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TITLE:»SYLVIA M. STOESSER (1901-1991)

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»PAPERS, DATES:»1952-1992

»(bulk 1992)

QUANTITY:»9 items

»and audiovisual material

 

 

 

ACQUISITION:

The »papers (donor no. 101) were donated by »Judy Jaastad, Sylvia Stoesser's daughter, in 1991.

ACCESS:

The »papers are open for research.

AUDIOVISUAL:

»One videocassette is shelved in the videocassette collection [V42].

COPYRIGHT:

»Copyright has not been transferred to the University of Iowa.

PROCESSED BY:

Robert J. Jett, 1995.

 

»Biography

            Begin text here:»Sylvia M. Goergen was born on July 18, 1901 in Buffalo, New York.  She earned her B.A. from the University of Buffalo in 1923 and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the State University of Iowa (now the University of Iowa) in 1928.  Goergen married Wesley C. Stoesser in 1929 and was hired along with her husband by Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan, that same year.  Sylvia Stoesser was hired directly by H. H. Dow, foregoing the usual hiring procedure, since women were not considered part of the Dow workforce in the 1920s.  She was the first woman hired as a physical chemist and the only Ph.D. in the group.  Stoesser assisted with writing the first complete book published on styrene, Styrene: Its Polymers, Copolymers and Derivatives, published in 1952.  She contributed a chapter to the publication A History of the Dow Physics Lab, published in 1990.  During her ten years of working for Dow, Stoesser earned twenty-nine patents.

 

Scope and Content Note

 

            Begin text here:The »Sylvia M. Stoesser papers date from »1952 to 1992 and consist of 9 items.  They include an obituary, abstracts of the patents of Sylvia Stoesser (1929-1947), Michigan Women's Hall Of Fame candidate nomination forms, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and a copy of the Dow Chemical Company newsletter, Dow Today, announcing a television commercial highlighting Stoesser's achievements.  A videocassette of the television commercial is shelved in the audiocassette collection.  Also included is a paper on Styrene presented to the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting in 1990 by James J. Bohning in which Stoesser's role at Dow is discussed.

 

            A History of The Dow Chemical Physics Lab and Styrene, Its Polymers, Copolymers, and Derivatives, are shelved in the printed works collection.

 

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»Obituary, undated

Abstracts of the patents of Sylvia Stoesser [1929-1947]

Michigan Women's Hall of Fame candidate nomination forms, 1992

Newspaper clippings, 1991-1992 and undated

Dow Today, August 9, 1991

"Inspiration," Dow Chemical commercial (VHS, 30 seconds)  [shelved in audiocassette collection: V42]

"Subterfuge and Patriotism: Styrene at Dow for the World War II Synthetic Rubber Program" by James J. Bohning, 1990