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Records of the Gordon Research Conferences

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The Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) is a non-profit educational organization that arranges scientific conferences. Dedicated to building communities that advance the frontiers of science, the GRC brings together global networks of scientists to discuss the latest pre-publication research in their fields. In order to foster free and frank exchanges of ideas, note taking is discouraged and no formal records of the conferences are published.

The origins of the GRC date back to the late 1920s, when Johns Hopkins University's Department of Chemistry began an intermittent series of summer meetings to present new findings in chemistry and related fields. Neil E. Gordon, the Chair of Chemical Education at Johns Hopkins, soon took charge of organizing these meetings. Prominent academics from across the United States appealed to Gordon for permission to attend these meetings.

The organization that became the Gordon Research Conferences was founded in 1931, when Neil E. Gordon began organizing formal summer meetings held on an annual basis. The initial meetings were held under the auspices of Johns Hopkins University. Seeking a more remote location, Gordon moved the meetings to Gibson Island, Maryland in 1934, where they became known as the Gibson Island Conferences. In 1938, he persuaded the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to take a formal role in organizing the conferences, with himself serving as Director. Under the AAAS' auspices, the number of conferences grew. From 1938 to 1941, these conferences were known as the Special Research Conferences on Chemistry. In 1942, they were renamed the AAAS-Gibson Island Research Conferences.

In 1945, Gordon relinquished control of the conferences to his assistant, polymer chemist Sumner B. Twiss. In 1947, the conferences were moved to Colby Junior College (now known as Colby-Sawyer College) in New London, New Hampshire and renamed the Chemical Research Conferences. That same year, W. George Parks, a Professor of Chemistry at the Rhode Island State College (now known as the University of Rhode Island), was appointed Director. In 1948, in honor of founder Neil E. Gordon, the organization was renamed the Gordon Research Conferences.

Under W. George Parks' leadership (1947-1968), the GRC experienced significant growth. Parks moved Its headquarters to Rhode Island State College's campus in Kingston, Rhode Island. By 1956, the organization was holding thirty-six conferences with nearly four thousand participants from forty-six countries. That same year, the GRC was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization. Also under Parks' directorship, new conference sites were added in New England and the West Coast.

In 1968, Alexander M. Cruickshank, a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island and W. George Parks' longtime assistant, was appointed Director of the GRC. Under Cruickshank's directorship (1968-1993), the GRC continued to grow rapidly. Additional conference sites in New England were added and the organization held its first overseas conferences in Italy (1990) and Germany (1991). The number of conferences and attendees also grew.

Carlyle B. Storm, previously Chief Scientist for the Energetic Materials and Testing Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was appointed Director of the GRC in 1993. Under Storm's directorship (1993-2003), the GRC continued to experience rapid expansion. New international conference sites were added in Europe and Asia, including those in Switzerland, England, Hong Kong, and Japan. The GRC's headquarters were moved to a new building in West Kingston, Rhode Island in 2002. Storm retired as Director in 2003 and was succeeded by current President and CEO Nancy Ryan Gray (2003-Present).

The GRC currently organizes over 395 Gordon Research Conferences and Gordon Research Seminars per year in a wide range of scientific fields. It continues to maintain its policies of encouraging the informal free exchange of ideas and not publishing formal records of its conferences.

Sources

Gordon Research Conferences 75th Anniversary Website – https://www.frontiersofscience.org

Gordon Research Conferences Website – https://www.grc.org

Records of the Gordon Research Conferences, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Records of the Gordon Research Conferences contain the organizational records of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC), which mainly cover the period from 1927 to 2002. The records are arranged into the following twelve series:

  1. Neil E. Gordon and The Gibson Island Conferences
  2. Administrative Records - Minutes of Meetings
  3. Director's Files
  4. Attendee Lists
  5. Programs
  6. Conference Evaluations
  7. Host Institutions
  8. Addendum - Biographical
  9. Addendum - American Association for the Advancement of Science and Johns Hopkins University Materials
  10. Addendum - Paul D. Boyer Notes
  11. Addendum - Miscellaneous
  12. Addendum - Reproductive Tract Biology Conference

The Records of the Gordon Research Conferences were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by the Gordon Research Conferences in 2002 and 2004.

The Records of the Gordon Research Conferences were processed by Andrew Mangravite in July 2002.

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Science History Institute Archives
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Finding aid created by Andrew Mangravite and encoded into EAD by Kenton G. Jaehnig.
Finding Aid Date
2002
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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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Collection Inventory

Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains the GRC's Neil E. Gordon and Gibson Island Conferences files. This series contains files pertaining to the life and career of the GRC's founder Neil E. Gordon. It also contains files documenting the early activities of the GRC, dating back to when the conferences were known as the Gibson Island Research Conferences.

Files concerning Neil E. Gordon and the GRC itself make up the largest components of this series. A handful of files regarding the Kresge-Hooker Library, which document its purchase from Samuel C. Hooker and its residence at Central College in Fayette, Missouri, then Wayne University in Detroit, Michigan, are also present in this series. Two files regarding Neil E. Gordon's involvement with the National Fellowship Plan are also preserved here.

The contents of the Neil E. Gordon and The Gibson Island Conferences files consist of a variety of materials. Correspondence and publications are the most common materials found in these files. Smaller, but noticeable, amounts of article and paper manuscripts and articles are also present in these files. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, minutes, legal documents, and periodicals are preserved here as wel

Note - Some of the earlier materials in this series were water damaged at some point and now suffer from dormant mold.

