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Izaak M. Kolthoff - Herbert A. Laitinen correspondence

Identifier: 2005-012

Scope and Contents

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The collection is necessarily spotty, a snapshot of a fifty-year friendship between teacher and student. Although the letters are not, strictly speaking, technical, they do convey a sense of the work both men were engaged in during the various decades of their lives.


  • Creation: 1937-1989
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1986

Language of Materials

Text in English.

Biographical sketch

Izaak M. Kolthoff was born in Holland and came to the University of Minnesota in 1927. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht and taught there until his departure for the United States. Herbert A. Laitinen studied under Kolthoff. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1940 and taught at the University of Illinois. He worked on synthetic rubber research during WWII.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)


This correspondence between the Dutch-born analytical chemist Izaak M. Kolthoff (1894-1993) and his pupil Herbert A. Laitinen (1915-1991) who himself went on to an illustrious career as an analytical chemist.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Smith, Ben. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--2005..

General Note

The correspondence is chronological with a gap between the years 1949 and 1958.

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Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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