Preliminary Guide to the Guide to the Edward L. Wagner Papers circa 1937-1976
MS.1984.45

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Wagner, Edward L.
Title
Preliminary Guide to the Edward L. Wagner Papers
ID
MS.1984.45
Date [inclusive]
circa 1937-1976
Extent
8.5 linear feet 9 boxes.
Location
(MASC staff use) 2-12-1-5.
Language
Collection materials are in English.
Abstract
Professional papers of physical chemist Edward L. Wagner, Professor of Chemistry at Washington State University.

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Biography/History

Edward L. Wagner (1915-1975) was a distinguished physical chemist and a member of the Chemistry Department faculty at Washington State University from 1949 to 1975. He attended high school in Los Angeles, CA, and earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1939) and his Ph.D. from Brown University (1948). He was a member of the Manhattan Project research team at the University of California and at Oak Ridge, TN, from 1942 to 1946.

He received many honors and awards, named as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in England, and a Fulbright-Hays research award in Japan. At Washington State University, his main research interest was in the nature of the binding in compounds of nitrogen, oxygen, and phosphorus. His work in quantum chemistry involved complex calculations, and he was an early adopter of computer technology to support this research.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of professional papers of Edward L. Wagner, Professor of Chemistry at Washington State University.

Preliminary inventory:

Box 1. Binders: Hokkaido University, Kyoto University, Japanese Language, M.O. Calculations, Q.C.P.E. Programs, Beckman Instruments; WSU Computing Center News. 1960s-1970s.

Box 2. Binders: Optical Equipment, 1950s; IBM Manuals, 1968-; Computing Center Newsletter ("Time Slicer"), 1966-1971; Computing Center News, 1968-1969; Computing Center Use Stats; Perkin-Elmer, 1950s.

Box 3. Binders: Instrumentation, 1930s-1950s; Program Listings; Chemistry Department and staff materials; miscellaneous.

Boxes 4-9. Mixed files: research, professional meetings, calculations, vendors, WSU committees, correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries 2018-09-27

https://libraries.wsu.edu/masc/

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA

509-335-6691

mascref@wsu.edu

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Acquisition Information

Juanita Wagner donated this collection of her late husband's papers to the Washington State University Libraries in 1984 (MS.1984.45).

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--Faculty--Archives.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chemists--Washington (State)--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Scientists--Washington (State)--Archives
  • Colleges and Universities

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