Guide to the Harry S. Mosher Papers

Stanford University Libraries Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
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Overview

Call Number: SC0645
Creator: Mosher, Harry S.
Title: Harry S. Mosher papers
Dates: 1944-2000
Physical Description: 37.5 Linear feet
Summary: Papers include correspondence, manuscripts and reprints, research files, lab notebooks, grant files, and class materials.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of the estate of Harry Mosher, 2002.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

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Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Harry S. Mosher Papers (SC0645). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Harry S. Mosher earned his bachelor's degree in 1937 from Willamette University and his master's degree from Oregon State University in 1939. He taught briefly at Willamette before earning his doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1942; he remained at Penn during World War II as an assistant professor supervising research on synthetic anti-malarial drugs for the National Research Council. He joined the Stanford faculty in 1947 and taught until his retirement in 1981. During his career at Stanford, Mosher taught organic chemistry and conducted research in a wide range of areas, including natural products chemistry and stereochemistry. He co-authored more than 140 research papers and a reference book titled ASYMMETRIC ORGANIC REACTIONS, published in 1971. Mosher also elucidated the chemical structure of tetrodotoxin - an extremely toxic molecule found in wild newts inhabiting Stanford's Lake Lagunita. Mosher died in March of 2001.

Description of the Collection

Papers include correspondence, manuscripts and reprints, research files, lab notebooks, grant files, and class materials.

Access Terms

Mosher, Harry S.
Stanford University--Faculty.
Chemistry--Study and teaching (Higher).
Chemistry, Organic.
Organic compounds--Synthesis.
Stereochemistry.
Tetrodotoxin.

General note

Collection is unprocessed and in remote storage. For access, please contact the University Archivist.

Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1

Research Students – correspondence, A – We

Box 2

Research Students – correspondence, Wi – Wu

Box 2

Publications & Bibliography

Box 2

Correspondence 1975 to present

Box 2

Referee Reports

Box 2

Manuscripts in preparation

Box 3

Manuscripts in preparation

Box 3

Manuscripts published

Box 3

Post-Doc Correspondence

Box 4

Post-Doc Correspondence

Box 5

Post-Doc Correspondence (Ma – Z)

Box 5

Miro's files re grants

Box 6

Miro's files re grants

Box 6

Files re: Analyses

Box 6

Files re: Asymmetric Organic Reactions

Box 6

Files re: Chemicals

Box 7

Files re: Committees – Departmental University Regulations

Box 7

Files re: Consulting

Box 7

Files re: Equipment & Instruments

Box 7

Files re: Enzymes

Box 7

Files re: Examinations [one file = ACS CPT John Howard]

Box 7

Files re: Isotopes

Box 8

Files re: Lectures

Box 8

Files re: Meetings & Travel

Box 9

Files re: Meetings & Travel

Box 9

Files re: Peroxides

Box 9

Files re: Research Problems

Box 10

Files re: Research Problems

Box 11

Files re: Research Problems

Box 11

Files re: Grignard Whitmore lect.

Box 12

Files re: Grignard Whitmore lect.

Box 12

Files re: Research techniques

Box 12

Files re: Reviews

Box 12

Files re: Sabbatical

Box 12

Files re: Spectra

Box 12

Files re: Synthetic Drugs

Box 13

Files re: Synthetic Drugs

Box 14

Files re: Toxins

Box 15

Files re: Toxins

Box 15

Files re: Tetrodotoxin

Box 16

Files re: Tetrodotoxin

Box 17

Files re: Tetrodotoxin

Box 17

Research Files, spectra analysis

Box 18

Research Files, spectra analysis

Box 18

Reprints in chronological order, 1997-1987

Box 19

Reprints in chronological order, 1987-1950

Box 20

Reprints in chronological order, 1950-1944

Box 21-23

Lab notebooks

Box 24

Student correspondence (alphabetical)

Box 24

Post Doc correspondence 1976-1985

Box 24

Alpha files: Baxter - , 1950s-80s

Box 25

Curriculum committee 1970s

Box 25

Curricula 1975-2000

Box 25

Chemistry Department history – interview

Box 25

ACS-CPT Directory stats

Box 25

List of Post doc and Grad Students of Harry Mosher

Box 25

Publications & Research plans

Box 25

Research Problems & Plans selected

Box 25

Research Problems General 1960-69

Box 25

Stanford Chemistry Alumni Newsletter 1988-91 (SCAN)

Box 25

Potential Copy

Box 25

Stereochemical (course)

Box 25

Dynamic Stereo Chem

Box 25

Asymmetric reductions

Box 25

Asymm Syn 1978, 1976

Box 25

Stereochemistry Problems

Box 25

Absolute Configurations

Box 25

Asymm Syn Lit 1977-83

Box 25

Asymm Reactions Lit 1973

Box 25

Asym Syn 1970-72 (References)

Box 25

Sulphur Stereochem

Box 25

Asym Syn 1974-75, 1977

Box 25

Asym Chiral Hyro-

Box 25

Miscellaneous material

Box 26

Research notebooks (Mosher and students)

Box 26

Several dissertations by students

Box 27

Research notebooks (Mosher and students)

Box 28

Research notebooks (Mosher and students)

Box 28

Harry S. Mosher, Master's thesis, 1939

Box 28

Harry S. Mosher, "Research Reports, Aug. – Dec. 1940"

Box 28

Harry S. Mosher, "Research Reports, 1941"

Box 28

Harry S. Mosher, Ph.D. dissertation 1942

Box 28

Harry S. Moser, Confidential Report: Antimalarials: Natural and Synthetic, 1942

Box 29

Assorted glass slides for lectures (formulas, charts, models)

Box 29

Two color 35mm slides of a molecular model, and 1 b/w negative

 

Papers Accession ARCH-2003-225

 

Students' lab notebooks:

Box 1

Janet S. Plummer, 2 v., 1988-90

Box 1

Yan Wang, 2 v., 1989-90

Box 1

Keekyung Kim, 1 v., 1986-87

Box 1

You Tian-pa, 3 v., 1983-85

Box 1

Unidentified author, 1 page filled, 5/26/82

Box 1

Harry S. Mosher notebooks, 3 v., 1954-78

Box 1

Carol W. Mosher notebook, 1 v., 1952-83

Box 1

Brown, Melancthon Starr, "Chemical Studies on Taricha Embryonic Toxin," Ph.D. thesis, Stanford, 1962 (carbon copy)

Box 1

Nachman, Ronald James, "Synthetic Approaches to Tetrodotoxin and Analogs," Ph.D. thesis, Stanford, 1981

Box 1

Assorted student progress reports on research on Tetrodotoxin, 1980s

Box 1

Miscellaneous reports, proposals, reprints, bibliographic notes by Mosher

Box 1

Upestacis, J., "A Carbohydrate Approach to Tetrodotoxin," Harvard Ph.D. 1975 – printed from UMI microfilm

Box 1

Sitrin, R., "Studies on the Synthesis of Tetrodotoxin," Harvard Ph.D. 1972 – printed from UMI microfilm

 

Papers Accession ARCH-2004-176

Box 1, Folder 1

SCAN (Stanford Chemistry Alumni Newsletter), 1985-1990

Box 1, Folder 2

Old Chemistry Wake (lecture and tour prior to closure of building), 1988

Box 1, Folder 3

Eric Hutchinson "From Stillman to Parks, the early History of Chemistry at Stanford," text of talk for Old Chemistry Wake, 1988

Box 1, Folder 4

Slides used at Hutchinson's talk

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs from Old Chemistry Wake, 1988

Box 1, Folder 6

Old Chemistry – clippings, 1988