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Department of Chemistry chair records, 1951-1961

Identifier: UA 510 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Department of Chemistry chair records from 1958 to 1961, including records created by H. Smith Broadbent, who served from 1955 to 1958 as chair. Includes, memorandums, letters, reports, lists, curriculum, applications and forms related to the administration of the department, as well as the records from their association with the American Chemistry Society.


  • 1951-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted. Closed for 35 years from the date of creation of the records, and thereafter open to the public in accordance with the University Archives Policy. Photographs in folders 17 and 18 are condition restricted, items kept in cold storage.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Department of Chemistry was established and made a department within the School of Arts and Sciences in 1920 when the Church Teachers College was split. In 1921 the department became part of the College of Arts and Sciences and was later transferred to the College of Physical and Engineering Sciences in 1954. In 1973, the department was moved into the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. The department was disbanded in 1995 to form the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Department chairs included Charles E. Maw (1920-1945), Joseph K. Nicholes (1946-1956), and H. Smith Broadbent (1955-1958).

Biographical / Historical

Broadbent H. Smith was born July 21, 1920, in Snowflake, Arizona to Hyrum Broadbent and Lorana Smith. Broadbent received his B.S. degree in chemistry and mathematics in 1942 from Brigham Young University. On September 9, 1942, he married Katherine Mary Miller in the Salt Lake Temple. Broadbent received his doctorate degree in organic chemistry in 1946 and did post-doctoral research in physical organic chemistry at Harvard University. He began teaching chemistry at BYU in 1947, serving as department chair from 1955 to 1958, and retiring after 38 years. Broadbent passed away January 19, 2010, in Provo, Utah.


26 folders

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