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Malcolm Dole (1903-1990) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/8/5
The Malcolm Dole (1903-1990) Papers fill eleven boxes (including two slide boxes and two drop-front boxes), spanning the years 1924 to 1990 and including materials from his tenures at both Northwestern and Baylor. The bulk of the papers consist of personal data, personal financial records, and materials relating to research projects. The papers are arranged in five sub-series: Biographical, Correspondence, Teaching, Personal Financial, and Research Files.

The biographical files, spanning the years 1924 to 1989, include personal data, clippings, news releases, obituaries, notes on the Dole Symposium at Baylor University, date books, passports, and the log of Dole's yacht, the Malolo III. Items are arranged chronologically within folders. Several items are of particular interest, including clippings about the "Pedaling Professor" and a 1946 news release detailing Dole's wartime research experience. The scrapbook Malcolm Dole: A Lifetime of Contributions, was created by the Chemistry Department at Baylor University upon Dole's retirement, and contains photographs, clippings, a biographical sketch, and letters of congratulations. Also of interest are Dole's Cambridge Journal (July 8-28, 1933) which records his impressions during a research trip to England, and his Post-Bellum Diary (1948-1950) that describes his travels to meetings and presentations after World War II. The file titled "Driving Directions," containing 3x5 cards with directions to friends' homes and other locations, sheds light on Dole's thought processes.

The correspondence files, spanning the years 1951 to 1989, include mainly personal correspondence (mostly incoming, but some outgoing), letters of congratulation upon Dole's retirement, and a few business letters.

The teaching file contains several exam questions, date and course unknown.

Personal financial records, spanning the years 1929 to 1990, include meticulously detailed daily, monthly, and yearly budgets for travel and household expenses.

Research files, spanning the years 1929 to 1987, include reports, proposals, article reprints, and correspondence. The "Research Notes" folder includes parts of articles and a small notebook with references to cancer experiments. Two boxes hold slides arranged by subject. These slides were used for lectures and presentations at various symposiums and conferences. Topics include Radiation Chemistry, the History of Oxygen, H2 Solubility, Cancer, Viscosity, and Macro Ions. The papers also document his work on projects for the Atomic Energy Commission (1966-76).

Slides include graphs and charts Dole prepared for lectures and symposia in San Diego, Tokyo, Ottawa, and Houston on oxygen, viscosity, radiation chemistry, and other topics.

Drop-front boxes hold some of the many awards Dole received. Box 10 contains the professional awards garnered by Dole throughout his career. Among these are an academic award for algebra (1917), the A. Ottenberg Service Award (1987), the ACS Southwest Regional Award (1979), a certificate from the Henry Wade Rogers Society at Northwestern University (1988), and various retirement plaques and certificates from Baylor University (1982). Box 11 contains various yachting trophies including the Wilmette Arrow Fleet Antwerp Series (1967), the John S. Knight Award from the Chicago Daily News Regatta (1956), and the C.C.Y.C. Hobleman Regatta (1969).

Dates

  • 1924-1990

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 4 and 5 are restricted and may be used only with the permission of the University Archivist.\\n\\nThis collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

11.00 Boxes

Abstract

The papers of Malcolm Dole (1903-1990; member of the faculty of Northwestern University's Chemistry Department) fill eleven boxes (including two slide boxes and two drop-front boxes). They span the years 1924 to 1990 and include materials from his tenures at both Northwestern and Baylor. The bulk of the papers consist of personal data, personal financial records, and materials relating to research projects. The papers are arranged in five sub-series: Biographical, Correspondence, Teaching, Personal Financial, and Research Files.

The biographical files, spanning the years 1924 to 1989, include personal data, clippings, news releases, obituaries, notes on the Dole Symposium at Baylor University, date books, passports, and the log of Dole's yacht, the Malolo III. Several items are of particular interest, including clippings about the "Pedaling Professor" and a 1946 news release detailing Dole's wartime research experience.

Arrangement

The papers are arranged in five series: biographical, correspondence, teaching, personal pinancial, and research riles. Items in the biographical materials are arranged chronologically within folders. The correspondence files are arranged chronologically. Personal financial records are arranged chronologically. Research files are arranged by project and date.

Method of Acquisition

The Malcolm Dole Papers were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives on June 9, 1995 as Accession Number 95-81. The Malcolm Dole Biographical File from the University Archives' Faculty Biographical Files has been incorporated into this series.

Related Materials

See also: Oral Memoirs of Malcolm Dole, April 17, 1979 - October 14, 1980 by the Baylor University Project, Baylor University Program for Oral History (1981). A transcription of this interview is shelved in the Northwestern University Archives Faculty Authors Collection. The original eight hour videotaped interview is available at The Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

The Texas Collection Archives, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, holds the Malcolm Dole Collection, containing Dole's lectures, reading and lecture notes at conferences, data interpretation, abstracts of student research and some photographs.

Separated Materials

Twenty-two photographs, two cubic feet of travel slides, and one audiocassette tape were separated to the Northwestern University Archives' audio-visual collection. One cubic foot of duplicate and extraneous materials was discarded.

Processing Information

Kathy Young, June 21, 2001
Title
Guide to the Malcolm Dole (1903-1990) Papers
Author
Kathy Young
Date
09/06/2002
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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