Chemical Sciences: A Guide to Archival Holdings

Chemistry LaboratoryThe knowledge of chemistry and the growth of chemical industries paralleled the development of instruction and research in chemistry at the University of Illinois. On May 8, 1867, the Trustees’ Committee on Courses of Study recommended the appointment of a professor of chemistry. Ambrose P. S. Stuart was appointed in 1868. The early science faculty recognized the fundamental importance of chemistry in the sciences, agriculture and engineering. While taxonomy, measurement and microscopy dominated the curriculum, the original faculty were well aware of the importance of a basic knowledge of chemistry. When the Illinois Industrial University was ten years old, the second major building to be built was a chemistry laboratory. Most records on the School of Chemical Science can be found at this link:, though specific records relating to administration, faculty, and alumni are listed below.

College and Departmental Archives:
Faculty Papers:
Digital Images: