Charles James was born in Earl's Barton, Northhamptonshire, England in 1880. He was
educated at University College in London from 1899-1904. He came to the United
States in 1906 and was asked to join the faculty at the New Hampshire College of
Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the same
year. He went on to become head of the Chemistry Department in 1912 and remained in
that position until his untimely death from cancer in 1928. He became
internationally known for his work in the rare earths and for discovering several
This series contains two scrapbooks prepared by Marion E. (Templeton) James, wife of
Charles James. The first scrapbook consist of letters and photographs that Charles
received from people all over the world. Most of the letters refer to his work as a
chemist and most request samples he had prepared. The scrapbook was in poor
condition and has been taken apart and the material placed in folders in their
The second scrapbook is a timeline of Charles' life that was complied by Marion James
for their daughter, also named Marion, who was a young girl when her father died. The
scrapbook is in its original binding, some of the items have become loose
and it is very fragile.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], Charles "King" James Scrapbooks, 1880-1930, UA 8/3/1,
Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library,
Durham, NH, USA.
This collection was donated by Prof. Marion James, daughter of Charles James,
August 20, 1979
The series is divided into two subseries: Subseries I: Scrapbook 1: Professional
life; Subseries II: Scrapbook 2: Personal life.
The contents of Scrapbook 1.
|Box 1, Folder 1||Charles James - Portrait|
|Box 1, Folder 2||Charles James, the Chemist by B.S. Hopkins|
|Box 1, Folder 3||Charles James - Photographs|
|Box 1, Folder 4||Laboratory photographs|
|Box 1, Folder 5||Aug. 1907||William Ramsay portrait|
|Box 1, Folder 6||1900-1915||Correspondence with William Ramsay|
|Box 1, Folder 7||1899-1913||Correspondence with William Crookes|
|Box 1, Folder 8||1913||Correspondence with G. Urbain|
|Box 1, Folder 9||L'Affinite' Chimique by G. Urbain, Professeur de Chimies a la
|Box 1, Folder 10||1915-1921||Correspondence with other British Chemists: F.G.
|Box 1, Folder 11||ca. 1914||Correspondence with other British Chemists: H. Mosley (killed at
|Box 1, Folder 12||1908||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Henry
|Box 1, Folder 13||1910||Correspondence with other British Chemists: J.R. Mines (killed
|Box 1, Folder 14||1912-1913||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Edward C. Cecil
|Box 1, Folder 15||1913||Correspondence with other British Chemists: H.F.V.
|Box 1, Folder 16||1914||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Leplure|
|Box 1, Folder 17||1912-1915||Correspondence with other British Chemists: R.W. Gray|
|Box 1, Folder 18||1913||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Raphael
|Box 1, Folder 19||1904-1912||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Cecil H.
|Box 1, Folder 20||1927||Receipt for subscription to the Institute of Chemistry of Great
Britain and Ireland|
|Box 1, Folder 21||1911-1912||Correspondence with other British Chemists: W.M.
|Box 1, Folder 22||1906-1912||Correspondence with other British Chemists: K.A.
|Box 1, Folder 23||1923||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Gordon|
|Box 1, Folder 24||1919||Correspondence with other British Chemists: Edward
|Box 1, Folder 25||1925||Correspondence with other British Chemists: G. Morgan|
|Box 1, Folder 26||1910||Correspondence with other British Chemists: J.W.
|Box 1, Folder 27||1911-1917||Australia: Correspondence with W. Terment Cooke|
|Box 1, Folder 28||1913||Australia: Correspondence with S. Radcliff|
|Box 1, Folder 29||1912-1924||Australia: Correspondence with T.H. Laby|
|Box 1, Folder 30||1913||Correspondence from Holland: F.M. Jaeger|
|Box 1, Folder 31||1924-1933||Correspondence from Holland: J. Zernicke|
|Box 1, Folder 32||1911||From Germany: Sitzungsberichte der Konglich Preuessischen
Akademie der Wissenschaften|
|Box 1, Folder 33||1911-1913||Correspondence from Germany: R.J. Meyer|
|Box 1, Folder 34||1912-1924||Correspondence from Germany: C. Richard Bohm and Otavi-Minen und
|Box 1, Folder 35||1911||Correspondence from Austria: J.M. Eder|
|Box 1, Folder 36||1926-1927||Correspondence from Asia - Calcutta, India: P.B.
