Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
series: I. Personal Materials
Boxes 1 through 19 contain the personal materials of Henry Eyring. Some of the materials in this section include the family files which consist of correspondence and general information regarding Eyring's immediate and extended family members; personal financial material; and pocket and appointment calendars in which Eyring recorded speaking engagements, addresses, phone numbers, and travel plans. Also, this section contains materials pertaining to the numerous awards and honors received by Eyring during his lifetime. Of special note are the materials relating to several symposiums held in honor of Henry Eyring. These materials provide evidence of the admiration Eyring received from his colleagues and scientific organizations throughout the world. Other significant materials located in this section include biographical writings, information regarding the annual foot race Eyring held with his graduate students for many years, and materials relating to Eyring's death in 1981.
box 1: Family Files
folder 1-8: Mildred Bennion Eyring (1950-1969)
Materials include information regarding her activities as a member of the Relief Society General Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a 111-page autobiography; correspondence and medical reports relating to her final illness (restricted); obituaries; letters of condolence sent at her death; and other miscellaneous material.
folder 9: Winnifred Brennan Eyring (1972-1982)
folder 10-13: Henry Bennion Eyring (1944-1972)
Letters written to his father; newsclippings and memorabilia relating to his tenure as president of Ricks College; other miscellaneous material.
folder 14-15: Edward Marcus Eyring (1947-1980)
Letters written to his father and other miscellaneous material.
folder 16: Harden Romney Eyring (1948-1971)
folder 17: Bernice, Joan, and Patricia Clark (1977-1979)
volume 1: Family Record Book (1931-1934)
Recorded in this book are birth, blessing, baptism, confirmation, and marriage dates of the Henry Eyring family including his parents, siblings, wife, and children. Included in the book is a four-page autobiographical account by Eyring of events in his life up to 1931. Also included are a number of newspaper clippings documenting the professional activities and accomplishments of Eyring during 1933-1934.
box 2: Family Files
folder 1: Caroline Cottam Romney Eyring (mother) (1954) (1964)
Sympathy cards and letters of condolence sent at her death, and a newspaper article featuring her as a prominent Mormon woman.
folder 2-3: Edward Christian Eyring (father) (1957-1967)
Letters of condolence and newspaper articles written upon his death, and financial material relating to the publication of his biography.
volume 1: "The Life Story of Edward Christian Eyring" (1868-1957)
The biography was compiled and edited by his daughter, Caroline Eyring Miner, in 1966.
folder 4: Edward Christian Eyring and Caroline Cottam Romney Eyring (1929-1954)
Correspondence between Henry Eyring and his parents, and copies of several newspaper articles written upon the occasion of their sixtieth wedding anniversary.
folder 5: Camilla Eyring Kimball (sister) (1945-1981)
Newspaper articles detailing the activities of Camilla and husband, Spencer W. Kimball, as they traveled throughout the world on behalf of the L.D.S. church.
folder 6: Spencer W. Kimball (brother-in-law) (1933-1979)
Several articles written by Kimball for L.D.S. church publications, and correspondence between Kimball and Henry Eyring pertaining for the most part to family matters.
folder 7: Mary Eyring (sister) (1954-1979)
folder 8: Edward Eyring (brother) (1969-1973)
folder 9: Caroline Eyring Miner (sister) (1971)
Miscellaneous material (restricted).
folder 10: Joseph Eyring (brother) (1959-1982)
Correspondence and newsclippings.
folder 11: Rose Eyring Calder (sister) (1945-1975)
Biographical sketch, correspondence, and wedding announcement.
folder 12: Anthony Ivins Eyring (brother) (1929-1978)
Correspondence and other miscellaneous material.
folder 13-14: Carl F. Eyring (uncle) (1941-1957)
Correspondence, transcript of funeral services, newspaper articles written upon his death, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 15: LeRoy Eyring (brother) (1942-1979)
folder 16: Catherine Eyring Edwards (sister) (1976)
folder 17: Henry Eyring (grandfather) (1835-1902)
A German religious pamphlet written by Eyring in 1875; photostatic copy of a report he made of L.D.S. missionaries who served in the Indian territory mission in the 1850s; other miscellaneous material.
volume 2: "The Journal of Henry Eyring" (1835-1902)
This is a spiral bound copy of Eyring's journal beginning in July 1877 and ending in December 1896.
folder 18: Edward Christian Eyring (great-grandfather) (1810-1850)
Photocopy of a portrait of Eyring painted in Germany about 1827.
folder 19: "Life Sketch of Bertha Eyring" (1936-1890)
Bertha Eyring was a great aunt to Henry Eyring. Contained in this biographical sketch are a number of photographs and paintings of other early ancestors of Henry Eyring.
folder 20: Eyring Family History
A history of the Henry Eyring (1835-1902) family as it was written by Edward Christian Eyring in 1931.
box 3: Family Files
folder 1-3: Family Correspondence (1938-1981)
folder 4: Bennion Family Materials (1923-1971)
volume 1: The Bennion Family of Utah, Volume II
This book was published in 1962 and is a genealogical record of the Bennion family.
folder 5: Romney Family Material (1948-1978)
volume 2: Life Story of Miles Park Romney
A biography by Thomas Cottam Romney published in 1948 through the efforts of the Miles P. Romney Family Association.
box 4: Personal Financial Materials
box 4A: Personal Financial Materials
folder 1: Princeton Home and Property (1941-1946)
Correspondence and legal documents pertaining to the purchase of the Eyring's Princeton, New Jersey, home.
folder 2: Fire Insurance Policy--Princeton Home (1941-1944)
folder 3: Insurance--Beneficial Life Insurance (1947-1965)
Correspondence and receipts.
folder 4: Insurance--New York Life Insurance Company (1948-1965)
Correspondence and dividend statements.
folder 5: Insurance--Prudential Insurance Company (1946-1957)
Correspondence and receipts.
folder 6: Cumulative Record Book of Life Insurance Policies (1924-1946) (1964-1965)
folder 7: Teachers' Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund (1946-1982)
Premiums, benefit statements, and correspondence.
folder 8: Stock--Thiokol Chemical Corporation (1963-1966)
Correspondence and notice of dividends paid.
folder 9: Stock--Universal Finance Corporation (1954-1965)
Correspondence and notice of dividends paid.
folder 10: Miscellaneous Stock Material (1954-1981)
folder 11: Bank Statements--Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank (1947-1955)
folder 12: Bank Statements--Zions First National Bank (1970-1971)
folder 13: Bank Statements--Walker Bank and Trust Company (1971)
folder 14: Bank Statements--First Security Bank (1971)
folder 15: Bank Statements--University of Utah Credit Union (1963)
folder 16: Trust Funds (1969-1972)
folder 17: Salary Statements (1956) (1974-1975)
folder 18: Medical Bills (1981)
folder 19: Miscellaneous Financial Materials (1937-1971)
volume 1-2: Personal Expense Account Books (1949-1961)
box 5: Returned Checks and Deposit Slips
This box contains returned checks drawn on accounts with Zions Bank, Walker Bank, and First Security Bank from 1963-1971. Also included are deposit slips from 1971, for an account with First Security Bank.
box 6: Pocket Calendars (1953-1980)
box 7: Appointment Books (1950-1963)
box 8: Appointment Books (1964-1976)
box 9: Appointment Books and Calendars (1976) (1978-1980s)
box 10: Henry Eyring Annual Race
In 1958, Eyring challenged two of his colleagues, G. Homer Durham and Sterling M. McMurrin, to a foot race. Eyring kept the foot race tradition alive by challenging his graduate students to a fifty-yard dash each year thereafter until 1978, when at the age of seventy-seven, Eyring retired from the racing business. Most of the material documenting this event consists of newsclippings, with the exception of a few letters of congratulation. Also in this box is a folder containing material on the Durham Demi-Decathlon, an event that was to be a rematch between Eyring and his two original contenders, but which Dr. McMurrin was unable to attend. The Eyring foot race continues to be an annual event sponsored by the chemistry department at the University of Utah.
folder 1: Eyring, Durham, McMurrin Race (1958)
folder 2-6: Eyring Annual Fifty-yard Dash (1961-1978)
folder 7-8: Durham Demi-Decathlon (1975)
box 11: Awards and Honors (1928-1951)
folder 1: Gamma Alpha Graduate Fraternity, Wisconsin Chapter (1928)
folder 2: National Research Fellowship (1929-1930)
folder 3: Newcomb Cleveland Prize (1932)
Newsclippings announcing Eyring as the recipient of the award presented annually by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
folder 4: Sigma Xi Semi-Centennial Prize (1936)
Photocopies of letters written by colleagues in support of Eyring's nomination for the award.
folder 5: American Philosophical Society (1941)
Letter notifying Eyring of his election as a member of the organization.
folder 6: Election to the National Board of Science (1945)
folder 7-8: Alumni Achievement Award--University of Arizona (1947)
Correspondence and certificate of award.
folder 9: "Ten Most Able Chemists" (1947)
Newsclippings and letter notifying Eyring of his being named to the Chemical Bulletin of the American Chemical Society's list of the Ten Most Able Chemists or chemical engineers working in the United States in the field of physical chemistry.
folder 10: Certificate of Appreciation--Department of the Army and Navy (1948)
folder 11: "Personality of the Week"--Deseret News (1948)
Newspaper article and letter of congratulation.
folder 12-20: Research Corporation Award (1949)
Materials include letters of R.S.V.P. from guests invited to attend the award dinner in honor of Eyring; newsclippings; guest list; letters of congratulation; invitation and program; addresses; and correspondence.
folder 21: Eugene Bingham Medal--Society of Rheology (1949)
Correspondence, newsclippings, acceptance speech, and certificate of award.
folder 22: Achievement Award--Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (1949)
Certificate of award.
folder 23: Achievement Award--Boy Scouts of America (1951)
Newsclipping and letter of appreciation from the Salt Lake Boy Scouts Council.
folder 24-29: William H. Nichols Medal--American Chemical Society (1951)
Materials include newsclippings, letters of congratulation, correspondence, and a copy of the program and Eyring's acceptance address.
