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Melvin G. Mellon papers

 Collection — Box: Communal Collections 31, Placement: 13
Identifier: MSF 264

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three folders with articles by M. G. Mellon.


  • 1920 - 1986


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Access Information

The collection is open for research.

Copyright and Use Information

Some material in this collection is in the public domain, while other material copyrights are held by Purdue University. Consult with Purdue University Archives and Special Collections prior to reproduction of materials.

Biographical Information

Melvin Guy Mellon was born on a farm near Erie, Pennsylvania in 1893. He attended a one room school that housed eight grades. At an early age, Mellon learned to play the piano and developed a lifelong appreciation for music. He was one of two people in his high school class.

After graduation from Conneaut Lake High School in 1910, Mellon enrolled in Allegheny College and received his bachelor's degree there in 1915. His graduate work was done at Ohio State University where he obtained his doctorate degree in 1919. He and his wife Catharine met at Ohio State and were wed in 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Mellons were married for 71 years. Both Catharine and the Mellons' daughter, Frances, were accomplished musicians. Mr. and Mrs. Mellon were active in social aspects of the chemistry department, helping new faculty and their families adjust to their transition to Purdue.

Mellon's awards include honorary degrees from Allegheny College, Mount Union College, and Purdue University. He received the Fischer Award (1952), Anachem Award (1953) and A. M. Patterson Award (1957), and his publications number more than 200.

Professor Mellon died in 1993; just seven weeks shy of his 100th birthday. After his death, Purdue University established the Amy-Mellon Lectureship in Analytical Chemistry in 1988 and the Professor M. Guy Mellon Scholarship in 2008.


0.075 Cubic Feet (Three folders)


The material is in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition are unknowm.

Other Descriptive Information

Please see ASC Oral History Program for a transcript of the interview with Guy Mellon.

Processing Information

The material is housed in acid-free folders and an acid-free box.
Melvin G. Mellon papers
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Mary A. Sego
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Edition statement
Second edition. Collection description first completed 2010-10-12.

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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