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John B. Cloke papers

Identifier: MC 70

Scope and Contents

Professor Cloke’s papers (MC 70) consist of correspondence and planning records reflecting his efforts as head of the newly created Chemistry Department to develop undergraduate and graduate curricula, increase sponsored research, and expand laboratory facilities. Furthermore, the collections of Professor Cloke's papers reflect the outstanding contributions to R.P.I. and the Chemistry Department for which Cloke was nominated as Chairman of the department in 1949 on recommendation of his colleagues within the department. The Chemistry Department Reports reflect the dedication of the department with Cloke as a leading figure in the sustainability of the program. Notes on the history of chemistry at R.P.I., department objectives, department reports and long range planning reflect Cloke's dedication to the department and his students. Professor Cloke's writings include his Ph.D. dissertation (1931), research papers (1929-1965), and memorial speeches for colleagues (1940s). Cloke's research achievements are represented in series III, writings and publications, highlighting his dedication to such topics as alkylations, catalytic hydrogenations, the chemistry of pyrrolines, and nitriles.


  • Created: 1921-1972



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The Cloke papers consist of correspondence, planning records for the Chemistry department, notes on equipment, reports and Professsor Cloke's published articles and Ph.D. Dissertation.

Arrangement Note

The Cloke Papers are organized in three series: I. Correspondence (1921‐58), II. Chemistry Department Reports and Memoranda (1939‐72), and III. Writings and Publications (1929‐65).

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Repository Details

Part of the Institute Archives and Special Collections Repository

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