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The S. Colum Gilfillan Papers

Kelvin Smith Library: Special Collections Research Center

(1915-1978)

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 the gift of S. Colum Gilfillan to Case Western Reserve University in 1971.

Biography: S. Colum Gilfillan (1889-    )

S. Colum Gilfillan was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 5, 1889, to Rev. Joseph A. and Harriet Woodbridge (Cook). He received his A.B. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1910; his A.M. from Columbia in 1920; and his Ph.D. in 1935. Gilfillan married Louise H. Wenzel on September 15, 1922; their children were Barbara Wenzel and Marjorie Wenzel.  Gilfillan was acting Associate Professor of Social Sciences at the University of the South, 1921-1924; instructor of Sociology and Economics at Grinnell College, 1924-1926; Curator of Transportation and Social Sciences at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, 1928-1929; and Assistant Professor of Sociology, Purdue University, 1937-1938.  Between 1929 and 1937 he worked variously as a researcher with the Presidents Research Committee on Social Trends, the National Resources Committee, and the National Industrial Conference Board.  He devoted later years largely to inventions and developing patents.  He served at the Base Hospital 15, A.E.F., France, in World War I; and was a member of the American Sociological Society and Phi Beta Kappa. He authored: Inventing the Ship, 1935; Rome's Ruin by Lead Poison (posthumous), 1990; The Sociology of Invention, 1935; Technical Trends in National Policy, 1937. He lived most of his life in Chicago, Illinois.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence, books, pamphlets, and reprints from journals on invention; materials on patents and scientific related papers. The collection is arranged in the order in which Professor Gilfillan arranged them: by selected topic.

Boxlist

Series 1

Box Folder

Folder Title

1 1

Invention. Bibliography. 1950

1 2

Invention. Book Reviews

1 3

Invention. Clippings

1 4

Invention. General Papers

1 5

Invention. Princeton Conference papers

1 6

Invention. Schumpter Correspondence. 1934-1937

1 7

Invention. Social Aspects and Course at Purdue University. 1938

1 8

Invention. Inventiveness (by state)

1 9

Invention. Invention Society. Organization Procedures

1 10

Invention. Sociology 218. Roosevelt University

1 11

Invention. Lectures

1 12

Invention. Growth

1 13

Invention. Calculations: dissertation charts, 1939

1 14

Invention. Papers 1915-1946

1 15

Invention. Lists 1930-1931

1 16

Invention. Invention Society Committee. Answers to questions

1 17

Invention. Sociology of Invention

1 18

Invention. Statistics

1 19

Invention. Race

1 20

Invention. Profession and Social Aspects

1 21

Invention. Related publications

1 22

Invention. Clippings

1 23

Invention. Charts, Prints, Data

1 24

Invention. Correspondence 1939-1941

1 25

Invention. Correspondence 1927-1930

1 26

Invention. Professor Stedman's Papers

1 27

Invention. Correspondence 1945-1956.

1 28

Invention. Invention Society, Non-Committee Correspondence

1 29

Invention. Invention Society. Reports 1947

1 30

Invention. Reviews of articles

1 31

S.C.G. List of materials sent to CWRU Archives

1 32

S.C.G. Biography

1 33

S.C.G. Correspondence 1935-1948

1 34

S.C.G. Correspondence 1965-1978

1 35

S.C.G. Educational material

1 36

S.C.G. Democratic Sociology; the rise of American inventions

1 37

S.C.G. Inventive origins of modern dancing

1 38

S.C.G. Published articles

1 39

S.C.G. Social Science paper

2 1

Patent. Correspondence/Pools 1936-1939

2 2

Patent. Correspondence 1940-1967

2 3

Patent. Patent Reform. Reports 1936-1956 and proposals

2 4

Patent. "Patent Pooling and its Betterment." by S.C.G. 1939

2 5

Patent. Articles, clippings, company license

2 6

Patent. Planning Committee 1942

2 7

Patent. Articles and pamphlets

2 8

Patent. Publications

2 9

Word Map. Correspondence and clippings

2 10

Marschalk, Conrad G.D. Patent data

2 11

Correspondence with Professor J.C. Stedman and Government offices on Senate 1956-1962

2 12

Science and Technology I

2 13

Science and Technology II

2 14

Science and Technology III

2 15

Pamphlets. Misc

2 16

Societies

2 17

Social Science - Research Council

2 18

Economics of Science

2 19

Sociology of Science

2 20

Ogburn W.F. - Personal Notes

2 21

Coldward Progress

2 22

Encyclopedia Americana and Labor. Correspondence


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