Main content

Papers of Sam S. Brody


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Science History Institute Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Sam S. Brody was an American chemist. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 8, 1929, Brody attended the University of Chattanooga, then earned his graduate degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1956. Upon graduation, he went to work as a chemist at E.I. Du Pont.

In 1963, Brody was hired as a senior chemist at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories and was later promoted to manager of the firm's program for Instrumentation Development and Applied Research. During his eight-year tenure at Melpar/Meloy, he co-invented the phosphorus and sulfur selective flame photometric detector. Brody and his coworkers also worked on a pre-prototype version of a chromatograph inlet system, which was developed for use by the United States Army to test dispersion of chemical agents in the air.

After leaving Melpar/Meloy, Brody worked for Analytical Instrument Development Company, Roy F. Weston, Incorporated, Taylor Instrument Company, and Eastman Kodak Company. He also served several stints as an independent consultant.

Sam S. Brody retired as a consultant in 2000.


Papers of Sam S. Brody, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Papers of Sam S. Brody contain the professional papers of American chemist Sam S. Brody. The materials in this collection mainly document his eight-year tenure with Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. The collection is arranged into the following four series:

  1. Personal Reference Files
  2. Application Notes
  3. Papers Delivered by Sam S. Brody
  4. Patents

The Papers of Sam S. Brody were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Sam S. Brody in 2004.

The Papers of Sam S. Brody were processed by Andrew Mangravite in February 2005.

Science History Institute Archives
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid created by Andrew Mangravite and encoded into EAD by Kenton G. Jaehnig.
Finding Aid Date
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions

The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Papers of Sam S. Brody. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Inventory

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by subject, this series contains Sam S. Brody's personal reference files. The files in this series primarily document the various projects Brody supervised at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. Its contents consist of correspondence, advertising material from instrument manufacturers, and photocopies of papers used by Brody in his work.

