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Evergreen & Gold, 1931, v. XI

University of Alberta student yearbook: Evergreen & Gold, 1931, v. XI, Evergreen & Gold, 1932, v. XII and Evergreen & Gold, 1933, v.XIII. These yearbooks pre-date WE Harris' time at the University so must have been given to him by someone else.

Harris in Trail, British Columbia

Harris standing on a hill in Trail, British Columbia. Caption reads "Trail and CMS". The image was likely taken the summer after Harris' third year at University when he worked at Consolidated Minning and Smelting as a general labourer in the phosphate fertilizer plant. Slide used in personal presentation.

My Expenses

Listing of expenses incurred by WE Harris during his undergraduate years at the University of Alberta, 1934-5 and 1936-7.

Diplomas

Diplomas for grade 8, 1929; high school, 1933 and 1934; University of Alberta B.Sc., 1938.

Coil Binders from U. of Minnesota

WE Harris became a Ph. D. student at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 1939. File includes: Analytical Seminar, Fall 1939; Anal. Chem. Seminar, May 1940; Chemical Microscopy.

University of Minnesota, Correspondence etc

Various correspondence, notes, transcripts, etc to do with WE Harris' time at the University of Minnesota: Ration coupons; Alien Registration cards; Immigration and Naturalization Service; Two articles about student life; Society memberships; 1943 job offers; Transcripts; Ph.D. degree, 1944; Telegram of congratulation from parents.

Polarography of Uranium

"The Polarography of Uranium" by WE Harris, Ph.D. Thesis submitted to the University of Minnesota, May 1944. Contains correspondence, including letters from Henry Heal, National Research Council of Canada, 1945.

Co-60 Gamma Ray

Co-60 gamma ray unit used in cobalt therapy, the use of gamma rays to treat medical issues such as tumors. The Physical Science Centre had a special "cave" built out under the basement with a Co-60 gamma ray unit for the initiation of radio chemical reactions. Slide found in box labeled AECL for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited. Slide likely used in lecture or public talk.

National Research Universal

National Research Universal, Atomic Energy of Canada United in Chalk River, Ontario. Harris spent one summer in Chalk River with R Betts on the isotopic separation of sodium-22 and sodium -24. Slide found in box labeled AECL for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, likely used in lecture or public talk.

National Research Universal Reactor

National Research Universal reactor Atomic Energy of Canada United in Chalk River, Ontario. Harris spent one summer in Chalk River with R Betts on the isotopic separation of sodium-22 and sodium -24. Slide found in box labeled AECL for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited likely used in lecture or public talk.

Two M.Sc. Theses

Two M.Sc. Theses supervised by WE Harris in the 1950s: "Water Solubility of Some High Molecular Weight Mercaptans," M.Sc. Thesis of William G. Goward, 1951; "The Diffusion Coefficients of Mercaptans," M.Sc. Thesis of Caurino Cesar Bombardiere, 1952.

Early Instrumental Analysis Lab Manuals, 1956 - 1960

File contains: (1) 1956 Lab Manual for Instrumental Methods of Analysis, revision copy 1 dated 1957-60 by WE Harris; (2) 1956 Lab Manual for Instrumental Methods of Analysis, revision copy 2; (3) Instrumental Analysis Lab Manual, early 1960s version for Chem. 511 - 611, with annotations and inserts by WE Harris. Many of these experiments were later moved to Chemistry 58, the precursor to Chemistry 312 (Quantitative Analysis); others were moved to Chemistry 511 (Instrumental Analysis).

Cold Rooms

Two cold rooms one for storing volatile and unstable chemicals and the other is equipped as a laboratory.

Main Supply Room

Main supply room for the storage and retrieval of chemicals, glassware and other equipment needed for teaching and research. The supply room was located in the basement of the Physical Science Centre.

Harris and Friends at a Viewpoint

Harris leaning on his Pontiac car, with his friends taking pictures at a mountain viewpoint. Image found inside card from Audrey and Willard F Allen. Willard Allen was a friend and fellow chemistry teacher at the University of Alberta.

Inorganic and Analytical Research Laboratory

Photograph taken in the Inorganic and Analytical Research Laboratory. Image focuses on the Leeds & Northrup Electro Chemograph Type E with a built in Speedomax Recorder designed for polarography analysis. Machine commonly used in the study of kinetics and mechanism of inorganic reactions. Image also appears in "New Physical Sciences Centre" booklet advertising the newly built facility.

Glass Blowing Shop

Two technicians working on glass lathes in the Glass Blowing Shop. This room was used for the building and design of new glass equipment for research. The shop was located in the basement of the physics-mathematics wing.

Physical Science Center

Physical Science Center at the University of Alberta built to house three departments of Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. The building officially opened May 24, 1961 and was designed by the Department of Public Works.

