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Northwestern University Patents

 Collection
Identifier: 53/8
These records comprise seven archival boxes and consist of files relating to patents applied for through Northwestern University. Most of the patents are for inventions, procedures, or substances created by Northwestern University faculty. A few patents were transferred to Northwestern as bequests; of particular note is NU 4005, a series of patents for Refrigerator Car Floors, which was donated to the University by Walter P. Murphy.

The first file contains lists of patents applied for through 1987, showing U.S. patent numbers, dates, inventors' names and titles. The Container List for this series is structured in a similar way.

Most records pertain to patents which were actually forwarded to the government and approved. Several, however, were merely under consideration by Northwestern, and the University's sponsorship was ultimately withdrawn.

Dates

  • 1939-1994

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Permission of the University Archivist required to view this collection.

Extent

7.00 Boxes

Abstract

These records comprise seven archival boxes and consist of files relating to patents applied for through Northwestern University. Most of the patents are for inventions, procedures, or substances created by Northwestern University faculty.

Arrangement Note

Information in the patent files includes correspondence, the patents themselves, and notes prepared by the patent applicants. Files are arranged in numeric order according to the "NU Number" assigned by Northwestern to each patent. Matters relating to foreign patents are usually found in separate folders with the same NU number. In a few cases, no NU number was assigned; these files are found at the end of the series (Box 7) and are arranged in order of either a serial number or a U.S. Patent Number.

Method of Acquisition

The University Archives acquired these records from the Office f Legal Counsel at Northwestern University on August 5, 1998 (Accession #98-143).

Separated Materials

Approximately two linear inches of duplicate materials were discarded.

Other Descriptive Information

Since some patent applications took longer than others to be processed by the government, certain patents with higher NU numbers show earlier dates than the patents following them on the Container List.

Processing Information

Eli Bolin; August, 1998.
Title
Guide to the Northwestern University Patents
Author
Eli Bolin
Date
01/08/1998
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635