box 12: Awards and Honors (1951-1966)
folder 1: Walker Ames Professorship in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering--University of Washington (1951)
folder 2: Honorary Membership--Phi Lambda Upsilon (1954)
Correspondence and citation.
folder 3-7: Nobel Prize Nominations (1958-1981)
Materials included in these folders consist of correspondence, nomination documents, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 8: James E. Talmage Award--Brigham Young University (1959)
folder 9: Utah Award in Chemistry--Utah Section of the American Chemical Society (1959)
Correspondence, newsclippings, and introductory speech given upon presenting Eyring the award.
folder 10: Petroleum Research Fund Award--American Chemical Society (1960)
folder 11: Medallion of Merit--University of Arizona (1960)
News releases and correspondence.
folder 12: Remsen Memorial Lecture Award--American Chemical Society (1960)
folder 13: Distinguished Alumni Award--University of Utah (1961)
folder 14: Peter Debye Award--Humble Oil and Refining Company (1964)
Nomination materials and newsclippings.
folder 15: Appointment to the National Science Board (1962)
Correspondence and newsclippings.
folder 16: President-elect of the American Chemical Society (1961)
folder 17: Gilbert N. Lewis Award--California Section of the American Chemical Society (1962)
Correspondence and newsclippings.
folder 18: Honorary Membership--Korean Chemical Society (1963)
folder 19: Honorary Membership--Chemists' Club of New York (1964)
Correspondence and newsclippings.
folder 20: Edward Curtis Franklin Award--Stanford University Chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon (1965)
Press release and newspaper clippings.
folder 21: Appointment as President-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1965)
Congratulatory letters and newsclippings.
folder 22: Distinguished Research Professorship--University of Utah (1966)
Correspondence, press release, newsclippings, and a list of individuals who received the award from 1965-1979.
folder 23-30: National Medal of Science--President Lyndon B. Johnson (1966)
Included are nomination materials, invitation and program, letters of congratulation, newsclippings, and other miscellaneous materials.
box 13: Awards and Honors (1967-1973)
folder 1: American Society for Testing and Materials Lecturer on Outstanding Research (1967)
Certificate of award.
folder 2-4: Irving Langmuir Award in Chemical Physics--American Chemical Society (1968)
Correspondence, letters of congratulation, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 5: Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Society (1968)
folder 6-9: J. Willard Gibbs Medal--Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society (1968)
Materials include letters of congratulation, newsclippings, a program, and correspondence.
folder 10: Rennebonm Lecturer--University of Wisconsin (1968)
Certificate of award.
folder 11-12: Elliott Cresson Medal--Franklin Institute (1969)
Correspondence and other miscellaneous material.
folder 13: Election to the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1969)
folder 14: Linus Pauling Medal--Puget Sound and Oregon Sections of the American Chemical Society (1969)
Program and newsclippings.
folder 15-16: Governor's Appreciation Dinner for Henry Eyring and Harvey Fletcher (1971)
Correspondence, guest list, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 17: Henry Eyring Day--Governor Calvin L. Rampton (1971)
Certificate of declaration.
folder 18: Outstanding Educator of America (1973)
Letter and certificate of award.
folder 19: Willard Gardner Award--Utah Academy of Arts, Letters and Sciences (1973)
Congratulatory letter and newsclipping.
box 14: Awards and Honors (1974-1981)
folder 1: Golden Plate Award--American Academy of Achievement (1974)
folder 2-8: Joseph Priestly Award--American Chemical Society (1975)
Acceptance speech, letters of congratulation, newsclippings, correspondence, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 9: Theodore William Richards Medal for Conspicuous Achievement in Chemistry--Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (1974)
folder 10: Election to the Deusche Akademie Der Naturforscher Leopoldena (1975)
folder 11: Distinguished Alumni Award--Community Colleges of Arizona (1977)
folder 12-14: Berzelius Medal--Royal Swedish Academy of Science (1979)
Correspondence, newsclippings, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 15: Last Lecture Series--University of Utah (1979)
folder 16-21: Henry Eyring Chemistry Building, University of Utah (1980)
Congratulatory letters, speeches given at the ceremony, guest list, newsclippings, correspondence, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 22-26: Wolf Foundation Prize in Chemistry (1980)
Nomination materials, correspondence, newsclippings, letters of congratulation, and other miscellaneous materials.
folder 27: Induction into the Utah Hall of Fame (1981)
Correspondence, newsclippings, and induction ceremonies program.
folder 28: Utah Symphony Distinguished Service Award (1981)
folder 29: Miscellaneous Certificates of Award (1923-1980)
folder 30: Miscellaneous Material
box 15: Honorary Degrees (1952-1967)
folder 1: Honorary Doctor of Science--University of Utah (1952)
folder 2-3: Honorary Doctor of Science--Northwestern University (1953)
Newsclippings, correspondence, and certificate of award.
folder 4-6: Honorary Doctor of Science--Princeton University (1956)
Newsclippings, correspondence, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 7: Honorary Doctor of Science--Seoul National University (1963)
folder 8: Honorary Doctor of Laws--Indiana Central College (1964)
folder 9-10: Honorary Doctor of Science--Brigham Young University (1965)
Correspondence and certificate of award.
folder 11-12: Honorary Doctor of Science--Western Reserve University (1966)
Correspondence, citation, and certificate of award.
folder 13: Honorary Doctor of Laws--University of California, Davis
folder 14: Honorary Doctor of Science--Dennison University (1967)
Certificate of award.
box 16: Honorary Degrees and Symposiums (1969-1981)
folder 1-2: Honorary Doctor of Science--Marquette University (1969)
Newsclippings, program, and certificate of award.
folder 3: Honorary Doctor of Science--Notre Dame University (1969)
folder 4: Honorary Doctor of Science--University of Arizona (1971)
Certificate of award.
folder 5: Honorary Doctor of Science--Utah State University (1973)
folder 6: Honorary Doctor of Science--Arizona State University (1978)
Correspondence and newspaper clippings.
folder 7: Honorary Doctor of Science--University of Paris (1978)
folder 8-9: International Symposium on Atomic, Molecular, Solid-state Theory and Quantum Biology In Honor of Henry Eyring (1969)
folder 10-12: Chemical Dynamics: A Symposium Honoring Professor Henry Eyring on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday (1971)
Congratulatory letters, correspondence regarding symposium preparations, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 13: Symposium on Giants in Chemical Education Honoring Henry Eyring, Linus Pauling, John Bailar, and Louis Fieser (1976)
Correspondence and newspaper clippings.
folder 14: Symposium Honoring Henry Eyring in His Eightieth Year (1980)
box 17: Henry Eyring Mormon Scientist
This biography was written in 1980 by Steven H. Heath, a graduate student at the University of Utah, and submitted as a thesis toward a master of arts degree in the history of science.
folder 1: "Ancestry and Boyhood"--Chapter 1
folder 2: "Eyring's University Training--The Making of A Physical Chemist"--Chapter II
folder 3: "The Princeton Years"--Chapter III
folder 4: "The Utah Years"--Chapter IV
folder 5: "Honors and Acclaim"--Chapter V
folder 6: "Religious and Family Life--The Faith of A Scientist"--Chapter VI
folder 7-9: Conclusion, Appendix, and Bibliography
folder 10: Chapter Rough Drafts
box 18: Miscellaneous Personal Material
volume 1: Journal (1978-1981)
The journal begins January 1978 and ends in August 1981. Due to Eyring's illness, the final entries are in the handwriting of his wife, Winnifred. The journal is a matter-of-fact report of Eyring's daily activities with his family, friends, and colleagues. Eyring rarely expresses his opinions or feelings nor does he discuss his scientific research in any detail. Folder one of this box contains an index to the journal.
folder 1: Journal Index (1978-1981)
folder 2: Henry Eyring Interview
An interview conducted in 1973 by Edward L. Kimball and published the same year in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.
folder 3: Henry Eyring Oral History Transcript
The oral interview was conducted in 1980 by Leonard R. Grover. The Eyring interview was part of the L.D.S. Polygamy Oral History Project conducted by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
folder 4: Biographical Sketches of Henry Eyring
folder 5: "Cattle, Mines, and Molecules"
Nine-page handwritten autobiographical account (incomplete).
folder 6: Eyring Autobiographical Sketches
Five handwritten autobiographical sketches titled "My Years at the University of Utah," "Autobiography of Henry Eyring," "Circumstances that Shape A Career," "Some Recollections of Henry Eyring," and one untitled sketch.
folder 7: University of Arizona Records (1919-1923)
Copies of transcripts and certificates of scholastic honor.
folder 8: University of California at Berkeley Records (1925-1927)
Correspondence regarding teaching fellowships and a copy of the program of the Final Public Examination for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy of Henry Eyring.
folder 9: Fiftieth Year Anniversary of the Class of 1919--Eastern Arizona College (1969)
Program and correspondence.
folder 10: Certificate of Citizenship (1935)
folder 11: Baptism and Priesthood Ordination Certificates
folder 12: Driver's Licenses (1939, 1946)
folder 13: Committee Member Cards--Boy Scouts of America (1942-1944)
folder 13A: War Ration Books
folder 14: Saturday Night Discussion Group (1939)
While living in Princeton, New Jersey, the Eyrings participated in a discussion group that met once a month to discuss subjects of interest to them. Materials in this folder include a schedule of discussion topics for 1945-1946 and a brief twenty-five-year history of the group written in 1965.
folder 15: Hearing Test Evaluation (1964)
folder 16: Christmas Cards
folder 17-19: Personal Correspondence (1927) (1945-1982)
folder 20: Last Will and Testament (1964) (1970)
folder 21: Miscellaneous Material
box 19: Last Illness and Death
folder 1: Get Well Letters at Last Illness (1981)
folder 2: Newspaper Articles--Henry Eyring's Death (1981)
folder 3-8: Letters of Condolence (1981-1982)
folder 9: Sympathy Cards (1981-1982)
folder 10: Funeral Services (1981)
volume 1-2: "In Remembrance"
The books contain the signatures of family and friends who attended the memorial services.
