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The William Clarence Ebaugh Papers

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center

(1889-1945)

Biography | Scope and Content Note | Boxlist

Restrictions: The Special Collections Research Center is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CASE ID or other valid official identification card. The Center is open to other researchers by appointment only.

Acquisition: This collection was received from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 1965.

Biography: William Clarence Ebaugh (1877-1948)

Noted Denison University Professor of Chemistry, Ebaugh was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 3, 1877.  He received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1898 and a Ph.D. there in 1901. He was assistant then chief chemist in an iron and steel lab near Reading Pa. 1898-1899; director pro tem of the Deptartment of Physics and Chemistry, Kenyon College, 1901-1902; Chemist at American Smelting and Refining Co., and Public Analyst, Salt Lake City, 1902-1903; Director Deptment of Chemistry, Utah, 1903-1915; Professor of Chemistry, Denison University, 1917-1945. He was a consulting chemist, 1902- ; Visiting prof. Robert College Istanbul, 1930-31. He served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 1908-1911; editor of the Journal of Science Labs, Denison, 1924-    , and many other professional publications.  His work included determining the atomic weight of arsenic; steel analysis; pollution of atmosphere by smelter fumes; smelter smoke and gas producers.

Scope and Content Note

The William Clarence Ebaugh Collection consists of notebooks, correspondence, working papers and notes, student theses, printed material and glass plates relating to his work in the field of chemistry from his student days through his business and teaching careers. The collection is arranged in eleven series: Student Notebooks; Lecture Notes; Business Correspondence; The Denison Scientific Association Correspondence; Denison University Chemistry Depatment Correspondence; Denison University Chemistry Department Comprehensive Exams; Denison University Woodland Prize Theses; Denison University Chemistry Department Undergraduate Theses; Class Books and Lab Records; Special Files; and Projector Glass Plates. Within each series materials are arranged by alphabetical and/or chronological order, except where noted. Each series is introduced with a short description of contents and arrangement.

Series 1: Student Notebooks This series consists of the student notebooks of W.C. Ebaugh for the years 1899-1901. Notebooks are arranged alphabetically by course title.
Series 2: Lecture Notes
This series consists of lecture notes collected by Ebaugh as a student, professorial lecture notes and notes collected on topics of interest. Lecture notes are arranged in chronological order with undated notes at the end of the series.
Series 3: Business Correspondence This series consists of Ebaugh's business correspondence during his employment with The Bannack Gold Mining Co., Montana, (1915-1916), The United States Smelting Co., Salt Lake City, (1915-1918), as an independent consultant, (1913-1922), and his interest in The American Smelting & Refining Co., Salt Lake City, (1944). Correspondence is arranged chronologically by business organization.
Series 4: The Denison Scientific Association Correspondence This series consists of correspondence related to The Denison Scientific Association, organized 4/16/1887, specifically to the publication of the Denison University Bulletin-Journal of the Scientific Laboratories in the yuears 1908-1943. W.C. Ebaugh was editor of the Journal from 1925-1943, he was preceded in that position by K.F. Mather (1919-1924) and Frank Carney (1908-1916). Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by names of addressors or institutions.
Series 5: Denison University Chemistry Department Correspondence
This series consists of correspondence related to affairs in the department of chemistry, under the chairmanship of Professor Ebaugh. (curricula, student assistants, etc.) 1930-1944. Arranagement is alphabetically by names of addressors or in rare cases, by broad subject.
Series 6: Denison University Chemistry Department Comprehensive Exams  
Series 7: Denison University Chemistry Department Woodland Prize Theses This series consists of those theses submitted for the Woodland Prize 1922-1943, and correspondence related to the annual award arranged chronologically.
Series 8: Denison University Chemistry Department Undergraduate Theses This series consists of those theses submitted to the chemistry department, Denison University, 1948-1956, thesis advisor: Dr. Conrad E. Ronnenberg, professor of chemistry.
Series 9: Class Books and Lab Records This series consists of class books belonging to Professor Ebaugh while at the University of Utah and Denison University 1911-1944. Shows students' results of analyses and students' grades obtained in various chemistry classes. Arranged chronologically as labeled by Professor Ebaugh.
Series 10: Special Files This series consists of Professors Ebaugh's special files on subjects of interest to him at Denison University. Arrangement is by topic.

