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The Dow Chemical Historical Collection


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.

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Dow Chemical Company was founded by Herbert H. Dow in 1897. Headquartered in Midland, Michigan, the company was initially founded upon a method invented by Dow for extracting bromine from brine. At first the company sold mainly bleach and potassium bromide and mainly to other chemical manufacturers. Today Dow is a multinational corporate selling a large variety of products to industry and consumers alike.

The collection was divided into the series A/V, Artifacts, and Advertisements; Subject Files; Personal Papers; Image Archive.

Organized into 10 sections. 1. Subject Index (Books #1-3); 2.Individual's Papers (Books #1-2); 3.Herbert H. Dow Papers (Books #1-); 4.Keith Barron's "Dow Agriculture History"; 5.Artifact Collection; 6.Advertisement Index; 7.Ads, A/V, Books, Maps & Blueprints, Periodicals, Slides; 8."Down to Earth Publication Index;" 9.Union Carbide Corporate History; 10.Photo Collections.

This is a fairly comprehensive collection of records dealing with the growth and operations of the Dow Chemical Company. There are also some papers relating to the company founder, Herbert H. Dow.

This material was formerly housed at the Post Street Archives in Midland, Michigan.

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized and are available online in our Digital Collections:

Source of acquisition--Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Method of acquisition--Gift ;; Date of acquisition--2008..

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