series: II. Religious Activities
This section contains numerous articles and speeches written by Eyring on a variety of religious topics. Many of the articles were published in the L.D.S. church-owned magazines, The Instructor and The Improvement Era. Materials in box 21 pertain to The Instructor's "I Believe . . ." series with which Eyring was involved for several years. Additional significant items in this section include materials pertaining to Eyring's book, The Faith of A Scientist, and correspondence regarding Man, His Origin and Destiny by Joseph Fielding Smith. Although Eyring spent twenty years as a member of the Deseret Sunday School General Board, there is little material in this collection that documents his work in that organization. What is available can be located in box 22, folders 1 and 2.
box 20: Religious Articles and Speeches
folder 1: "A Tribute to President Joseph Fielding Smith" (1972)
folder 2: "Communications" (1953)
folder 3: "Developing in Others A Determination to Live the Gospel"
folder 4: "Gospel Teachings I Remember Best"
folder 5: "Growing Up in Mexico" (1967)
folder 6: "Henry Eyring's Reasons for Exercising"
folder 7: "Integrating Science and Religion"
folder 8: "Keys to Growth"
folder 9: "Life After Death"--KLUB Radio Address (1977)
folder 10: "Man and the World"
folder 11: "Opportunities at Ricks College"
folder 12: "The Gospel and Science"
folder 13: "The Gospel and the Age of the Earth" (1965)
folder 14: "The Gospel in Action"
folder 15: "The Influence of Family"
folder 16: "The Search for Scientific and Religious Truth"
folder 17: "The Unseen World"
folder 18: "Thinking the Gospel Through in Terms of Modern Science"
folder 19: "What are the Things that Really Matter"
folder 20: "Why Be a Latter-day Saint?"
folder 21: "Wisdom--Human and Divine" (1953)
folder 22: "12 Hours to Reach Moon; Four Months to Venus" (1961)
folder 23: Untitled, Incomplete Article
box 21: "I Believe . . ." Series (1964-1967)
The L.D.S. church-owned magazine, The Instructor, began running the "I Believe . . ." series in 1965. Articles written by active members of the L.D.S. church considered competent to speak as scholars in their fields were published monthly with the intent of "aiding readers and advisors of youth in the discussion of modern problems." Billed as a series for the inquiring mind, the articles addressed the apparent conflicts as well as similarities of modern scientific research and the doctrine of the L.D.S. church.
folder 1: "Life's Great Adventure is the Pursuit of Truth," Lorin F. Wheelwright (April 1965)
folder 2: "Cosmic Design," Henry Eyring (May 1965)
folder 3: "In the Beginning," William Lee Stokes (June 1965)
folder 4: "The Relatedness of Living Things," Bertrand F. Harrison (July 1965)
folder 5: "Building A Deeper Faith Through the Study of Science and Philosophy," David W. Bennett (September 1965)
folder 6: "Religion and Social Responsibility," Lowell L. Bennion (October 1965)
folder 7: "Genetics and Some Gospel Concepts," Frank B. Salisbury (November 1965)
folder 8: "The Earth and Man," James E. Talmage (December 1965)
folder 9: "Powers of the Human Mind," J. B. Trunnell (January 1966)
folder 10: "The Religious Faith of a Chemist," Henry Eyring (May 1966)
folder 11: "Tobacco and the Spirit of Man," W. Dean Belnap (December 1966)
folder 12: "Our Organized Universe," Frank B. Salisbury (June 1967)
folder 13: "Proclaim the Handiwork of God," Thomas J. Parmley (July 1967)
folder 14: Miscellaneous Rough Draft Articles
folder 15: Correspondence (1964-1966)
Correspondence in this folder is between Henry Eyring, Lorin F. Wheelwright, editor of The Instructor magazine, and several authors of articles for the "I Believe. . ." series.
folder 16: Letters from Readers (1964-1965)
Letters written in response to articles appearing in the "I Believe. . ." series.
box 22: Miscellaneous Religious Materials (1941-1982)
folder 1-2: Deseret Sunday School General Board (1946-1977)
Materials include correspondence regarding Eyring's assignments as a member of the board, programs from Sunday School conferences, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 3: Joseph Fielding Smith Correspondence (1959-1971)
Discussions in these letters centers primarily around the conflicts between the religious doctrine of the L.D.S. church and facts and theories prevalent in the scientific community.
folder 4: Ezra Taft Benson Correspondence (1972)
Correspondence in this folder concerns the issue of fluoridation of the water system.
folder 5-6: Miscellaneous Correspondence with L.D.S. Church General Authorities (1949-1980)
folder 7: The Faith of A Scientist--Correspondence (1967-1981)
Eyring's book. The Faith of A Scientist, was published in 1967. In 1969, the L.D.S. church funded a second edition of the book, a cut version that received wide distribution among members of the Mormon faith. Correspondence in the folder regards publication arrangements as well as letters Eyring received from readers of his book.
folder 8: Man, His Origin and Destiny (1954-1955)
This folder contains letters addressed to Eyring in which the authors describe their reactions and express their opinions of Joseph Fielding Smith's book, Man, His Origin and Destiny. Also included are statements by Lowell Bennion and Richard P. Smith concerning the book.
folder 9-11: Miscellaneous Correspondence (1952-1982)
Correspondence in these folders consists of letters Eyring received from individuals requesting his opinion on various religious topics, and how they related or differed with modern scientific theories.
folder 12: Requests and Arrangements for Speaking Engagements at Religious Services (1954-1981)
folder 13: Thank You Letters for Speaking Engagements (1950) (1973-1981)
folder 14: New Jersey L.D.S. Branch (1941-1981)
folder 15: Monument Park Second Ward (1947-1981)
folder 16: Bonneville Stake (1949-1981)
folder 17-18: Missionary Work
Materials include Book of Mormon donor slips and letters Eyring received from individuals who had been given the copies of the Book of Mormon that he had contributed to the L.D.S. missionary program.
folder 19-20: "Church of the Air" Address (1948)
At the invitation of Columbia Broadcasting System, Eyring delivered an address on the "Church of the Air" program entitled "Science and Faith." Materials in the folders consist of a rough draft copy as well as a printed pamphlet of Eyring's address. Also included are newsclippings and letters Eyring received in response to his address.
folder 21-22: Henry Eyring Speakers' Series--Tucson Institute of Religion (1970-1982)
The Tucson Institute of Religion's speakers' series was established in 1971 for the purpose of bringing well-known L.D.S. church members to the Tucson area. Because of his position as a prominent member of the church, an internationally recognized chemist, and an alumnus of the University of Arizona, permission was requested and received for the series to bear Henry Eyring's name. Materials include programs, correspondence, and newsclippings along with a copy of the address Eyring gave to open the series.
folder 23: Cannon-Hinckley Church History Group (1976-1982)
The Cannon-Hinckley Church History Group was formed through the efforts of Bryant S. Hinckley and Edwin Cannon. For several years Eyring served as president of the group which met monthly at the Lion House for programs on a variety of topics, but which usually related to the L.D.S. church.
folder 24: The Talmage Story Review (1972)
This folder contains Eyring's review for Brigham Young University Studies of John E. Talmage's The Talmage Story.
folder 25: Newsclippings (1948-1980)
Most of the clippings in this file are from The Deseret News and the L.D.S. Church News and focus on Henry Eyring's religious activities and honors.
folder 26: Miscellaneous Programs (1952-1981)
Programs from various religious conferences and meetings that Eyring participated in.
folder 27: Religious Contribution Receipts (1962-1968)
folder 28: Miscellaneous Materials
series: III. Princeton Material
Materials in this section relate to Eyring's activities as a member of the faculty of Princeton University from 1931 to 1946. The largest portion of this section is comprised of the dissertations of graduate students who worked under Eyring at Princeton. Additional materials provide general information concerning the chemistry department, the Textile Research Institute with which Eyring was involved, and courses Eyring taught while at the university.
box 23: Miscellaneous Material
folder 1: History of the Princeton Chemistry Department (1746-1954)
folder 2: Faculty and Administrative Biographical File
folder 3-4: Undergraduate Chemistry Course Listings (1930-1947)
folder 5: Graduate Chemistry Course Listings (1930-1944)
folder 6: Frick Chemistry Laboratory
Included in this folder is a copy of Hugh S. Taylor's address at the dedication exercises of the laboratory, September 26, 1929, and a copy of the program for the laboratory's fiftieth anniversary celebration, May 10, 1980.
folder 7: Textile Research Institute (1945-1946) (1965)
While at Princeton, Eyring served as director of the institute. Contained here is a history of the research institute compiled in 1965 and other miscellaneous material.
folder 8: Class Record Book (1939-1940)
Student records from thermodynamics and statistical mechanics courses. Also written on the front and back covers of the book are questions for class exams.
folder 9: Faculty Rules and Procedures Manual (1929) (1941)
folder 10: Testimonial Banquet (1946)
Typescripts of addresses given at the banquet held in honor of Henry Eyring at the time of his departure from Princeton University.
folder 11: Miscellaneous Princeton University Brochures
folder 12: Miscellaneous Material
volume 1: The Occlusion and Diffusion of Hydrogen in Metals, George Andrew Moore (1939)
volume 2: The Kinetics of Reactions in Condensed and Heterogeneous Systems, Keith Laidler (1940)
volume 3: Triplet and Singlet State Reactions of the Ethylenic Double Bond, Robert A. Harman (1943)
box 24: Graduate Student Dissertations
volume 1: Some New Experimental Results and Theoretical Interpretations in the Luminescence of Solids--Ferd E. Williams (1946)
volume 2: Absorption of Water Vapor by Swelling. High Polymeric Materials--Howard J. White, Jr. (1947)
volume 3: The Non-equilibrium Theory of Absolute Rates of Reaction and Theoretical Interpretations of Some Rate Processes--Bruno J. Zwolinski (1947)
volume 4: Calculation of Cohesive Energy of Diamond--Lawrence A. Schmid (1953)
volume 5: Elastic-Viscous Properties of Matter--Arthur V. Tobolsky
series: IV. University of Utah Administrative Materials
Boxes 25 through 29 contain materials classified as administrative in nature. Included in this section are materials from Eyring's tenure as dean of the graduate school; however, such material is limited and consists mainly of lists of graduate degrees conferred by the University of Utah from 1946-1966. Other materials that can be located in this section include memos and bulletins, graduate student files, correspondence regarding research and teaching positions, financial summary sheets for Eyring's research grants, and other miscellaneous items.