Neil E. Gordon - Autobiographical and Biographical Material on the Gordon Family, 1942, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Neil E. Gordon - Autobiographical and Biographical Material on the Gordon Family, 1870, 1942.
Box 1 Folder 2
Neil E. Gordon - Biographical Records (Articles and Pamphlets), 1947, 1964, undated.
Box 1 Folder 3
Neil E. Gordon - Biographical Records (The Detroit Collegian, Wayne University - Death Notice), 1949.
Box 1 Folder 4
Neil E. Gordon - "Chemistry" (Undated manuscript by Neil E. Gordon, possibly 1936.), undated.
Box 1 Folder 5
Neil E. Gordon - "Concerning Neil E. Gordon" (Undated anonymous tribute.), undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Neil E. Gordon - Scrapbook (Loose Material) (Articles on the activities of the Gordon Conferences, including "Gordon Memorial Issue" of Chemical Progress and bulletin of the Hooker Scientific Library.), 1941-1981.
Box 1 Folder 7
Neil E. Gordon - Testimonial Dinner, April 20, 1948 (Typescript of three speeches by Stewart R. Kurtz, F. R. Moulton, and W. S. Kuhn, plus a response by Neil E. Gordon.), 1948.
Box 1 Folder 8
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence - Letters of Introduction (Seven identical letters from Charles N. Herty, President of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Association, introducing Gordon to a variety of British and French representatives of the chemical industry in connection with a proposed trip to Europe.), 1926.
Box 2 Folder 1
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1927, undated.
Box 2 Folder 2
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1928.
Box 2 Folder 3
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence (Includes a first suggestion for conferences.), 1935.
Box 2 Folder 4
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1936.
Box 2 Folder 5
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1937-1938.
Box 2 Folder 6
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1939.
Box 2 Folder 7
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence (Includes draft of National Science Fund leaflet.), 1940-1941.
Box 2 Folder 8
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1942-1944.
Box 2 Folder 9
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1946-1947.
Box 2 Folder 10
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1948.
Box 2 Folder 11
Neil E. Gordon - Correspondence, 1949.
Box 2 Folder 12
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Conference Outline and Schedule, 1935-1936.
Box 3 Folder 1
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence (Includes letter of 12/8/39 in which the idea of the Gibson Island Conferences is born.), 1936, 1938-1939.
Box 3 Folder 2
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence (Includes information on the sale and purchase of the Symington House.), 1940.
Box 3 Folder 3
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence, 1941.
Box 3 Folder 4
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence, 1942-1943.
Box 3 Folder 5
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence (Includes letters concerning Gibson Island's restricted membership policy.), 1944.
Box 3 Folder 6
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Minutes, Policy Committee - AAAS Gibson Island Research Conferences (First mention of a possible move away from Gibson Island.), 1944.
Box 3 Folder 7
Gibson Island Research Conferences - Correspondence, 1945.
Box 3 Folder 8
Gibson Island Research Conferences - F. R. Moulton, "The A.A.A.S. - Gibson Island Research Conferences," (A retrospective account.), undated.
Box 3 Folder 9
Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Correspondence (Contains record of transactions leading to the purchase of the Samuel C. Hooker library for Central College, Fayette, Missouri by Neal E. Gordon.), 1936.
Box 4 Folder 1
Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Correspondence (Contains a record of transactions leading to the sale of the Hooker Library by Central College to Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan, subsequent to Neal E. Gordon taking up residence there.), 1941-1942.
Box 4 Folder 2
Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Documentation, 1928-1949.
Box 4 Folder 3
General Note

Contains a reprint of an article by Dr. Hooker setting forth the rationale behind his collection (Annotated, possibly by Neal E. Gordon). Also contains the typescript of an article by Neal E. Gordon detailing the negotiations leading to the sale of the library to Central College and an issue of The Record of Chemical Progress devoted to the installation of the collection at Wayne University.)

Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Funding and Moving (Correspondence between Neal E. Gordon and leading contributors.), 1943.
Box 4 Folder 4
Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Funding and Moving (Dedication Program), 1946.
Box 4 Folder 5
Kresge-Hooker Scientific Library - Record of Chemical Progress: Certificates, 1941-1942.
Box 4 Folder 6
Letters of Recommendation (Letters recommending Neal E. Gordon for a variety of teaching positions.), 1911-1936.
Box 4 Folder 7
Manuscripts (Four speeches/articles by Neal E. Gordon.),, undated.
Box 4 Folder 8
National Fellowship Plan, Johns Hopkins University (Includes writings of Milton Fairchild (Character Education Institution) and correspondence between Fairchild and Gordon relating to Gordon's National Fellowship Plan.), 1929, 1936.
Box 4 Folder 9
National Fellowship Plan, Johns Hopkins University ("Proceedings Johns Hopkins University Luncheon." Contains a full discussion of this educational assistance plan.), 1935.
Box 4 Folder 10
Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1917-1921.
Box 4 Folder 11
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "The Value of a Science Club in Secondary Schools" (A first glimmering of the Conferences

idea?), 1917 - "The Solubility of Liquids in Liquids," (Norman E. Gordon 's Dissertation), 1917 - "When Will Teaching Chemistry Become A Science?", 1921 - "Application of Educational Psychology to Chemical Education", 1921 - "Influence of Soil Colloids on Availability of Salts," Neil E. Gordon and E. B. Starkey, 1921

(Discarded due to mold damage.) - Publications of Neil E. Gordon (Comprehensive), 1917-1933

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1922.
Box 4 Folder 12
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "Influence of Soil Colloids on Availability of Salts." Neil E. Gordon and E. B. Starkey, 1921

(Discarded due to mold damage.) - "The Solubility of Liquids in Liquids. The Partition of the Lower Acids, Particularly Formic,

Between Water and Various Organic Solvents." Neil E. Gordon and E. Emmet Reid, 1922 (Discarded due to mold damage.) - "Adsorption of Plant Food by Colloidal Silica." R. C. Wiley and Neil E. Gordon, 1922 - "Influence of Hydrogen-Ion Concentration on Adsorption of Plant Food by Soil Colloids." E. B.

Starkey and Neil E. Gordon, 1922 (Discarded due to mold.)

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1923.
Box 4 Folder 13
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "Adsorption and Replacement of Plant Food in Colloidal Oxides of Iron and Aluminum." D. C.

Lichtenwalner, A. L. Flenner and Neil E. Gordon, 1923 (Discarded due to mold.) - "Availability of Adsorbed Phosphorus." R. C. Wiley and Neil E. Gordon, 1923 (Discarded due to

mold.) - "Effect of Hydrogen Ion Concentration on Adsorption of Dyes by Wools and Mordants."

