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George Alfred Baitsell papers

Call Number: MS 902

Scope and Contents

The George A. Baitsell papers consist of one linear foot of correspondence, experimental records, and miscellaneous papers related to Baitsell's professional activities between 1917 and 1927. General correspondence is organized alphabetically in three sequences in Boxes 1 and 2. Box 3 contains papers related to research projects supported by the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service (1917-1919) and the National Tuberculosis Association (1924-1925). The military research was to study the effect of poisonous gases on laboratory dogs. The research on tuberculosis was to study "the origin of scar tissue and their relation to cellular function and healing."

The George A. Baitsell papers were transferred to Manuscripts and Archives from Kline Science Library between 1973 and 1977.


  • 1917-1927


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Yale University Kline Science Library, 1973-1977.


1 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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Correspondence, experimental records, and miscellaneous papers related to George Baitsell (1885-1971) and his professional activities. Nearly one third of the papers consists of research material including laboratory data, reports, and recommendations based on a study of poisonous gases conducted for the U.S. Army Chemical Warfare Service, 1917-1919. His research on tuberculosis, for which he received a grant in 1925 is also documented here.

Biographical / Historical

George Alfred Baitsell, BS Central Coll (Iowa) 1908, LLD 1945; MA Yale Univ 1909, PhD 1914. Lab Asst Biology 1910-1912, Instr 1914-1918, Asst Prof 1918-1925, Assoc Prof 1925-1928, Prof 1928-1947, Colgate Prof 1947-1951, Emeritus 1951-; (Calhoun Coll 1947-).

[From Historical Register of Yale University, 1951-1968, p. 131.]

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George A. Baitsell, 1885-1971

George A. Baitsell, Colgate professor emeritus of biology, died on Sept. 24 in Winter Park, Fla., at the age of 85.

He was co-founder in 1947 of the Scientific Research Society of America. From 1938 to 1940 he was president of Sigma Xi, the national science honor society. He served as the society's executive secretary from 1940 to 1954 at its national headquarters at Yale. He was editor of the Sigma Xi Quarterly, later renamed American Scientist, from 1940-1954.

Mr. Baitsell founded the "Science in Progress" series for the Yale University Press while serving as its science advisor.

His teaching career at Yale, which ended in 1951, spanned 41 years. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale in 1909 and 1914 respectively.

[Yale Alumni Magazine, Nov 1972, p. 42]

Preliminary Guide to the George Alfred Baitsell Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
May 1979
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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