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Francis B. White Chemical Engineering Notebooks, ca 1929-1960

Manuscript Collection 2149

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: (479) 575-8443

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2017.

Materials are in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

White, Francis B., 1915-1997
Francis B. White Chemical Engineering Notebooks
Inclusive Dates
ca 1929-1960
MC 2149
0.75 linear feet (1 box)
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Francis B. White Chemical Engineering Notebooks were transferred to the Special Collections Department from the University of Arkansas Chemical Engineering Library by Engineering Librarian Patricia Kirkwood in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in January 2017.

Preferred Form of Citation

Francis B. White Chemical Engineering Notebooks (MC 2149), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Francis (Frank) B. White was born November 8, 1915, in Manhattan, New York. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 1936, and in 1937 received an advanced Chemical Engineering degree from that university. After graduation, he began work as a process engineer at Foster Wheeler Corporation, an organization then based in New York City; he was promoted to Chief Chemical Engineer of the Industrial Division in 1949, and served in several more positions with the company before being appointed as manager of international operations for the U.S. branch’s Process Plants Division in 1966, a position he held for more than a decade. White was active in several professional and community organizations, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Princeton Engineering Association Executive Committee, and the Lions Club. He served as president of the American Oil Chemists Society from 1976-1977, and prior to that served as Treasurer (1974-1975) and Vice President (1975-1976). In 1982, he retired from chemical engineering and briefly worked in real estate before retiring to northwest Arkansas in 1983 with his wife, Mary. He passed away October 22, 1997.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of four notebooks, originally used by Francis B. White, containing notes, charts, and reference materials regarding chemical engineering, particularly the manufacture of phthalic anhydride. Two black notebooks appear to be primarily White’s own notes and published reference materials gathered by White; two olive notebooks appear to be primarily the work of White’s predecessors at Foster Wheeler Corp., including notes by “CRD” (Charles Raymond Downs), “ESF,” and “JMW.”

Arrangement of the Papers

The notebooks have been arranged by date.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

Box 1

Box 1 Item 1

Olive notebook, 1929-1932

Box 1 Item 2

Olive notebook, 1937-1938

Box 1 Item 3

Black notebook, 1955, n.d.

Box 1 Item 4

Black notebook, ca 1950-1960