplete or nonexistent, researchers studying a specific technology should consult progress reports (Record group 27) and technical reports (2464.69) to discover the names of the scientists involved.

Information about some missing notebooks can be found in the card index maintained by the Research Library (see Record group 3, Series XII).

Special Series

Notebooks with the prefix “G” (for government) were used for classified government contract work. They were stored separately until the restriction expired (usually five years or less).

Notebooks with the prefix “P” (for Princeton) were introduced in 1944 and were largely phased out by the end of 1954. Instead of being issued numbered bound notebooks, researchers turned in papers to be bound together and numbered. As a result, these notebooks often contain a wider range of materials, including correspondence, reports, and meeting records. Particularly valuable are the notebooks of Edward W. Herold, Harold B. Law, Rolf W. Peter, and Robert P. Stone.

Some notebooks were given the prefix “N” (for new?) starting in the early 1980s, but the reason is unclear. Patent disclosure notebooks, used during the 1930s and early 1940s, are also included in this record group. Finally, some scientists turned in notebooks not issued by RCA.
Dates: 1924-2000

Laboratory notebooks, diaries, and appointment calendars, 1880-1933

Identifier: 1893-VII.
Scope and Content: The Elmer Sperry papers contain a complete record of his published patents and his laboratory notebooks. These notebooks, which do have some gaps, can be used to trace the evolution of Elmer Sperry's approach to arc lighting, street railways, electrochemistry, gyroscopic technology, internal combustion engines, and the technological problems he encountered with each of these projects. Sperry was very articulate in his diaries and explored a variety of technological and scientific issues in them. It is evident that he drew on the work of a number of academic physicists and mathematicians and tried to apply their insights to experimental problems. Sperry's diaries contain a large number of sketches which reflect an appreciation of modern science. However, the diaries also show that in many ways Sperry was a nineteenth-century artist-engineer rather than a modern scientist whose insights are based on mathematical models.
Dates: 1880-1933

Oliver M. Hayden papers

Identifier: 2007
Abstract: Oliver M. Hayden (1893-1991) was a chemist who specialized in rubber and worked for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as manager of the laboratory where he was part of the team that developed Neoprene. His papers document his work on the Neoprene project, the activities of the Rubber Chemicals Division, and a draft of an oral history interview.
Dates: 1936-1989

RCA/Thomson Lancaster records

Identifier: 2464-74
Abstract: The Radio Corporation of America (RCA)’s Picture Tube Division, later known as the Video Component and Display Division, was headquartered at a research and production facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1987, the French firm Thomson Consumer Electronics acquired RCA’s consumer electronics business, including the Lancaster plant, and operated the facility until Thomson shut down its consumer electronics operations in 2005. Materials in the collection document a diverse array of activities at the RCA/Thomson Lancaster plant between the facility’s early days of operation and its closure. Corporate memoranda, correspondence, product technical data, photographs, and audiovisual materials trace the development of RCA/Thomson’s picture tube product line. Corporate publications chronicle major moments in company history.
Dates: 1929-2006

Roy J. Plunkett laboratory notebook

Identifier: 1991
Abstract: Roy J. Plunkett (1910-1994) was the discoverer of Teflon, while working as a chemist at the DuPont Company. Plunkett's laboratory notebook documents the discovery of Teflon at DuPont's Jackson Laboratory in 1938. The notebook documents the experiments that led to the effective control of the rapid and explosive polymerization of tetrafluoroethylene gas into a solid polymer.
Dates: 1937-1940

Wallis G. Hines notes and procedures for use in the azide laboratory

Identifier: 2541
Abstract: Wallis Gartside Hines (1919-2014) was a chemical engineer employed at the Kankakee Ordnance Works from 1942 to 1943, a war plant of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company located south of Joliet, Illinois. His notes describe the steps to be followed in the manufacture and refining of sodium and lead azide and for the laboratory analysis necessary for quality control.
Dates: 1943

Willis F. Harrington engineer's notebook

Identifier: 2440
Abstract: Engineer's notebook kept by future DuPont Company vice president Willis F. Harrington (1882-1960) while an entry-level engineer at the Barksdale Works in Wisconsin.
Dates: 1905-1907