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Herbert C. Brown papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 4
The Herbert C. Brown Papers [360 cubic feet] document the professional life and some of the personal life of Herbert Brown, winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Chemistry and former Purdue University professor. The collection consists of professional papers, personal papers, publications, professional and personal correspondence, research records, university and departmental papers, graduate student work and records, photographs, awards, memorabilia, and artwork.

Dates

  • 1928-2005
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1940s-1990s
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/12/2005

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are a few boxes that contain personal or sensitive information and a viewing restriction has been placed on them.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the Brown family

Extent

400.00 Cubic Feet

338 boxes other_unmapped

0.00 items

0.00 Linear Feet

2.00 Cubic Feet

2.00 Linear Feet

360.00 Cubic Feet

0.00 Linear Feet

1.00 flat_box

1.00 flat_box

1.00 flat_box

1.00 shoe_boxes

3.00 flat_box

0.00 folders

0.00 items

1.00 flat_box

Arrangement Note

The Herbert C. Brown Papers are organized into three series: 1. Vertical Files, circa 1930s-2003 2. Herbert C. Brown’s Chemistry Library contents, circa 1930s-2005 3. Memorabilia and Artwork, donated by Charles B. Brown, circa 1930s-2005

Physical Access Requirements

Collection is open for research. The collection is stored offsite; 48 hours notice is required to access the materials.

Custodial History

The Herbert C. Brown Papers were donated to PurdueUniversity by Herbert C. Brown when he Brown’s papers were originally housed in the small library room adjacent to his office that was provided to Brown when he became a Professor Emeritus in 1978. The papers remained as part of the Purdue Chemistry Department until Brown’s death in 2004, when they were transferred to the archives. Subsequent additions from Brown’s home were received from his son, Charles Brown. was on the faculty at Purdue.

Source of Acquisition

Herbert C. Brown and Dr. Charles Brown
Method of Acquisition Donation.

Existence and Location of Originals

multi-part note content

Related Materials

Oral history interview conducted September 22, 1970, located within MSO 2, Purdue Office of Publications Oral History Program collection.

http://www.chem.purdue.edu/hcbrown/

Separated Materials

One item, a binary rule, was removed from the Chemistry Library boxed contents, and wrapped and placed with the artifacts collection in the Archives Stacks to protect it from damage.

Processing Information

An effort has been made to numerically and/or chronologically order each individual box where feasible. Some contents, such as photographs, have been sleeved for protection. Some historical or fragile materials were wrapped in archival tissue for preservation. The memorabilia and artwork donated by Herbert C. Brown’s son, Charles B. Brown, has been wrapped in acid-free tissue and placed in sleeves and boxes, and an initial inventory is compiled. Oversized materials have been individually wrapped and labeled. Unframed photographs are stored in archival sleeves and boxes. Artifacts have been wrapped and stored in archival boxes. Also, materials from some boxes were consolidated, so there are no numbered boxes: 77, 81, 82, 83, 89, 90 126, 181, 218, 224, 225, 226, 320
Title
Herbert C. Brown papers
Author
Margaret Morris
Date
07/05/2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 09099999: Finding aid revised by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, 26 June 2008

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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