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    Henry Wurtz Papers, 1861-1885.
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    Wurtz, Henry (chemist), 1828-1910 (author).
    Henry Wurtz Papers, 1861-1885.
    Phy. Description: 
    1.42 cu. ft.: 5 boxes.
    Glass photonegatives: 2 items.
    Digital Reference: 
    Finding aid
    Bio / His Notes: 
    Wurtz, chemist and editor, contributed to theory and practice of chemistry. Studied at the College of New Jersey (later Princeton), where interest in science was awakened by studies under Joseph Henry and John Torrey. State chemist and geologist, New Jersey Geological Survey, 1854-1856. Appointed professor of chemistry and pharmacy, National Medical College of Washington, D.C. (later George Washingtonn University), 1858. During this period served as chemical examiner, U.S. Patent Office.
    Opened a private laboratory in New York for general consulting work, 1861. During 1877-1887 developed processes for increasing yields of paraffin oils and other by-products of coal distillation. Devoted remaining years of his life to private consulting practice and received numerous patents relating to the distillation of paraffin hydrocarbons and other chemical products.
    Scope and Content: 
    Business correspondence relating to Wurtz's investigations in petroleum distillation and the dry distillation of coal; notebooks; catalogs; photographs; books; and a certificate. Includes letter to Joseph Henry from Wurtz (Nov. 9, 1861), relating to warlike inventions.
    Divided into 5 series: (1) Union Chemical Manufacturing Company, 1883-1885; (2) Petroleum Distillation and Miscellaneous Chemical Consulting, 1884-1885; (3) Book of Inventions, 1861; (4) Photographs; (5) Books; Whig Society Certificate, 1848.
    Transferred from the Division of Physical Sciences, 1983/04/05.
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    Register available in repository. Available on the World Wide Web through a link from this record (click on "Finding aid" after "Go To").
    Loc. of Assoc. Material: 
    2 glass plate negatives removed from collection and held in OIPP library with negative numbers 83-1890 & 83-1891.
    Cite as: 
    Henry Wurtz Papers, 1861-1885, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
    Distillation, Fractional
    Union Chemical Manufacturing Company.
    Whig Society
    Form / Genre: 
    Notebooks -- 1850-1900.
    Photographs -- 19th century -- Black-and-white negatives -- Glass
    Correspondence -- 19th century
    Catalogs -- 1820-1910
    Repository Loc: 
    Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History : Archives Center. P.O. Box 37012, Suite 1100, MRC 601, Constitution Ave., between 12th and 14th Sts., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20013-7012. Call 202-633-3270 for appointment. Fax: 202-786-2453.
    Local Number: 
    83-1890 to 83-1891 (OPPS Neg.)
    Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 (author).
    National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Physical Sciences. (collector).
    Item Information
    RepositoryCall No. 
    Archives Center at American HistoryACNMAH 0006Add Copy to MyList

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