Guide to the Robert L. Burwell, Jr. (1912-2003), Papers

Collection Title: Robert L. Burwell, Jr. (1912-2003), Papers
Dates: 1931-1986
Identification: 11/3/8/3
Creator: Burwell, Robert Lemmon, 1912-
Extent: 33 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Robert Lemmon Burwell, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 6, 1912. He earned his B.S. at St. John's College in 1932 and his Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton in 1936. Burwell was an instructor in chemistry at Trinity College (now Duke University) from 1936 to the spring of 1939 before joining the faculty at Northwestern University in the fall of 1939 as an instructor in chemistry. Burwell became internationally known for his pioneering work in heterogeneous catalysis. The Robert L. Burwell, Jr. papers fill twenty-nine boxes and are arranged in six subseries: correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organization files, speeches, and publications.
In Box 1 are several folders of biographical materials pertaining to Burwell's education and his service on various Northwestern University committees. The folders labeled “Personal Data” and “American Chemical Society Award (Lubrizol) for Petroleum Chemistry” include summaries of Burwell's research activities. Of considerable interest are the notes and reports produced by Burwell while serving on the Northwestern University Science Committee in 1960.
Acquisition Information: Robert L. Burwell, Jr. donated these papers to the Northwestern University Archives in 1986 (Accession #86-284). The addition was donated to the University Archives by Robert L. Burwell on April 18, 1989 (Accession #89-55).
Processing Information: William B. Beatty; August-October 1986 and July 1989.
Separated Materials: Approximately four linear inches of general university material not relating to Burwell was transferred to the University Archives' general reference files. Approximately 5 linear feet of duplicates and 4 linear feet of extraneous materials were discarded. In the addition, a small amount of general university material was transferred to the University Archives general reference files. A small amount of material not relating to Burwell or the University was sent to the American Chemical Society. Approximately three linear inches of duplicate or extraneous materials were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: The correspondence and teaching files subseries may be used only with permission of the University Archives.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Robert Lemmon Burwell, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 6, 1912. He earned his B.S. at St. John's College in 1932 and his Ph.D. in chemistry at Princeton in 1936. Burwell was an instructor in chemistry at Trinity College (now Duke University) from 1936 to the spring of 1939 before joining the faculty at Northwestern University in the fall of 1939 as an instructor in chemistry. Burwell became internationally known for his pioneering work in heterogeneous catalysis.

Burwell served on active duty with the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1942 to 1945, primarily stationed at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. After completing military service, Burwell returned to Northwestern. In 1946 the University twice promoted him, first to assistant professor and then to associate professor. After being promoted to full professor in 1952 Burwell chaired the department of chemistry from 1952 to 1957. He was named Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry in 1970, a position he held until his retirement in 1980 at which time he became an emeritus member of the faculty.

He served as president of both the International Congress on Catalysis and the Catalysis Society. The American Chemical Society gave him both its Kendall and Lubrizol awards.

Burwell married Elise Frank on December 23, 1939; the couple had two daughters, Mary Elise and Augusta Somervell. Robert Burwell died on May 15, 2003.

Scope and Content

The Robert L. Burwell, Jr. papers fill twenty-nine boxes and are arranged in six subseries: correspondence, teaching files, research and consulting files, professional organization files, speeches, and publications.

In Box 1 are several folders of biographical materials pertaining to Burwell's education and his service on various Northwestern University committees. The folders labeled “Personal Data” and “American Chemical Society Award (Lubrizol) for Petroleum Chemistry” include summaries of Burwell's research activities. Of considerable interest are the notes and reports produced by Burwell while serving on the Northwestern University Science Committee in 1960.

The correspondence subseries is organized into general and subject categories; subject files are arranged alphabetically by topical headings. Within folders correspondence is arranged in chronological order. The files contain much material documenting Burwell's many trips and speeches; numerous letters of recommendation; visits from overseas scientists; and work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Also included are four folders of refereeing correspondence (Box 5, Folders 11-13, Box 6, Folder 1) reflecting Burwell's views on the work and authors in his field during the period 1948 to 1982.

The teaching files include syllabi, problems, quizzes, exams, and notes for undergraduate courses, mostly physical chemistry and thermodynamics, taught by Burwell. The bulk of these files, however, relates to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows; included are correspondence, reports of class and research work, and occasional notes and manuscripts produced jointly by the graduate student or fellow and Burwell. Curricular materials are arranged sequentially by course number. Files on students and postdoctoral fellows are arranged alphabetically according to individuals' surnames.

Burwell was frequently a research advisor and a consultant for both industrial and governmental organizations, including the DuPont Corporation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Science Foundation. His research and consulting files contain pertinent correspondence, reports, and notes. The files are arranged alphabetically according to project, research topic, organization, or agency name.

The professional organization files document Burwell's substantial professional activities, particularly with the American Chemical Society, the Catalysis Society, the International Congress on Catalysis, and the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The files include correspondence, drafts of reports, and, for IUPAC, a variety of materials relating to its information bulletins on nomenclature and definitions. Files are arranged alphabetically according to organization name.

Burwell's speech files are arranged alphabetically by title or topic. They include notes, drafts, illustrative figures and related correspondence.

The publications files, comprising ten boxes, include drafts and correspondence relating to over 150 of Burwell's scientific publications. These files are arranged alphabetically by article title. When available, a reprint of the published article is included. When Burwell submitted more than one manuscript to a journal at the same time all relevant materials are filed under the title that falls first alphabetically. Where no manuscript material is present book reviews and reprints are arranged chronologically in folders at the end of the series.

