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Academic Affairs. Dean College Of Engineering. Department Of Chemical Engineering. Pulp & Paper Summer Institute (University Of Maine) Records

Identifier: UA RG 0006-006-004-001

Scope and Contents

The records mainly contain textual information created by the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Summer Institute, but there are also pulp samples. The records includes an extensive walkthrough of the pulp and paper processes, which talks about every part and component that the wood endures when making the pulp and paper. The records include documents that have: an explanation of how and why they make the pulp, what chemicals are involved in the process, the science aspect of pulp and paper, and reasons as to why they cook, wash, screen and other pertinent processes that go in to making pulp. It also discusses the paper making process and how they complete that part. There are other documents discussing pulp and paper program, stock preparation, morphology and structure of wood and several other issues.


  • 1976-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval. Personal identifiable and legally protected information will be redacted before release.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Biographical / Historical

The Pulp & Paper Summer Institute was established in 1960 at the request of the pulp and paper industry. The Institute was originally sponsored by the University of Maine's Chemical Engineering Department and the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. The Institute was staffed by faculty from the Chemical Engineering Department and had a committee containing representatives from the Department and managers from paper companies. The Institute was designed for people working in the paper industry including from across North America and internationally.

The Institute presented overviews of the process and product technology used in the pulp and paper industry from tree identification and selection to actual paper-making, recycling and product testing. Activities included lectures, discussion workshops, and visits to local mills. The Institute also looked at future trends.

It appears that over time the program shifted to being for Maine high school students and teachers; with the program organized by the UMaine Pulp and Paper Process Development Center and Kennebec Valley Community College. The purpose of the Institute today is to help educate an advanced workforce for the pulp and paper industry. Because many employees will be retiring in coming years, the need for an advanced workforce is growing.


2 boxes

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The records are physically are arranged by year of institute. Material was separated and divided into multiple sub-folders where necessary. Material was rehoused into archival quality storage where necessary.

Some box numbers have changed:

  1. Old Box #411 & #412 (New Box 1)
  2. Old Box #412 & #413 (New Box 2)


The processing archivist appraised the records and destroyed a test tube of liquid and pulp samples from Box 1 Folder 26. The material was not appropriate for permanent retention in Fogler Library’s Special Collections. The processing archivist was also concerned about the damage the sample could cause to other material if the test tube broke.


Accruals from the Pulp & Paper Summer Institute are anticipated.

Related Materials

Office Of the President Records, UA RG 0003 includes records on the University of Maine's Pulp and Paper Foundation.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt and student worker Abigayl Novak, June 2017, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused in appropriate archival folders and the boxes and folders numbered and titled added using information from ArchivesSpace.

University of Maine. Pulp & Paper Summer Institute Records
Matthew Revitt
June 29, 2017
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States