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Smyth, Charles Phelps, 1895-1990
Charles Phelps Smyth Papers
Manuscripts Division
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16 boxes and 9.4 linear feet
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ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16


Consists of the papers of Princeton chemistry professor Charles Phelps Smyth.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of works of Smyth, his professional correspondence, copies of doctoral dissertations by his graduate students, miscellaneous material, and printed matter. His works include autograph and typed manuscripts, with graphs, diagrams, and galley proofs, of two books, Dielectric Constant and Molecular Structure (1931) and Dielectric Behavior and Structure (1955), a manuscript on the life and accomplishments of Peter J. W. Debye for the Dictionary of Scientific Biography, and miscellaneous material about these works. In addition, there are many offprints of his articles that appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the American Journal of Science, and the Journal of Chemical Physics.



Collection Creator Biography:

Smyth, Charles Phelps, 1895-1990

Charles Phelps Smyth, a graduate of Princeton in 1916, joined the University faculty in 1920. He became associate professor of chemistry in 1927 and professor in 1938. During World War II, Smyth worked on the atomic bomb for the Manhattan District Project, and served during the last months of the war with a scientific intelligence unit, Alsos Mission, near the front lines in Europe. He received the Medal of Freedom from the U.S. Army for his mission achievements. Smyth's chemical research was directed toward increased knowledge of the structure of matter. He was associate editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics (1933-1936, 1952-1954), published over 300 articles in scientific books and journals, and authored two books: Dielectric Constant and Molecular Structure (1931) and Dielectric Behavior and Structure (1955). He died in 1990.

Collection History


Gift of the author. Additions are a gift of Mrs. Emily Camp.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

The contents list was compiled by Jerome Jackson in July 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Charles Phelps Smyth Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-16

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