Subjects

Corporate Name

American Chemical Society

Catalysis Society--Administration

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of Chemistry--Faculty

Personal Name

Burwell, Robert Lemmon, 1912-

Subjects

Chemistry--Study and teaching (Higher)


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • Personal Data, 1949; 1958-1983Box 1, Folder 1
    • Bibliography, c. 1985Box 1, Folder 2
    • American Chemical Society, Award in Petroleum Chemistry, 1982-1983Box 1, Folder 3
    • Certificate, 1984Box 1, Folder 4
    • Clippings, 1946-1985Box 1, Folder 5
    • Kendall Award, 1972-1978Box 1, Folder 6
    • Programs, 1960-1978Box 1, Folder 7
  • Education Files
    • Bachelor's Program - Research, 1931-1932Box 1, Folder 8
    • Doctoral Program - Physical Chemistry, 1933-1934Box 1, Folder 9
    • Doctoral Program - Physical Chemistry, 1934-1938Box 1, Folder 10
    • Doctoral Program - Physical Chemistry, Feb-Apr 1935Box 1, Folder 11
    • Doctoral Program - Physical Chemistry, Apr 1935-1936Box 1, Folder 12
    • Doctoral Program - Thermodynamics, 1932-1933Box 1, Folder 13
  • Administrative Files
    • Alumni Fund Lecture Series, 1960-1961Box 1, Folder 14
    • Department of Chemistry, Lecture Series, 1973Box 1, Folder 15
    • General Faculty Committee, 1960-1961Box 1, Folder 16
    • Safety, 1975-1977Box 1, Folder 17
    • Science Committee, 1960Box 1, Folder 18
    • Science - Engineering Library Committee, 1970Box 1, Folder 19
  • Correspondence
    • General, 1953-1957Box 2, Folder 1
    • General, 1958Box 2, Folder 2
    • General, 1959Box 2, Folder 3
    • General, 1960Box 2, Folder 4
    • General, 1961Box 2, Folder 5
    • General, 1962Box 2, Folder 6
    • General, 1963Box 2, Folder 7
    • General, 1964Box 2, Folder 8
    • General, 1965Box 2, Folder 9
    • General, 1966Box 2, Folder 10
    • General, 1967Box 3, Folder 1
    • General, 1968Box 3, Folder 2
    • General, 1969Box 3, Folder 3
    • General, 1970Box 3, Folder 4
    • General, 1971Box 3, Folder 5
    • General, 1972Box 3, Folder 6
    • General, 1973Box 3, Folder 7
    • General, 1974Box 4, Folder 1
    • General, 1975Box 4, Folder 2
    • General, 1976Box 4, Folder 3
    • General, 1977Box 4, Folder 4
    • General, 1978Box 4, Folder 5
    • General, 1979Box 4, Folder 6
    • General, 1980Box 4, Folder 7
    • General, 1981-1984Box 4, Folder 8
    • Brazilian Trip, 1975Box 5, Folder 1
    • Chemical and Engineering News, 1962-1964Box 5, Folder 2
    • Dubru, M.L., 1976Box 5, Folder 3
    • European Trip, 1958Box 5, Folder 4
    • European Trip, 1978Box 5, Folder 5
    • Evans, Ward, 1957-1958Box 5, Folder 6
    • Grace, W.R. and Co., 1971Box 5, Folder 7
    • Japan Trip, 1976Box 5, Folder 8
    • Kemball, C., 1958-1973Box 5, Folder 9
    • Oxide Meeting, 1974Box 5, Folder 10
    • Refereeing, 1948-1962Box 5, Folder 11
    • Refereeing, 1963-1964Box 5, Folder 12
    • Refereeing, 1970-1974Box 5, Folder 13
    • Refereeing, 1975-1982Box 6, Folder 1
    • San Juan Trip, 1959Box 6, Folder 2
    • Soviet Union Trip, 1959Box 6, Folder 3
    • Trapnell, B.M.W., 1955-1956Box 6, Folder 4
    • U.S. - Japan Seminar on Catalysis (First), 1968Box 6, Folder 5
    • U.S. - Japan Seminar on Catalysis (Second), 1970-1971Box 6, Folder 6
    • Warsaw Trip, 1977Box 6, Folder 7
  • Teaching Files
    • Chemistry A30, n.d.Box 6, Folder 8
    • Chemistry C40-1, Evaluation, 1977-1979Box 6, Folder 9
    • Chemistry C40-1, Exams, 1970-1980Box 6, Folder 10
    • Chemistry C40-1, Problems, 1967-1977Box 6, Folder 11
    • Chemistry C40-1, Problems, 1978-1980Box 7, Folder 1
    • Chemistry C40-1, Quizzes, 1973-1980Box 7, Folder 2
    • Chemistry C40-1, Syllabi, 1970-1976Box 7, Folder 3
    • Chemistry C40-2, Evaluation, 1973, 1976Box 7, Folder 4
    • Chemistry C40-2, Exams, 1971-1980Box 7, Folder 5
    • Chemistry C40-2, Notes, 1973Box 7, Folder 6
    • Chemistry C40-2, Problems, 1972-1980Box 7, Folder 7
    • Chemistry C40-2, Quizzes, 1971-1980Box 7, Folder 8
    • Chemistry C40-2, Syllabi, 1971-1980Box 7, Folder 9
    • Chemistry C44, 1959-1969Box 7, Folder 10
    • Chemistry D41, 1961-1970Box 7, Folder 11
    • Chemistry D44, 1974Box 7, Folder 12
    • Thermodynamics, 1938-1942Box 7, Folder 13
    • Undergraduate Research Participation Program, 1961Box 7, Folder 14
    • Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows
      • Antos, G.J., 1969-1972Box 7, Folder 15
      • Armstrong, R.G., n.d.Box 7, Folder 16
      • Barry, D., 1967-1976Box 7, Folder 17
      • Blackman, E.L., 1967-1975Box 8, Folder 1
      • Brenner, A., 1971-1976Box 8, Folder 2
