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Carr papers, ca. 1902-1986.
14 boxes (6.1 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 0517 (LD 7092.8 Carr)

Abstract:
Carr, Emma Perry, 1880-1972; Chemist and college teacher. Attended Mount Holyoke College, 1900-1902. Mount Holyoke College faculty member, 1905-1946. Papers contain correspondence, published and unpublished writings, chemistry research, legal documents, biographical information, Carr family papers, photographs, and Mount Holyoke Chemistry Department records; primarily documenting Carr's chemistry research and her achievements in science.

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Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
South Hadley, MA

Biographical Note

Emma Perry Carr was born on July 23, 1880 in Holmesville, Ohio, to Edmund and Anna Carr. She attended Ohio State University from 1898 until 1899, and then came to Mount Holyoke College. She attended Mount Holyoke from 1900 until 1902, and later received a B.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1905 and 1910, respectively. She then began teaching chemistry at Mount Holyoke. She became Chair of the Chemistry Department in 1913. In 1937, Carr became the first woman to be awarded the Francis P. Garvan Gold Medal honoring women chemists. She retired in 1946 after publishing numerous articles in chemistry journals. In 1955, the Chemistry Building at Mount Holyoke College was dedicated to Emma P. Carr. She died on January 7, 1972 in Evanston, Illinois.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Emma Perry Carr Papers contain correspondence, published and unpublished writings, research materials, legal documents, Carr family papers, Mount Holyoke College Chemistry Department records, biographical information, and photographs. The papers chiefly contain Carr's correspondence with various colleagues and institutions ranging from 1918-1969. In these letters, Carr discusses her work on absorption spectra as well as teaching positions at Mount Holyoke and opportunities in the field of research. Of note within the correspondence is Carr's participation in the International Critical Tables of the International Research Council where she worked with Professor Victor Henri of the University of Zurich (several of Henri's letters are in French). An encoded Carr's writings consist of published and unpublished documents primarily regarding her work with various chemists on absorption spectra in addition to several articles written for the "Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly" on the topic of advancements of women in the sciences. To complement her writings, there are extensive research materials including graphs, calculations, plate slides, and lab reports on her specialty. The biographical information includes articles written about Carr and the opportunities for women in science following the turn of the century. Of particular importance are the articles describing her accomplishments in the field of chemistry and her acceptance of the Francis P. Garvan gold medal of the American Chemistry Society. Photographs show Carr in the laboratory and working with students.

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Emma Perry Carr Papers, Mount Holyoke College, Archives and Special Collections, South Hadley, Massachusetts

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South Hadley, MA 01075

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: Correspondence
1918-1969


General
1918-1919, 1922-1924

Box 1: folder 1
International Critical Tables
1924-1928

Box 1: folder 2
International Critical Tables
1924-1928

Box 1: folder 3
General
1925

Box 1: folder 4
General
1926

Box 1: folder 5
General
1926

Box 1: folder 6
General
1926

Box 1: folder 7
M. S. Kharasch
1926-1929

Box 1: folder 8
General
1927

Box 1: folder 9
General
1927

Box 1: folder 10
General
1927

Box 1: folder 11
General
1928

Box 1: folder 12
General
1928

Box 1: folder 13
General
1928

Box 1: folder 14
General
1929

Box 1: folder 15
General
1929

Box 1: folder 16
General
1930

Box 1: folder 17
General
1930

Box 1: folder 18
General
1930

Box 1: folder 19
Wells College Honors Committee
1930-1931

Box 1: folder 20
General
1931

Box 2: folder 21
General
1931

Box 2: folder 22
General
1932-1933

Box 2: folder 23
General
1934

Box 2: folder 24
General
1935

Box 2: folder 25
General
1935

Box 2: folder 26
Garvan Formulation Committee
1935-1936

Box 2: folder 27
Garvan Formulation Committee
1935-1936

Box 2: folder 28
Garvan Formulation Committee
1935-1936

Box 2: folder 29
Garvan Formulation Committee
1935-1936

Box 2: folder 30
General
1936

Box 2: folder 31
General
1937

Box 2: folder 32
General
1937

Box 2: folder 33
General
1938

Box 2: folder 34
General
1939

Box 2: folder 35
General
1940

Box 2: folder 36
General
1941

Box 2: folder 37
General
1942

Box 2: folder 38
General
1942

Box 2: folder 39
Monsanto Chemical Company
1942-1943

Box 3: folder 40
Monsanto Chemical Company
1942-1943

Box 3: folder 41
General
1943

Box 3: folder 42
Institute of Chemistry, Mexico
1943-1945

Box 3: folder 43
Institute of Chemistry, Mexico
1943-1945

Box 3: folder 44
General
1944

Box 3: folder 45
General
1945

Box 3: folder 46
General
1946

Box 3: folder 47
General
1946

Box 3: folder 48
General
1947

Box 3: folder 49
General
1947

Box 3: folder 50
General
1948

Box 3: folder 51
General
1949

Box 3: folder 52
General
1950-1952

Box 3: folder 53
General
1953

Box 3: folder 54
General
1954

Box 3: folder 55
General
1956-1969

Box 3: folder 56
Series 2: Writings
1909-1957


Writings
1909-1929

Box 4: folder 1
Writings
1930-1933

Box 4: folder 2
Writings
1934-1936

Box 4: folder 3
Writings
1937-1944

Box 4: folder 4
Writings
1945

Box 4: folder 5
Writings
1947

Box 4: folder 6
Writings
1948-1957

Box 4: folder 7
Series 3: Research Material
circa 1909-1957


General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 1
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 2
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 3
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 4
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 5
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 6
General
circa 1909-1957