(Preliminary Paper) O. Reinmuth and Neil E. Gordon, 1923 - "Availability of Potash in Mixed Fertilizers", undated

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1924.
Box 4 Folder 14
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "Editor's Outlook," Journal of Chemical Education, 1924 January, 1924 October - "Effects of Hydrogen-Ion Concentration on Compound Formation and Adsorption of Dyes by

Mordants." R. E. Marker and Neil E. Gordon, 1924 (Discarded due to mold.) - "Proposed Research Institute for Chemical Education." (Another Gordon Research Conferences pre-

view?), 1924

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1925-1927.
Box 4 Folder 15
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "Editor's Outlook," Journal of Chemical Education, 1925 March - "Theory of Adsorption and Soil Gels", 1925 - "Correlation of High School & College Chemistry" (Report of committee chaired by Neil E.

Gordon.), 1927 - "Poland - A Country with a Chemical Future", 1927 (Discarded due to mold.)

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1928-1930.
Box 4 Folder 16
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "The Role of Phosphates on the Taking Up of Dyes by Mordants." Charles E. White and Neil E.

Gordon, 1928 (Discarded due to mold.) - "A Study of the Emulsifying Properties of Certain Salts of Arabic Acid." John C. Krantz, Jr.,

and Neil E. Gordon, 1929 - "The Chair of Chemical Education at the John Hopkins "Nature of Interactions Between Hydrous

Oxides and Mordant Dyes." Otto Reinmuth and Neil E. Gordon, 1930

Neil E. Gordon - Publications, 1933-1943.
Box 4 Folder 17
General Note

Includes the following documents: - "Journal of Chemical Education (Announcing retirement of Neil E. Gordon as Editor of the

journal.), 1933 January (Discarded.) - "The Dissociation Constants of Some Chlorophenols." John W. Murray and Neil E. Gordon, 1938

(Discarded.) - "The Reduction of the Uranyl Ion in the Uranyl Oxalate Actinometer." E. C. Pitzer, N. E. Gordon

and D. A. Wilson, 1938 (Discarded.) - U.S. Patent 2,176,495: "Method of Producing Cadmium Selenide." Neil E. Gordon and Edgar C.

Pitzer, 1939 - "Hydrolytic Precipitation of Cadmium selenide from Selenosulfate Solutions." E. C. Pitzer and N.

E. Gordon, 1938 (Discarded.) - "The Section, Division, and Journal of Chemical Education" (A retrospective account by Norman E.

Gordon.), 1943

Neil E. Gordon - Minutes of Section on Chemical Education - Notes on Joseph Priestley (Neil E. Gordon manuscripts.), 1925, undated.
Box 4 Folder 18
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Fortuna A. Gordon (Daughter of Neil E. Gordon.) - Correspondence (A selection only.), 1942-1985.
Box 5 Folder 1
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Hazel A. Gordon (Wife of Neil E. Gordon.) - Correspondence (Details on last days of Neil E. Gordon.), 1946-1956.
Box 5 Folder 2
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - History, 1950-1981.
Box 5 Folder 3
General Note

Photographs removed and refiled. Other contents include a 1981 booklet prepared in honor of the Gordon Research Conferences' 50th Anniversary, a 1958 account of a "typical" Gordon Research Conference by James C. Cleveland, a 1956 account of the conferences by W. George Parks, and an anonymous 1950 brief history of the Gordon Research Conferences.

Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Incorporation (Contents include State of New Hampshire incorporation papers, By-Laws, Articles of Agreement, etc.), 1956.
Box 5 Folder 4a
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - 25th Anniversary Commemoration Booklet (With List of Conference Chairs, 1933-1957) and Anniversary Dinner Seating List, 1957.
Box 5 Folder 4b
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - 50th Anniversary Conference (on Medical Chemistry) (Includes registration list and program book.), 1997.
Box 5 Folder 5
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Past Conferences (Includes photo lists for 1991-'95, overheads for a lecture on the history of the GRC, and a booklet, "GRC: Fifty Years in New Hampshire."), circa 1991-1995.
Box 5 Folder 6
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Publications, Newspaper Articles, Etc. (Photocopies.), undated.
Box 5 Folder 7
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Miscellaneous Documents (Includes correspondence and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission documents for sale list from January 1949.), 1948-1970.
Box 5 Folder 8
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Information on Conferences 1947, 1948, 1949, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1963, 1974, 1975, 1977 (Includes several letters from Alexander Cruickshank.), 1947-1977.
Box 5 Folder 9
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - "The Genius of the Gordon Research Conferences," Charles Glen King (An appreciation.), 1960.
Box 5 Folder 10
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - "Fifty Eminent American Chemists, An Outline" and "A Brief Summary of the Fundamentalists' Period" by Alex Kossiakoff, 1936.
Box 5 Folder 11
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Correspondence and Manuscripts from the Ira Remsen Memorial Collection (Includes two letters from William Ramsay to Remsen and a typescript of a lecture given by Remsen on Liebig and Woehler.), 1913, 1916, 1925.
Box 5 Folder 12
Gordon Research Conferences, History of - Jacobus H. van't Hoff, an address given by his daughter (Typescript of her lecture.), 1934.
Box 5 Folder 13

Series Description

Arranged chronologically by date, this series contains an incomplete run of the GRC's Minutes of Meetings, dating from 1946 to 1983 and then the year 1986. The minutes cover meetings of the GRC's Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, Council, Budget and Finance Committee, and Scheduling and Selection Committee. Matters discussed include, but are not limited to, policy changes, finances, long-range planning and the setting up of individual conferences. These Minutes of Meetings begin late in the directorship of Sumner B. Twiss, cover the entire tenure of the GRC's third Director, W. George Parks, and most of the tenure of Parks' successor, Alexander M. Cruickshank.