      • Briggs, W.S., 1950-1954Box 8, Folder 3
      • Brooks, B.I., 1971-1978Box 8, Folder 4
      • Calhoun, G.M., 1952-1955Box 8, Folder 5
      • Cardew, M., 1956-1960Box 8, Folder 6
      • Carter, J.H., 1957-1958Box 8, Folder 7
      • Cashman, T.J., 1961-1964Box 8, Folder 8
      • Chock, Steve, 1963Box 8, Folder 9
      • Ciola, R., 1956-1961Box 8, Folder 10
      • Colunga, D.F., 1968-1969Box 8, Folder 11
      • Cook, H.D., 1958-1959Box 8, Folder 12
      • Defossé, C., 1977-1982Box 8, Folder 13
      • Desai, D., 1971-1982Box 8, Folder 14
      • Dyer, J.B., n.d.Box 8, Folder 15
      • Edwards, U.S., 1946-1949Box 8, Folder 16
      • Elkin, L., 1947-1965Box 8, Folder 17
      • Elkins, J.S., 1962-1964Box 8, Folder 18
      • Ely, S.R., 1974-1977Box 8, Folder 19
      • Forrest, J.M., 1956-1958Box 8, Folder 20
      • Fuller, M.E., 1953-1971Box 8, Folder 21
      • Geller, B., 1965-1967Box 9, Folder 1
      • Gordon, G.S., 1946-1948Box 9, Folder 2
      • Grotz, L.C., 1949Box 9, Folder 3
      • Hamilton, W., 1956-1959Box 9, Folder 4
      • Hattori, T., 1975-1980Box 9, Folder 5
      • Hell, A., 1957-1960Box 9, Folder 6
      • Hellberg, L., 1951Box 9, Folder 7
      • Herrmann, J.M., 1974-1985Box 9, Folder 8
      • Holmquist, H.E., 1947Box 9, Folder 9
      • Honigstein, S.A., 1964Box 9, Folder 10
      • Inoue, Y., 1974-1985Box 9, Folder 11
      • Kennedy (O'Cinneide), A., 1970-1982Box 9, Folder 12
      • Kobayashi, M., 1976-1982Box 9, Folder 13
      • Kolb, H., 1941-1943Box 9, Folder 14
      • Kosco, J.L., 1967-1968Box 9, Folder 15
      • Kung, H.H., 1971-1578Box 9, Folder 16
      • Kung, H.H., n.d.Box 9, Folder 17
      • Rung, H.H., n.d.Box 10, Folder 1
      • Langford, C.H., 1958-1971Box 10, Folder 2
      • Leal, P.D., 1973-1981Box 10, Folder 3
      • Linn, W.J., 1968-1970Box 10, Folder 4
      • Litttewood, A.B., 1955-1960Box 10, Folder 5
      • Loner, C.J., 1959-1975Box 10, Folder 6
      • McCarthy, W.J., Jr., 1939Box 10, Folder 7
      • McDaniel, M.P., 1969-1979Box 10, Folder 8
      • Matsuzaki, I., 1959-1972Box 10, Folder 9
      • Maury, L.G., 1949-1953Box 10, Folder 10
      • Mestdagh (Debatty), M., 1972-1975Box 10, Folder 11
      • Meyer, E.F., 1962-1967Box 10, Folder 12
      • Mitchell, T.0, 1967-1971Box 10, Folder 13
      • Newham, J., 1958-1966Box 11, Folder 1
      • Pass, G., 1957-1960Box 11, Folder 2
      • Patterson, W.R., 1962-1969Box 11, Folder 3
      • Pellet, R.J., 1974-1975Box 11, Folder 4
      • Pfohl, F.W., 1949-1950Box 11, Folder 5
      • Philipson, J.J., 1964-1970Box 11, Folder 6
      • Porte, H.A., 1952-1970Box 11, Folder 7
      • Rathman, n.d.Box 11, Folder 8
      • Read, J.F., 1963-1970Box 11, Folder 9
      • Roth, J.A., 1965-1972Box 11, Folder 10
      • Rowlinson, H.C., 1553-1954Box 11, Folder 11
      • Saito, J., 1963-1971Box 11, Folder 12
      • Schaeffer, A.R., 1959-1971Box 11, Folder 13
      • Schmidt, H., 1973-1976Box 11, Folder 14
      • Schrage, K., 1963-1965Box 11, Folder 15
      • Scott, R.B., 1949-1953Box 11, Folder 16
      • Shields, A.D., 1950-1954Box 11, Folder 17
      • Shim, B.K.C., 1953-1967Box 11, Folder 18
      • Simpson, K., n.d.Box 11, Folder 19
      • Stec, K., 1972-1976Box 11, Folder 20
      • Stoddart, C.T.H., 1957-1961Box 12, Folder 1
      • Taylor, K.C., 1966-1986Box 12, Folder 2
      • Tjok, n.d.Box 12, Folder 3
      • Tuxworth, R.H., 1951-1956Box 12, Folder 4
      • Uchijima, T., 1972-1985Box 12, Folder 5
      • West, P., 1967-1973Box 12, Folder 6
  • Research and Consulting Files
    • Action of Adsorbents, n.d.Box 12, Folder 7
    • Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1973Box 12, Folder 8
    • Butanol on Cu, 1941Box 12, Folder 9
    • CTAB Panel, 1970Box 12, Folder 10
    • Ether and Alcohols on H3P03, n.d.Box 12, Folder 11
    • DuPont, 1951-1967Box 12, Folder 12
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis and Stereochemistry, n.d.Box 12, Folder 13
    • Hyrocarbons, n.d.Box 12, Folder 14
    • National Academy of Sciences, 1972Box 12, Folder 15
    • National Science Foundation, General, 1968-1971Box 12, Folder 16
    • National Science Foundation, Division of Chemical and Process Engineering, Workshop, 1980-1981Box 13, Folder 1
    • National Science Foundation, National Facility for Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1965-1979Box 13, Folder 2
    • National Science Foundation, Proposal, 1967Box 13, Folder 3
    • National Science Foundation, Proposal, 1978Box 13, Folder 4
    • National Science Foundation, Reviews, 1967-1971Box 13, Folder 5
