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Arthur M. Squires Papers,

Identifier: Ms-1987-006

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of extensive correspondence, unpublished research reports, lectures, trip reports, reprints, trip diaries (1968-82), photographs (1979) from his trip to China, daily work books (1959-81), and subject files spanning entire career. This collection is unprocessed.


  • 1888 - 1987
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1986


Language of Materials

The materials in the collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

The copyright status of this collection is unknown. Copyright restrictions may apply. Contact Special Collections and University Archives for assistance in determining the use of these materials. Reproduction or digitization of materials for personal or research use can be requested using our reproduction/digitization form: Reproduction or digitization of materials for publication or exhibit use can be requested using our publication/exhibition form: Please contact Special Collections and University Archives ( or 540-231-6308) if you need assistance with forms or to submit a completed form.

Biographical Note

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus (1986- ) at Virginia Tech. Member, National Academy of Engineering. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Educated at University of Missouri (A.B. 1938) and Cornell University (Ph.D. 1947). Employment: M.W. Kellogg Company (the Kellex Corporation), 1942-46, participating in design and startup of gaseous diffusion plant at Oak Ridge; Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. of New York City, 1946-59, architect-engineering firm (research laboratories at Trenton, New Jersey) catering to petroleum, chemical, and steel industries; self-employed consultant, 1959-67; faculty of chemical engineering, The City College of The City University of New York (1967-76), Department Chairman (1970-73), Distinguished University Professor (1974-76); Frank C. Vilbrandt Professor of Chemical Engineering (1976-82) and University Distinguished Professor (1978-86), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Consultant for U.S. Bureau of Mines, Office of Coal Research, Electric Power Research Institute, United Nations, Office of Technology Assessment, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and others. Author of The Tender Ship: Governmental Management of Technological Change (1986). Expert in fluid beds, petroleum refining, hydrocarbon synthesis, coal conversions (gasification, liquefaction, carbonization, combustion), iron ore reduction, low-temperature processes, dust filtration, air pollution control.


72 Cubic Feet (72 boxes)


This collection is arranged in six series: A Series-Subject Files; B Series-Publications; C Series-Correspondence Files; D Series-Diaries; E Series-Materials to go with the Walter E. Lobo/M. W. Kellogg Files (transferred to Lobo Papers, Ms85-014); and F Series: Books for Archives.

Please note: There is no Box 10.

Physical Access

Please note: A Series-D Series are located in off-site storage and require 2-3 days notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Separated Materials

Box E-1 was transferred to the Walter E. Lobo Papers, 1929-1955, Ms85-014 in November 1987. The box contained: "The Improbable Achievement: Chemical Engineering at MIT" "Large Scale Production of Oxygen - Combined Technical Oil Missions Holroyd Report - German Oil Technology" "Guide to Refinery Operating Costs (Process Costimating)" "The German Chemical Industry - A Bibliography of the Chemical, Metallurgical, and Process Industries" "Enriched Air" "List of Process Management's Translations of I. G. Reports - Set No. 46"

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Arthur M. Squires Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (

Processing Information

An inventory of the collection was completed previously. Additional description, based on the inventory and prior arrangement, was completed in 2010.

A Guide to the Arthur M. Squires Papers, 1940-1987
2010 (CC0 1.0)
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Finding aid created from HTML inventory by Kira A. Dietz

Revision Statements

  • 2020-08-17: Finding aid notes updated to new department standards. juliags

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US