Board of Trustees - Minutes of Meeting (Topics under discussion included a move away from Gibson Island, Maryland, sale of the island property, a move to Colby Junior College in New London, New Hampshire, and the Gordon Testimonial Dinner.), 1946-1948.
Box 6 Folder 1
Board of Trustees - Minutes (Disposal of Gibson Island property, rules for meetings, and condolences to Mrs. Gordon), 1949-1950.
Box 6 Folder 2
Board of Trustees - Minutes (Publication Policy of Gordon Research Conferences, liability insurance at Colby Junior College, formulation of an organizational structure, and staff salaries.), 1951-1952.
Box 6 Folder 3
Board of Trustees - Minutes, 1953.
Box 6 Folder 4
Board of Trustees - Minutes (Uses of Conferences funds, establishment of Gordon Research Foundation, and Constitution and By-Laws for Conferences.), 1954.
Box 6 Folder 5
Advisory Board of Trustees - Minutes, 1954-1959 (Bound) and "The Gordon Research Conferences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science," 1955 (A history of the Gordon Research Conferences with Appendices, Constitution, Conferences titles, etc.), 1954-1959.
Box 6 Folder 6
Minutes of Meetings (Amendments to Articles of Agreement, Constitution and By-Laws, copy of letter from Internal Revenue Service confirming tax-exempt status of Gordon Research Conferences, earlier privileges awarded to Gordon Research Conferences sponsors rescinded, and "quality control" over conferences. Also includes 1969 and 1989 revisions to the Constitution and a 1955 draft.), 1959-1961.
Box 6 Folder 7
Minutes of Meetings (Possible new conferences.), 1961.
Box 6 Folder 8
Minutes of Meetings (Certified Public Accountant's report on Gordon Research Conferences finances, new conferences, scheduling, and new hires.), 1962.
Box 6 Folder 9
Minutes of Meetings (Finance Report, audit, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1963.
Box 7 Folder 1
Minutes of Meetings (Audit, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1964.
Box 7 Folder 2
Minutes of Meetings (Meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1965.
Box 7 Folder 3
Minutes of Meetings (Folder 1 of 2.) (Audit Report - 1965, report on Crystal Mountain, Washington conference site, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1966.
Box 7 Folder 4
Minutes of Meetings (Folder 2 of 2.) (Administrative Budget, accounts statements, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees, Budget Report - 1966.), 1966.
Box 7 Folder 5
Minutes of Meetings (Account statements, "Budget vs. Actual, FY 1966," meetings of Budget and Finance Committee, Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1967.
Box 7 Folder 6
Minutes of Meetings (Folder 1 of 2.) (Account statements, "Budget vs. Actual, FY 1967," meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1968.
Box 7 Folder 7
Minutes of Meetings (Folder 2 of 2.) (Audit Report - 1968, proposed constitutional amendments, resignations of Dr. and Mrs. Parks, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, Board, and "Budget Vs. Actual, FY 1968."), 1968.
Box 7 Folder 8
Minutes of Meetings (Revised Constitution, account statements, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1969.
Box 7 Folder 9
Minutes of Meetings (Letter concerning moneys claimed by Gordon Research Conferences from Parks' "Research Conferences," meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1970.
Box 7 Folder 10
Minutes of Meetings (Resignation of W. Alec Johnson, Revised Budget, Colby Junior College "Statement To Sponsors Concerning the Gordon Research Conferences" fundraising appeal, account statements, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1971.
Box 7 Folder 11
Minutes of Meetings (Proposed changes in accounting Practices, proposed budget, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees, and correspondence concerning a lawsuit against Gordon Research Conferences by W. George Parks.), 1972.
Box 7 Folder 12
Minutes of Meetings (Changes in Constitution and By-Laws, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1973.
Box 8 Folder 1
Minutes of Meetings (New Constitution, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees, and relations with Colby Junior College.), 1974-1975.
Box 8 Folder 2
Minutes of Meetings (Composition of Selection and Scheduling Committee, meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1976.
Box 8 Folder 3
Minutes of Meetings (Meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1977-1978.
Box 8 Folder 4
Minutes of Meetings (Meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1979-1981.
Box 8 Folder 5
Minutes of Meetings (Meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee, Council, and Board of Trustees.), 1982-1983.
Box 8 Folder 6
Minutes of Meetings (Meetings of Selection and Scheduling Committee and Board of Trustees.), 1986.
Box 8 Folder 7

Series Description

This series contains the GRC's Director's Files. The contents of the Director's Files are arranged into the following five sub-series:

  1. Sumner B. Twiss
  2. W. George Parks
  3. Alexander M. Cruikshank
  4. Miscellaneous Correspondence and Documents
  5. Carlyle B. Storm
Sub-series Description

Sumner B. Twiss was the second Director of the Gibson Island Research Conferences (1944-1947). A Professor of Chemistry at Wayne University (now known as Wayne State University), Twiss assisted Neil E. Gordon unofficially while Gordon's official assistant John C. Krantz, Jr. was involved in war work. Following Krantz's resignation from the Gibson Island project, Twiss took over officially as Gordon's assistant. When Gordon resigned from the directorship for health reasons in 1944, Twiss became his successor. Twiss served in this capacity for two years before leaving it and Wayne University for a job in industry. He was succeeded as Director of the newly renamed Gordon Research Conferences by Dr. W. George Parks in 1947.

Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains the GRC's Sumner B. Twiss files. The files in this sub-series document Twiss' activities with the Gibson Island Research Conferences. The materials in this sub-series mainly document Twiss' tenure as Director. A small amount of materials covering his stint as assistant to Neil E. Gordon are also preserved here.

Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in the Sumner B. Twiss files. Other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, conference documents, attendee lists, financial documents, and surveys are preserved in this sub-series as well.

Advisory Board - Changes in Gibson Island Conferences Schedules - Pros and Cons, 1945.
Box 9 Folder 1
Advisory Board Meeting - Final Break with Officials of the Gibson Island Club, 1946 April 8.
Box 9 Folder 2
Advisory Board Meeting - Notification of Sumner Twiss' Resignation, 1946 September.
Box 9 Folder 3
Advisory Board Meeting - Correspondence (Letters of acceptance of regret by board members.), 1946.
Box 9 Folder 4
Attendance Surveys - Listed by Conference Title, 1945.
Box 9 Folder 5
Attendance Surveys - Includes announcement of new editorial policy at Record of Chemical Progress (Neil E. Gordon, Editor.), 1946.
Box 9 Folder 6
Auditing Committee - Correspondence between various committee members and either Neil E. Gordon or Sumner Twiss on conference matters, 1944-1946.
Box 9 Folder 7
Bank - Correspondence relating to various routine transactions - One a request for payment on an overdue gas and electric bill, 1945-1946.
Box 9 Folder 8
Bills Paid by Washington Office - Includes "Financial Report on the Gibson island Project", 1946.
Box 9 Folder 9
Related Materials

See also Box 15 Folders 4-5.