    • National Science Foundation, Workshop on Energy Catalysis, 1974Box 13, Folder 6
    • NATO Advanced Institute, 1970-1971Box 13, Folder 7
    • NATO Sardinia Meeting, 1972Box 13, Folder 8
    • Personal Research, 1941-1948Box 13, Folder 9
    • Petroleum Research Fund, 1968-1984Box 13, Folder 10
    • Properties of Supported Metal Catalysts, 1976-1978Box 13, Folder 11
    • Properties of Supported Metal Catalysts, Budget Proposal, 1979-1981Box 13, Folder 12
    • Properties of Supported Metal Catalysts, Reviews, 1982-1584Box 14, Folder 1
    • Racemization of Butanol-2, n.d.Box 14, Folder 2
    • Reactions of Olefins in the Liquid Phase, 1964-1965Box 14, Folder 3
    • Stanford - Industrial Affiliates Program, 1983Box 14, Folder 4
    • Thermodynamics, n.d.Box 14, Folder 5
    • Trinity College, 1936-1939Box 14, Folder 6
    • US and USSR Working Groups on Catalysis, 1972Box 14, Folder 7
    • Universal Oil Products, 1580Box 14, Folder 8
    • Fragments, n.d.Box 14, Folder 9
  • Professional Organizations Files
    • American Chemical Society - Award in Petroleum Chemistry, 1983Box 14, Folder 10
    • American Chemical Society - Editor for New Journal, 1983Box 14, Folder 11
    • American Chemical Society - Committee on Professional Training, 1975-1976Box 14, Folder 12
    • American Chemical Society - Division of Physical Chemistry, 1967-1971Box 14, Folder 13
    • American Chemical Society - Search Committee for Executive Director, 1971-1972Box 14, Folder 14
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, General, 1960-1974Box 14, Folder 15
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, Introduction, n.d.Box 14, Folder 16
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, Acid Catalysis, n.d.Box 15, Folder 1
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, CO-H2, n.d.Box 15, Folder 2
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, Hydrogenation, n.d.Box 15, Folder 3
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, Mechanism, n.d.Box 15, Folder 4
    • American Chemical Society - Short Course, Oxidation, n.d.Box 15, Folder 5
    • American Chemical Society - Tour (M-A-L-T-T), 1971-1972Box 15, Folder 6
    • American Chemical Society - Chicago Section, Gibbs Medal, 1968Box 15, Folder 7
    • American Society for Testing Metals, 1975-1977Box 15, Folder 8
    • Catalysis Club of Chicago, 1954-1977Box 15, Folder 9
    • Catalysis Society: Minutes, 1965-1983Box 15, Folder 10
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1965-1967Box 15, Folder 11
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1968-1969Box 15, Folder 12
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1970-1971Box 15, Folder 13
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1972-1973Box 15, Folder 14
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1974-1975Box 15, Folder 15
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1976-1977Box 15, Folder 16
    • Catalysis Society: Correspondence, 1978-1984Box 15, Folder 17
    • Catalysis Society: Awards, 1974Box 15, Folder 18
    • Catalysis Society: Ciapetta Lectures, 1973-1977Box 15, Folder 19
    • Catalysis Society: Newsletter, 1973-1977Box 15, Folder 20
    • Catalysis Society: 3rd North America Meeting, 1973-1975Box 15, Folder 21
    • Catalysis Society: 4th North America Meeting, 19733-1975Box 15, Folder 22
    • Catalysis Society: 5th North America Meeting, 1376-1977Box 15, Folder 23
    • Catalysis Society: 6th North America Meeting, 1977-1979Box 16, Folder 1
    • Catalysis Society: 8th North America Meeting, 19833Box 16, Folder 2
    • Catalysis Society: President, 1973-1975Box 16, Folder 3
    • Catalysis Society: Robert L. Burwell Lectureship, 1976-1984Box 16, Folder 4
    • Coordinating Committee for Catalysis, 1961-1970Box 16, Folder 5
    • Franco-American Seminar on Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1980Box 16, Folder 6
    • Gordon Research Conferences, 1951-1962Box 16, Folder 7
    • International Congress on Catalysis: First (1956), 1956Box 16, Folder 8
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Second (1960), 1956-1960Box 16, Folder 9
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Third (1964), 1960-1964Box 16, Folder 10
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Fourth (1968), 1965-1971Box 16, Folder 11
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Fifth (1972), 1971-1972Box 16, Folder 12
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Sixth (1976), 1972-1977Box 16, Folder 13
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Seventh (1980), 1979-1980Box 17, Folder 1
