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William Brady papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 16, Placement: 06
Identifier: MSF 47

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two folders containing articles written or contributed to by William Brady, and obituaries for his passing. Also included is a letter containing information on publications and book reviews written or contributed to by Brady.


  • 1911 - 1923


Language of Materials

Collection material is in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Portions of material in this collection may be in the public domain. Other material copyrights held by Purdue University or original creator/publisher. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

William Brady was born in Lafayette, Indiana on October 28, 1863. He studied chemistry and German at Purdue, receiving his B.S. degree in 1887, and an Analytical Chemist (A.C.) degree in 1889. While earning his master’s degree (1887-1889), Brady also taught as an Assistant Instructor of Chemistry at Purdue.

On June 13, 1889, Brady moved to Chicago and began work at the Chemical Laboratory of the Illinois Steel Company, South Works, where he was promoted to Assistant Chief Chemist in 1893. He briefly left the position from March 1893-1894, to work as an Assistant Station Chemist at the Purdue Experiment Station, before returning to South Works. Brady was appointed Chief Chemist in 1900, and Chemical Engineer in 1907.

Brady was active in several organizations, including the American Chemical Society (1902), American Society for Testing Materials (1908), American Electro Chemical Society (1908), and the Chemists Clubs of Chicago and New York. He was also appointed as Chairman for the Corporation Chemists’ Committee on several occasions.

William Brady passed away on April 22, 1923.


0.05 Cubic Feet (Two folders)


Collection materials are in chronological order.

Acquisition Information

Articles "The Determination of Dust in Blast-Furnace Gas," "Determination of Carbon in Steel by the Direct Combustion Method," and "The Methods of the United States Steel Corporation for the Commercial Sampling and Analysis of Pig Iron" donated by William Brady on April 16, 1919. Source and date of acquisition for remaining material are unknown.

Processing Information

Material has been housed in an acid-free folder and acid-free box.
William Brady papers
Under Review
William Niner and Mary A. Sego
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Script of description
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Edition statement
Third edition. Collection description first completed 2011-05-06 by Mary Sego.

Revision Statements

  • 2020-04-08: Collection description updated by Amanda Rumba in order to more fully meet standards.
  • 2020-06-25: Collection description updated to new standards by Mary A. Sego.
  • 2023-03-21: Collection description updated and materials rearranged by William Niner.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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