Vladimir N. Ipatieff (1867-1952) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Vladimir Ipatieff Papers fill ten boxes, span the period 1867-1952, and are arranged in five major categories: personal correspondence; publications; diaries; miscellaneous manuscripts; and personal records and memorabilia. Two folders of biographical material (mainly clippings and articles about Ipatieff) precede the main body of records.
The personal correspondence fills nearly two boxes; it consists mainly of incoming letters, in both English and Russian.
The publications fill approximately two boxes; they include two bound volumes containing the English manuscript of The Life of a Chemist, and one folder containing reprints of a few short articles and papers by Ipatieff.
The diaries comprise four volumes, filling about one and one-half boxes, and are written in both English and Russian. Three volumes are carbon copies of typescripts; the fourth is in longhand, with typed documents tipped in at frequent intervals.
The miscellaneous manuscript material fills approximately two boxes; it consists chiefly of carbon copies of Russian typescripts, with letters and other documents inserted periodically in English. (This material may be a preliminary manuscript of the Russian version of The Life of a Chemist.)
The personal records and memorabilia occupy about two and one-half boxes and include several folders of newspaper clippings, and two testimonial books presented to Ipatieff in 1929 (recognizing the 35th anniversary of his scientific career) and 1942 (commemorating his 75th birthday, 50th wedding anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of his first publication). Also in this section are copies of Mr. and Mrs. Ipatieff's wills, leaving an endowment for the support of the Ipatieff Catalysis and High Pressure Laboratory at Northwestern.
Addition, Box 11
This addition to the Vladmir N. Ipatieff Papers fills one half-size box, spanning the years of 1931-1968. It comprises one folder of clippings and articles about Ipatieff and his contribution to the scientific world; and two folders of correspondence, one relating to the university's effort to bring Ipatieff to Northwestern and the other to funds donated to construct the Ipatieff High Pressure Laboratory.
Also included are a few other materals: lectures given by Ipatieff at Northwestern, an article written by Ipatieff about high pressure research done at Northwestern, and the wills of Proffessor and Mrs. Ipatieff.
Addition, Box 12
One half-size archival box containing four folders, divided as follows: Biographical materials, including essays on Ipatieff's life, book and magazine articles by or about him, a report from the executors of his will, a copy of the Power of Attorney for his will, and his crematory records.
Correspondence dating between 1931 and 1952, primarily to Ipatieff, but also including correspondence from or about him. Of particular note are letters regarding Ipatieff's controversial connection with Universal Oil Products Company and his threats of resignation over having that relationship questioned.
Brochures and papers from the Centenary celebration held in Ipatieff's honor at the Orrington Hotel, September 6-9, 1967.
Papers, correspondence and newspaper articles focused on the construction and/or usage of Ipatieff's laboratory.
Language of Materials
Some material in Russian
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.
Russian chemist Vladimir Ipatieff's Papers fill twelve boxes, span the period 1867-1952, and are arranged in five major categories: personal correspondence; publications; diaries; miscellaneous manuscripts; and personal records and memorabilia. Two folders of biographical material (mainly clippings and articles about Ipatieff) precede the main body of records, while two boxes of additions follow it.
The papers are arranged into five major categories: personal correspondence (arranged alphabetically by surname); publications; diaries (in chronological order); miscellaneous manuscripts (English, and Russian); and personal records and memorabilia. Two folders of biographical material (mainly clippings and articles about Ipatieff) precede the main body of records, while two boxes of additions follow it.
Method of Acquisition
Portions of this collection were presented to the Northwestern University Library by Professor Ipatieff on October 12, 1945 and January 1, 1949, and subsequently transferred to the University Archives; the remainder was received from unknown sources prior to June 1, 1974.
Several photographs were removed to the Archives photograph collection.
Katherine Giese, ca. 1975; James G. Carson, August 20, 1985.
- Guide to the Vladimir N. Ipatieff (1867-1952) Papers
- Katherine Giese; James G. Carson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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