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William A. Cowan papers


Held at: Science History Institute Archives [Contact Us]315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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William Arthur Cowan was born on October 9, 1874 in Pittsfield Massachusetts. He studied at the Brooklyn Polytechnic institute before going to work at the National Lead Company in 1899. Cowan worked at National Lead for over 40 years. He researched metals, primarily the metallography of white metal alloys and lead. He died at the age of 65.

This collection contains papers belonging to William A. Cowan. Its contents include correspondence and handwritten notes. There is also a small amount ephemera and materials regarding Cowan's work, such as patent information and journal articles. Most of the material is from 1939-1940, with a small amount from 1994.

The William A. Cowan Papers were found in the collections of the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) in 2008.

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Finding aid created and encoded into EAD by Jahna Auerbach.
Finding Aid Date
September 2022
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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

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