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Academic Affairs. Dean Of The College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences. Department Of Chemistry (University Of Maine) Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0006-003-003

Scope and Contents

The folders mainly contain textual material, but there are some photographs and plans of Aubert Hall.

The series Administrative Record contains various records regarding the administration of the Department of Chemistry, College of Engineering and Science, and more generally the University of Maine information. Includes: annual reports, budgets, American Chemical Society accreditation material, faculty, staff, and various committee meeting material, missions and goals, reviews, material on the appointment of Department chairs, and conference material.

The series Curriculum, Teaching & Faculty Publication Records contains details of courses approved, course outlines, curriculums, policies, blank examination papers, orientation information, various departmental statistics regarding teaching and enrolment, and faculty publications.

The series Graduate & PhD. Program Records contains details of various reviews of the Department’s Graduate and PhD. Programs, information of graduate assistant stipends, blank examination papers, Graduate Committee meeting material, and publicity material.

The series Research Grant Records contains various grant proposals submitted by the Department of Chemistry, including both successful and unsuccessful awards. Includes proposals, reports, supporting material, and correspondence.

The series Equipment, Facilities & Supplies Management Records includes various information regarding Aubert Hall, where the Department is housed, including its renovations, various laboratories, equipment procedures, and supply orders.


  • Creation: 1930-1992
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1960-1980


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 repository.

Biographical / Historical

The University of Maine Department of Chemistry offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in chemistry, including a Ph.D. program whose establishment is documented in these records. The Department is housed in Aubert Hall which was constructed in 1914 and named in honor of the first University of Maine chemistry professor, Professor Albert Aubert, who came to the University of Maine in 1874, and departed in 1909.

The majority of the records were created during the tenures of John William Beamesderfer (1952-1964) and James Langdon Wolfhagen (1964-1976) as chairs of the Department of Chemistry. There is also material from during the tenures of Charles Andrew Brautlecht (1919-1935), Wilber Elmore Bradt (1936-1941), Irwin Bruce Douglass (1941-1952), and Raymond C. Fort (1985-1991).

The Department has successfully applied for a number of research grants. This record group has material on proposals to the National Science Foundation for grants to fund the purchase of research instruments and the renovation of Aubert Hall.

There is material in the record group regarding the American Chemical Society which had its headquarters at Orono. Some students in the Department of Chemistry were members.


6 boxes

1 box (Half size box)

1 box (Quarter size box)

Language of Materials



The Records Group is broken down intellectually into the following record series: 1. Administrative Records, 2. Curriculum, Teaching & Faculty Publication Records, 3. Graduate & PhD. Program Records, 4. Research Grant Records, and 5. Equipment, Facilities & Supplies Records.

Physically the records are arranged by subject. Material on the same subject was merged where necessary and rehoused into archival quality storage.


The processing archivist appraised the records and destroyed duplicate copies of items and material already housed in other records groups, particularly relating to the Graduate School. Material not considered appropriate for permanent retention in Fogler Library’s Special Collections were destroyed, including: employment records, student examinations, and supporting financial information.


Accruals from the University of Maine Department of Chemistry are anticipated.

Related Materials

There are records regarding the Department of Chemistry in the record groups Raymond H. Fogler Library Records, UA RG 0006.012.001, Office of the President, UA RG 0004, Office Of Vice President Of Academic Affairs & Provost Records, UA RG 0006.001, and Board of Trustee Records, UA RG 0002.002. There is a record group for the papers of past chair of the Department Irwin Bruce Douglass, UA RG 0011.010.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt, December 2019, Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and intellectual arrangement into series and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival containers and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

Space saving made from destroying duplicate copies of and material not appropriate for long-term preservation and grouping material on the same subject meant the contents of the boxes could be assimilated into 6 full size boxes and 2 smaller boxes, instead of the original 14 boxes.

University Of Maine. Department Of Chemistry Records
Matthew Revitt
December 20, 2019
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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