box 25: Dean of Graduate School Materials (1946-1966)
folder 1: Appointment to Dean of the Graduate School (1946)
Correspondence with University of Utah President A. Ray Olpin regarding the appointment; and newsclippings.
folder 2-15: Graduate Council Minutes (1946-1966)
folder 16: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Accounting, and the Department of Anatomy (1927-1958)
folder 17: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Art (1936-1957)
folder 18: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Bacteriology, and the Department of Banking and Finance (1920-1958)
folder 19: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Biochemistry, and the Department of Biology (1934-1958)
folder 20: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Botany, and the Department of Business (1911-1958)
folder 21: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Ceramic Engineering, and the Department of Chemical Engineering (1951-1958)
folder 22: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Chemistry (1917-1958)
folder 23: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Civil Engineering, and the Department of Economics (1910-1958)
folder 24: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Educational Administration (1936-1958)
folder 25: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Education, and the Department of Elementary Education (1916-1958)
folder 26: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Educational Psychology, and the Department of Electrical Engineering (1949-1958)
folder 27: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of General Engineering, and the Department of English (1909-1958)
folder 28: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Fuel Technology, Department of Genetics, and the Department of Geography (1949-1958)
folder 29: Graduate degrees conferred by the Department of Geological Engineering, Department of Geology, and the Department of Geophysics (1911-1958)
folder 30: Deseret Professorship in Geology Proposal (1957)
box 26: Memos and Bulletins (1967-1982)
box 27: Graduate Student Files (1965-1981)
This box contains files of University of Utah graduate students who worked under the supervision of Henry Eyring. Materials include resumes, research papers, and letters of recommendation as well as correspondence between Eyring and his students. BOX 27 REQUIRES PERMISSION FROM THE MANUSCRIPTS CURATOR TO VIEW.
folder 1: Chih-Chien Chu (1972-1974)
folder 2: Kam-Khow Cheong (1965-1975)
folder 3: Kodwo O. Bryden
folder 4: Shirl Morgan Breitling (1968-1969)
folder 5: Sang-Hyung Kim (1967-1974)
folder 6: Warren Inskeep (1970-1975)
folder 7: Chen Chao Hsu (1969-1975)
folder 8: Mohammed Ghandehari (1967-1975)
folder 9: Yi-Chang Fu (1965-1970)
folder 10: Gerald Faerber (1967-1978)
folder 11: Gary Clark (1967-1973)
folder 12: Soo-tae Lee (1972-1974)
folder 13: Myung Shik Jhon (1981)
folder 14: An-Lu Ley (1972-1980)
folder 15: Margaret Y. Hong (1967-1969)
folder 16: Sung Wan Kim (1967)
folder 17: Richard Klingbiel (1967-1969)
folder 18: Cheng-Yu Lin (1967)
folder 19: Wei Chen Lu (1968)
folder 20: Douglas Miles (1969)
folder 21: Walter Neville (1968-1971)
folder 22: Dennis Nielson (1970-1975)
folder 23: Woon-kie Paik (1968)
folder 24: Lin-sen Pan (1968)
folder 25-26: Ji-Yong Ryu (1967-1972)
folder 27: Dean Jau Shieh (1969-1980)
folder 28: Jaime Keller Torres (1966-1969)
folder 29: George F. Uhlig (1968-1972)
folder 30: A. M. Wadtke (1981)
folder 31: Yung Chang Yim (1972-1980)
folder 32: Lawrence Wu (1968-1972)
folder 33: Correspondence with Potential Graduate Students (1969-1981)
folder 34: List of Graduate Students (1955-1974)
folder 35: Graduate Student Information Sheet (1970)
box 27A: Requests for Research and Teaching Position
This box contains letters received by Eyring from individuals interested in obtaining research and teaching positions at the University of Utah, and more specifically, positions with Eyring's research group. To each of the requests, Eyring responds that there are no positions available at the time. Material in this box has been arranged chronologically.
folder 1-7: Correspondence--Requests for Research and Teaching Positions (1969-1975)
box 28: Account Summary Sheets (1971-1974)
Contained in this box are account summary sheets for research projects Eyring was involved with at the University of Utah. These monthly reports show each project's proposed budget and the charges made against each account for the previous month. Materials are arranged chronologically by account number.
folder 1: #1717--"Distinguished Research Professorship" (1971-1973)
folder 2: #2514--"Petroleum Research" (1971-1972)
folder 3: #3518--"Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Reaction Kinetics, Theory of Liquids . . ." (1971-1972)
folder 4-6: #3554--"Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Reaction Kinetics, Theory of Liquids, and Optical . . ." (1971-1974)
folder 7: #3592--"Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Reaction Mechanisms of Explosives" (1974)
folder 8-9: #5123--"Effects of Structure on Biological Mechanics" (1971-1974)
folder 10-11: #5124--"Effects of Structure on Biological Mechanisms" (1972-1974)
folder 12: #5125--"Effects of Structure on Biological Mechanisms" (1971)
folder 13: #6800--"Pressure" (1971-1972)
folder 14-17: #6801--"Liquid Rate Processes, Optical Activity, and High Pressure" (1971-1974)
folder 18: #7541--"Research Program" (1973-1974)
folder 19: #7910--"Unrestricted Research" (1971-1973)
box 29: Miscellaneous Material (1946-1982)
folder 1: Frederick William Reynolds Lecture (1948)
Transcript of address delivered by Edwin R. Clapp.
folder 2-5: Committee on Radioactive Materials (1947-1954)
Contained in these folders are survey sheets on the use of radioactive materials at the University of Utah, authorization forms for radioisotope procurement, correspondence concerning the use of radioactive material at the university and other miscellaneous material.
folder 6-7: Faculty Time and Effort Reports (1967-1975)
folder 8: Chemistry Faculty Teaching Schedules (1972-1982)
folder 9: Recommendations of the Chemistry Departmental Advisory Committee Regarding Departmental Policy on Tenure, Promotion and Retention of Department Faculty Members (1973)
folder 10: Chemistry Department Staff Meeting Minutes (1974-1975)
folder 11: PDP 11/45 Computer
Questionnaires distributed throughout the chemistry department concerning staff needs in regard to use of the computer system.
folder 12: Cary Instrument Company (1968-1971)
Correspondence and purchase orders.
folder 13: Laboratory X-Ray Equipment (1965-1973)
Correspondence and purchase orders.
folder 14: Laboratory Equipment (1973)
Miscellaneous purchase orders.
folder 15: California Research Corporation Account (1953-1955)
folder 16: Inventories of Chemistry Laboratories (1965) (1973)
folder 17: Space and Survey Allocations (1968-1973)
folder 18: Affirmative Action Report (1972)
folder 19: Institute for the Study of Rate Process (1951)
folder 20: "Chemistry in the University of Utah"--Joseph T. Kingsbury
A history of the chemistry department from its inception in 1868 through the early 1900s.
folder 21: University of Utah Presidential Inauguration--Albert Ray Olpin (1946)
Invitation and program.
folder 22: University of Utah Presidential Inauguration--David Pierpont Gardner (1973)
Program and correspondence.
folder 23: Founders' Day Program (1948) (1956)
Correspondence and program.
folder 24: Faculty Historical Record Form
folder 25: Resignation of Full Professorship and Appointment as Research Professor of Chemistry (1961-1962)
folder 26: Appointment as Distinguished Professor (1966)
Correspondence and press releases.
folder 27: Appointment as Distinguished and Adjunct Professor (1969-1981)
folder 28: Miscellaneous Financial Material (1968-1972)
folder 29-30: Miscellaneous Brochures
Brochures regarding the chemistry department, honors program, and the University of Utah as a whole.
folder 31: Miscellaneous Material
series: V. University of Utah Class Materials
Material in this section relates directly to the courses Eyring taught while at the University of Utah. Included are lecture notes, exams, study guides, and student course evaluations.
box 30: Class Materials (1945-1981)
folder 1-2: Chemistry (101) (1974-1979)
folder 3-6: Environmental Chemistry (103) (1979-1981)
Study guides, exams, and quizzes.
folder 7: Chemistry (106) (1979)
folder 8: Chemistry (121) (1975-1976)
folder 9: Chemistry (122) (1978)
folder 10: Modern Theoretical Chemistry (225)
folder 11: Metallurgy (776) (1973)
folder 12: Electrochemistry
folder 13: Quantum Chemistry
folder 14: Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics
folder 15: Statistical Thermodynamics (1945)
folder 16: Honors Program (1971-1979)
folder 17: Ph.D. Qualifying Examination in Physical Chemistry (1976)
folder 18: "MCD of Substitute Benzenes"
folder 19: Miscellaneous Lecture Notes
folder 20: Class Role and Record Books (1949) (1965-1972)
box 31: Course Evaluations (1969-1980)
series: VI. Conferences and Symposiums
Throughout his career, Eyring traveled around the world participating in numerous scientific conferences and symposiums. Boxes 32 and 33 contain materials ranging from correspondence regarding conference arrangements to programs, schedules, and lecture notes from the various scientific gatherings. Materials in this section have been arranged in a chronological order.
box 32: Conference and Symposium (1941-1969)
folder 1: Conference on "Kinetics In Solution" (1939)
Conference program schedule.
