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The Samuel Phillip Sadtler materials

Identifier: 1989-02

Scope and content

Although fragmentary in nature, the collection is not without interest. Among its highpoints are a notebook from the 1870s containing A Chemical Study of Petroleum and photographic copies of letters Sadtler sent to his family while a student in Germany.


  • Creation: 1867-1893
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1867-1893

Language of Materials

Text in English and German.

Biographical sketch

Samuel Phillip Sadtler was born in 1847. He studied first at Gettysburg College, then at Harvard where he was a student of Wolcott Gibbs. Sadtler pursued post-graduate studies in Germany with Robert Bunsen and Friedrich Wohler. Upon his return Sadtler first taught at Gettysburg, then accepted a position at the University of Pennsylvania where he remained for seventeen years. As an acknowledged expert in the then-new field of chemical engineering Sadtler was also in demand as a consultant, working for such prestigious clients as John D. Rockefeller. Sadtler was both author and translator and belonged to several scientific societies in England and in Germany. He was a founding member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Electrochemical Society. Samuel P. Sadtler died in 1923.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


This a collection of material relating to Samuel P. Sadtler founder of the Sadtler dynasty.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Phillip Sadtler. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--1989..

Digitized Materials

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

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Revision Statements

  • 09-2023: Digitized Materials note added.

Repository Details

Part of the Science History Institute Archives Repository

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