For Want of a Theorem, To 1953
Scope and Contents
The papers of Robert L. Burwell, Jr. (instructor in chemistry) fill twenty-nine boxes and are arranged into: biographical materials (general materials, education, administrative duties), correspondence, teaching, research and consulting, professional organizations, 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 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.
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 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.
Burwell's speech files 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. 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.
- To 1953
- From the Collection: Burwell, Robert Lemmon, Jr., 1912-2003 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
From the Collection: 33.00 Boxes
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository
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