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Robert D. Billinger Laboratory Notebooks

Identifier: SC MS 0292

Scope and Contents

Based on the dates and the section separation, it can be assumed that the notebook covers his laboratory experiments over several years from March 13, 1930 to February 28, 1938 at Lehigh. Some of his experiments involved coal. Scattered among the pages are handwritten notes of calculations of test observations as well as a Lehigh University Examination Book with two pages of notes. Also included are two folders of typed and handwritten notes: Organic Preparations L.U. – 1923 –’24; Organic Laboratory Notes – Sterling Lab. Yale Univ. These folders of notes are pages of brittle brownish paper with edges looking as if they are singed.


  • 1926-01-01 - 1938-12-31

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Biographical / Historical

Robert “Bob” Dominick Billinger was born in 1899. Having served in World War I as a 2nd Lt. Infantry in the U.S. Army (1918), he came to Lehigh after the war. While at Lehigh he was awarded many prizes among them the Wilbur Prize in English, Tau Beta Pi. He was involved with many campus groups – YMCA, Arcadia and the Alchemists. Dr. Robert “Bob” Dominick Billinger graduated from Lehigh in the Class of 1921. He was the corresponding secretary for the Class of 1921. From 1921 – 23 he was a chemist- metallurgist with Bartlett-Hayward Company in Baltimore. In 1925 he was awarded a MS from Lehigh. From 1923 to 1926 he was a graduate student and Instructor in Chemistry at Lehigh. He taught at Yale 1926-27. In 1929 he received a PhD from the University of Cincinnati and returned to Lehigh as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry from 1929 to 1939. He was an Associate Professor 1939 to 1965 in Lehigh’s Department of Chemistry. His main duties were to teach general chemistry and the History and Literature of Chemistry. He considered himself a chemist. He co-authored two lab texts and over 50 articles in chemistry and education. The son of Bob and wife, Mary, Robert Jr. is of the Lehigh Class of 1966. When Bob Sr. retired sometime after 1965, he moved to Florida. Bob Sr. died in 1980.


1 box, .5 linear feet : One notebook measuring 24 x 19 x 2 cm grey fabric board covering, front cover badly stained possibly by chemicals. Inside front cover upper left corner is handwritten R. D. Billinger (1930). The hard bound notebook has 152 blue lined pages – not all are written upon. Also two separate folders of typed and handwritten notes.

Language of Materials



Notes of Professor Robert D. Billinger in general Chemistry and preparation for history of chemical literature taught both at Lehigh and Yale Universities.

Related Materials

Special Collections has many assortments of faculty class notes.

Related Materials

Billinger, Robert D. 1928. A Night in Alchemy. L B598p1K Billinger, Robert D. 1930. History and Development of Anthracite. Journal of American Chemical Society, v. 52, p. 869 Billinger, Robert D. 1937, 1941. General Chemistry Experiments. 540.7 B598g Billinger, Robert D. 1940. 200 Years of Waterworks Development in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. L B598p2A Billinger, Robert D. 1940. Early Pennsylvania Pottery. Journal of Chemical Education, v.17, p. 407. September. L B598p2E Billinger, Robert D. 1942. Seventy-five Years of Chemistry at Lehigh University. L B598p2B Billinger. Robert D. Chronology of Chemistry in Pennsylvania. LB598ch Billinger, Robert D. Chronology of Chemistry in Lehigh Valley. LB598chr. Billinger, Robert D. 1951. History and Development of Anthracite Industry. Monthly Bulletin of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, v. 19, no.2, February, p. 3-10. Billinger, Robert D. 1954. Pennsylvania’s Coal Industry. 338.2 B598p.

Robert D. Billinger Laboratory Notes
Ilhan Citak and Eleanor Nothelfer
March 31, 2015
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