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John Tappan Stoddard Papers, 1877-2001
1 box ( 0.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: RG 42

Abstract:
Professor of physics 1878-1880, professor of chemistry 1880-1919. Contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, and publications.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

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Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

John Tappan Stoddard was born October 20, 1852 to William H. and Helen H. Stoddard in Northampton, Massachusetts. He is a descendant of Solomon Stoddard, the second minister of Northampton, known for the "halfway covenant" and for being the grandfather of Jonathan Edwards. On June 26, John Stoddard married Mary Grover Leavitt, with whom he would have two sons and a daughter.

Stoddard graduated from Amherst College in 1874. He served as Assistant Principle of Northampton High in 1875 before going to the University of Göttingen, where he studied under Hans Hubner and received his doctorate in 1878.

In 1878 Stoddard was appointed by President Seeyle as the instructor of Mathematics and Physics. In 1881 he became head of the departments of physics and chemistry and in 1897 became the head of the chemistry department. He was the "heart and soul" of Colloquium, a departmental chemistry club where informal discussions about the subject could be conducted between students and faculty similar to seminars in the German universities.

Stoddard is also credited with inventing the Stoddard test tube clamp around 1886, a device which is still used today.

John Tappan Stoddard served Smith College for 41 years. Following Stoddard's sudden death on December 9, 1919, the Chemistry building of the college, which he helped design, was named in his honor.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Professor of physics 1878-1880, professor of chemistry 1880-1919. Contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, and publications.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The records are open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the documents must be requested from the Smith College Archives. Smith College owns copyright to any published material relating to college events and activities. Provenance and copyright ownership of other materials is unknown and researchers are responsible for determining any question of copyright.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

John Tappan Stoddard Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives.

History of the Collection

The John Tappan Stoddard papers were donated to the Smith College Archives from a number of sources.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English

Contents List
Biographical Information
1887-2001

Box 1026: folder 1
Correspondence
1883-1952

Box 1026: folder 2
Photographs
1880-1904

Box 1026: folder 3
Photographs - Stoddard Homestead
1891

Box 1026: folder 4
Publications
1877-1909

Box 1026: folder 5
Introduction to General Chemistry
1910

Box 1026: folder 6
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
1918

Box 1026: folder 7
Outline of Lecture Notes on General Chemistry
1889

Box 1026: folder 8
Outline of Qualitative Analysis for Beginners
1883

Box 1026: folder 9
The Science of Billiards
1913

Box 1026: folder 10

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