Series 11: Projector Glass Plates

This series consists of projector glass plates collected by Ebaugh, probably used during various lectures, related to various topics in chemistry (combination of carbon fuels, potash, etc.) Also some family plates. Stored in separate carton.
Boxlist

Series 1: Student Notebooks

Box Folder

Folder Title

1 1

Analytical Chemistry, 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 2

Industrial Chemistry. 1900-1901. 1 v.

1 3

Inorganic Chemistry. 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 4

Inorganic Chemistry. 1900-1901. 1 v.

1 5

Mineral Analysis. 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 6

Organic Chemistry. 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 7

Physical Chemistry. 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 8

Selected Topics in Industrial Chemistry. 1899-1900. 1 v.

1 9

Miscellaneous notes on Industrial Topics. 1901. 1 v.

Series 2: Lecture Notes
1 10

Concerning the Damaging of Vegetation by Smoke: An Elucidation of the Borggervian Theories and Views Concerning Damage by Smoke. A lecture delivered at the 40th convention of the Saxon Forestry Association in Loban, Saxony, 7/1/1895, by Dr. von Schroeder. (translated by G.C. Wise, 12/30/1905.) 1 v.

1 11

Laboratory Methods Employed at the Globe Smelter, Denver, Colo., 8/13/1902. 1 v.

1 12

Theses and special work, 1906-1914. Various exercises in analytical chemistry, submitted to professor Ebaugh by students. 1 v.

1 13

Rare elements. 1912. 1 v.

1 14

Qualitative Analysis. 1912-1913. 1 v.

1 15

Inorganic Chemistry. (lectures) n.d. 1 v.

1 16

”Henderson’s Manual” Exercises in analytical chemistry. n.d. processed copy. 1 v.

1 17

Inorganic Chemistry. (experiments) n.d. 1 v.

1 18

Chemical Problems. n.d. 1 v.

1 19

Lecture Table Experiments. n.d. 1 v.

1 20

Experiments in inorganic chemistry. n.d. 1 v.

1 21

Experiments in inorganic chemistry. n.d. 1 v.

1 22

Special lectures. n.d. 1 v.

Series 3: Business Correspondence
2 1

Bannack Gold Mining Co. 1915.

2 2

Bannack Gold Mining Co. 1916.

2 3

U.S. Smelting Co. 1915.

2 4

U.S. Smelting Co. 1916.

2 5

U.S. Smelting Co. 1917.

2 6

U.S. Smelting Co. 1918.

2 7

Consulting positions 1913-1922.

2 8

American Smelting & Refining Co. 1944.

Series 4: The Denison Scientific Association Correspondence
2 9

A 1908-1943.

2 10

B 1908-1943.

2 11

Bucher Engraving Co. 1908-1929.

2 12

C 1908-1929.

2 13

C 1930-1935.

2 14

C 1936-1939.

2 15

C 1940-1943.

2 16

Champlin Press 1908-1929.

2 17

D 1908-1929.

2 18

D 1930-1943.

2 19

E 1908-1943.

2 20

F 1908-1943.

2 21

Foerste, A.F. 1908-1927.

2 22

Foerste, A.F. 1928-1936 & undated.

2 23

G 1908-1943.

2 24

H 1929-1943.

2 25

I 1908-1943.

2 26

J 1908-1939.

2 27

K 1908-1943.

2 28

L 1908-1943.

3 1

M 1908-1929.

3 2

M 1930-1939.

3 3

M 1940-1943.

3 4

Moore, Raymond, C. 1939-1943.

3 5

Meriden Gravure Co., Meriden, Conn. 1936-1943.

3 6

N 1908-1939.

3 7

O 1908-1943.

3 8

Ohio Colleges 1927.

3 9

P 1908-1943.

3 10

R 1908-1943.

3 11

S 1908-1934.

3 12

S 1935-1943.

3 13

C 1930-1935.

3 14

C 1936-1939.

