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Harry Curtis Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0323

This collection contains business and personal correspondence, research notes and published and unpublished articles, talks, and book reviews by Harry Curtis, photographs, articles on his retirement and death, printed technical material, and a copy of his account of his career.

Included in this collection are letters from Harcourt A. Morgan, president of the University of Tennessee and TVA board member; Senators Harry Truman, Estes Kefauver, and Albert Gore; Trygve Lie, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; and the distinguished chemist, Frederick G. Cottrell.

Dates

  • 1908-1963

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

7.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains business and personal correspondence, research notes and published and unpublished articles, talks, and book reviews by Harry Curtis, photographs, articles on his retirement and death, printed technical material, and a copy of his account of his career.

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. Harry Alfred Curtis (1884-1963) was a chemical engineer who distinguished himself in industry, government service, research, and education. Curtis served as the first professor of chemical engineering at Yale University, and from 1949 until his retirement in 1957, he served on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Arrangement

Collection consists of fifteen boxes divided into 11 series: Correspondence; Correspondence with Universities; Correspondence with Organizations; Correspondence with Business Firms; TVA Service; Government Service other than TVA; Articles, talks, book reviews, and notes for these by Dr. Curtis, and correspondence concerning books and technical journals to which Dr. Curtis contributed; Publications containing articles by Dr. Curtis, bulletins, and reprints of articles by Dr. Curtis, unpublished stories and essays by Dr. Curtis; Material on patents granted to Dr. Curtis, research notes, printed technical material; Technical material. Information on various elements, compounds, chemical processes, and mathematics; and Records and correspondence corncerning the Curtis family, Dr. Curtis's eye injury, and Mrs. Curtis's illnesses; non- technical printed material; miscellaneous material.

The papers were left in Dr. Curtis' arrangement when possible, with a series of letters to or from the individual or firm grouped together and filed chronologically. Where there were only one or two pieces of correspondence with an individual, these were placed in folders according to last initial and filed in chronological order. Dates following the description in the contents refer to the period covered by the correspondence.

Acquisition Note

Mrs. Curtis donated this collection to the Special Collections Library in July of 1964.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480