Robert Gordon Larsen papers, 1930-1972  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Larsen, Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon Larsen papers
1930-1972 (inclusive)
1.75 linear feet
Collection Number
The Robert Gordon Larsen papers (1930-1972) contain correspondence, journal articles, notebooks, research proposals, and a scrapbook relating to the career of this Utah chemist. Larsen was an engineer and chemist principally with the Shell Development Company, a division of Shell Oil Company.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Robert Larsen was born on 5 May 1909 in Ephraim, Utah. After graduating from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Chemistry, he went on to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University. From 1935 to 1937, Larsen was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1937 he went to work for the Shell Oil Company, remaining there until 1970. He then became the Director of University of Utah Engineering Experiment Station and later a Professor at the University. Over his carerr, he wrote over 30 journal articles and contributed to several books in the field of chemistry. He was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), serving as a Bishop twice. Robert died from cancer in 1972.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Robert Gordon Larsen papers (1930-1972) contain correspondence, journal articles, notebooks, research proposals, and a scrapbook relating to the career of this Utah chemist. The first box of the collection contains personal correspondence, scrapbooks, and notebooks. In the second box are various documents form conferences that Larsen attended from 1955 to 1969. The third box contains research and research proposals. In the fourth box are articles written by Larsen between 1935 and 1970.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Robert Gordon Larsen papers, ACCN 0999, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: ACCN 0999.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

PersonalReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Personal Scrapbook (photocopy)
1 2
Personal Journal (photocopy)
1 3
Class Notes
1 4
Chemistry Class Notes
1 5
American Society of Lubrication Engineers Award
1 6
Trip to Europe
1 7
University of Utah
1 8-9
Personal Correspondence
1 10
Correspondence to A.A. Bondi
A.A. Bondi was one of Larsen's supervisors at Shell Oil.
1 11
Memos to E.W. Evans
E.W. Evans was a fellow chemist at Shell Oil.
1 12

Conferences and Shell Oil CompanyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
World Petroleum Conference, Rome
2 2
Conference on Lubrication and Wear
2 3
Petroleum Enviromental Chemistry Symposium
2 4
American Chemical Society
2 5
Conservation Research Meeting
2 6
Oil Spill Control Agents Meeting
2 7
Shell Oil Company, Organization
2 8
Shell Oil Company, Board of Directors
2 9
Air Pollution
2 10
Air Pollution, Cartoons
2 11
Conservation Survey
2 12
Chemical Engineering, News
2 13
2 14
California Institute of Technology and Shell Oil

Research and Research ProposalsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Chemical Formula Notebook
3 2
University of Utah, Engineering Experiment Station
3 3
Visit to Martinez Facility, Notebook
3 4
Visit to Martinez Facility, Notebook and Ephemera
3 5
Thorton Research Center
3 6
Brigham Young University Department of Science Proposal
3 7
University of California at Los Angeles Graduate Proposal
Journal Articles

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Air--Pollution
  • Lubricating oils
  • Petroleum engineers--United States
  • Personal Names :
  • Larsen, Robert Gordon--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Shell Oil Company--Records and correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Correspondence
  • Programs
  • Scrapbooks