|Box 1, Folder 37||1913||Correspondence from Asia - Turkey: A.O. Arozian|
|Box 1, Folder 38||1920-1921||Correspondence from Asia - [Korea] sic. Japan: I.
|Box 1, Folder 39||1919-1920||Correspondence from Asia - Calcutta, India: R.L.
|Box 1, Folder 40||1912-1926||Correspondence from Canada: J.C. Cain and unidentified
|Box 1, Folder 41||1923-1924||Correspondence from Trade Commissioner and Deputy Trade
Commissioner in the Office of the High Commissioner for the Union of
|Box 1, Folder 42||1904-1905||Correspondence from South America - Sao Paulo, Brazil: Decby;
|Box 1, Folder 43||1909-1925||American Chemists: Theodore William Richards|
|Box 1, Folder 44||Notes for a letter written by Charles James|
|Box 1, Folder 45||1920-1926||Fund Research|
|Box 1, Folder 46||Publications, list of|
|Box 1, Folder 47||1926||Publications: correspondence from Karl T. Compton|
|Box 1, Folder 48||1915-1952||Publications: correspondence from Arthur Lamb, Editor of Journal
of American Chemical So|
|Box 1, Folder 49||Publications: The Separation of Rare Earths by C.
|Box 1, Folder 50||1927||Publications: Contract with the Chemical Catalog
|Box 1, Folder 51||1928||Correspondence with H. Monmouth Smith regarding purchase of tulip
|Box 1, Folder 52||1911-1919||Ramsay Memorial Fund Committee|
|Box 1, Folder 53||1908-1921||Supplying Chemicals for Medical Research|
|Box 1, Folder 54||1909-1926||Supplying Chemicals to Laboratories|
|Box 1, Folder 55||1924||Portrait of Hans Mannhardt|
|Box 1, Folder 56||1924||Correspondence from Hans Mannhardt and Charles
|Box 1, Folder 57||1928||Proposed cooperation with Professor Hopkins|
|Box 1, Folder 58||1908-1928||Speaking Engagements|
|Box 1, Folder 59||1914-1921||Requests for job references|
|Box 1, Folder 60||1927||Correspondence from John H. Gerould regarding membership in a
|Box 1, Folder 61||1915-1929||Newspaper articles|
|Box 1, Folder 62||1911-1924||Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi|
|Box 1, Folder 63||1922||Correspondence from S.L. Swasey and mineral sample|
|Box 1, Folder 64||James Hall on the University of New Hampshire campus
|Box 1, Folder 65||1922||Group photo of the meeting of the Northeastern Section of
American Chemical Society at Durham|
|Box 1, Folder 66||1916||Offer of a position, Univ. of Illinois|
|Box 1, Folder 67||1911||Personal announcement of Prof. Parsons's coming
|Box 1, Folder 68||1912||Announcement of Nichols medal|
|Box 1, Folder 69||1917-1928||College Contracts|
|Box 2, Folder 1||Commercial Chemistry: Price List Rare Compounds|
|Box 2, Folder 2||1921-1922||Commercial Chemistry: Consulting Chemist for Western Electric
|Box 2, Folder 3||1925-1926||Commercial Chemistry: Consulting Chemist for Bell Telephone
|Box 2, Folder 4||1916-1918||Commercial Chemistry: Consulting Chemist for Foote Mineral
|Box 2, Folder 5||1924||Commercial Chemistry: Consulting Chemist for Bureau of
|Box 2, Folder 6||August 8, 1928, Letter from A.D. Mackay requesting information on
chemical/metal prices and availability.|
|Box 2, Folder 7||1911-24||Supplying samples to the Welsbach Light Company|
|Box 2, Folder 8||1925||Work for Union Carbide and Carbon Research
|Box 2, Folder 9||1928-1930||Patent|
|Box 2, Folder 10||1917||Business Venture - Nursery|
|Box 2, Folder 11||1926||Obtaining compounds from the Christiana Minekompani|
Scrapbook 2 includes family photos, letters, postcards from his travels
abroad, early campus and his hobbies, which included beekeeping, stamp
collection, raising orchids and delphiniums.