folder 2: Conference on Molecular Structure (1941)
folder 3: "New Frontiers in Education and Research," University of Chicago Fiftieth Anniversary Symposia (1941)
folder 4-8: Plastic Flow and Creep of Solids Seminar (1947)
folder 9: XIII International Congress of Pure and Applied Chemistry (1953)
folder 10: International Wool Textile Research Conference (1955)
folder 11: National Lubricating Grease Symposium (1955)
folder 12: Seminar on the Role of Chemistry in Combustion (1955)
folder 13: Symposium on Nonlinear Circuit Analysis (1956)
folder 14: Creative Symposium (1957)
folder 15: Sixth Buena Vista Conference: Direct Action of Ionizing Radiation (1957)
folder 16: Science Teachers' Convention (1961)
folder 17: The Robert Welch Foundation Conferences on Chemical Research (1963) (1976)
folder 18: Symposium on Unimolecular Reactions in the Mass Spectrometer and Related Topics in Chemical Kinetics (1963)
folder 19: Symposium on Science, Philosophy, and Religion (1964)
folder 20-21: Seminar on Molecular Processes (1966)
folder 22: Conference on Electronic Aspects of Biochemistry (1967)
folder 23: Nobel Symposium (1967)
folder 24: International Conference on Heterogeneous Kinetics at Elevated Temperatures (1969)
folder 25: Thomas Alva Edison Foundations' First Counselors Conference (1969)
box 33: Conferences and Symposiums (1970-1981)
folder 1: Conference on Potential Energy Surfaces in Chemistry (1970)
folder 2: Gordon Research Conference on High Temperature Chemistry (1970)
folder 3: International Research Workshop and International Symposium on Atomic, Molecular, and Solid State Theory (1972)
folder 4: International Summer Institute and Symposium in Quantum Chemistry and Solid State Physics (1972)
folder 5: Symposium on Chemical Dynamics: Changing Concepts and Techniques (1973)
folder 6: Conference on Molton State of Crystalline Refractory Metal Oxides: Properties and Applications (1974)
folder 7: International Research Conference on Molecular Mechanisms of Anesthesia (1974)
folder 8-9: Peter A. Leermakers, Symposium (1977-1978)
folder 10: Sanibel Symposium (1978)
folder 11: NATO Advanced Study Institute on Fast Reaction (1979)
folder 12: Symposium on Science, Philosophy, and Religion (1979)
folder 13: Third International Congress of Quantum Chemistry (1979)
folder 14: Symposium on Modern Development in Organic Chemistry (1980)
folder 15: Twelfth Australian Spectroscopy Conference (1980)
folder 16: Fifty Years Dynamics of Chemical Reactions (1981)
folder 17: Seminar on Explosions and Detonations (1981)
folder 18: The Seventh International Symposium on Detonation (1981)
folder 19: Einstein Symposium
folder 20: Symposium on Molecular Biology, Elementary Processes in Nerve and Muscle
folder 21: Newsclippings Reporting on Various Conferences and Symposiums
series: VII. Lectures and Addresses
Many of the addresses contained in this section were written and presented at the commencement activities of various colleges and universities in the United States. Box 34 contains typed and handwritten copies of Eyring's addresses, while materials in box 35 pertain to the arrangements and publicity for his speaking engagements.
box 34: Lectures and Addresses (1949-1976)
folder 1: "Chemistry--A Changing Career" (1976)
folder 2: "A Scientific Revolution In Retrospect"--Utah State University Commencement Address (1973)
folder 3: "A Tribute From the Faculty to President A. Ray Olpin" (1976)
folder 4: "About Chemistry"
folder 5: "Absolute Rate Theory In Chemistry and Border Line Fields"
folder 6: "Chemistry in Medicine: Keeping Up with the Times"--University of Utah, College of Medicine Convocation Address (1967)
folder 7: "Chemistry is a Corner Stone in Our Affluent World"--Dedication of the Lehigh Chemistry Building
folder 8: "Continental Classroom Lecture"
folder 9: "Faith for the Future"--University of Wyoming Baccalaureate Address (1959)
folder 10: "Men and Molecules" (1949)
folder 11: "Non-Arrhenius Reaction Kinetics"
folder 12: "Our Changing Life Expectancy"--20th Anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences
folder 13: "This Changing World" (1965)
folder 14: "Polarization Curves of Al Electrodes Anodic"
folder 15: "Reaction Rates in Living Systems"
folder 16: "Reflections"
folder 17: "Science and Technology, the Bridge to Peace and Prosperity"
folder 18: "Science and the Future" (1951)
folder 19: "Science In 1950"
folder 20: "Science In the University"
folder 21: "Social Responsibilities or Laissez Faire"
folder 22: "Some Local Applications of Atomic Energy" (1951)
folder 23: Speech for the Executive Association
folder 24-27: State University of New York Lectures (1975)
folder 28: "The Christmas Season of 1949"
folder 29: "The First Twenty Years of the Graduate School at the University of Utah"
folder 30: "The Mechanical Brain and the Science of the Future" (abstract) (1951)
folder 31: "The Proper Preparation for Graduate Study and National Technological Strengths"
folder 32: "The States and Transformation of Matter" (1963)
folder 33: "Today's Problems--Tomorrow's Opportunities"
folder 34: "Tribute to Dr. Harvey Fletcher" (1957)
folder 35: "United We Stand"
folder 36: "Utah's Educational Future"--University of Utah Commencement Address (1958)
folder 37: "What Will You Do With Your Education?"--Weber College Commencement Address (abstract) (1956)
folder 38: "Your Young Men Shall See Visions and Your Old Men Shall Dream Dreams"--San Diego State College Commencement Address (1967)
folder 39: "Josiah Willard Gibbs" (1976)
folder 40: "Isotopes In Analysis" (1963)
folder 41: Untitled Address
folder 42: Untitled Address
Given before a group from the University of Utah athletics department.
box 35: Miscellaneous Material (1939-1981)
Contained in this box are newsclippings, programs, publicity materials, correspondence, and other materials that relate to lectures and addresses Henry Eyring gave. Materials are arranged and listed in chronological order, except for the materials regarding the George Oliver Curme Lectures which have been grouped together in folders 21-24 of this box. The George Oliver Curme Lecture Series was begun and financed by the Union Carbide Corporation. Lecturers for the series traveled to various colleges and universities and lectured on topics ranging from social and economic aspects of technology to specialized technical subjects in science and engineering. Eyring served as a member of the advisory committee and participated as a lecturer on numerous occasions.
series: VIII. Professional Organizations
Eyring was a member of numerous national and international scientific organizations. Material in this section of the Eyring collection consists of annual reports, bulletins, membership directories, correspondence, and membership cards. Also included is information on programs sponsored by the various organizations.
box 36: National Academy of Science (1944-1980)
box 37: National Academy of Science (1979-1982)
folder 1-6: Election Materials (1979-1982)
Materials include two-page biographical sketches of each nominee's life and scientific accomplishments, directives to members on voting procedures, and ballots.
folder 7: Constitution and Bylaws (1981)
folder 8-9: Correspondence (1963-1982)
folder 10-11: Miscellaneous Material
box 38: American Chemical Society (1947-1981)
folder 1: Membership Cards (1947) (1967) (1969)
folder 2-3: Correspondence (1961-1981)
folder 4: 165th National Meeting (1973)
Program and schedules.
folder 5: Joint Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting (1980)
Correspondence and program.
folder 6: Directory of National, Division, and Local Officers (1974)
folder 7: Budget and Finance Reports (1978) (1981)
folder 8: Awards Brochure (1965)
Contains a description of the awards administered by the society and the general regulations governing each nomination and award.
folder 9: Awards Program (1974)
folder 10: Golden Anniversary Banquet
folder 11: Centennial/Diamond Jubilee Banquet--California Section (1976)
folder 12: Impact
Interview with Henry and Winnifred Eyring conducted by Robert C. Brasted in 1976. The interview was originally published in The Journal of Chemical Education. December. 1976.
folder 13: Newsclippings (1961-1975)
box 39: Professional Organizations--Miscellaneous (1963-1982)
folder 1-4: American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978-1982)
Materials include annual records, bulletins, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials.
folder 5-11: American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (1964-1981)
Materials include handbooks; newsclippings, magazine articles, and press releases; Southwestern/Rocky Mountain Division annual meeting program (1974), Pacific Division Annual Meetings Bulletin (1979); and some materials from the Chautauqua Short Course program sponsored by the association.
folder 12: American Medical Association (1968-1970)
folder 13: American Philosophical Society (1981)
Correspondence and Autumn General Meeting program.
folder 14: The Chemists' Club (1964) (1971)
Correspondence and 1971 yearbook.
folder 15-17: International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science (1969-1982)
Materials include correspondence, materials from the Fourth International Congress in Quantum Chemistry, and other miscellaneous items.
folder 18: International Society of Quantum Biology (1977-1980)
folder 19: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (1972)
folder 20: National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (1963)
folder 21: The Society of Rheology (1940) (1965)
folder 22: The Society of the Sigma Xi (1968)
folder 23: Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters (1973) (1977)
folder 24-30: United States Atomic Energy Commission Western Fellowship Board (1950-1954)
Materials include board meeting minutes and agenda as well as correspondence regarding Eyring's activities as a member of the board.
series: IX. Research Institutes
Eyring's association with numerous research institutions around the country is reflected in the materials contained in boxes 40-43 of the collection. These materials do not pertain to Eyring's own research, but rather to his work as a board member and consultant for the various institutes.
box 40: Welch Foundation (1963-1981)
folder 1: Probate Proceedings in the Estate of Robert A. Welch
folder 2-8: Scientific Advisory Board Meeting Materials (1975-1981)
Materials include board meeting minutes and agenda, and information on research proposals, renewals, and candidates for the Welch chair.
folder 9-10: Scientific Advisory Board Memos (1969-1981)
folder 11-14: Annual Reports (1963-1981)
box 41: Welch Foundation (1954-1982)
box 42: National Science Foundation (1952-1981)
folder 1-6: Correspondence (1952-1955)
The correspondence in these folders concerns activities Eyring was involved in while acting as a consultant to the foundation.