Box 5: folder 7
Index cards, probably for International Critical Tables project
circa 1909-1957

Box 6: folder 8
Index cards, probably for International Critical Tables project
circa 1909-1957

Box 6: folder 9
Index cards, probably for International Critical Tables project
circa 1909-1957

Box 6: folder 10
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 11
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 12
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 13
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 14
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 15
Relating to studies of the Adsorption intensities of the isomeric pentenes in the vacuum ultraviolet, conducted by Dorothy Semenow, Anna J. Harrison, and Emma P. Carr
circa 1949-1954

Box 7: folder 16
Adsorption spectra of a series of dienes, Emma P. Carr and Hildegard Stuecklen
circa 1940s

Box 8: folder 17
Adsorption spectra of some derivatives of an isolhydantoin,
circa 1927

Box 8: folder 18
Brombenzene data,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 19
Curves--barbaturic acid,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 20
Curves--isatin derivatives,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 21
Curves--pyrimidines,
circa 1930s

Box 8: folder 22
Curves--pyrimidines--photograhs,
circa 1930s

Box 8: folder 23
Curves--2-pentene,
circa 1920s-1930s

Box 8: folder 24
Dioradiene,
circa 1940s

Box 8: folder 25
Dispersion curves; fluorite spectograph; acetone,
circa 1942

Box 8: folder 26
Fe and cu spect. photographs,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 27
Impure brombenzene--photographs,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 28
Isomeric ethylene derivatives,
circa 1920s

Box 8: folder 29
Pentene data,
circa 1920s-1940s

Box 8: folder 30
Pure brombenzene,
circa 1930s-1940s

Box 8: folder 31
Trimethylene oxide,
circa 1955

Box 8: folder 32
Ultraviolet adsorption spectra of conjugated dienes, Lucy W. Pickett and Emma P. Carr
circa 1940s

Box 8: folder 33
Ultraviolet adsorption spectra of the isomeric 2-pentenes,
circa 1920s-1930s

Box 8: folder 34
Glass plate slides and spectographic photographs
circa 1909-1940s

Box 9
Glass plate slides and spectographic photographs
circa 1909-1940s

Box 10
Glass plate slides and spectographic photographs
circa 1909-1940s

Box 11
Series 4: Department Records
circa 1920s-1946


Correspondence, reports, and memoranda
1922-1946

Box 12: folder 1
Equipment orders, manuals, catalogues, and related material
circa 1920s-1946

Box 12: folder 2
Series 5: Legal Documents
1926-1935


Contracts, insurance policy
1929-1935

Box 12: folder 1
Series 6: Biographical Material
1910-


Biographical sketches, notes, clippings, press releases, and related material
circa 1914-

Box 13: folder 1
Biographical sketches, notes, clippings, press releases, and related material
circa 1914-

Box 13: folder 2
Biographical sketches, notes, clippings, press releases, and related material
circa 1914-

Box 13: folder 3
Biographical sketches, notes, clippings, press releases, and related material
circa 1914-

Box 13: folder 4
Taped interviews of reminiscences about Carr by Mr. and Mrs. Edmund A. Carr, Lucy W. Pickett, and Jytte Muus, recorded in 1978 by Martha Verbrugge (2 sets of interviews on 5 cassette tapes)


Box 13: folder 5
Transcripts of Verbrugge's interviews of Pickett and Muus, prepared for Pamela Mack in 1991


Box 13: folder 6
Lists, programs, receipts, and memorabilia
circa 1914-1947

Box 13: folder 7
Diplomas, certificates, and awards
1910-1957

Box 14: folder 8
Carr family correspondence, articles, notes, and photographs
circa 1910-1954

Box 14: folder 9
Series 7: Photographs
circa 1902-1960


Formal and informal photographs of Carr
circa 1902-1960

Box 14: folder 1
141Formal and informal photographs of Carr circa 1902-1960

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Subjects
  • Carr, Emma P. (Emma Perry), 1880-1972.
  • Chemistry - Study and teaching (Higher) - History - Sources.
  • Chemists - United States - Correspondence.
  • College teachers - United States - Biography.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Chemistry Club.
  • Mount Holyoke College - Oral history.
  • Mount Holyoke College. - Chemistry Dept.
  • Women chemists - United States - Correspondence.
  • Women college teachers - United States - Biography.
  • Women scientists - United States - Biography.

Genre terms
  • Letters


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