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Collection Inventory

Series I. Columbia College, 1911-1912, 1915

Scope and Content Notes:

Alexander Lowy attended Columbia College, part of Columbia University in the City of New York, receiving all three of his degrees from this institution. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1911, a Master of Arts degree in 1912, and a Ph.D. in 1915.


Box 1
Folder 1 Columbia College Graduating Class

Box 2
Item 1 "A History of the Columbia College Class of 1911, Volume 1, The Senior Year Book"

Section: Diplomas


Box 1
Folder 2 B.S. from Columbia College, June 7, 1911
Folder 3 Masters from Columbia College [Latin], 1912
Folder 4 Ph.D. from Columbia University, June 2, 1915

Series II. Patents, 1926-1939

Scope and Content Notes:

Alexander Lowy applied for and secured 15 U.S. patents and one Canadian patent between 1926-1939. This collection only contains 14 of the 16 patents. Please note that only the front covers of the individual patents were digitized.


Box 1
Folder 4 Processes of preserving, June 1, 1926
Folder 5 Processes of preserving and the product resulting therefrom, May 3, 1927
Folder 6 Processes of and apparatus for locating obstructions in pipe lines carrying fluids, March 13, 1928
Folder 7 Processes for disinfecting and apparatus therefor, July 2, 1929
Folder 8 Garbage cans and processes of preventing development of maggots therein, July 2, 1929
Folder 9 Bottle closures, August 20, 1929
Folder 10 Gas-protected vaults and safes, April 7, 1931
Folder 11 Gas liberating charges, January 19, 1932
Folder 12 Fog gas cartridges, May 16, 1933
Folder 13 Safe and vault protective devices, August 27, 1935
Folder 14 Hand grenade, September 28, 1937
Folder 15 Hand grenade, September 28, 1937
Folder 16 Gas dispersing projectiles, October 19, 1937
Folder 17 Methods of restoring inked documents, December 5, 1939
Folder 18 Assignment of Patents

Series III. Lowy Room Dedication, May 25, 1959

Scope and Content Notes:

On May 25, 1959, the Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room in Clapp Hall was officially dedicated as a lasting tribute to Dr. Lowy. The room continued to memorialize the late professor until May 4, 2012 when a new room was dedicated in Eberly Hall on this date. The scrapbook is included here since it was placed in the room in Clapp Hall at its dedication. Please note that only selected portions of the dedication ceremonies and scrapbook were digitized. The photograph was enlarged and hung in the new room.


Box 1
Folder 1 Phonorecord of the Dedication Ceremonies of the Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room [available on DVD], May 25, 1959
  • Digitization in progress.

Box 2
Item 2 Dedication Ceremonies, Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room, Clapp Hall, University of Pittsburgh, May 25, 1959
Item 3 Scrapbook containing letters of condolences, obituaries, etc. for Alexander Lowy, December 26, 1941-April 30, 1942
Item 4 Photograph of a young Alexander Lowy in laboratory, undated
Item 5 Dedication Program, Alexander Lowy Memorial Seminar Room [Eberly Hall], May 4, 2012

Box 2
Folder 2 Obituary and Room Article

Series IV. Books and Articles

Scope and Content Notes:

Dr. Lowy authored or co-authored eight books or chapters, including Study Questions in Elementary Organic Chemistry, 1922; An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 1924, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1945, 1951; Organic Type Formulas; Organic Type Reactions Known by Their Originator’s Names; Coal Products Chart, 1922-24; A Laboratory Book of Elementary Organic Chemistry, 1926, 1934, 1949; Industrial Organic Chemicals and Dye Intermediates, 1935; and Roger’s Manual of Industrial Chemistry, 1940.

This collection contains the following 13 titles:

Box 3 Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry. New York : Wiley, 1924. Online
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed. New York : Wiley, 1924, 1928.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 3rd ed. New York : Wiley, 1924, 1932.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 4th ed. New York : Wiley, 1924, 1936.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 5th ed. New York : Wiley, 1924, 1940.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 6th ed. (revised by Benjamin Harrow and Percy M. Apfelbaum) New York : Wiley, 1924, 1945.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 7th ed. New York : Wiley, 1924, 1951.
Lowy, Alexander and Harrow, Benjamin. An Introduction to Organic Chemistry, 7th ed. New York : Wiley (Taipei, Taiwan : Mei Ya), 1924, 1966.
Lowy, Alexander and Baldwin, Wilmer E. A Laboratory Book of Elementary Organic Chemistry. New York : Wiley, 1926. (inscr to Silverman and signed by Lowy and Baldwin)
Lowy, Alexander and Baldwin, Wilmer E. A Laboratory Book of Elementary Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed. New York : Wiley, 1936.
Lowy, Alexander and Baldwin, Wilmer E. A Laboratory Book of Elementary Organic Chemistry, 3rd ed. New York : Wiley, 1949.
Lowy, Alexander and Downey, Thomas B. Study Questions in Elementary Organic Chemistry. New York : Van Nostrand, 1921
Furnas, C. C. Roger’s Industrial Chemistry, 6th ed, 2 v. Princeton, NJ : Van Nostrand, 1942. (Lowy Signature)

Box 3
Folder 1-2 Dinitro Ortho Phthallic Acids (Dissertation notes), 1912
Folder 3 Reprints

Purification of Abietic Acid... Comparison of American and European Final Exams Catalytic Ammonolysis of Beta-Naphthol... Some Derivatives of 2,4 Dinitro-Benzaldehyde Derivatives of Para-Nitro-Benzaldehyde Electrolytic Preparation of Salicylic Aldehyde...with discussion Catalytic Reduction of Alpha-NitroNaphthalene... Electrolytic Oxidation of Isoeugenol Electrolytic Reduction of Beta-Anthroquinone Sulfonic Acid

Folder 4 Publishing