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The Harry Kline papers

Identifier: 99-15

Scope and Contents

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The Kline Papers consist of lectures, research reports laboratory notes, correspondence, and graphs. Most of the materials were generated when Kline was working for the Bakelite Corporation, though there is also a notebook of laboratory notes from Kline's fellowship at the Mellon Institute. The majority of the items concern phenolic resins, varnishes, and plastics.


  • Creation: 1926-1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1926-1942

Biographical sketch

Kline was born in Cleveland, Ohio and studied chemical engineering at the Case Institute of Technology. In the mid-1920s, Kline was awarded a fellowship at the Mellon Institute, where he developed an interest in phenolic resins. From the late 1920s to 1943, he worked for the Bakelite Company in Bound Brook, New Jersey. In 1943, he became the Director of Phenolic Plastics with Reichhold Chemicals, Inc. From 1950 until his death in 1964, Kline served Reichhold Chemicals as the Vice President in charge of the Phenolic Plastics Division.


.50 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Riva Edelman. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--1999..

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