Building Committee - Correspondence relating to upkeep of Gibson Island House (Later Gordon House.), 1944-1946.
Box 9 Folder 10
Cancer - Conference Documents and Correspondence (Generally, the files for each conference are organized in this manner: correspondence with attendees arranged. alphabetically, requests by latecomers for conference accommodation, correspondence between Twiss and the chairman of each conference, general documents such as room charts, telephone bills, and conference schedules.), 1945-1946.
Box 9 Folder 11
Car - 1936 Plymouth Sedan Used on Gibson Island (Includes assortment of World War II era gasoline rationing forms.), 1945-1946.
Box 9 Folder 12
Catalysis - Conference Documents and Correspondence, 1945-1946.
Box 9 Folder 13a
Catalysis, 1946.
Box 9 Folder 13b
Catalysis, 1946.
Box 9 Folder 13c
Company Requests - Correspondence with companies seeking to become Gordon Research Conferences sponsors, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 1
Compilation of Locations - Includes attendance lists for 1945 conferences, 1945.
Box 10 Folder 2
Constitution (Gordon Research Conferences), undated.
Box 10 Folder 3
Corrosion - Correspondence, A-M., 1946.
Box 10 Folder 4a
Corrosion - Correspondence, N-W - Correspondence with conference chairman, attendance lists, room charts, and phone charges, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 4b
Executive Committee, Gibson Island Club - Deliberations concerning a move away from Gibson Island, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 5
Related Materials

See also Box 3 Folder 6 and Box 3 Folder 9.

Executive Finance Committee, 1944.
Box 10 Folder 6
Food and Nutrition - Correspondence, A-F., 1946.
Box 10 Folder 7a
Food and Nutrition - Correspondence, G-R., 1946.
Box 10 Folder 7b
Food and Nutrition - Correspondence, S-W - Miscellaneous conference documents and correspondence with conference chair, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 7c
Gibson Island Conferences, 1940-1942.
Box 10 Folder 8a
Gibson Island Conferences, 1940-1942.
Box 10 Folder 8b
Neil E. Gordon - Letter to S. B. Twiss requesting shipment of his belongings from Gibson Island, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 9
Governing Board - Letter, Dr. George Calingaert to members of Governing Board of AAAS - Gibson Conferences, concerning possible successors to S. B., Twiss, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 10
House Committee - Correspondence relating to the repair or sale of the Gibson Island property, 1944-1946.
Box 11 Folder 1
Houseboys - Applications, correspondence, duties, and work schedules, 1946.
Box 11 Folder 2
Improvements to Gibson Island, 1945-1946.
Box 11 Folder 3
Instruments (Conference) - Correspondence, A-K, 1946.
Box 11 Folder 4a
Instruments (Conference) - Correspondence, M-Z, plus general conference documents and correspondence between S. B. Twiss and C. O. Fairchild (Conference Vice-Chairman) , 1946.
Box 11 Folder 4b
Inventory - Towels and Bedding, 1946.
Box 11 Folder 5
H. W. Kingbury (Executive Secretary, Gibson Island Club) - Correspondence relating to attendance at 1945 conferences, 1944-1945.
Box 11 Folder 6
H. W. Kingbury - Correspondence relating to 1946 conferences, 1945-1946.
Box 11 Folder 7
Mr. Lanehart - Correspondence regarding the status of needed repairs to the Gordon House on Gibson Island, 1944-1946.
Box 11 Folder 8
Late Applications - Correspondence, 1946.
Box 11 Folder 9
Letters to Be Filed - Including Dr. Twiss' letter of resignation and financial statements for 1945 conferences, 1946.
Box 11 Folder 10
Management Committee, 1946.
Box 12 Folder 1
Medicinal Conference - Correspondence, A-L., 1946.
Box 12 Folder 2a
Medicinal Conference - Correspondence, M-W, 1946.
Box 12 Folder 2b
Medicinal Conference - Conference documents and correspondence with conference director, 1946.
Box 12 Folder 2c
Dr. H. A. Meyerhoff (Executive Secretary, American Association for the Advancement of Science) - Correspondence, 1946.
Box 12 Folder 3a
Dr. H. A. Meyerhoff - Attendance Lists (By conference.), 1946.
Box 12 Folder 3b
Miscellaneous Letters - Mostly late requests for conference registrations, 1946.
Box 12 Folder 4
F. R. Moulton - 1945 Conference - Correspondence between S. B. Twiss and F.R. Moulton, mostly concerning Twiss' appointment to succeed Neil E. Gordon. (Moulton served as Permanent Secretary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.), 1944-1945.
Box 12 Folder 5a
F. R. Moulton - 1945 Conference - Correspondence between Neil E. Gordon and F.R. Moulton, mostly concerning wartime conditions and travel restrictions, 1944-1945.
Box 12 Folder 5b
F. R. Moulton - 1945 Conference - Correspondence betweenN. E. Gordon and F.R. Moulton, mostly concerning American Association for the Advancement of Science funding for the Kresge-Hooker Library, 1944.
Box 12 Folder 5c
Related Materials

See also Box 4 Folders 1-6.