Abstracts (Classification lists.), 1966-1967, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Aerosol Analysis (6 articles.), 1965-1969.
Box 1 Folder 2
Aerosol Preparation (2 government reports.), 1966, 1970.
Box 1 Folder 3
Air Pollution Information (3 papers.), 1955, 1969-1970.
Box 1 Folder 4
Air Pollution Instruments (24 papers, including one by Sam S. Brody, advertising material, and "Trip File".), 1958-1973.
Box 1 Folder 5
Air Pollution and Papers (27 papers.), 1965-1971, undated.
Box 1 Folder 6
Air Pollution and Papers: File 2 (15 papers.), 1972-1976, undated.
Box 1 Folder 7
Air Pumps (Advertising material and correspondence.), 1967-1974, undated.
Box 1 Folder 8
Air Purification Equipment (Advertising material.), 1970-1973.
Box 1 Folder 9
Bibliography of G.C. Literature (Mercaptans and Hydrazines - lists of articles and many photocopied papers.), 1960-1970.
Box 2 Folder 1
Chromatography Systems (Papers), 1968-1972.
Box 2 Folder 2
Concentration Techniques (Reports, advertising material, and papers on concentration technique and sampling concentrators.), 1969-1975.
Box 2 Folder 3
Detector Principles (Reports, advertising material, and papers.), 1964-1970, undated.
Box 2 Folder 4
Detectors, Flame, and Ionization (Advertising material and papers.), 1966-1967, undated.
Box 2 Folder 5
Detectors, Specific (Papers and reports.), 1962-1970.
Box 2 Folder 6
Electrical/Electronic Components (Advertising material.), 1972-1973, undated.
Box 2 Folder 7
Environmental Contamination (Papers and advertising material.), 1959, 1967-1968, 1975-1976, undated.
Box 2 Folder 8
Flame Photometric Detection (Papers, including one by Sam S. Brody.), 1965-1971.
Box 3 Folder 1
Gas Dilution Apparatus (Advertising material and papers.), 1966-1974.
Box 3 Folder 2
Gas Purification (6 papers.), 1966-1970.
Box 3 Folder 3
Halogen Compound Analysis (1 paper.), 1966.
Box 3 Folder 4
Heat Transfer (Advertising material and 2 papers.), 1966-1972.
Box 3 Folder 5
Historical (Gas Chromatography - 2 papers.), 1966-1967.
Box 3 Folder 6
Injection Techniques (4 papers.), 1965-1967.
Box 3 Folder 7
Measurement Identification Techniques (6 papers.), 1964-1967.
Box 3 Folder 8
Mercury Analysis (1 paper.), 1971.
Box 3 Folder 9
Nitrogen Compound Analysis (9 papers.), 1965-1971.
Box 3 Folder 10
Papers of Interest (11 papers on various topics.), 1960-1969.
Box 4 Folder 1
Pesticides (18 papers.), 1963-1968.
Box 4 Folder 2
Phosphate (1 paper.), 1965.
Box 4 Folder 3
Plastics and Special Materials (Advertising material.) (Folder 1 of 2.), 1967-1970, undated.
Box 4 Folder 4
Plastics and Special Materials (Advertising material.) (Folder 2 of 2), 1970-1973, undated.
Box 4 Folder 5
Sample Work-Up (4 papers and advertising material.), 1962-1976.
Box 5 Folder 1
Selective Filters for Sulfur Dioxide (1 paper.), 1968.
Box 5 Folder 2
Sodium Thermionic Detector (2 papers.), 1964.
Box 5 Folder 3
Sugars (1 paper.), 1966.
Box 5 Folder 4
Sulfur Compounds (16 papers.), 1957-1976.
Box 5 Folder 5
Sulfur Dioxide Analyzers (Advertising material and eight papers.), 1967-1971.
Box 5 Folder 6
Supports (3 papers.), 1963, undated.
Box 5 Folder 7
Tapes and Adhesives (Advertising material.), 1967, undated.
Box 5 Folder 8
Temperature Control (Advertising material and one paper.), 1969, 1975, undated.
Box 5 Folder 9
Timers and Programmers (Advertising material.), 1971, 1975.
Box 5 Folder 10
Vacuum Technology (Advertising material and one paper.), 1964, 1968, undated.
Box 5 Folder 11
Valves (2 papers.), 1971, undated.
Box 5 Folder 12
Index File - Metal filing box with typed cards comprising an alphabetical listing of articles relevant to Sam S. Brody's interests. Box is labeled "Accumulated from C.A. 1962-1972.", 1962-1972.
Box 6

Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains technical notes collected by Sam S. Brody. Its contents consist of technical notes issued by F and M Scientific Company, Wilkens Instruments and Research, Incorporated, Perkin-Elmer Corporation, Melpar, Incorporated, Meloy Laboratories, and Roy F. Weston, Incorporated.

F and M Scientific Corporation - "Facts and Methods" - Vol. 1, No. 1 through Vol. 8, No. 6 (Including F and M Technical Bulletin 101, "Performance of F and M Flame Ionization Gas Chromatographs"), 1960-1967.
Box 7 Folder 1
Wilkens Instruments and Research, Incorporated - "The Aerograph"- "Previews" and "Reviews for Gas Chromatography", 1962-1968.
Box 7 Folder 2
Wilkens Instruments and Research, Incorporated - "The Aerograph" - "Aerograph Research Notes", 1961-1965.
Box 7 Folder 3
Perkin-Elmer Corporation - Gas Chromatography Notebook (Including issues of "Chromatography Newsletter", "Gas Chromatography Application", and papers by various authors.), 1972-1979.
Box 8
Melpar, Incorporated - Technical Proposal for An Automatic Water Pollution Monitor to Detect and Identify Halogen and Phosphorus Insecticides and Herbicides, 1966.
Box 9 Folder 1
Melpar, Incorporated - Technical Proposal for a Prototype Automatic Pesticide-In-Air Measurement System (Draft), 1967.
Box 9 Folder 2
Melpar, Incorporated - Technical Proposal for a Prototype Automatic Pesticide-In-Air Measurement System (Final), 1967.
Box 9 Folder 3
Melpar, Incorporated - Qualification Test Report of Pilot Model Leak Detector for Space Environment, 1969.
Box 9 Folder 4
Melpar, Incorporated - Operational and Maintenance Manual for Pilot Model Leak Detector for Space Environment (Including blueprints and specifications; supplemental material.), 1963-1964, 1969.
Box 9 Folder 5
Melpar - Preproduction Inspection and Test Report for the Total Hydrocarbon Analyzer (Revised Edition), 1969-1970.
Box 9 Folder 6
Meloy Laboratories - Sulfur Dioxide Flue Gas Monitor, Model FSA-190 (Draft Copy), 1971.
Box 9 Folder 7
Meloy Laboratories - Particulate Phosphorus Measurement in Air, 1971.
Box 9 Folder 8
Roy F. Weston, Incorporated - Sampling and Analysis Specific Contaminants in Work Environment Ambient Air and Stack Emissions, 1976.
Box 9 Folder 9
Test Procedure - Flame Photometric Detector (FPD-100), undated.
Box 9 Folder 10

Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series mainly concerns papers presented by Sam S. Brody at conferences and symposia. Materials for the draft version of the instrumentation manual for the chromatograph inlet system developed for the United States Army and the associated gas chromatograph are also present here.

The contents of this series consist mainly of conference and symposia papers. Reprint requests, photographs, page proofs, and illustrations are preserved here as well.

Paper Presented to Edgewood Arsenal ("Determination of PPB Concentration of C Agents in Air Utilizing Emission from Hydrogen Rich Flame"), 1965.
Box 10 Folder 1
FPD - Related Manuscripts (List of publications.), 1967.
Box 10 Folder 2
Eastern Analytical Symposium ("Flame Photometric Detection of P, S, and Other Elements for Gas Chromatography" - Including other conference-related material.), 1968.
Box 10 Folder 3
Extra Illustrations for Eastern Analytical Symposium Paper, 1968.
Box 10 Folder 4
Ozone 1st International Symposium ("A Proposed Analysis for Ozone in Water Using a Field Portable Chemiluminescent Ozone Analyzer"), 1973.
Box 10 Folder 5
Miscellaneous Papers (Folder 1 of 2), 1960-1969, undated.
Box 10 Folder 6
Miscellaneous Papers (Folder 2 of 2), 1970-1992, undated.
Box 10 Folder 7
Photographs - Original Artwork on Flame Photometric Paper, 1966.
Box 10 Folder 8
Reprint Requests, 1965-1969.
Box 10 Folder 9
G C Course, circa 1968.
Box 10 Folder 10
Dugway Proving Ground Manual - Final Report, 1969.
Box 10 Folder 11
Page Proofs and Illustrations for Dugway Proving Ground Manual, 1969.
Box 11

Series Description

Arranged in its original order, this series contains Sam S. Brody's patent files. Most of the materials in this series concern Brody's co-invention of the flame photometric detector at Melpar/Meloy Laboratories. A small amount of materials regarding a log linear electrometer and a gas chromatographer are also preserved here.

Flame Photometric Detector - History, 1963, 1965, undated.
Box 12 Folder 1
Flame Photometric Detector - Documents and Plans (Including related patents held by others.), 1955-1970, undated.
Box 12 Folder 2
Flame Photometric Detector - Patent-Related Documents, 1957, 1965, 1969, 1970-1971, undated.
Box 12 Folder 3
"Recent" Patent Actions Related to Sam S. Brody - Possible Infringement Issues, Correspondence, Other Patents, Legal Documents (Partly concerned with flame photometric detector), 1967-1971.
Box 12 Folder 4
Docket 1265 Calibration System for Photodetecting Instrument - Sam S. Brody and W.B. Holland, 1970.
Box 12 Folder 5
Docket 1301 Log Linear Electrometer - J.W. Paljug and Sam S. Brody, 1971.
Box 12 Folder 6
Gas Chromatographer for Detection of BZ (Dry Sampling Technique), 1963-1965.
Box 12 Folder 7
List of Patents and Papers of Sam S. Brody, 1992.
Box 12 Folder 8

Print, Suggest