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Eighth (1984), 1976-1984Box 17, Folder 2
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Correspondence, 1969-1972Box 17, Folder 3
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Council, 1984Box 17, Folder 4
    • International Congress on Catalysis: Secretary, 1971-1974Box 17, Folder 5
    • International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC): Commission on Colloid and Surface Chemistry, 1969-1977Box 17, Folder 6
    • IUPAC: Commission 1.6, Minutes, 1969-1977Box 17, Folder 7
    • IUPAC: Correspondence, 1962-1966Box 17, Folder 8
    • IUPAC: Correspondence, 1973-1978Box 17, Folder 9
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin No. 3, 1969-1970Box 17, Folder 10
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin, 1971Box 17, Folder 11
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin, 1972Box 17, Folder 12
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin, 1972Box 18, Folder 1
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin, 1973-75Box 18, Folder 2
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin, n.d.Box 18, Folder 3
    • IUPAC: Information Bulletin No. 39, 1973-1976Box 18, Folder 4
    • IUPAC: National Institute for Catalysis, 1965-1974Box 18, Folder 5
  • Speech Files
    • Alkaline Hydrolysis of Sodium, n.d.Box 18, Folder 6
    • Alkyl Sulfates Catalytic Reactions on Cr203, 1966Box 18, Folder 7
    • Chroria as a Catalyst in Hydrogenation Reactions, 1968Box 18, Folder 8
    • Concerned with Intermediates in Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1965Box 18, Folder 9
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis and Carbonium Ions, n.d.Box 18, Folder 10
    • Hydrogen, n.d.Box 18, Folder 11
    • Hydrogenation and Related Reactions, 1972Box 18, Folder 12
    • Hydrolysis of Alkyl Sulfates, 1949Box 18, Folder 13
    • Ipatieff Centenary, 1967Box 18, Folder 14
    • Isotopic Tracers, n.d.Box 18, Folder 15
    • Mechanism of Heterogenous Catalysis, 1963Box 18, Folder 16
    • Organometallic Zoo in Heterogenous Catalysis, 1964-1966Box 18, Folder 17
    • Racemization, n.d.Box 19, Folder 1
    • Reaction des Hydrocarbures sur L'Oxyde de Chrome, 1970Box 19, Folder 2
    • Reactions between Deuterium and Benzene, 1963-1964Box 19, Folder 3
    • Shell, n.d.Box 19, Folder 4
    • Some Effects of Hydride Formation, 1981Box 19, Folder 5
    • Stereochemistry, 1972Box 19, Folder 6
    • Supported f-Element Organometallic Complexes, 1980Box 19, Folder 7
    • Trinity College Radio, 1938Box 19, Folder 8
  • Publications
    • Action of Halosulfonic Acids, 1954Box 19, Folder 9
    • Action of Hydrogen Fluoride, 1942Box 19, Folder 10
    • Action of Mercuric Chloride, 1947Box 19, Folder 11
    • Action of 96% Sulfuric Acid, 1954Box 19, Folder 12
    • Action of Strong Acids on Hydrocarbons, N.D.Box 19, Folder 13
    • Action of Some Strong Acids, 1954-1955Box 19, Folder 14
    • Action of Sulfuric Acid, 1948Box 19, Folder 15
    • Action of Sulfuric Acid, Ethane-4ulfonic Acid, 1948-1949Box 19, Folder 16
    • Activities of Activated Mo(CO)6 Catalysts, 1980-1981Box 19, Folder 17
    • Activity for the Metathesis of Propylene, 1976Box 20, Folder 1
    • Adsorption and Catalytic Reaction, 1976Box 20, Folder 2
    • Adsorption and Inter-Reaction of Hydrogen, 1976Box 20, Folder 3
    • Adsorption and Reactions of Coordination Complexes, 1965Box 20, Folder 4
    • Adsorptions and Reactions of Hydrogen, 1976Box 20, Folder 5
    • Adsorptive and Catalytic Properties, 1979Box 20, Folder 6
    • Burwell, Robert L., Jr., 1978Box 20, Folder 7
    • Catalysis, 1965Box 20, Folder 8
    • Catalysis, 1981Box 20, Folder 9
    • Catalysis ("Scientific American"), 1971Box 20, Folder 10
    • Catalytic Activity of Silica Gel, 1972-1973Box 20, Folder 11
    • Catalytic Racemization and Dehydrogenation, 1948Box 20, Folder 12
    • Catalytic Sites in the Hydrogenolysis, 1978Box 20, Folder 13
    • Chemical Theory of Chemisorption, 1975-1976Box 20, Folder 14
    • Chemisorptive and Catalytic Behavior of Chromia (1), 1968-1969Box 21, Folder 1
    • Chemisorptive and Catalytic Behavior of Chromia (2), 1968-1969Box 21, Folder 2
    • Chromium Compounds on Silica Gel, 1967-1968Box 21, Folder 3
    • Cleavage of Ethers by Hydrogen Bromide, 1956-1958Box 21, Folder 4
    • Cleavage Reactions, 1950-1951Box 21, Folder 5
    • Continuous Purification of Water, 1949Box 21, Folder 6
    • Diffusion in Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1960Box 21, Folder 7
    • EPR Study of the State of Chromic Ions, n.d.Box 21, Folder 8
