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Women's chemistry class, 1915

Women's chemistry class, 1915


Women's chemistry class, 1915


A chemistry class for women. A notation on the reverse reads: ""2nd Floor-East--Room now a corridor leading into PSRR (Physical Science Reading Room) on second floor of O & L Bldg. (Office & Lab Building). Class taught by Nellie Naylor."" Naylor, a long-time faculty member,received a B.A. (1908) from the State University of lowa (University of lowa in lowa City); an M.S. (1918) from lowa State College (University); and a Ph.D. (1923) from Columbia University. She started teaching at lowa State as a Chemistry Assistant in 1909. Except for when she was studying elsewhere, Naylor remained at lowa State until 1955, when she retired as Associate Professor of Chemistry. Her personal papers (RS 13/6/51) are part of the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering, Iowa State University Library.
The Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm offered chemistry classes to its first classes in 1869. The department was formally established in 1871, and served students in Agriculture, Engineering, Science, Home Economics and Veterinary Medicine. The Chemical and Physical Laboratory was constructed in 1870-1871, and after it burned in 1913, a new building, Chemistry Hall, was built to replace it. Department Chair, Winfred Coover (1914-1944) expanded the teaching system and emphasized independent research throughout World War I and the post-war period. With the advent of the Ames Laboratory and World War II, the Chemistry Department further developed its cutting edge and interdisciplinary research programs in addition to its teaching. In 1973, Chemistry Hall was renamed Gilman Hall, in honor of Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Henry Gilman. The Department also has laboratories, classrooms and offices in Hach Hall. The Chemistry Department is now part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University, and also frequently partners with the Ames Laboratory.


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