F. R. Moulton - 1946 Conference, 1945-1946.
Box 12 Folder 6
Organic High Polymers (Conference) - Correspondence A-H, 1946.
Box 13 Folder 1a
Organic High Polymers (Conference) - Correspondence J-Z, 1946.
Box 13 Folder 1b
Organic High Polymers (Conference) - General correspondence and correspondence between S. B. Twiss and C. S. Fuller, 1946.
Box 13 Folder 1c
Petroleum (Conference) - Correspondence A-Z - Topics include selecting conference attendees and a billing "snafu", 1946.
Box 13 Folder 2a
Petroleum (Conference) - General correspondence, mostly with Stewart S. Kurtz (Conference Chairman), general conference documents, room charts, etc., 1946.
Box 13 Folder 2b
Policy Committee Meetings - Correspondence Only, 1944-1945.
Box 13 Folder 3a
Policy Committee Meetings - Minutes of Meetings and Correspondence - Topics include more on the Kresge-Hooker funding imbroglio, 1943-1944.
Box 13 Folder 3b
Related Materials

See also Box 4 Folders 1-6 and Box 12 Folder 5c.

Programs - Annotated Attendance Lists, 1944-1945.
Box 14 Folder 1a
Programs - Annotated Attendance List, 1944.
Box 14 Folder 1b
Programs - Publication of - Correspondence with various printers, editors of journals, etc., 1944-1946.
Box 14 Folder 2
Registration Fee Deposit Lists, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 3
Requests for Reprints/Papers, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 4
Research - Correspondence relating to a proposed Research Conference which did not come about, 1944-1946.
Box 14 Folder 5
Reservation Census, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 6
Special Data - Includes conference rules, inventory lists, 1944-1945.
Box 14 Folder 7
Sponsoring Companies - Correspondence regarding a variety of problems concerning company representatives, 1945-1946.
Box 14 Folder 8
Related Materials

See also Box 6 Folder 7 and Box 13 Folder 2a.

Sponsorship Committee - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1944, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 9
Sponsorship Company Representatives - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 10a
Sponsorship Company Representatives - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 10b
Sponsorship Requests - Correspondence from various corporate would-be sponsors, 1944-1946.
Box 14 Folder 11
Statement of Purpose, 1938.
Box 14 Folder 12
H. W. Steiner - Correspondence concerning tree and brush removals from the Gibson Island property, 1946.
Box 14 Folder 13
Textiles (Conference) - General correspondence with conference chairman and conference documents - Correspondence A-I, 1946.
Box 15 Folder 1
Textiles (Conference) - Correspondence, H-Z, 1946.
Box 15 Folder 1b
Vitamins (Conference) - Correspondence, A-K, 1946.
Box 15 Folder 2a
Vitamins (Conference) - Correspondence, L-Z - General correspondence with conference chairman - Conference documents, 1946.
Box 15 Folder 2b
Vouchers - Dated and signed by Twiss and other Gibson Island personnel, 1946.
Box 15 Folder 3
Woodley, Sam (Executive Assistant, AAAS) - Correspondence between Neil E. Gordon and Sam Woodley - Mostly concerning financial matters, 1943-1945.
Box 15 Folder 4
Woodley, Sam - Correspondence between Sumner Twiss and Sam Woodley, mostly concerning financial matters, 1945.
Box 15 Folder 5
Sub-series Description

Wilbur George Parks was the second Director of the of the newly renamed Gordon Research Conferences (1947-1968). A Professor of Chemistry at Rhode Island State College (now known as the University of Rhode Island), Parks assumed the directorship in 1947. He presided over a period of expansion for the organization, during which the conferences moved from Gibson Island, Maryland to Colby Junior College in New London, New Hampshire, then to a consortium of colleges and spread beyond the bounds of New England to the West Coast. He was succeeded by his longtime assistant Dr. Alexander M. Cruickshank in 1968.

Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains the GRC's W. George Parks files. The files in this sub-series document Parks' activities as Director. Small amounts of materials predating and postdating his tenure as Director are also present here.

Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in the W. George Parks files. Other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, minutes, conference schedules, speaker abstracts, attendee lists, financial documents, and newsletters are preserved in this sub-series as well.

General Correspondence - General topics, including "Antimalarials" conference, 1945.
Box 16 Folder 1
General Correspondence - General topics, including "Medicinal Chemistry" conference, new home for the GRC, and new Director of GRC, 1946.
Box 16 Folder 2
General Correspondence - General topics, including "Medicinal Chemistry" conference and travel expenses for academics, 1947.
Box 16 Folder 3
Advisory Board Correspondence (Mostly relating to the "Medicinal Chemistry" conference.), 1948.
Box 16 Folder 4
Program Committee Correspondence (For the "Medicinal Chemistry" conference.), 1946-1947.
Box 16 Folder 5
Program Committee Memoranda (For "Medicinal Chemistry."), 1946-1947.
Box 16 Folder 6
Program Committee Miscellaneous Correspondence (Topics for consideration at the "Medicinal Chemistry" conference.), 1946-1947.
Box 16 Folder 7
Program Committee Speaker Correspondence (Divided by subject matter as treated at "Medicinal Chemistry" conference.), 1947.
Box 16 Folder 8
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Advisory Board, 1947.
Box 17 Folder 1
General Note

The American Association for the Advancement of Science was the sponsor of the Gordon Research Conferences and had ultimate control over them. The Advisory Board oversaw the Gordon Research Conferences' operations until the GRC's incorporation in 1955. This correspondence concerns a variety of "bread-and-butter" topics and includes some conference documents.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Advisory Board, 1948.
Box 17 Folder 2
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Miscellaneous correspondence, mostly relating to the "Statistics" conference and the "Information for Chairmen"Gordon Research Conferences document.), 1957.
Box 17 Folder 3
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (Correspondence, mostly relating to the "Statistics" conference.), 1957.
Box 17 Folder 4
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Speakers, (Carbons of letters between the Chairman of the "Statistics" conference and its participants, and one conference paper.), 1957.
Box 17 Folder 5
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) General Correspondence (Correspondence and some official documents regarding the election of the Board.), 1955-1957.
Box 17 Folder 6
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Official Documents (Includes "Articles of Agreement," "Constitution & By-Laws," council minutes, and "Proposal to Establish the Gordon Research Conferences Fund."), undated.
Box 17 Folder 7
Academic Press, Incorporated (Correspondence regarding employee attendance at the Gordon Research Conferences.), 1962-1963.
Box 17 Folder 8
Adhesion (Conferences On) - Correspondence, schedules, attendance, and speakers lists, 1952-1967.
Box 18 Folder 1
Advisory Board - Correspondence and some policy statements, 1946-1954.
Box 18 Folder 2
Aging (Conferences On), 1951-1963.
Box 18 Folder 3
Air Quality (Conference On) - Correspondence, schedules, attendance, and speakers lists, 1962-1963.
Box 18 Folder 4
American Crystallographic Association - Correspondence, Re: scheduling of a conference, 1950.
Box 18 Folder 5
American Optical Company - Correspondence, Re: purchase of projection equipment, 1950-1953.
Box 18 Folder 6
Analytical Chemistry (Conferences On) - Correspondence, schedules, attendance, and speakers lists, 1950-1967.
Box 19 Folder 1
Anniversary (25th of Gordon Research Conferences) - Correspondence, seating charts, attendance lists, etc., 1956-1957.
Box 19 Folder 2a
Anniversary Logbook of Attendees, 1956.
Box 19 Folder 2b
General Note