folder 7: Miscellaneous Consultant Materials (1952)
folder 8: Advisory Panel Minutes (1953-1954)
folder 9: Schedules for International and Foreign Scientific and Technical Meetings (1953-1954)
folder 10: "The National Science Board and the Formulation of National Science Policy"--Report (1981)
folder 11: Monthly Bulletin (1979 February)
folder 12: News Releases (1981)
folder 13: Molecule Exhibit--Brussels World's Fair (1957)
folder 14: Miscellaneous Material
box 43: Research Institutes--Miscellaneous (1963-1981)
folder 1-2: Battelle Northwest (1970-1974)
Correspondence and consultation agreements.
folder 3-9: Eyring Research Institute (1973-1981)
Materials include correspondence, bylaws, president's reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, financial materials, and material regarding contracts and proposals.
folder 10-11: Lawrence Livermore Laboratories (1976-1980)
Correspondence and consultation agreements.
folder 12: Research Corporation (1947-1951)
folder 13: Sandia Laboratories (1971) (1975)
Correspondence and consultation agreements.
folder 14-15: Thiokol Chemical Corporation (1966-1977)
Materials include correspondence, consultation agreements, technical advisory board reports, and company directory.
folder 16-21: Union Carbide Corporation (1963-1980)
Materials include correspondence, consultation agreements, and notes from discussions at Parma Laboratory.
series: X. Correspondence
The major portion of this section is comprised of general correspondence which has been arranged chronologically in boxes 44 through 51. This correspondence begins in 1925 with letters between Eyring and administrators at Berkeley regarding his teaching fellowship, and ends in 1982 with business letters addressed to Eyring's secretary shortly following his death. Boxes 52 and 53 contain letters of recommendation Eyring wrote on behalf of his students who were seeking employment or were applying for admission to graduate programs. Materials in these two boxes are arranged alphabetically. Box 54 contains letters from individuals and organizations requesting Eyring's attendance and participation at various functions, but which invitations Eyring declined or found necessary to cancel. This material has also been arranged chronologically
box 44: General Correspondence (1925-1949)
box 45: General Correspondence (1950-1966)
box 46: General Correspondence (1967-1970)
box 47: General Correspondence (1971-1973)
box 48: General Correspondence (1974-1975)
box 49: General Correspondence (1976-1977)
box 50: General Correspondence (1978-1979)
box 51: General Correspondence (1980-1982)
box 52: Letters of Recommendation (A-O)
box 53: Letters of Recommendation (P-Z)
box 54: Letters of Cancellation and Regret (1967-1975)
series: XI. Travel
Throughout his career, Eyring traveled extensively and kept fairly detailed records of his activities. Boxes 55 through 58 contain travel itineraries, correspondence, plane and train tickets, hotel bills, and other materials relating to Eyring's travels. Also included are summary sheets for each of Eyring's trips. These sheets give a detailed listing of the locations Eyring traveled to and financial reimbursement and honorariums that he received. While he traveled mostly for professional purposes, Eyring frequently accepted, as well as arranged, speaking engagements with L.D.S. congregations across the country. These engagements are also reflected in the materials in this section.
box 55: Travel Materials (1947-1963)
box 56: Travel Materials (1964-1966)
box 57: Travel Materials (1967-1971)
box 58: Travel Material (1972-1980)
series: XII. Research Materials
The material in this section is directly related to the research Eyring conducted while he was a member of the faculty at the University of Utah. For the most part, the materials are grouped and listed according to the agency or foundation through which the research was funded. Materials include research proposals, progress and final reports, correspondence, contracts, and limited financial information. For additional financial information on Eyring's research, refer to box 28. Boxes 65 and 66 are research subject files. These files contain a wide variety of materials pertaining to subjects of interest to Eyring.
box 59: National Science Foundation Research (1952-1981)
folder 1: Research Proposal--"Theory of Reaction Rate" (1952)
folder 2: Research Proposal--"Liquids, Rate Processes, Optical Activity and High Pressure" (1966-1971)
folder 3: Research Proposal--"Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Rate Processes, Optical Activity and Molecular and Liquid Structure" (1975)
folder 4-7: Research Proposal--"Rate Processes, Optical Activity, and Liquids" (1975-1977)
Proposal evaluation forms are also included.
folder 8: Research Instrument Proposal--Computer System (1975)
folder 9: Research Proposal--"Computational Models for Utilizing NMR and CD Data in the Study of Substituent and Conformational Effects in Chemistry" (1978)
folder 10-13: Research Proposal--"Molecular Dynamics Studies of Shock-Induced Chemistry" (1980)
folder 14: Research Proposal--"An Improvement of the Combined Empirical Force Field-Molecular Orbital Approach to Conformation" (1980)
folder 15-20: Correspondence Concerning Research Grants (1952-1954) (1980-1981)
folder 21: Progress and Final Reports on Research Grants (1952-1979)
folder 22: Budget Summary and Fiscal Reports (1964-1975)
box 60: National Institute of Health Research (1965-1982)
folder 1-10: Research Project--"The Effects of Structure on Biological Mechanisms" (1965-1982)
Grant applications, final report, correspondence regarding the grant, grant award notices and financial material.
folder 11: Research Proposal--"Organic MCD Spectroscopy" (1976)
folder 12: Research Proposal--"Computational Models for Utilizing NMR and CD Data in the Study of Substitutional and Conformational Effects in Chemistry" (1979)
folder 13-19: Research Project--"Structural Studies of Nucleosides and Nucleotides" (1979-1982)
Project proposal, grant applications, notice of grant awards, miscellaneous financial material, and correspondence.
box 61: United States Atomic Energy Commission Research (1950-1968)
folder 1: Research Proposal--"Ionization and Dissociation of Molecules by Electron Bombardment, and the Interpretation of Such Data" (1950)
folder 2: Research Proposal--"Studies of Photosynthetic Processes in Cell-Free Preparations" (1950)
folder 3: Research Proposal--"Induction of Chemical Reactions by High Frequency Discharges in Gases" (1950)
folder 4: Research Proposal--"Studies on Surface Chemistry" (1950)
folder 5-13: Research Project--"Surface Chemistry Phenomena" (1959-1968)
Contract renewal proposals, technical reports, progress report, final report, legal contracts, payroll records, and budget information.
folder 14-17: Correspondence (1962-1968)
folder 18-19: Guidelines for Document Security (1953) (1956)
box 62: United States Army Research (1962-1977)
folder 1-7: Research Project--"Properties of Matter Under High Pressures and Temperatures" (1962-1968)
Research proposals, progress reports, financial materials, correspondence, and procedure manuals.
folder 8-21: Research Project--"Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of Reaction Kinetics, Theory of Liquids, and Optical Rotation" (1962-1975)
Research proposal, legal contract, grant agreements, progress reports, final report, correspondence, and financial materials.
folder 22-25: Research Project--"Theoretical and Experimental Investigations of the Reaction Mechanisms of Explosives, of Corrosion and of Battery Fuel Technology" (1974-1977)
Research proposal, progress reports, final reports, and correspondence.
box 63: United States Army Research (1967-1980)
folder 1-9: Research Project--"A Chemical Model of Detonation Based on Starvation Kinetics" (1977-1980)
Research proposal, progress and final report, subcontract between the University of Utah and Arizona State University, rough-draft paper, correspondence, and financial material.
folder 10: Project Themis Research Proposal--"The Chemical and Physical Phenomena Associated with Detonating and Related Systems" (1968)
folder 11: "Final Twelve Year Report of Grant of the Army"
This handwritten report gives no indication of which grant it is a report of.
folder 12: Miscellaneous Correspondence (1967-1977)
box 64: Research and Security Clearance Material (1949-1979)
folder 1: Research Proposal to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base--"The Mechanisms and Chemical Kinetics of Combustion Reactions, Including a Hydrodynamical Study of Some Reacting Systems" (1950)
folder 2: Research Proposal to the United States Navy--"Mechanisms in the Deflagration to Detonation Transition" (1981)
folder 3: United States Navy (1957)
folder 4-5: United States Navy (1950-1953)
Correspondence, service contracts, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 6: Research Proposal to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration--"Mechanisms of Electrode Processes" (1967)
folder 7: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Miscellaneous notes on the space shuttle.
folder 8: Research Proposal to the American Chemical Society--"Transport Processes and Irreversible Thermodynamics"
folder 9: Research Proposal to the American Chemical Society--"Reaction Rates, Molecular Structure, Thermodynamics and Transport Properties of Liquids" (1968)
folder 10-11: Petroleum Research Grant--American Chemical Society
Correspondence and progress and final reports.
folder 12: University of Utah Faculty Grant Proposal--"Design of an Effective Inhibitor for Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase Introduction" (1979)
folder 13: University of Utah Faculty Grant Proposal--"Effect of Nucleosides Conformations on Cardiovascular Behaviors" (1977)
folder 14: Paint Research Institute (1973-1976)
Correspondence regarding research grants.
folder 15: University of Utah Faculty Grant Proposal--"A New Theoretical Approach to the Conformation of Biomolecules" (1981)
folder 16: University of Utah Faculty Grants (1978-1979)
folder 17-20: Security Clearance Materials (1949-1979)
Materials in these folders relate to Eyring's security clearance at various government agencies.
folder 21: Industrial Security Letter (1965-1968)
This newsletter is published by the Department of Defense and details policies and procedures to be followed by government agencies dealing with classified materials.
folder 22: University of Utah Procedures Manual for Work Related to Classified Projects (1966)
box 65: Research Subject Files (A-Q)
The subject files were part of Eyring's own organizational system with the exception of folders 6-13 in box 66 which contain unidentified graphs, notes, and equations. A wide variety of materials are contained in the files including correspondence, graphs, notes, overhead transparencies, and rough sketches of what appear to be possible research articles. Subjects are arranged alphabetically and represent areas in which Eyring was conducting research or in which he had an interest.
