RS 13/6/59
Glen Russell  (1925-1998)

Papers, 1944-1998

Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

  Descriptive summary


Glen Russell (1925-1998)






29.9 linear feet (23 records center cartons)

collection number:

RS 13/6/59


University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


  Administrative information


Open for research.

This collection is stored offsite. Please contact the Special Collections Department at least two working days in advance.

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Glen Russell Papers, RS 13/6/59, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Glen Russell was born in Rensselaer County, New York, in 1925. He received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree in 1947 and a Master of Science degree in Chemistry in 1948 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1951 from Purdue University.

He worked as a Research Associate in the General Electric Research Laboratory at Schenectady, New York, from 1954-1961. Russell served as an Associate Professor from 1958-1961, and a Professor from 1961-1998 in the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University.

Russell received the American Chemical Society Award in Petroleum Chemistry (1965); the Iowa Award sponsored by the Iowa City section of the American Chemical Society (1972); the Midwest Award of the American Chemical Society sponsored by the St. Louis section (1974); the American Chemical Society's James Flack Norris Award in Physical Organic Chemistry (1983); and the Iowa Governor's Science Medal (1988).

Russell was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow (1959-1961), a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Würzburg, Germany (1966), a Reilly Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame (1966), a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellow at the Cendre d'Etude Nucléaires de Grenoble, France (1972), a Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science (1983), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Grenoble, France (1985).

He served as a chairman of the Gordon Research Conferences on Hydrocarbon Chemistry and of Radical Ions; was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Chemical Society from 1966-1975, and for the Journal of Organic Chemistry from 1986-1988. Russell authored over 275 research publications and presented over 350 invited lectures.

Russell died on January 1, 1998 and is buried in the Iowa State University Cemetery.

He was married to Dr. Martha E. Russell, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University.


Collection description

The collection contains correspondence, publications, research materials, artifacts, photographs, files on graduate students, ephemera, course files, ledgers, audio tapes, slides, and research notebooks. These materials document the teaching and research career of Dr. Russell from the 1950's through the 1990's.


Container list


Box 1

Travel correspondence, 1965-1976


Box 2

Research results, 1966-1997

Printed Materials, 1966-1997


Box 3

Plaques, n.d.

Research notes, 1944-1997


Box 4

Photographs of graduate students, n.d.

Printed Materials and ephemera, n.d.


Box 5

A — M

Post-doctoral student files, 1954-1988


Box 6

M — Z

Post-doctoral student files, 1959-1985


Box 7

A — E

Professional Correspondence, n.d., 1960-1983


Box 8

E — M

Professional Correspondence, 1960-1985


Box 9

M — T

Professional Correspondence, n.d.,1959-1985


Box 10

B — M

Graduate Students, 1959-1992


Box 11

M — W

Graduate Students, 1959-1968


Box 12

W — Z

Graduate Students

Faculty Improvement Leave, n.d., 1961-1942

Biographical Information, 1964-1998


Box 13

Research notes

Course files, n.d., 1969-1978


Box 14

Research notes

Ledgers, 1967-1995


Box 15

Research notebooks , 1967-1997


Box 16

Notes and printed material, 1955-1976


Box 17

Research results, n.d., 1965-1997


Box 18

Photographs, n.d.

Audio tapes, n.d.

Slides, n.d.

Glass Plates, n.d.

IBM Magnabelts, n.d.

Some notes and correspondence, 1973-1987


Box 19

Professional correspondence, 1974-1975

Negatives and photographs

Ledgers, ca. 1974-1975


Box 20

Slides, n.d.

Ledgers, 1963-1984

Printed materials, n.d., 1963-1984


Box 21

Research results, n.d.

Slides, n.d., 1960-1989


Box 22

Research ledgers, 1964-1976


Box 23

Reprints, 1953-1997


Box 24/1

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow letter, award certificate and rosette pin, 1986


Box 24/2

American Chemical Society Award, 1997


Box 24/3

Gordon Research Conferences Radical Ions award, 1970


Box 25

Framed American Chemical Society certificate, 1965



Iowa State University Distinguished professor award plaque, 1972



Governor's Science Award (sent to Preservation Dec. 2000)



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