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Irwin Bruce Douglass was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1904. A scholar, teacher, researcher and humorist, Douglass became a professor of chemistry at the University of Maine at Orono in 1940 and carried out a number of studies into potato starch and the chemical process (and pollution) involved in the pulp and paper industry processes. He retired in 1972 and moved to Vermont where he died in 1998.

The record group mostly contains textual information during Douglass's tenure at the University of Maine, but there are also some photographs of events Douglass attended.

Publication Date



Education, Science and Technology


United States History

Size of Collection

3 boxes

Dates of Collection

1935-1974, bulk 1950-1960

Manuscript Number

UA RG 0011.010

Douglass, (Irwin B.) Records, 1935-1974