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The Dow Chemical Historical Collection

Identifier: 2008-064-002

Scope and content

The collection was divided into the series A/V, Artifacts, and Advertisements; Subject Files; Personal Papers; Image Archive.


  • Creation: 1897-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1990


Language of Materials

Text in English.

Restrictions on Access

Researchers must make an appointment with the Chief Curator of Archives and Manuscripts to access print finding aids.

Biographical sketch

Dow Chemical Company was founded by Herbert H. Dow in 1897. Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, the company was initially founded upon a method invented by Dow for extracting bromine from brine. At first the company sold mainly bleach and potassium bromide and mainly to other chemical manufacturers. Today Dow is a multinational corporate selling a large variety of products to industry and consumers alike.


682 Linear Feet (682 linear feet)


Organized into 10 sections. 1. Subject Index (Books #1-3); 2.Individual's Papers (Books #1-2); 3.Herbert H. Dow Papers (Books #1-); 4.Keith Barron's "Dow Agriculture History"; 5.Artifact Collection; 6.Advertisement Index; 7.Ads, A/V, Books, Maps & Blueprints, Periodicals, Slides; 8."Down to Earth Publication Index;" 9.Union Carbide Corporate History; 10.Photo Collections.

Ownership and Custodial History

This material was formerly housed at the Post Street Archives in Midland, Michigan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--2008..

Digitized Materials

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

General Note

This is a fairly comprehensive collection of records dealing with the growth and operations of the Dow Chemical Company. There are also some papers relating to the company founder, Herbert H. Dow.

Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

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

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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