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George Morrison Fleck papers, 1934 - (Bulk: 1967 - 1991)
1 box (.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: 42

Abstract:
Professor of Chemistry. Contains publications, news clippings, manuscripts, research and photographs from the professional and personal life of George Morrison Fleck.

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.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

George Fleck received his B.S. from Yale University in 1956 and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. He was awarded a Danforth Fellowship in 1956 and a DuPont Fellowship in 1959. In 1961, Fleck was hired as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Smith College where he taught and researched Pyridoxal (a form of vitamin B6) and its reactions with various amino acids and metal ions. He published several articles on the subject, including "Kinetics of the Reaction of Pyridoxal and Alanine" (1961) and his work won him a NIH grant in 1962. His professional affiliations include: American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi and Society for Religion in Higher Education. He was also one of only three trustees for the Meekins library in Williamsburg.

An ardent supporter of women in science, Fleck researched and published several pieces on the matter including "Mary Lura Sherill" in Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Bibliographic Sourcebook (1993). In 1996 he publically advocated his defense of assistant professor Sharon Palmer and her assertion that she had not attained tenure based upon her gender.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains several documents pertaining to Fleck's professional work while at Smith College as a professor: including a manuscript of Chemical Reaction Mechanisms and an entry on Gladys Anslow for Women in Physics and Chemistry. The collection also contains several photographs of Fleck in the classroom with students, records of his grants, and a survey sent to alumnae to assess and develop the Department of Chemistry's curriculum. The file also contains several news clippings about Fleck's personal life, including clippings about his daughter and about his work as a trustee to improve Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA.

Organization of the collection

This collection is housed in one box and contains three folders.


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:

George Morrison Fleck papers, 1934 -, Box #790, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The George Morrison Fleck papers, 1934 - were donated to the College Archives.

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


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
Associate Professor of Chemistry, 1961
1967 - 1995

Box 1: folder 1
Women in Physics and Chemistry
1991

Box 1: folder 2
Chemical Reaction Mechanisms
1969

Box 1: folder 3

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Subjects
  • Smith College -- Faculty.
  • Fleck, George M.
  • Public library trustees
  • Women in science


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