Mold damage.

Anniversary - Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1956-1957.
Box 19 Folder 2c
Aromatic Chemicals (Conference On) - Correspondence, 1954.
Box 20 Folder 1
Attendance Surveys, 1946-1953.
Box 20 Folder 2a
Attendance Surveys (Sponsors), 1949-1953.
Box 20 Folder 2b
Auditor's Report (Includes tax information.), 1966-1967.
Box 20 Folder 3a
Auditor's Report, 1964-1965.
Box 20 Folder 3b
Austin, Eugene M. (President, Colby Junior College, New London, New Hampshire.) - Fund raising and air-conditioning for Gordon Hall, 1958-1960.
Box 20 Folder 4
Behnke, John A. (American Association for the Advancement of Science - Associate Administrative Secretary) - Correspondence on assorted administrative matters, 1956.
Box 20 Folder 5
Biochemistry (General), 1951-1953.
Box 20 Folder 6
Biochemistry in Agriculture (Conference On), 1954-1956.
Box 20 Folder 7
Biological Regulatory Mechanisms (Conference On), 1963-1966.
Box 20 Folder 8
Biomathematics (Conference On), 1963-1967.
Box 20 Folder 9
Biopolymer-Solvent Interaction of Liquids (Conference On), 1962-1966.
Box 20 Folder 10
Board of Trustees - File includes Gordon Research Conferences History and Director's Operation Fund balance sheet (The Board of Trustees was the governing body of the Gordon Research Conferences.), 1955.
Box 20 Folder 11
Board of Trustees - Correspondence, Minutes of Meetings, Director's Operation Fund balance sheet, Special Fund balance sheet, 1956.
Box 20 Folder 12
Board of Trustees - Correspondence, Colby Junior College Appeal and establishment of Host Organization Fund, Balance Sheet for 10/31/57, and discussion of possible new conferences, 1957.
Box 20 Folder 13
Board of Trustees - Correspondence and Minutes of Meetings, 1958.
Box 20 Folder 14
Board of Trustees - Correspondence and Minutes of Meetings, 1959.
Box 20 Folder 15
Sub-series 3. Alexander M. Cruikshank, 1951-1991, undated.
Sub-series Description

Alexander M. Cruickshank was the third Director of the Gordon Research Conferences (1968-1993.) A Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, Cruikshank served as W. George Park's assistant during the latter's tenure as Director and succeeded him in this position following his resignation in 1968. Cruickshank was succeeded as Director by his assistant, Dr. Carlyle B. Storm in 1993.

Arranged alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains the GRC's Alexander M. Cruikshank files. The files in this sub-series document Cruikshank's activities as Director. Small amounts of materials predating his tenure as Director are also present here.

Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in the Alexander M. Cruikshank files. Significant amounts of proposal and programs are also found in this sub-series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, attendee lists, agendas, reports, and minutes are preserved here as well.

Sub-series 4. Miscellaneous Correspondence and Documents, 1958-1986, undated.
Sub-series Description

This sub-series consists mostly of correspondence files containing material that escaped being filed in the appropriate conference or topic folders. Accordingly, these files have been left in "as is" condition to suggest the volume and varieties of correspondence received by the various directors of the GRC.

Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in this sub-series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, articles, news releases, and reports, are preserved here as well.

Sub-series 5. Carlyle B. Storm, 1996-1999.
Sub-series Description

Carlyle B. Storm was the fourth Director of the Gordon Research Conferences (1993-2003). Storm succeeded Alexander M. Cruikshank as Director in 1993. Prior to assuming the directorship, he was Chief Scientist for the Energetic Materials and Testing Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under Storm's leadership, the GRC experienced a great deal of growth, expanding both nationally and internationally. Storm was succeeded as Director by Nancy Ryan Gray in 2003.

Arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by subject, this sub-series contains the GRC's Carlyle B. Storm files. The files in this sub-series document Carlyle B. Storm's activities as Director between 1996 and 1999. Due to the GRC's expansion into an international organization during Storm's tenure, some materials that were once collected under Series IV (Attendee Lists) and Series V (Programs) are now included as part of Carlyle B. Storm's director's files.

Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in this sub-series. Other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, booklets, abstracts, attendee lists, and programs are preserved here as well.

IV. Series IV. Attendee Lists, 1947-1995.
Series Description

Because the Gordon Research Conference organizes series of scientific conferences, it is necessary that records be kept of who attends which conference. This became especially evident as the number of conferences held under the GRC's auspices grew. In 1947, GRC conferences addressed the following topics: Cancer, Catalysis, Corrosion, Food and Nutrition, Instrumentation, Medicinal Chemistry, Petroleum, Textiles, and Vitamins. Over time, new conference groups requested admission into the ranks of the GRC, while established conferences wished to remain scheduled as annual events. Decisions to eliminate conferences were sometimes made. With the establishment of the Selection and Scheduling Committee (see Box 43), it became possible for more purely scientific conferences to displace the older, more industry-oriented ones.