folder 1: Aging
folder 2: Anesthesia
folder 3-4: Benzene Series
folder 5: Cancer
folder 6: Corrosion
folder 7: Detonation
folder 8: Explosives and Detonation Waves
folder 9: Fast Chemical Reactions in Solutions
folder 10: Fossil Fuels
folder 11: Heavy Water
folder 12: Impedance vs. Current Density
folder 13: Laser Induced Explosion
folder 14: Liquids
folder 15: Mutations, Aging, and Cancer
folder 16: Nuclear Attack Protection
folder 17: Nuclear Energy
folder 18: Oxidation of Carbon
box 66: Research Subject Files (S-Z)
series: XIII. Publications--Journal Articles
This section contains twelve bound volumes of reprints of Eyring's published research articles. The articles are arranged according to the bibliography found in box 67, folder one. Other materials included in this section are rough draft copies of a few of the research articles and correspondence with various journals regarding publication arrangements.
box 67: Research Articles (1-79)
box 69: Research Articles (131-220)
box 70: Research Articles (221-344)
box 71: Research Articles (345-460)
box 73: Research Articles (533-623)
box 74: Rough Draft Research Articles (published)
Articles in this box appear in either typed or handwritten form and are arranged chronologically according to the number each is listed as in Eyring's bibliography (see box 67, folder 1).
folder 1: "The Fundamental Action of Pressure, Temperature and Drugs on Enzymes as Revealed by Bacterial Luminescence" (#140)
folder 2: "Time and Change" (#154)
folder 3: "Mechanical Properties and the Structure of Hair" (#158)
folder 4: "Chemical Valence Forces and Binding Energy Calculations" (#171)
folder 5: "Mechanical Properties of Cotton Fibers, III" (#188)
folder 6: "Evaluation of Some Electron Repulsion Integrals Needed in Molecular Quantum Mechanics" (#192)
folder 7: "Equilibrium Theory of Reaction Rates (#327)
folder 8: "Anion and ph Effects on the Potential of Zero Charge of Gold and Silver Electrodes" (#398)
folder 9: "An Improved Iteration Method for Calculating the Surface Tension Using the Significant Structure Theory of Liquids" (#443)
folder 10: "The Activated Complex in Some High Temperature Heterogeneous Reactions" (#452)
folder 11: "Principles of Chemical Kinetics" (#515)
folder 12: "Slow Vibrationally Activated Reactions at High Temperatures" (#530)
folder 13: "Temperature and Pressure Dependence of Viscosity of the Quantum Liquid He4 According to the Significant Structure Theory" (#613)
box 75: Rough Draft Research Articles (unpublished)
Research articles in this box are arranged alphabetically by title and were never published by Eyring, or not in their existing form.
folder 1: "A New Approach to Detonation Theory"
folder 2: "A Study of Three-Center Integrals Useful In Molecular Quantum Mechanics"
folder 3: "Active Transport"
folder 4: "The Aging of Erythrocytes and their Protection through the Expansibility Facilitated by General Anesthetics"
folder 5: "Chemical Reactions in Solutions"
folder 6: "Hysteresis, Memory and the many States of Matter"
folder 7: "Mechanistic Study of Glassy Carbon Electrodes for use in the Hydrogen Oxygen Fuel Cell"
folder 8: "Modulating Fast Reactions"
folder 9-10: "Molecular Orbital Analysis of Optical Activity"
folder 11: "Steady State Mutations"
box 76: Correspondence--Professional Journals (1950-1981)
Materials in this box consist of correspondence between Eyring and individuals representing various professional journals. The major portion of the materials relate to publication arrangements for Eyring's research articles while a smaller portion relates to his work as a reader, editor, and board member for various journals. The majority of correspondence relating to Eyring's role as a editor and reviewer is housed in box 86.
folder 1: Accounts of Chemical Research (1973-1974)
folder 2: Advances In Quantum Chemistry (1970-1971)
folder 3: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry (1976-1977)
folder 4: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology (1979)
folder 5: Chemical and Engineering News (1968-1972)
folder 6: Chemical Physics Letter (1975-1978)
folder 7: Chemical Reviews (1971)
folder 8: Corrosion Science (1975)
folder 9: International Journal of Chemical Kinetics (1979-1981)
folder 10: International Journal of Mathematical Modeling (1979-1981)
folder 11: International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (1977-1978)
folder 12: Journal of Applied Physics (1970-1971)
folder 13-17: Journal of Chemical Physics (1936) (1950-1976)
folder 18-22: Journal of Physical Chemistry (1965-1978)
box 77: Correspondence--Professional Journals (1960-1981)
folder 1: Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (1972-1973)
folder 2: Journal of Theoretical Biology (1977)
folder 3: Physics and Chemistry of Liquids (1966-1975)
folder 4-11: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (1968-1981)
folder 12: Correspondence with Miscellaneous Journals (1966-1981)
series: XIV. Publications--Text Books
Boxes 78 through 81A are comprised of materials relating to the books Eyring published on scientific topics. Contracts, correspondence with publishers, galley proofs, publicity materials, rough-draft manuscripts, and royalty statements can be located in this section of the collection.
box 78: Text Books
folder 1: The Theory of Rate Processes (1947-1979)
Correspondence and publication contract.
folder 2: Quantum Chemistry (1948-1981)
Correspondence and publication contract.
folder 3: The Kinetic Basis of Molecular Biology (1950-1969)
Correspondence and publication contract.
folder 4: Modern Chemical Kinetics (1963-1968) (11978)
volume 1: Statistical Mechanics
This book is a compilation of notes from statistical mechanics lectures Eyring gave at the University of Utah from 1947-1948, and became the basis for the first edition of Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics, published in 1964.
folder 5-10: Statistical Mechanics and Dynamics (1949-1971)
box 79: Text Books
box 80: Text Books
folder 1-6: The Theory of Optical Activity (1965-1971)
Correspondence, publication contract, and galley proofs.
folder 7: The Theory of Rate Processes in Biology and Medicine (1973)
folder 8: Deformation Kinetics (1971-1974)
Correspondence and book review.
folder 9-10: Basic Chemical Kinetics (1978-1981)
Correspondence and miscellaneous material.
box 81: Text Books
box 81A: Royalty Statements and Correspondence
folder 1-3: Correspondence (1947-1981)
Correspondence between Eyring and publishing companies concerning arrangements for publication of Eyring's books.
folder 4: Royalty Statements--Academic Press (1962-1970)
folder 5-6: Royalty Statements--John Wiley and Sons (1946-1971)
folder 7: Royalty Statements--Litton Educational Publications (1970-1971)
folder 8: Royalty Statements--McGraw-Hill Book Company (1952-1971)
folder 9: Royalty Statements--Reinhold Book Corporation (1961-1969)
series: XV. Miscellaneous Material
box 82: Editorial Work
This box contains materials relating to Eyring's work as an editor and co-editor for several books and scientific series. Overall, materials included in these folders consist of correspondence between the editors, publishers, and contributors to the publications.
folder 1: Advances in Theoretical Chemistry (1965-1973)
Edited by Henry Eyring and Douglas Henderson for Academic Press, Inc.
folder 2: Theoretical Chemistry: Advances and Perspectives (1975-1978)
Edited by Henry Eyring and Douglas Henderson for Academic Press, Inc.
folder 3-6: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry (1956-1975)
Eyring was invited in 1956 to serve as editor of this twenty-volume series published by Annual Reviews, Inc.
folder 7-14: Physical Chemistry: An Advanced Treatise (1965-1979)
Henry Eyring, Wilhelm Jost, and Douglas Henderson edited this fourteen-volume series for Academic Press.
box 83: Colleagues
Boxes 83 and 84 are files containing correspondence between Eyring and some of his more significant colleagues. In addition to the correspondence, some of the files contain biographical sketches and information regarding the scientific accomplishments of his associates.
folder 1: Dennis J. Caldwell (1972-1975)
folder 2-7: Farrington Daniels (1947-1972)
Correspondence, lectures, addresses, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 8: Harvey Fletcher (1936-1937, 1957)
folder 9-12: Douglas Henderson (1964-1983)
Correspondence and other miscellaneous material.
folder 13: Joel Hildebrand (1933) (1938) (1971-1972)
folder 14: Joseph O. Hirschfelder (1965-1982)
folder 15-18: Mu Shik Jhon (1967-1981)
Correspondence and other miscellaneous material.
folder 19-20: Frank H. Johnson (1971-1981)
folder 21: Walter Kauzmann (1939-1974) (1981)
folder 22: Gilbert N. Lewis (1925-1932)
folder 23-25: Sheng H.Lin (1970-1981)
Correspondence and other miscellaneous material.
box 84: Colleagues
folder 1: Leonard B. Loeb (1936-1937)
folder 2: Daniel McLachlan, Jr. (1952-1968)
folder 3: Linus Pauling (1954)
folder 4: Michael Polanyi (1931-1938) (1961)
folder 5-7: Betsy J. Stover (1969-1980)
folder 8-21: Hugh Taylor (1931-1974)
Correspondence, biographical information, honors and awards, lectures, and other miscellaneous material.
folder 22: Dan W. Urry (1966-1980)
box 85: Newsclipping File
box 86: Reviews
folder 1-11: Reviews of Journal Articles and Textbooks (1960-1982)
Material in these folders consists of correspondence between Eyring and individuals representing various scientific journals and publishing companies. All of the correspondence regards reviews Eyring agreed to do of numerous research articles and scientific text books.
box 87: Miscellaneous Material
folder 1: Albert Einstein
folder 2: William Shockley
Information on Shockley's work on intelligence and genetics.
folder 3: "A Real Man" (1947)
Tribute to Eyring by Leonard E. Olson.
folder 4: Committee of the Arts and Sciences for Eisenhower (1956)
folder 5: Notes Photocopied from Eyring's copy of Thermodynamics and Chemistry
folder 6: Notes and Equations Photocopied from Eyring's Copy of Atombau und Spektrallinien
folder 7: Invitation to the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Honor of Richard Nixon (1969)
folder 8: Miscellaneous Material
volume 1: The Theory of Rate Processes--Glasstone. Laidler, and Eyring (1941)
volume 2: Miscellaneous Notebook
box 88: Geometrical Sketches and Drawings (oversized)
This box contains thirty geometrical pencil sketches and drawings that Eyring drew while enrolled in a geometry course at the University of Arizona, 1919-1920.
box 89: Henry Eyring, Statistical Mechanics
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Henry Eyring (1901-1981) was a leading theoretical chemist for five decades. He was born on February 20, 1901, to a Mormon family in Mexico. During the Mexican Revolution in 1912 the Mormons were expelled from Mexico, and Eyring's family settled in southeastern Arizona. Eyring attended the University of Arizona, receiving his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mining and metallurgical engineering in 1923 and 1924 respectively. In 1927 he received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, where he produced his thesis on a topic in radiochemistry under the direction of G. E. Gibson.
