The Chemical Heritage Foundation is home to many significant collections relevant to the history of chemistry. Click on the categories above to access the online collections. You can find information on how to make the best use of the collections, to make an appointment, or arrange for rights usage under How to Access the Collections.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation collects, preserves, describes, and makes available the unique, unpublished materials that document the past 200 years of our chemical history. CHF actively collects archival materials from outstanding scientists, industries, and professional organizations. Spanning over 5,000 linear shelf feet, these collections are a major attraction for scholars of the history of chemical and molecular sciences.
Our archival collections include the papers of numerous notable figures, including polymer chemists Carl Marvel, Daniel W. Fox, and the Nobel laureate Paul Flory. The collection also includes contributions from Nobel laureates Sir John Pople, Glenn Seaborg, Johann Deisenhofer, and Richard Smalley.
Our organizational collections detail the activities of many influential scientific organizations, such as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, the Chemists’ Club, the Gordon Research Conferences, and several divisions of the American Chemical Society.
Our corporate collections document the business practices of such chemical giants as the Dow Chemical Company, the Aldrich Chemical Company, and Rohm and Haas Company.
CHF’s ephemera collections include advertisements, magazines, and trade cards connected to chemistry and related industries.
CHF’s collections of moving images and audio are an untapped resource, consisting of 16-mm film reels, VHS cassettes, U-Matic videotapes, and reel-to-reel audio tapes. Features of this collection include the CHEM Study and Eminent Chemists series.