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Papers of William J. Bailey

Identifier: 90-01

Scope and Contents

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The Bailey Papers are relatively complete and provide a comprehensive overview of the man's career. They include laboratory notebooks contracts and patents.


  • Creation: 1943-1989


Language of Materials

Text in english.

Biographical sketch

William John Bailey was born on August 11, 1921 in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. He completed his undergraduate work at University of Minnesota then did graduate work at University of Illinois, Urbana, where he was a pupil of Carl "Speed" Marvel, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied under Arthur C. Cope. Among his important discoveries was the first synthesis of an all trans-diene polymer. He was also active in the American Chemical Society. Bailey died in December of 1989.


69 Linear Feet (200 boxes)


This is a collection of papers, correspondence and notebooks detailing William J. Bailey's career in Chemistry. Photographs have been removed from the collection.

Ownership and Custodial History

The Bailey Papers were donated by Mary C. Bailey, his wife.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Mary C. Bailey . Method of acquisition--gift;; Date of acquisition--1990..

Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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