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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator: Wentzel, Fritz Gustav, 1877-1963
Title: Fritz Wentzel papers, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0022
Date [inclusive]: 1959-1968
Physical Description: .21 Linear Feet 1 box
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of papers related to Dr. Fritz Wentzel and the publication of his autobiography, Memoirs of a Photochemist. The materials date between 1959 and 1968 and comprise correspondence between Sipley and Wentzel regarding the book, as well as draft copies of the manuscript and correspondence between Sipley and various publishers.

Scope & Contents: The material in this collection represents Dr. Wentzel's work in the field of photochemistry, of which he was a noted leader during the first half of the 20th century. The material dates between 1959 and 1968. The research files in this collection were likely used by Dr. Wentzel in the creation of the manuscript for his book Memoirs of a Photochemist. Materials in the collection consist of photo paper manufacturers' instruction sheets, examples of photographic prints on some of the papers, many of which were made by Dr. Wentzel himself, Wentzel's handwritten notes, articles about photographic materials and processes, and process recipes. Also included is the original manuscript for Memoirs of a Photochemist, along with correspondence from Sipley, who edited and published the book, to various recipients.


Creation of this finding aid was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15.