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Fred W. Upson, Chemistry Papers

Title: Fred W. Upson, Chemistry Papers

Creator: Upson, Fred W. (Wilbert), 1883-1942

Dates: 1908-1936

Quantity: 1 box  (0.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-08-13

Language: English


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Preferred Citation: Fred W. Upson, Chemistry Papers (RG 12-08-13). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.


Born in Byron, Illinois on 2 February 1883, Fred Wilbert Upson attended the University of Nebraska. He received his B.Sc. in 1907 and his A.M. in 1908. He went on to the University of Chicago and received his Ph.D. in 1910. Upson worked as an instructor in chemistry at the University of Cincinnati from 1910 to 1912, when he returned to the University of Chicago as an instructor. Upson began his career at the University of Nebraska in 1913 as a professor of agricultural chemistry and became head of the department. In 1916 the University appointed Upson as a professor of chemistry. He became head of the Chemistry Department in 1919. He also served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1929 to 1938. Due to illness, he retired in 1938. He actively participated in a number of professional organizations including the American Chemical Society and the American Association of University Professors and published several papers on the chemistry of carbohydrates and the mechanism of organic reactions. Upson died on 10 February 1942 at the age of 59.

Scope and Content:

The papers consist of correspondence to and from Upson regarding departmental business as well as requests for soil sample analysis and other research advice. Additional materials include articles, reprints, and a bibliography of Upson's publications.


Upson, Fred W. (Fred Wilbert), 1883-1942

Agricultural chemistry -- Nebraska

Departmental chairmen (Universities) -- Nebraska

Soil chemistry -- Nebraska

Container List: Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1913 Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1914 Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1915 Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1916 Box 1. Folder 5. Articles, reprints, bibliography
Related Material and Resources: Upson, Fred Wilbert. The Nitration of B-P-Tolylglutaric Acid. unpublished thesis, 1908.

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