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Raymond M. Fuoss papers

Call Number: MS 1560

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, writings, and research files documenting Raymond Fuoss's professional career.


  • 1913-1986


Conditions Governing Access

Recommendations in box 15 are restricted until January 1, 2058 as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Chemistry Department, 1988.


Arranged in three series: I. Correspondence, 1944-1984. II. Subject files, 1913-1986. III. Writings, 1934-1985.


7.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, writings, and research files documenting Raymond Fuoss's professional career.

Biographical / Historical

Raymond Matthew Fuoss was born in Bellwood, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1905. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1925 and received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Brown University in 1932, in the course of which he did research in Germany and England. His thesis was on the behavior of electrolytes in non-aqueous solvents. Between 1932 and 1945 he worked for various corporations in the field of science and technology. In 1945 Fuoss joined the faculty of the Yale chemistry department. Shortly thereafter he was named Sterling Professor of Chemistry, which he remained until his retirement in 1974. In the course of his career he wrote many articles on a wide range of subjects in journals of chemistry. His main interests were dielectrics, electrolytes, and polymers, and he was the world's leading authority on electrolyte conductance. He was interested in linguistics and fluent in Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russian, and French. Fuoss married twice. He had one daughter, Pat, from his first marriage. Fuoss died in 1986.

Guide to the Raymond M. Fuoss papers
Under Revision
July 2008
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

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