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Charles C. Price Papers

Identifier: 1991-066-001

Scope and Content

The Charles C. Price Papers contain the papers of chemist Charles C. Price. The collection is arranged into the following six series:

  1. Biographical Material
  2. Correspondence
  3. Publications
  4. Addresses, Lectures, and Class Notes
  5. Laboratory Notebooks
  6. Restricted Materials


  • Creation: 1936-1996
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1970-1989


Access Restrictions

Boxes 7-8 are restricted with access limited to select staff.

Copyright Information

The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Charles C. Price Papers. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Background Note

Charles Coale Price III was a chemist who taught at three universities in the United States and conducted research for the National Research Defense Committee during World War II. Price was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 13, 1913. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1934 and his master’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University in 1935. In 1936, Price was awarded his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.

From 1936 to 1946, Price worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. In 1945, he spent a year as a visiting lecturer at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York. Price conducted research for the National Defense Research Committee during World War II in the Rubber Reserve Company. After the war, he worked in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame from 1946 to 1954 as a professor and chairman of the Department. From 1947 to 1951, Price was a member of the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Plastics. From 1951 to 1979, he worked at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. During his tenure at Penn, he was a member of the Committee on Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering Science, the Blanchard Professor of Chemistry, and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry.

Price was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the History of Chemistry, as the Science History Institute was originally called. Dr. Price was long active in the Nuclear Disarmament and World Federalism movements. Charles C. Price died at his home in Haverford, Pennsylvania on February 11, 2001.


Charles C. Price Papers, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


2.5 Linear Feet (8 Boxes)

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Laboratory notebooks, correspondence, biographical materials, lectures, class notes, and reprints of published articles belonging to Charles C. Price.

Acquisition Information

The Charles C. Price Papers were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) in two installments; the bulk of the papers including the reprints and the notebooks were donated by Dr. Charles C. Price in 1991. After his death in 2001, his wife, Mrs. Anne Gill Price, donated additional material, mostly concerned with his peace-related activities.

Related Materials

There are two other known archival collections created by Charles C. Price at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania: the Charles C. Price Papers at the Peace Collection and the Charles C. Price Genealogical Papers at the Friends Historical Library.

An oral history interview with Charles C. Price conducted on April 26, 1979, the Charles C. Price Photograph Collection, and Records of the Advisory Council on College Chemistry are preserved at the Science History Institute.

Processing Information

The Charles C. Price Papers were processed by Andrew Mangravite in 2017 and encoded into EAD by Samantha Brigher in 2020.

Charles C. Price Papers
Finding aid created by Andrew Mangravite and encoded into EAD by Samantha Brigher.
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Revision Statements

  • 2020: Revised by Samantha Brigher.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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