This series contains attendee lists for conferences organized by the GRC between 1947 and 1995. The files in this series are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by title. New conference titles are listed according to the years in which they first appeared. In some cases, new conference titles are restated versions of older conferences. After 1995, the GRC instituted a new system of filing material by conference title. Post-1995 attendee lists are now found in Carlyle B. Storm's director's files (see Boxes 132-179), where they are arranged by individual conference titles rather than as a separate series of records.

Conference attendee lists make up the bulk of the materials found in this series. Small amounts of statistics sheets and chair and vice-chair lists are preserved here as well.

V. Series V. Programs, 1948-1995.
Series Description

Arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by conference title, this series contains programs distributed for individual conferences organized by the Gordon Research Conferences. It contains a complete run of programs covering the GRC conferences held between 1948 and 1995.

Some of the conferences produced more elaborate conference books, which combined the functions of program and workbook. Varying in size, the conference books could contain abstracts of the talks to be presented, graphs, charts, slide reproductions, and photographic illustrations. They are listed by conference title.

Programs and conference books make up the bulk of the materials in this series. Small numbers of conference schedules and abstracts, a book of poster session abstracts, and a book of research summaries are preserved here as well.

VI. Series VI. Conference Evaluations, 1958-1994.
Series Description

Part of the Gordon Research Conferences' philosophy was that there should be independent oversight over the various conferences that it sponsored. In accordance with this philosophy, a system of conference evaluations was developed so that the effectiveness of a given conference could be measured. Additionally, the GRC's Selection and Scheduling Committee used the findings of these reports to determine the frequency with which certain conferences should be scheduled or whether certain conferences should be dropped. In the beginning, conferences were attended by monitors who submitted narrative-type reports on their findings. The value of these early reports lay in their subjectivity. Later, more objective standards were established and as the conferences grew in size and number, so did the reports.

Arranged chronologically by year, this series contains an incomplete set of the GRC's conference evaluations. These evaluations cover GRC conferences held between 1958 and 1994. The evaluation reports generated between 1969 and 1989 are contained in loose leaf binders, one per year. The evaluation reports generated between 1990 and 1994 are contained in ring binders, one per year.

VII. Series VII. Host Institutions, 1953-1983.
Series Description

Since 1947, numerous Gordon Research Conferences have been hosted by several colleges and preparatory schools in New England.

Arranged alphabetically by institution, this series contains files pertaining to a few New England institutions that hosted GRC conferences between 1953 and 1983, including Plymouth State College and several preparatory schools. The contents of these files consist mainly of correspondence between GRC Directors W. George Parks and Alexander M. Cruickshank and the administrators of the hosting institutions. Small amounts of accompanying administrative forms and printed materials are preserved here as well.

VIII. Series VIII. Addendum - Biographical, 1968-2001, undated.
Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by name, this series contains biographical materials pertaining to the following four Gordon Research Conferences officials/conference chairmen: Fred Basolo, Judah Folkman, Robert W. Parry, and D.A. Ramsay. These files contain some information regarding their activities with the GRC and the conferences they chaired.

Correspondence makes up the largest component of the materials in this series. Smaller, but noticeable, amounts of notes, attendee lists, conference handouts, and talk manuscripts are also present in these files. Other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, reports, minutes, committee lists, and an inventory to the Robert W. Parry Papers (which are preserved at the University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections) are preserved here as well.

IX. Series IX. Addendum - American Association for the Advancement of Science and Johns Hopkins University Materials, 1927-1980.
Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains materials concerning the origins and early meetings of the organization that later became the Gordon Research Conferences. A majority of the files in this series concern the meetings organized under the auspices of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) during the late 1930s and 1940s. A single file concerning the early meetings organized by Johns Hopkins University during the 1920s and 1930s, which were held in Baltimore, Maryland and Gibson Island, Maryland, is also present in this series. A single file containing correspondence between the GRC and the International Union for Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) is also preserved here.

Correspondence and meeting minutes make up the largest component of the materials in this series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, financial documents, reports, conference handouts, and journal articles are preserved here as well.

X. Series X. Addendum - Paul D. Boyer Notes, 1969-1994.
Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains the files of American biochemist and 1997 Nobel Prize winner Paul D. Boyer. Boyer was a frequent attendee of GRC conferences and considered them to be particularly meaningful to his scientific career. The files in this series document his participation in a number of GRC conferences held between 1971 and 1994, including those for Energy Coupling Mechanisms and Proton Membrane Reactions.

Notes and correspondence make up the largest components of the materials in this series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, attendee lists, proposals, agendas, and articles are preserved here as well.

XI. Series XI. Addendum - Miscellaneous, 1913-2001, undated.
Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains Gordon Research Conferences materials that do not readily fit elsewhere in the collection. A majority of the files in this series concern the history of the GRC organization. Small numbers of files concerning a few GRC officials, a few GRC conferences, and speeches presented at GRC conferences are also found here.

The contents of this series consist of a variety of materials. Correspondence, articles, reprints, and speech manuscripts make up the largest components of this series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, attendee lists, printed materials, agendas, and photographs are preserved in these files as well.

XII. Series XII. Addendum - Reproductive Tract Biology Conference, 1988-2002, undated.
Series Description

The Reproductive Tract Biology Conference was a series of biology conferences organized by the Gordon Research Conferences. Usually held every other year, this conference focused on the physiological, hormonal, and cellular aspects of reproductive tract biology in animals and humans. It was originally called the Mammalian Genital Tract Secretions Conference (1973-1977). From 1980 to 1986, it was known as the Mammalian Genital Tract Conference, then was subsequently renamed the Reproductive Tract Biology Conference (1988-2010). The last Reproductive Tract Biology Conference was held in August 2010.

Arranged its original order, this series contains files pertaining to the GRC's Reproductive Tract Biology Conference. The files in this series mainly document the Reproductive Tract Biology Conferences held between 1992 and 2002. A single file containing materials pertaining to conferences held in 1988 and 1990 are also preserved here.

The Reproductive Tract Biology Conference files consist of a wide variety of materials. Correspondence makes up the largest component of this series. Smaller, but noticeable, amounts of attendee lists, proposals, programs, and financial documents are also present in these files. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, reports, directories, abstracts, and applications are preserved here as well.

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