Carl Alfred Jacobson papers
- 1899 - 1947
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This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
1.37 Cubic Feet (3 full-sized letter document boxes, 1 half-sized legal document box)
Biographical / Historical
In 1906, Jacobson married Mary Edna Metzger. From 1908 to 1909, he was a fellow and research chemist at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York; he followed this with a stint as professor of agricultural chemistry at the University of Nevada, and chief chemist for the Nevada Agricultural Experimental Station (1909-1918).
Jacobson returned to Hopkins briefly as a fellow in 1919; in 1920 he began his long association with West Virginia University. His research areas included chlorophylls, alfalfa constituents, silica black and silica fluff. He invented various lab apparatus, a calculating machine, and a new method for determining the solubility of solids at different temperatures. He was granted U.S. patents on processes for treating powdered coal and carburized silica.
Although Jacobson published 36 research papers between 1908 and 1930, he is best remembered as the chief editor of The Encyclopedia of Chemical Reactions (6 volumes, 1946-1956). Jacobson died in December 1952.
Scope and Contents
Although Jacobson makes occasional note of his scientific work, the mentions are brief. He instead chose to focus on the events of daily life, including during his studies in the U.S. and abroad and during his long career at West Virginia University.
The span of the journals, along with the nature of their contents, make them valuable for research into many aspects of early twentieth century social and family history.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
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