    • Effect of Coordinatively Unsaturated Surface CE Cr3+, 1877Box 21, Folder 9
    • Effect of Promoters on the Alkylation, 1951-1952Box 21, Folder 10
    • Effect of Silyation, 1973Box 22, Folder 1
    • Effect of Steric Strains, 1979-1980Box 22, Folder 2
    • Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 1979Box 22, Folder 3
    • Equilibrium in the Dehydrogenization of Secondary Propyl and Butyl Alcohols, 1944-1949Box 22, Folder 4
    • Equilibrium in the System 2- and 3-Methyl Hexane, n.d.Box 22, Folder 5
    • Ethylene Adsorption Isotherms at -183 C, n.d.Box 22, Folder 6
    • Excess Oxygen of Chromia (1), 1974Box 22, Folder 7
    • Excess Oxygen of Chromia (2), 1974Box 22, Folder 8
    • Exchange Between Hydrocarbons and Deuterium, 1957Box 22, Folder 9
    • Fifth International Congress on Catalysis, 1972Box 22, Folder 10
    • For Want of a Theorem, 1953Box 22, Folder 11
    • Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1975-1978Box 23, Folder 1
    • Heterogeneous Catalytic Racemization 1- Butanol -2, 1937Box 23, Folder 2
    • Hydrogenation of Cycloalkanes, 1966Box 23, Folder 3
    • Hydrogenation of Dimethyl acetylene, 1959-1960Box 23, Folder 4
    • Hydrogenation of Di-t-Butyl Nitroxide, 1975-1976Box 23, Folder 5
    • Hydrogenation of Highly Hindered Compounds, 1973Box 23, Folder 6
    • Hydrogenation of a Nitroxide, 1981-1982Box 23, Folder 7
    • Hydrogenation of Tetramethyl, n.d.Box 23, Folder 8
    • Hydrogenation of 3,3 - Dimethyl, 1960-1961Box 23, Folder 9
    • Hydrogenolysis of Dicyclopropylmethane, 1962Box 23, Folder 10
    • Hydrogenolysis of Dicyclopropyl Methane on Platinum Catalysts, 1962Box 23, Folder 11
    • Hydrogenolysis of Optically Active Secondary Butyl Hydrogen Sulfate (1), 1945-1951Box 23, Folder 12
    • Hydrogenolysis of Optically Active Secondary Butyl Hydrogen Sulfate (2), 1949-1951Box 24, Folder 1
    • Hydrolysis of Sodium Alkyl Sulfates, 1955Box 24, Folder 2
    • Improved Resolution of Butanol - 2, 1939Box 24, Folder 3
    • Infrared Study of Physisoroption, 1979-1980Box 24, Folder 4
    • Interaction of Deuterium and Saturated Hydrocarbons, 1954Box 24, Folder 5
    • Interaction of Deuterium with Olefins, 1556Box 24, Folder 6
    • Interaction Between Hydrocarbons and Deuterium, 1960Box 24, Folder 7
    • Interactions among Deuterium, Alcohols…, 1966-1967Box 24, Folder 8
    • Isomerization of the Olefinic Product, n.d.Box 24, Folder 9
    • Isomerization and Racemization of Hydrocarbons, 1955Box 24, Folder 10
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Alkanes and Deuterium, 1956Box 24, Folder 11
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Alkanes and Deuterium, 1978-1979Box 24, Folder 12
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Alkanes and Deuterium, 1979-1980Box 24, Folder 13
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Deuterium and Hydrocarbons, 1956Box 25, Folder 1
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Deuterium and Some Cyclic…, 1967Box 25, Folder 2
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Deuterium and Cycloalkanes, 1965-1966Box 25, Folder 3
    • Isotopic Exchange Between Ethers and Deuterium, 1958-1959Box 25, Folder 4
    • Isotopic Exchange Reactions, 1969-1970Box 25, Folder 5
    • Isotopic Exchange Reactions, 1969-1971Box 25, Folder 6
    • Measurement of Permeability Characteristics of Anodic Films of Aluminum, 1947-1949Box 25, Folder 7
    • Measurement of Rates of Flow of Gases, 1948-1950Box 25, Folder 8
    • Mechanism of the Isotopic Exchange Between Deuterium, 1, 1966Box 25, Folder 9
    • Mechanism of the Isotopic Exchange Between Deuterium, 2, 1966Box 26, Folder 1
    • Mechanism of the Pyroleses of Pinenes, 1951Box 26, Folder 2
    • Modified Silica Gel as a Catalyst, 1974Box 26, Folder 3
    • Molybdenum O/Dehydroxylated Alumins Catalysts, 1980Box 26, Folder 4
    • Nature of Diadsorbed Intermediate…, 1965Box 26, Folder 5
    • Nature of the Mo(CO)6 Alumina Catalysts, 1974-1975Box 26, Folder 6
    • Necessity for Activators in the Boron…, 1950Box 26, Folder 7
    • A New Walden Inversion, 1948Box 26, Folder 8
    • NATO, 1973Box 26, Folder 9
    • Optical Activity of Hydrocarbons, 1948-1951Box 26, Folder 10
    • Pd/SiO2.I. In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction, 1981Box 26, Folder 11
    • Phenethytl Chloride…, 1953-1954Box 26, Folder 12
    • Platinum Alumina, Pt. I, 1979-1980Box 26, Folder 13
    • Platinum Alumina, Pt. II, 1979-1580Box 26, Folder 14
    • Platinum Silica, Pt. I, 1977Box 26, Folder 15
    • Platinum Silica, Pt. IV, 1976-1978Box 26, Folder 16
