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Finding Aid to the Kenneth S. Pitzer Papers, 1915-2000, bulk 1930-1997
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Series 1 Correspondence 1938-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 1-6


Cartons 1-5 are arranged alphabetically. Carton 6 is arranged chronologically as received.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of letters to and from Pitzer documenting his career in chemical research and academic activities. These letters also include requests for information, solicitations of advice, invitations to meetings and events, membership requests, and reports on the activities of various professional organizations to which Pitzer belonged.
Carton 1, Folder 1-42

Correspondence A-Ch 1950-1997

Carton 2, Folder 1-49

Correspondence Ch-Ho 1957-1997

Carton 3, Folder 1-53

Correspondence Hu-Na 1944-1997

Carton 4, Folder 1-43

Correspondence Na-S 1940-1997

Carton 5, Folder 1-57

Correspondence S-Z 1938-1997

Carton 6, Folder 1-32

Correspondence 1943-1960


Series 2 Writings 1935-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 7-12, oversize folder 1 B


Divided into three subseries: Books, Speeches, and Scientific Papers. Arranged chronologically.

2:1 Books 1948-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 7-9


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, drafts, corrections, and notes for books authored, co-authored, and edited by Pitzer.
Carton 7, Folder 1-3

Quantum Chemistry 1948-1967

Carton 7, Folder 4-57

Thermodynamics 1952-1994, undated

Carton 8, Folder 1-39

Thermodynamics 1980-1997, undated

Carton 8, Folder 40-57

Activity Coefficients in Electrolyte Solutions 1988-1993, undated

Carton 9, Folder 1-3

Molecular Structure and Statistical Thermodynamics: Selected Papers of Kenneth S. Pitzer 1992-1993


2:2 Speeches 1941-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 9-10


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of drafts, articles, correspondence, and other materials relating to lectures and speeches given by Pitzer throughout his career on various topics including education, chemistry research, and the Atomic Energy Commission.
Carton 9, Folder 4-47

Speech files 1941-1967

Carton 10, Folder 1-27

Speech files 1968-1997

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Posters announcing Pitzer's Taiwan lectures undated


2:3 Scientific Papers 1935-1982, undated

Physical Description: Cartons 10-12


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains drafts, correspondence, and notes for papers written by Pitzer on topics relating to his chemical research. Topics include the thermodynamic properties of molecules and research into the properties of electrolytes.
Carton 10, Folder 28-56

Scientific papers 1935-1958

Carton 11, Folder 1-50

Scientific papers 1958-1976

Carton 12, Folder 1-30

Scientific papers 1977-1982, undated


Series 3 Academic Files 1939-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 12-16


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, course materials, and files relating to UC Berkeley committee work and the College of Chemistry. Consists of meeting materials and reports during Pitzer's tenure as trustee at the Claremont Colleges. Includes correspondence and Board of Trustees meeting minutes (Mills).
Carton 12, Folder 31-45

UC Berkeley College of Chemistry 1939-1997

Carton 12, Folder 46-67

UCB course materials 1937-1964

Carton 13, Folder 1-40

UCB course materials 1971-1983, undated

Carton 14, Folder 1-2

UCB course materials undated

Carton 14, Folder 3-31

UC Berkeley committees 1958-1997

Carton 14, Folder 32-43

Harvey Mudd College 1956-1991

Carton 15, Folder 1-6

Mills College 1958-1969

Carton 15, Folder 7

Visiting professorship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1961-1965

Carton 15, Folder 8-15

Claremont Colleges 1961-1996

Carton 15, Folder 16-19

Rice University 1963-1968

Carton 15, Folder 20-21

Stanford University 1968-1971

Carton 15, Folder 22-47

Pitzer College 1969-1997

Carton 16, Folder 1-12

Pitzer College 1976-1997


Series 4 United States Government 1943-1984

Physical Description: Cartons 16-20


Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, reports, meeting notes and research materials for Pitzer's work for the United States Government.
Carton 16, Folder 13

National Defense Research Committee 1943

Carton 16, Folder 14-40

United States Atomic Energy Commission 1944-1965

Carton 17, Folder 1-43

United States Atomic Energy Commission 1956-1967

Carton 18, Folder 1-40

United States Atomic Energy Commission 1961-1970

Carton 18, Folder 41-42

United States Naval Ordinance Test Station Advisory Board 1955-1958

Carton 18, Folder 43-57

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1959-1978

Carton 19, Folder 1-28

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory 1979-1984

Carton 19, Folder 29-31

Defense Science Board, United States Department of Defense 1961

Carton 19, Folder 32-45

The President's Science Advisory Committee 1963-1969

Carton 20, Folder 1-7

The President's Science Advisory Committee 1968-1970

Carton 20, Folder 8-9

U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics 1964


Series 5 Private Sector Research and Consulting 1943-1971

Physical Description: Carton 20


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains primarily correspondence and meeting minutes from Pitzer's tenure at several private companies.
Carton 20, Folder 10-25

