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Joseph H. Brennan papers

 Collection — Box: 1, Oversize-folder: 2+
Identifier: RBMS-008
Collection contains memorabilia of Joseph H. Brennan who was Head Metallurgist, Union Carbide Company, including material related to his acceptance of the Schoellkopf award in 1950 and the Frank J. Tone Award in 1958, clippings, photographs, list of patents, and printed catalog of his collection of early editions of "metallurgical, geological, and chemical interest" which he donated to the Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo circa 1962.

Dates

  • 1931-1960

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Joseph H. Brennan papers, 1931-1960, are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and Rare and Special Books before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 oversize manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

Overview

Collection contains memorabilia of Joseph H. Brennan who was Chief Metallurgist, Union Carbide Company, including clippings, photographs, list of patents, and printed catalog of his collection of early editions of "metallurgical, geological, and chemical interest" which he donated to the Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo circa 1962.

Biographical Note

Joseph H. Brennan (1902-1961) was born in Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota. After serving three years as an analyst with the U.S. Bureau of Mines while working his way through university, he joined the Electro Metallurgical Company, a Division of Union Carbide Corporation, as a chemist in 1920. Mr. Brennan was connected with the ferro-alloy industry during his entire career and became Chief Metallurgist at Union Carbide in 1944.

He held more than a dozen United States patents on the purification and production of metals and alloys and several times that number of foreign patents. His experience and achievements include the whole field of ferro-alloy production including the chemical processing, beneficiation, and smelting of ores of chromium, manganese, silicon, tungsten, columbium, vanadium, uranium, tantalum, titanium, and cobalt. One of his major contributions was the development of a process for the production of ferrochrome of very low carbon content. Other specific contributions have been the development of processes for the production of low-carbon ferromanganese and manganese metal, and for the elimination of phosphorus and arsenic in the smelting of manganese ores; procedures for the selective refining of silicon and ferrosilicon alloys with respect to calcium and aluminum; and an improved method for the silicothermic smelting of tungsten ores. Mr. Brennan was the co-inventor of a process for treating lo-grade tungsten ores which was used for the larger part of America's production during World War II. He collaborated on the design, construction, and operation of the cobalt refinery which supplied most of the United States cobalt requirements during the war years.

Mr. Brennan served as a consultant to the National Research Council on the design of processes for complex rare metal ores and was associated in a consulting capacity with the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Commission.

Mr. Brennan was a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry, chairman of the local section of the Electrochemical Society, and a member of several other professional societies and organizations. In 1950 he received the Schoellkopf Medal, awarded annually by the Western New York Section of the American Chemical Society. In 1958 he received the Frank J. Tone Medal Award, given annually by the Niagara Frontier Section of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers to a person who has made outstanding and important contributions to the science and practice of metallurgy.

Mr. Brennan was an avid collector of books on metallurgy, etc. His collection of early editions on metallurgy, geology, and chemistry was purchased by the University Libraries at the State University of New York at Buffalo circa 1962. [See Box/folder 1.10 for a catalog.]

Mr. Brennan had three sons from a first marriage, Cal (1922), Alan (1924) and William (1926). In 1946 he married Anne P. Gallagher. He died in 1961.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in original order.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Mrs. Brennan following the Libraries' purchase of the Brennan collection of early editions pertaining to metallurgy circa 1962. The papers, which had been filed with the Library administration records, were removed to a separate manuscript collection in November 1972. In October, 2016, this collection was re-accessioned into the Rare and Special Books Collection from University Archives.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

  • The 230 books listed in the Catalog of Books and Pamphlets of Metallurgical, Geological and Chemical Interest (1961) are shelved in the Rare Books Collection.
  • Processing Information

    Processed by Archives staff circa 1972. Reprocessed by Karen Spencer, June 2011.

    Source

    Creator

    Title
    Finding Aid for the Joseph H. Brennan papers
    Status
    completed
    Author
    Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer, June 2011. Revised in October 2016 to reflect transfer to Rare and Special Books.
    Date
    2011
    Description rules
    dacs
    Language of description
    English

    Repository Details

    Part of the Rare and Special Books Repository

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