Guide to the Charles Glen King Papers 1939-1971
Cage 857

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Charles Glen King Papers
Cage 857
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space
Papers related to scientist Charles Glen King, including speeches, ephemeral publications, and miscellaneous items.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] Charles Glen King Papers, 1939-1971

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Charles Glen King (1896-1988) was born in Entiat, Washington, on October 22, 1896. He attended Washington State College (today Washington State University) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1918. King's time at WSC was interrupted by his service in the 12th Infantry Machine Gun Company of the United States Army during World War I. While in Pullman, he was the president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, and he married Hilda Bainton in 1919. King went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his M.A. in Chemistry in 1920, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1923. He served as an Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh (1920-1926), a Postdoctoral Associate at Columbia University (1926-1927), and Postdoctoral Associate at Cambridge, England (1929).

As a Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (1927-1942) and Professor at Columbia University (1942-1962), King rose to international prominence for his isolation and crystallization of Vitamin C in 1932, and his other work in the science of nutrition. In addition to producing over 80 publications on subject of Vitamin C, King served as the first director of the Nutrition Foundation in 1942, and helped establish the journal Nutrition Reviews. He helped to found the Plant, Soil, and Nutrition Laboratory at the United States Department of Agriculture, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1951, received the Order of Rodolfo Robles from the Guatemalan government in 1958, and served as the president of the International Union of Nutrition Sciences, the American Institute of Nutrition, the American Society of Biological Chemists, and the American Public Health Association.

King was the recipient of numerous national and international awards throughout his career, and served as an advisor to the Eisenhower Administration and as a consultant for both the Rockefeller Foundation and United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

Washington State University honored King with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1964, and created the Charles Glen King Fellowships in Nutrition and Biochemistry as a tribute to his achievements.

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Scope and Contents note

This small collection of papers related to biochemist Charles Glen King was part of a substantial vertical file created and maintained by the Owen Science and Engineering Library at Washington State University during the 1970s. The collection includes speeches given by King, ephemeral publications, articles about King and some of his honors and awards, and a small number of miscellaneous items.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

These materials were transferred to Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections from the Owen Science and Engineering Library in 2000 (MS.2000.13).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2016 by Jacki Hedlund Tyler and Cheryl Gunselman.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

A single issue of the magazine Baby Post (volume 15, number 9, October 1960) containing an article by King was transferred to the rare book collection for separate cataloging.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • King, Charles Glen, 1896-1988--Archives


  • Biochemists -- Archives
  • Colleges and Universities.
  • Nutrition -- History -- Sources
  • Scientists -- Archives

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Speeches (typescripts) and ephemeral publications. 1939-1962 

1 1-2

Conference and event programs. 1958-1964 

1 3

Honors and awards; articles about King. 1943-1971 

1 4-5

Maurice Pate funeral Order of Service. 1964 

1 6

Report about the "Special Fund for Fat Metabolism Research," Nutrition Foundation, Inc. 1958 

1 7