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Herman Pines (1902-1996) Papers

Identifier: 11/3/8/4

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Scope and Contents

The Herman Pines Papers fill six and one-half boxes and are arranged in eight categories: Awards; General Correspondence; Subject Correspondence; Ipatieff Centenary Symposium; Ipatieff Estate; Ipatieff Laboratory; Teaching Files; and Papers, Writings, Publications. These are preceded by four folders of biographical materials.

The Awards files document the awards and award nominations Pines received during his career. Records include correspondence, awards criteria, and selected award-based biographical information.

The General Correspondence files contain correspondence concerning personal and professional matters.

The Subject Correspondence files contain correspondence concerning specific, identified subject-related personal and professional matters. The Northwestern University file [Box 3, Folder 1] contains teaching contracts, appointments, salaries; grants information; and Ipatieff Lab director verification.

Because of Pines' close connection with Vladimir Ipatieff, he was involved in organizing the 1967 Ipatieff Centenary Symposium and was an executor of Ipatieff's estate. The Ipatieff Centenary Symposium files contain correspondence concerning the planning, organizing, and presentation of the Symposium and Dinner honoring the 100th anniversary of Vladimir Ipatieff's birth. Also included in the files are Symposium and Dinner financial information, registration forms, programs and related informational brochures, speeches, and recollections of Ipatieff. The Ipatieff Estate files contain legal correspondence concerning the Ipatieff estate and its executors. Also included are legal copies of estate-related forms: Power of Attorney, Executor's Account.

The Ipatieff Laboratory files contain correspondence and related information concerning the formation and operation of the Ipatieff Laboratory at Northwestern University. Also included are the teaching manual with related drawings and other Lab-oriented drawings, as well as The Catalysis Center's Charter and Mission Statement.

The Teaching files contain lectures notes and outlines for three classes taught by Pines at Northwestern University. Also included in the Chemical Engineering (D-11) file is a class list.

The Papers, Writings, Publication files contain correspondence and copies relating to lectures and conference presentations given by Pines both at Northwestern and elsewhere. Included are speeches, speech abstracts, notes, drafts, essays, reports, and original lecture and conference programs. Also included are originals and copies of subsequently published and unpublished papers; typed correspondence, drafts, revisions, and reviews relating to both of Pine's books; and bound volumes of published papers and patents held.


  • 1935-1996


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


7.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Correspondence, teaching files, speeches, legal documents, teaching manuals, technical drawings, lecture and class notes, drafts and published copies of essays of Herman Pines, Research Chemist and Coordinator of Exploratory Research at Universal Oil Products (UOP) in Chicago part-time lecturer, Assistant Research Professor, and Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Chemistry Department at Northwestern University.

Arrangement Note

Awards files are arranged chronologically. General correspondence files are arranged chronologically. Subject correspondence files These files are arranged alphabetically by subject within each box and chronologically within each folder. Ipatieff Centenary Symposium and Ipatieff Laboratory files are arranged chronologically, with Speakers files arranged alphabetically. Teaching files are arranged alphabetically; chronologically, where applicable. Papers, Writings, Publication files are arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

The Herman Pines Papers were received by the Northwestern University Archives on June 28, 1994 as Accession #94-84 from Professor Herman Pines, and on January 18, 1996 as Accession #96-15 from Lou Allred, Chemistry Department, Northwestern University.

Separated Materials

Two cubic feet of duplicate materials and extraneous materials were separated and discarded. One file was separated and added to Series 11/3/8/3 (the Robert Burwell Papers). Four files and two bound books relating to Vladimir Ipatieff were added to the Vladimir Ipatieff Papers, Series 11/3/8/2. Sixty photographs were separated and added to the University Archives General Photographic Collection. Four 16mm films and eleven reel-to-reel recording tapes relating to the 1967 Ipatieff Centenary Symposium were separated, accessioned as Accession #98-172, and added to the University Archives Audio/Visual Collection.

Processing Information

Michael Geeraedts, July-August 1998.

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Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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