Northwestern

Northwestern University Patents Edit

Summary

Identifier
53/8

Dates

  • 1939-1994 (Creation)

Extents

  • 7.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • 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.

  • Scope and Contents

    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 Several, however, were merely under consideration by Northwestern, and the University's sponsorship was ultimately withdrawn.

  • 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).

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Permission of the University Archivist.

  • Separated Materials

    Approximately two linear inches of duplicate materials were discarded.

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    Eli Bolin; August, 1998.

  • 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.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

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