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Harry M. Ullmann Notebooks

Identifier: SC MS 0195

Content Description

This collection represents three items - two large hardbound notebooks and one small paper diary: Two notebooks measure 18.5 cm x 26.5 cm x 3 cm bound in dark brown buckram impressed with a decorative pattern. Both of these bound books have loose torn spines. Green floral patterned fly leafs are on inside the covers of both books with paper labels: Shipman’s Common-Sense Binder Patented. July 3d 1877 March 20th 1883 March 2d 1886 (instructions on how to fasten the pages with the metal fasteners) - If Duplicate of this is wanted Order 127 Asa I. Shipman’s Sons, Manufacturers New York. Back cover has decorative imprint of Shipman’s Patented July 2, 1877. Mar 2, 1888 Common Sense Binder. The pages are blank with the handwritten notes made in black ink. Some notation is made in red ink. These notebooks are Ullmann’s class notes made at Johns Hopkins in two key courses: Notes on Mineralogy. Dr. G. H. Williams. JHU 90-91 and Notes on Courses in Advanced Chemistry by Prof. Remsen 1890-91. Inside this notebook is glued a small diary (16 cm x 20 cm) of a “tramp” beginning May 1893 through Europe which represents the third of the notebooks. The second acquisition given by Mr. Stephen Huminski (LU 1996) by way of Professor Ned Heindel consisted of two chemical analyses note books dating from 1899 to 1904. Some of the chemical analyses of water and other products such as soap made by Professor Ullmann were for various industrial companies including the Lehigh Valley Rail Road, Bethlehem Steel Company, Sauquoit Silk Manufacturing Company (see Beyond Steel), Hinman Schuyler Company, New York. Professor Ullmann as an Instructor at the time reported to Professor Chandler in charge of Chemistry Laboratory. Many of the notations were made in pencil or red and blue crayon and a few pieces of paper are inserted among the pages.


  • Creation: 1890 - 1915


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Biographical / Historical

Harry Maas Ullmann was a professor of chemistry at Lehigh University from 1894-1938 and was chairman of the combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments from 1912-1938. A wing of the Chandler-Ullmann Chemistry Laboratory is named for him. He died shortly after retirement. His leadership shaped both basic and industrial chemistry at Lehigh for half a century. Ullmann entered Johns Hopkins University 1889 and obtained his PhD in 1892. During this time he studied under two of the most famous chemists at the time: G. H. Williams in mineralogy and Ira Remsen in organic chemistry. Remsen was the discoverer of saccharin and a longtime rival of William H. Chandler in journal publishing.


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These notes are Harry M. Ullmann’s class notes made by him during his PhD studies at Johns Hopkins University in the early 1890s. The notes provide insight on teaching methods and content in late 19th century chemistry at a major U.S. university. Also included is a humorous diary of travel through Europe in the style of Mark Twain’s travels abroad. Ullmann was a professor of chemistry at Lehigh University from 1894 to 1938. He was chairman of the combined Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments from 1912-1938. A second addition to this collection includes two notebooks of tests conducted by Harry M. Ullmann from 1899 to 1901 on various substances mostly water quality for various companies including the Bethlehem Steel Company and the Lehigh Valley Railroad.


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