    • Precision Feed Device for Catalytic Experiments, 1940Box 26, Folder 17
    • Processes of Isotopic Exchange, 1965-1966Box 27, Folder 1
    • Racemization, Alkyl-sulfuric Acid Formation…, 1944Box 27, Folder 2
    • Racemization, Isomerization, and Isotopic Exchange…, 1958Box 27, Folder 3
    • Reaction of Alkanes with Hydrogen and Deuterium, 1951-1552Box 27, Folder 4
    • Reaction Between Deuterium and Cyclic Olefins, 1970Box 27, Folder 5
    • Reaction Between Deuterium and Dialkylacetylines, 1963Box 27, Folder 6
    • Reaction Between Hydrogen and Carbon Monoxide, 1979Box 27, Folder 7
    • Reaction with Hydrogen of Surface Oxygen on Platinum, n.d.Box 27, Folder 8
    • Reaction Between 1-Hexene and Hydrogen, 1962-1963Box 27, Folder 9
    • Reaction of Nickel Tetracarbonyl, 1977-1979Box 27, Folder 10
    • Reactions Between Deuterium and 1-Butene, 1963Box 27, Folder 11
    • Reactions Between Deuterium and Olefins, 1961-1962Box 27, Folder 12
    • Reactions Between Hydrocarbons and Deuterium (1), 1960Box 28, Folder 1
    • Reactions Between Hydrocarbons and Deuterium (2), 1960Box 28, Folder 2
    • Reactions Between Secondary Alcohols…, 1963-1964Box 28, Folder 3
    • Reactions on Silica-Alumina Gels, n.d.Box 28, Folder 4
    • Relationship Between Active Sites… Chromia, n.d.Box 28, Folder 5
    • Research Data, 1964Box 28, Folder 6
    • Research Data (1), n.d.Box 28, Folder 7
    • Research Data (2), n.d.Box 28, Folder 8
    • Reversible Oxygen Adsorption, 1975Box 28, Folder 9
    • Reversibility in the Formation…, 1975Box 28, Folder 10
    • Role of Carbonaceous Deposits…, 1978-1979Box 28, Folder 11
    • Selective Adsorbents for Sulfur Dioxide, 1973Box 29, Folder 1
    • Solvent Characteristics of Tetramethylene Sulfone, 1659Box 29, Folder 2
    • Stereochemistry of the Sulfation of Optically Active…, 1940Box 29, Folder 3
    • Strongly Basic Solutions…, 1960Box 29, Folder 4
    • Structure Sensitivity in the Hydrogenation of Hindered Hydrocarbons, 1975-1976Box 29, Folder 5
    • Structure Sensitivity of Pt/SiO2 Catalysts, 1976Box 29, Folder 6
    • Structure Sensitivity and Selectivities in Competitive Reactions, 1975-1976Box 29, Folder 7
    • Structure Sensitivity, Steric Hindrance and Surface Chemistry, 1973-1974Box 29, Folder 8
    • Structure Sensitivity and Supported Platinum Catalysts, 1978Box 29, Folder 9
    • Surface Chemistry of Molybdenum, 1976-1978Box 29, Folder 10
    • Surface Induced Alkyl…, 1980Box 29, Folder 11
    • Temperature Control Device, 1948Box 29, Folder 12
    • Texture of Chromium Oxide Catalysts, 1967Box 29, Folder 13
    • 3,3-Dimethyl-1, 4-Pentadiene…, 1057-1958Box 29, Folder 14
    • Triquarterly, 1960Box 29, Folder 15
    • Uses of Deuterium in the Study of Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1971-1972Box 29, Folder 16
    • Fragments, 1977Box 29, Folder 17
    • Book Reviews, 1970Box 29, Folder 18
    • Reprints, 1936-1969Box 29, Folder 19
    • Reprints, 1972-1986Box 29, Folder 20
  • Addition
      Description of the addition:  This addition to the Robert L. Burwell Papers fills four boxes and dates between 1936 and 1969. The papers are comprised of biographical materials, correspondence, research and consulting files, professional organizations files, one folder of teaching files, and two folders of publications. The biographical materials include an eight page transcript of a popularized account of catalysis for a 1951 radio interview A and a substantial amount of correspondence, records, and certificates documenting Burwell's twenty-five years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. The correspondence deals primarily with Burwell's research programs and materials, recommendations for individuals and positions, and various publications. The Chemistry Lecture Series folder contains letters pertaining to Burwell's development of the 1946-1947 Tuesday Evening Series for the University College on the Chicago Campus. The research and consulting files include two substantial sections: one relating to Burwell's work with the McGraw Electric Company of Elgin, Illinois, on their system of preventing corrosion; the other, as to his service as chairman of a conference for the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. This conference, held in Washington, D.C., in August, 1963, examined the status of research on catalysis in the U.S. The professional organizations files are concerned solely with the Division of Physical Chemistry of the American Chemical Society in which Burwell was active for over twenty years, holding several offices during