Papers of John Christian Bailar, Jr. (1904-1991), professor of Chemistry (1935-72), including tape-recorded (1964) and videotaped (1988) recollections relating to parents, youth, interest in chemistry, high school at Golden, University of Colorado, teachers, chemistry courses, master's work at colorado, doctoral work on free radicals under Moses Gomberg at Michigan, 1928 appointment at Illinois, general chemistry courses, complex ions, administrative duties, placement work, chemical industry, Chemical Society building, Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Division of Inorganic Chemistry, family, philosophy of science, university training, evaluation of students and research and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
The series includes reprints of publications on inorganic chemistry, the stereochemistry of complex inorganic compounds and chemical education (1928, 1930-31, 1933-34, 1936-38, 1940, 1944-55, 1956-69) and a program and autographed volume for the John C. Bailar Jr. Symposium on Coordination Chemistry (1969).
The series also includes Taylor-Hickey family letters (1852-57); Manson Martin Civil War letters (1862-65); Emma and Lizzie Martin notes and diary as medical missionaries in Beijing, China during the Boxer Rebellion (1900-01); and copies of Emma Martin's letters from China (1900-04, 1910-12, 1921-23). Florence Catherwood Bailar was a niece of Emma Martin and a granddaughter of Manson Martin.