Columbia University Archives

Chandler Chemical Museum Records, 1934-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0156
Bib ID 13272380 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Department of Chemistry
Title Chandler Chemical Museum Records, 1934-1980
Physical Description 1.25 linear feet (3 document boxes)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located onsite.

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in one series.



This collection consists of copies of the card catalogue and two inventories of the holdings of the Chandler Chemical Museum. One inventory is a handwritten list, by case and by shelf, created by curator Samuel A. Tucker in the 1930s. The other inventory, from 1980, consists of color photographs from each numbered shelf with a list identifying the items.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located onsite.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Chandler Chemical Museum records; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


No additions are expected.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Molly Boord (GS 2021) in May 2018. Finding aid written by Joanna Rios in April 2019.

Revision Description

2019-04-23 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Chandler, Charles Frederick, 1836-1925 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Chemistry -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

The Chandler Chemical Museum was a collection of chemicals, dyes, and other industry products collected by Charles Frederick Chandler, Dean of the School of Mines (later known as the School of Engineering), during his time at Columbia. The collection was first located in the old campus on 49th Street, but was formally organized as the Chemistry Museum in Havemeyer Hall on the Morningside campus. It was renamed as the Chandler Chemical Museum at the time of the professor's retirement in 1910. In addition to Louis Pasteur's chemical apparatus and Thomas Edison's film strip experiments, the museum held a renowned collection of daguerreotypes and cameras and would host exhibitions by the Amateur Photographic Society. In 1987 the museum was dismantled and its collection was spread across campus. For example, Art Properties holds the daguerreotypes from the Chandler Chemical Museum. Other items remain in display cases in the hallways of the 2nd and 4th floors of Havemeyer Hall.

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Series I. Chandler Chemical Museum records, 1934-1980

Box 1 Card Catalog Photocopies #1-349

Card Catalog Photocopies #351-699

Card Catalog Photocopies #700-1000

Card Catalog Photocopies #1007-1300

Card Catalog Photocopies #1301-1599

Card Catalog Photocopies #1601-2115

Box 2 Inventory Chart

Inventory and Photo, Shelves 1-57

Inventory and Photo, Shelves 58-114

Inventory and Photo, Shelves 115-171

Inventory and Photo, Shelves 172-228

Box 3 Inventory and Photo, Shelves 229-293

S. A. Tucker, Inventory of the Cases, 1934-1935 Vol. 1, 1934-1935

S. A. Tucker, Inventory of the Cases, 1934-1935 Vol. 2, 1934-1935

S. A. Tucker, Inventory of the Cases, 1936-1937 Vol. 3, 1936-1937

S. A. Tucker, Inventory of the Cases, 1937-1938 Vol. 4, 1937-1938

S. A. Tucker Notes, undated