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Charles C. Price Photograph Collection

Identifier: 2004-505

Scope and Content

This collection consists of black and white and color photographs that span the career and personal life of Charles C. Price. Images include Price in the chemistry lab, teaching in the classroom, as well as portraits, group shots from conferences, award ceremonies and his travels. The collection also contains portraits (and some autographs) of prominent scientists such as Carl Marvel, Alexander Todd, Vladimir Prelog, and Melvin Calvin. Photographs from the period in 1962 when he taught as a Fulbright Professor at the Universities of Osaka and Kyoto are also included. Most portraits and other images are positioned in a way to obscure the fact that Price was missing his hand. The collection provides a snapshot of Price’s career as a professor and researcher as well of his many citations, colleagues and organizational relationships.


  • Creation: 1942-1978
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940s-1950s


Access Restrictions

There are no access restricitons on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

Copyright Information

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Background Note

Charles Coale Price III was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 13, 1913. At age six, Charles had his right hand blown away by an exploding box of dynamite caps. He received a B.A. in chemistry from Swarthmore College in 1934 and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1936. His first faculty appointment was at the University of Illinois where he also did post graduate work under Roger Adams. In 1946, Price went to Notre Dame University where he taught and completed research for 8 years, becoming chair of the department of chemistry. While at Notre Dame, he convened the first conference on Organic Reaction Mechanisms in 1948. He accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953, where he also taught and held the chemistry department chair position. During his tenure at Penn, he did research on polymers and helped to rebuild the department. Price was raised a Quaker and advocated nuclear disarmament and the creation of a global governing body for the purpose of world peace. He was the President of the American World Federalists (1958) and later chairman of the Federation for American Scientists and the Council for a Livable World. His involvement with these groups led Price to run for Senate (1950) and the House of Representatives (1952) in Indiana, but neither bid proved successful. He was the recipient of the ACS award in Pure Chemistry in 1946, the ACS award for Creative Invention (1974) and the ACS Parson award in 1973. Other achievements include receiving more than twenty patents and fourteen honorary degrees. Price was the founding board chair of the Center for the History of Chemistry (CHOC) which would later become the Chemical Heritage Foundation. While at Swarthmore, Price met his wife Mary Elma White and they married in 1936. They had four daughters and one son. White died in 1982 and Price married Anne Parker Gill in 1984. Charles C. Price died on February 11, 2001, at his home in Haverford, PA.


63 Photographic Prints (1 box)

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Photographs related to the career and personal life of Charles C. Price.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles C. Price and Mrs. Anne Gill Price, 1991 and 2001.

Digitized Materials

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

Related Materials

See also oral history interview with Charles C. Price, 1979 April 26 at the Science History Institute.

See also the Papers of Charles C. Price, 1936-1996 (bulk 1970-1989) at the Science History Institute.

Condition Description

Material is in good condition.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert Hull in 2004. Object identification numbers were assigned to individual photographs.

Charles C. Price Photograph Collection
Finding aid created by Lisa Kruczek and encoded into EAD by Melanie Grear and Alex Asal (2023).
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Revision Statements

  • 8/28/2023: Digitized Materials note added.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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