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The collection consists primarily of drafts and published articles reflecting Shaw's long career in the Paper Section of the National Bureau of Standards. The collection opens with a small group of general materials from Shaw's career, including his thesis, copies of talks he gave on papermaking, research articles by Shaw and others, and a bound volume of Shaw's scientific papers, 1919-1950. Former colleagues at the Bureau of Standards presented this volume to him in 1951. The bulk of the collection is made up of Shaw's files on various research topics with which he was involved. The emphasis is on use of alternative materials to make paper, paper used in currency, and strength and durability of papers for various uses. The files are arranged in rough chronological order and follow the order of the list of articles written by Shaw contained in Folder 5. The files contain research proposals for publication by the Bureau of Standards, research authorization requests, drafts of articles by Shaw, published articles on the topic, and correspondence among colleagues. Some files contain samples of papers, experimental papermaking materials, and photographs.

Publication Date



Science and Technology



Size of Collection

1 box (1 cubic foot)

Dates of Collection

1914-1975, bulk 1922-1950

Manuscript Number

SpC MS 0460

Shaw (Merle B.) Papers, 1914-1975

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