American Petroleum Institute 1943-1957

Carton 20, Folder 26

United States Rubber Company 1945-1948

Carton 20, Folder 27

Union Carbide Corporation 1961-1963

Carton 20, Folder 28-33

Owens-Illinois 1967-1986

Carton 20, Folder 34-35

The Rand Corporation 1962-1971


Series 6 Professional Affiliations 1943-1997

Physical Description: Cartons 21-25


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence, meeting files, notes, and research materials for the many professional organizations, societies, and committees of which Pitzer was a member. In addition to papers relating to the scientific and chemistry organizations Pitzer served on are files from numerous educational and cultural panels.
Carton 21, Folder 1-43

Advisory Council on College Chemistry-Chemical Education Material Study 1943-1997

Carton 22, Folder 1-47

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-National Academy of Sciences 1949-1997

Carton 23, Folder 1-38

National Academy of Sciences 1972-1976

Carton 24, Folder 1-42

National Academy of Sciences-National Bureau of Standards 1952-1997

Carton 25, Folder 1-15

Organization of American States-World Affairs Council 1955-1970


Series 7 Research Files 1915-1999

Physical Description: Cartons 25-41


Divided into 3 subseries: General Research Files, Subject Files and Reprints. General research arranged as received. Subject Files and Reprints are arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

Pitzer's pioneer work in molecular spectroscopy made it possible for chemists to predict the thermodynamic properties of complex molecules. His research also included the relativist effects in chemical bonding and the theory of fluids and electrolyte solutions.

7:1 General Research Files 1915-1999

Physical Description: Cartons 25-32


Arranged as received.

Scope and Content Note

General Research Files document Pitzer's work in the study of the thermodynamic properties of molecules. Included are correspondence, graphs, annotated reprints, and many notes by Pitzer.
Carton 25, Folder 16-35

General Research Files 1964-1996

Carton 26, Folder 1-23

General Research Files 1935-1997

Carton 27, Folder 1-44

General Research Files 1949-1997

Carton 28, Folder 1-37

General Research Files 1927-1995

Carton 29, Folder 1-57

General Research Files 1974-1994

Carton 30, Folder 1-39

General Research Files 1955-1997

Carton 31, Folder 1-36

General Research Files 1936-1997

Carton 32, Folder 1-21

General Research Files 1966-1997


7:2 Subject Files 1927-1996

Physical Description: Cartons 32-33


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content Note

In addition to files on topics in chemistry research, this subseries includes biographies and other materials regarding many well known U.C. Berkeley chemists, including Gilbert Lewis with whom Pitzer worked closely in the College of Chemistry.
Carton 32, Folder 22-39

Subject Files A-L 1938-1996

Carton 33, Folder 1-22

Subject Files L-V 1927-1982


7:3 Reprints 1915-1999

Physical Description: Cartons 33-41


Arranged alphabetically by author's name or subject of research.

Scope and Content Note

Includes reprints, some annotated, and correspondence with Pitzer's colleagues in chemistry research and other fields. Some of this material relates to Pitzer's tenure as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. An incomplete run of Pitzer's reprints are also included in this subseries.
Carton 33, Folder 23-42

A-Br 1926-1997

Carton 34, Folder 1-45

Bu-Fip 1952-1997

Carton 35, Folder 1-40

Fis-Hi 1931-1997

Carton 36, Folder 1-43

Ho-Ma 1934-1997

Carton 37, Folder 1-34

Mc-Ol 1933-1997

Carton 38, Folder 1-28

Or-Pl 1915-1999

Carton 39, Folder 1-36

Pr-Sc 1930-1997

Carton 40, Folder 1-39

Se-Vo 1946-1997

Carton 41, Folder 1-29

Wa-Ye 1965-1997


Series 8 Biographical Materials 1930-2000

Physical Description: Cartons 41-42, box 1, oversize folder 1 B


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains a small amount of personal correspondence, appointment books, awards, Pitzer's student notebooks, and several folders documenting his trip to the Soviet Union in 1959 as part of a group of American scientists invited to view atomic energy installations in Russia. Also included are a small number of photographs, biographies of Pitzer, and several oral histories.
Carton 41, Folder 30-39

Biographical materials 1930-1994

Carton 42, Folder 1-43

Biographical materials 1949-2000

Box 1, 1-28

Appointment books 1947-1971, undated

Oversize Drawer B, Folder 1

Awards and honorary degrees 1958-1963