that period. Acquisition information:  Robert L. Burwell, Jr. donated these papers to the Northwestern University Archives in 1986 (Accession #86-284). The addition was donated to the University Archives by Robert L. Burwell on April 18, 1989 (Accession #89-55). Conditions governing access:  The correspondence and teaching files subseries may be used only with permission of the University Archives. Separated materials:  Approximately four linear inches of general university material not relating to Burwell was transferred to the University Archives' general reference files. Approximately 58 linear inches of duplicates and 48 linear inches of extraneous materials were discarded. In the addition, a small amount of general university material was transferred to the University Archives general reference files. A small amount of material not relating to Burwell or the University was sent to the American Chemical Society. Approximately three linear inches of duplicate or extraneous materials were discarded. Processor:  William B. Beatty; August-October 1986 and July 1989.
    • Biographical Materials
      • Personal Data, 1947-1957Box 30, Folder 1
      • Bibliography, n.d.Box 30, Folder 2
      • Certificate, Phi Lambda Upsilon, May 1940Box 30, Folder 3
      • Interview, 1951Box 30, Folder 4
      • Miscellaneous, 1944-1946Box 30, Folder 5
    • U.S. Naval Reserve
      • U.S. Naval Reserve Certificates, 1936-1960Box 30, Folder 6
      • Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1936-1949Box 30, Folder 7
      • Correspondence and Miscellaneous, 1950-1960Box 30, Folder 8
    • Correspondence
      • General, 1940-1945Box 30, Folder 9
      • General, 1946Box 30, Folder 10
      • General, 1947Box 30, Folder 11
      • General, 1948Box 30, Folder 12
      • General, 1949Box 30, Folder 13
      • General, 1950Box 30, Folder 14
      • General, 1951Box 30, Folder 15
      • General, 1952Box 31, Folder 1
      • General, 1953Box 31, Folder 2
      • General, 1954Box 31, Folder 3
      • General, 1955Box 31, Folder 4
      • General, 1956Box 31, Folder 5
      • General, Jan-Jun 1957Box 31, Folder 6
      • General, Jul-Dec 1957Box 31, Folder 7
      • Chemistry Lecture Series, 1946-1947Box 31, Folder 8
    • Teaching Files
      • Miscellaneous, 1948-1950Box 31, Folder 9
    • Research and Consulting Files
      • Aluminum Anodization, n.d.Box 31, Folder 10
      • American Oil Company, 1967-1969Box 31, Folder 11
      • s - butyl compounds, n.d.Box 31, Folder 12
      • Conductance H2 Cr 04, n.d.Box 31, Folder 13
      • Conductance H2 SO4, n.d.Box 31, Folder 14
      • I vs. E Aluminum, low voltages, n.d.Box 31, Folder 15
      • McGraw Electric Co.
        • Correspondence and Reports, 1946Box 31, Folder 16
        • Correspondence and Reports, 1947Box 32, Folder 1
        • Correspondence and Reports, 1948-1949Box 32, Folder 2
        • Correspondence and Reports, 1952-1954Box 32, Folder 3
      • National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council Survey Conference on Heterogenous Catalysis
        • Correspondence and Reports, Apr-Jun 1963Box 32, Folder 4
        • Correspondence and Reports, July-Dec 1963Box 32, Folder 5
        • Correspondence and Reports, 1964Box 32, Folder 6
        • Financial records, 1963-1964Box 32, Folder 7
        • Report (of the conference), Aug 1963Box 32, Folder 8
        • Transcription, 1st Day, Aug 1963Box 32, Folder 9
        • Transcription, 3rd Day, Aug 1963Box 32, Folder 10
        • Transcription, 4th Day, Aug 1963Box 32, Folder 11
        • Proposal (NSF to fund conference), 1960Box 32, Folder 12
        • Osmosis, aluminum foil membrane, n.d.Box 32, Folder 13
        • Rates of diffusion through anodized aluminum, n.d.Box 32, Folder 14
        • Reading notes, n.d.Box 32, Folder 15
        • Water Transport, n.d.Box 32, Folder 16
    • Professional Organization Files: American Chemical Society, Division of Physical Chemistry
      • Chairman, 1958-1959Box 33, Folder 1
      • Chairman-Elect, 1957-1958Box 33, Folder 2
      • Correspondence, 1960-1966Box 33, Folder 3
      • Executive Committee, 1958-1959Box 33, Folder 4
      • General Session, San Francisco, Apr 1958Box 33, Folder 5
      • General Session, Chicago, Sept 1958Box 33, Folder 6
      • Nominating Committee, 1962Box 33, Folder 7
      • Officer reports & minutes, 1957-1962Box 33, Folder 8
      • Symposia, 1957-1958Box 33, Folder 9
      • Symposium, 1949Box 33, Folder 10
    • Publications
      • Miscellaneous, n.d.Box 33, Folder 11
      • Obituary for Ward M. Evans, n.d.Box 33, Folder 12