Eyring went to the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1927 as a research associate to Farrington Daniels, who directed Eyring's attention to chemical kinetics. At the same time, Eyring gained an appreciation of the possibilities of quantum mechanics for chemistry while auditing a course given by physicist John H. Van Vleck.
While in Madison, Eyring met Mildred Bennion, who was on leave from the University of Utah where she was chairman of the women's physical education program. Henry and Mildred married in 1928 and had three sons: Edward Marcus, Henry Bennion, and Harden Romney.
A National Research Fellowship in 1929 led Eyring to post-graduate work in Berlin, where he was involved in pioneering research on potential energy surfaces with Michael Polanyi. They collaborated on the first successful quantum mechanical calculations for simple gas reactions in 1931. After teaching one year at Berkeley, Eyring joined Hugh Taylor's department at Princeton in 1931 and began fifteen illustrious years of research.
At Princeton, Eyring established himself as a major force in theoretical chemistry, making significant and original contributions to quantum chemistry, chemical kinetics, liquid theory, the theory of optical activity, the nature of natural and synthetic fibers, and the physical understanding of biological processes. In 1946 he surprised the scientific community by accepting a position as dean of the new graduate school at the University of Utah. At Utah, Eyring became the single most important person in developing a first-rate graduate program and research institution. In 1966, he retired as dean and was named Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Metallurgy, a position he held until his death in 1981.
An active and prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Eyring served in a number of positions of leadership. While at Princeton he functioned as the president of the New Brunswick, New Jersey Branch (1932-1942), and later was called as the president of the New Jersey District of the church (1945-1946). Upon arriving in Utah Eyring was called as a member of the Deseret Sunday School General Board (1946-1971) and became a popular speaker at religious gatherings.
After a long cancer-related illness, Mildred B. Eyring died in 1969. In 1971 Eyring married Winnifred Brennan Clark.
Eyring received numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to nearly every phase of physical chemistry. He published over six hundred scientific papers spanning a wide spectrum of subjects, from physics and quantum chemistry to molecular biology and medicine; he wrote ten books with colleagues, two of which, (The Theory of Rate Processes , with Keith Laidler and Samuel Glasstone, and Quantum Chemistry , with George E. Kimball and John Walter), were extremely influential texts. During his career, Eyring trained over 120 Ph.D.'s; taught advanced chemistry courses for twenty-five years without a sabbatical; and lectured around the country seventy-five days per year. Eyring also served as president of both the American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; guided a graduate school and major research projects; consulted for many companies; served on public and private scientific boards; and gave hundreds of talks on science and religion.
Content Description +/-
The Henry Eyring papers (1919-1982) have been arranged into fifteen sections. The first, and by far the largest of these sections, contains materials deemed to be personal in nature. Family correspondence, financial material, and information regarding the numerous awards and honors Eyring received during his career are among the materials that can be located in this section. In addition, this section contains an extensive biography of Henry Eyring compiled and written by Steven H. Heath in 1980; a newsclipping file centered around Eyring's annual foot race; autobiographical writings; and material relating to Henry Eyring's last illness and subsequent death.
The second section in this collection contains materials relating to Eyring's religious activities. A prominent member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Henry Eyring served in a number of positions of leadership including branch president, district president, and as a member of the Deseret Sunday School General Board. Regretably, the material relating to Eyring's service in these positions is scant. Overall, the materials in this section include articles and speeches Eyring prepared on a variety of religious topics; correspondence with L.D.S. church presidents and general authorities; and material pertaining to Eyring's book, The Faith of A Scientist, which was written in response to L.D.S. church President Joseph Fielding Smith's Man, His Origin and Destiny. Also, of particular interest in this section is the material pertaining to the "I Believe" series that ran in the L.D.S. church owned magazine, The Instructor, from 1965-1967. This controversial series featured articles written by prominent L.D.S. scholars on topics related to the similarities and apparent conflicts of modern scientific research and the theology of the Mormon church.
Boxes 23-24 make up the third section of the Eyring collection and contain items related to the fifteen years Eyring spent as a member of the faculty at Princeton University. Among the materials contained in these two boxes are histories of the Princeton chemistry department, a class record book (1939-1940), graduate student dissertations, and typescripts of addresses given at the testimonial banquet held at the time of Eyring's departure from Princeton. Additionally, a small portion of material pertains to the Textile Research Institute of which Eyring was director from 1944-1946.
The fourth section of the Eyring collection is comprised of administrative materials reflecting the thirty-five years Eyring was affiliated with the University of Utah. Box 25 consists of materials directly related to Eyring's work as Dean of the Graduate School. For the most part, these records consist of lists of degrees conferred by the various departments at the university. Additional materials located in this section include memos and bulletins; graduate student files (1965-1981); financial summary sheets for research projects Eyring was involved in and supervised (1971-1974); and a miscellaneous array of other less significant materials.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities and research, Eyring taught both upper and lower division chemistry courses at the University of Utah. Boxes 30-31 contain materials pertaining to Eyring's activities as an instructor, and include such items as lecture notes, exams, record books, and student course evaluations (1969-1980).
The sixth section of the Eyring collection contains materials relating to conferences and symposiums that Eyring participated in throughout his career. Materials range from lecture notes, schedules, and programs to correspondence regarding arrangements for the various scientific gatherings. This particular section serves well to illustrate the diverse areas of study in which Eyring was involved.
A much sought after speaker, Henry Eyring traveled extensively addressing numerous groups from varied backgrounds. Box 34 contains handwritten and typed copies of Eyring's addresses. Many of the speeches represented here were presented at the commencement activities of various colleges and universities across the country. Box 35 contains materials regarding advance arrangements and publicity for Eyring's speaking engagements. The last five folders in box 35 contain materials concerning the George Oliver Curme Lectures. Eyring was highly involved with the Curme lectures as both a member of the advisory committee and a lecturer.
Section eight of the Eyring collection is comprised of materials relating to Eyring's affiliations with numerous professional organizations. While Eyring served as president of both the American Chemical Society (1963) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1965), little of the material in this section is directly related to his activities as such. Rather, materials in this section consist of membership directories, annual reports, newsletters, and correspondence.
Eyring's association with various research institutes across the country is reflected in the materials of the ninth section of the collection. These materials do not pertain to Eyring's personal research, but instead correlate to his work as a board member and consultant. Some of the research institutes with which Eyring was involved are the Welch Foundation, Union Carbide Corporation, National Science Foundation, and Thiokol Chemical Corporation. For the most part, materials in this section are in the form of consultation agreements, administrative reports, and correspondence.
The correspondence section of the Henry Eyring collection consists of general correspondence (1925-1982); letters of recommendation Eyring wrote on behalf of his students, acquaintances, and colleagues; and letters of cancellation and regret Eyring sent to individuals and organizations that had requested his attendance and participation at various functions (1967-1975). With the exception of the letters of recommendation which have been arranged alphabetically, the materials in this section have been placed in chronological order.
As evidenced by his membership in the United Airlines 100,000 Mile Club, Henry Eyring traveled extensively throughout his career. The materials in boxes 55 through 58 consist of hotel bills, airline tickets, and travel itineraries reflecting Eyring's activities as he traveled around the world as a consultant, board member, conference participant, and lecturer.
Section twelve of the Eyring collection contains materials directly related to the research Eyring was involved in while a member of the faculty at the the University of Utah. The major portion of this section is comprised of research proposals, correspondence, contracts, and progress and final reports.
Materials relating to the publication of Eyring's research articles and textbooks have been arranged in sections thirteen and fourteen respectively. The types of materials found in these sections include correspondence with professional journals and publishing companies, rough draft articles and manuscripts, publication contracts, and royalty statements. Also included are twelve bound volumes containing reprints of Eyring's research articles. Of the 623 articles he published, 606 of them can be located in these volumes.
The final section in the Henry Eyring collection is an assortment of materials. Box 82 contains correspondence relating to Eyring's work as an editor for a number of chemistry series publications. Boxes 83 and 84 contain files on a number of Eyring's colleagues including Farrington Daniels, Douglas Henderson, Joseph Hirschfelder, Gilbert N. Lewis, Hugh S. Taylor, and Michael Polanyi. These files, for the most part, consist of correspondence. Additionally, this section contains correspondence between Eyring and various publishing companies concerning reviews he agreed to do on numerous articles and books, and a newsclipping file detailing Eyring's professional activities from 1925-1982.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Box 27 is restricted. Twenty-four hours advance notice encouraged. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Restrictions on Use:
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Henry Eyring papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.
Initial Citation: Henry Eyring papers, Ms 477,, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Following Citations:Ms 477.
Administrative Information +/-
Organized in fifteen series by material type, thereunder arranged chronologically.
Boxes 1-88 were donated in 1981 (40 linear feet).
Box 89 was donated around the 1990s (0.25 linear foot).
Box 90 was donated in 2011. (1.25 linear feet)
Processed by Allesen Peck, Nola Freeman, and Kate Kimball in 1988.
Processed by Kate Kimball in 2001.
Processed by Emma McFarland in 2011.
Eyring, Henry, 1901-
Collection material is in English.
41.25 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid encoded in English.
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid prepared by Allesen Peck and Nola Freeman
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