3 15

C 1940-1943.

3 16

Champlin Press 1908-1929.

3 17

D 1908-1929.

3 18

D 1930-1943.

3 19

E 1908-1943.

3 20

F 1908-1943.

3 21

Foerste, A.F. 1908-1927.

3 22

Foerste, A.F. 1928-1936 & undated.

3 23

G 1908-1943.

3 24

H 1929-1943.

3 25

I 1908-1943.

3 26

J 1908-1939.

3 27

K 1908-1943.

Series 5: Denison University Chemistry Department Correspondence
4 1

A 1930-1934.

4 2

A 1937-1943.

4 3

Applications for teaching positions 1930-1932.

4 4

B 1930-1933.

4 5

B 1940-1943.

4 6

C 1930-1933.

4 7

C 1940-1944.

4 8

D 1932-1933.

4 9

D 1940-1943.

4 10

E 1930-1941.

4 11

F 1931-1933.

4 12

F 1940-1943.

4 13

G 1932-1933.

4 14

G 1939-1943.

4 15

H 1930-1933.

4 16

H 1940-1943.

4 17

I 1930-1933.

4 18

J 1900-1933.

4 19

J 1940-1944.

4 20

K 1930-1933.

4 21

K 1940-1943.

4 22

L 1930-1933.

4 23

L 1940-1943.

4 24

M 1930-1933.

4 25

M 1940-1944.

4 26

N 1932-1933.

4 27

N 1939-1944.

4 28

O 1930-1933.

4 29

O 1940-1944.

4 30

P 1930-1935.

4 31

P 1940-1944.

4 32

R 1940-1943.

4 33

S 1930-1933.

4 34

S 1939-1944.

4 35

T 1931-1933; 1941-1942.

4 36

U 1933-1940.

4 37

V 1932-1933.

4 38

W 1930-1933.

4 39

W 1940-1944.

4 40

Y 1932-1933.

Series 6: Denison University Chemistry Department Comprehensive Exams
4 41

circa 1939-1947.

4 42

circa 1948-1956.

Series 7: Denison University Chemistry Department Comprehensive Exams
5 1

Correspondence 1922-1929.

5 2

Correspondence 1930, 1932-1934.

5 3

Correspondence 1935-1936.

5 4

Correspondence 1937-1938, 1941-1943, contest instructions 1933-1938.

5 5

Theses 1925-1928.

5 6

Theses 1929-1930.

5 7

Theses 1933.

5 8

Theses 1934, 1936, 1937, 1939.

5 9

Theses circa 1940.

5 10

Theses 1941.

Series 8: Denison University Chemistry Department Undergraduate Theses
5 11

1948.

5 12

1949, 1951.

5 13

1953-1956.

Series 9: Class Books and Lab Records
5 14

Class Books. Chemistry 2, 1911; Chemistry 3 & 4, 1914-1915; one volume undated belonging to L.A. Rumsey.

5 15

Class Books. Sept. 1918 – Feb. 1920.

5 16

Class Books. Sept. 1920 – June 1923.

5 17

Class Books. 1923-1926.

5 18

Class Books. 1926-1928.

5 19

Class Books. 1928-1929.

5 20

Class Books. 1929-1930.

5 21

Class Books. 1931-1934.

6 1

Class Books. 1934-1937.

6 2

Class Books. 1937-1940.

6 3

Class Books. 1940-1944.

6 4

Lab Records. 1919-1924; 1928-1929.

6 5

Lab Records. 1930-1937.

6 6

Staff Books (Student Assistants). 1931, 1933-1944.

Series 10: Special Files Theses
6 7

Student correspondence 1940-1944.

6 8

Correspondence and notes on research at Denison University 1921-1922.

6 9

Notes on the history of the Denison Scientific Association.

6 10

Outlines of programs of the Denison Scientific Association 1935-1940.

6 11

Correspondence and notes relating to the meetings of the Ohio Academy of Science at Denison University 1942.

6 12

Photographs, postcards. no date

6 13

Publications collected by Professor Ebaugh. Many of his own works.

Series 11: Projector Glass Plates
7 1

Projector Glass Plates.


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