Physical Sciences Auditorium

Physical Sciences Auditorium with 400 sloping seats full of students. The auditorium was housed in a seperate wing to the North of the Mathematics-Physics building and was used for large lecture classes, special lectures and public meetings. A projection booth is also located at the back of the room.

Physics Machine Shop

Physics machine shop with wood and metal-working equipment to create materials for research and undergraduate laboratories. The machine shop was located in the basement of the physics-mathematics wing.

Harris and Friends in the Rockies

Harris and friends standing in front of a lake in the Rockies. Image found inside card from Audrey and Willard F Allen. Willard Allen was a friend and fellow chemistry teacher at the University of Alberta.

Staff Office Laboratory

Staff office laboratory in the Physical Science Center, with a Fisher zone refiner in the center of the image. Each staff room was accompanied by a private laboratory.

Machine Shop

Three Machinists operating tools in the machine shop. The shop was complete with wood and metal-working equipment to create materials for research and undergraduate laboratories. Included in the photograph is a lathes, jig saw, sheet metal bender, grinder, two drill presses, and a welding area. The machine shop was located in the basement of the physics-mathematics wing.

Detroit Convention

Detroit Convention with: Kolthoff, Laitenen, M Bushey, O'Brein, Thomson, Luyive[?], Stenfers, Harris possibly on the far right with his hand on his chin, Fall 1962.

Walter Harris and Harry Habgood

Image of Harris and Habgood. Harry Habgood co-authored Programmed Temperature Gas Chromatography with Harris, the first book published by anyone in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta.

Chem 312 Student Lab Manuals

File contains lab manuals for: 1962-63; 1963-64; and 1964-65. Two copies of the 1962-63 manual; one is a revision copy with extensive handwritten notes by WE Harris.

Correspondence RE ACS 1966 Summer Symposium in Edmonton AB

Correspondence, notes etc regarding prepration for the 1966 ACS Symposium. Roy Keller was Program Chair and WE Harris was Local Arrangements Chair. File includes an overhead photograph showing the University of Alberta campus. Film strip with images of the University emblem.

U of A Appointment & Early Letters, 1946-67

Correspondence, notes etc. File includes correspondence with Dr. OJ Walker regarding WE Harris' appointment at the University of Alberta; correspondence regarding a sabbatical position with Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AECL) at Chalk River ON in 1957, and correspondence with Dr. Willard Allen at the University of Alberta during the sabbatical.

Fisher Scientific Lecture Award of The Chemical Institute of Canada

The Fisher Scientific Lecture Award of the Chemical Institute of Canada is awarded for commendable achievement and scholarship in statistical science praising the impact of statistical methods of scientific investigation. Harris won this high esteemed for his outstanding leadership in analytical chemistry and contributions in Gas Chromatography. His award lecture "Gas Chromatography- Developments in Temperature Programming and Pyrolysis GC" was presented during the 52nd Canadian Chemical Conference and Exhibition in Montreal on May 28, 1969. This is the second year that the award had been given out.

Chemical Analysis

Chemical Analysis, by HA Laitenen, published by McGraw-Hill. First edition of book, with notes throughout by WE Harris. Also contains enclosures: index cards with notes for a March 1971 meeting; two pages of comments by WE Harris; review of book by Pilipenko; and revision recommendations by Mc-Graw Hill 1960.

Kolthoff, IM

Correspondence, notes etc: includes correspondence with Kolthoff 1943 - 1972; newspaper clippings of Kolthoff's visit to Russia.

Chemical Analysis "Crew"

Chemical Analysis "Crew": R Kratochvil, J Plambeck, D Rabenstein, P Harris, L Ziola, B Burrows, G Horlick, G Johanson, WE Harris. Dated August 1973. Photograph taken outside of the Chemistry Building.

University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award

The outstanding achievement award is given to former graduates of the University of Minnesota who have attained distinction in their area of study and demonstrated outstanding leadership. It was earned by Harris for his influential work in teaching analytical chemistry and research work in hot-atom chemistry, chromatography and polarography. This certificate was awarded at the 36th Annual meeting of the Institute of Technology Alumni Association on November 2, 1973.

Material from Office of SG Davis, 2006

Correspondence, notes, photographs. Memo addressed to University Archives (BARD) from WE Harris, October 11, 2006, indicates that the material is from the office of Dr. SG Davis. Contents include folders labelled "Gunning"; "Analytical"; "Chemistry Building"; "Chemistry Department"; and "Davis."

Student Evaluations and Comments

Reports and correspondence; includes thank-you letters from students and Course Guide published by the University of Alberta Students' Union, 1968 (p. 24 has comments on WE Harris' course).

Chemical Separations and Measurements

File contains: (1) "Chemical Separations and Measurements: Background and Procedures for Modern Analysis" by WE Harris and B. Kratochvil, published by Saunders, 1974; (2) Supplement, 1977; (3) Supplement, 1978; (4) Correspondence with publisher, 1972. This book was a renamed, revised and updated version of the Chemistry 312 student laboratory manual.

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