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Irvine Grote papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-019

Scope and Contents

This collection contains professional and personal papers regarding the career and travels of University of Chattanooga professor, Irvine Grote, dating from 1900 to 1969. Items include his work notes and publications, portraying interests of and contributions to science. Also included are an honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Cincinnati and a booklet of letters from former students, both representing the impression Grote left on the science community. And, finally, represented is Grote’s personal life through photographs of him as a young student and various travel mementos from several of his many worldly trips.


  • Creation: 1900-1969


Language of Materials

This collection contains materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright status of this collection has not been evaluated.

Biographical / Historical

Irvine Grote (1899-1972) was a college educator, a scientist, an inventor, and a world traveler. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chattanooga (UC), his master’s degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. As a young professional, Grote worked with pharmaceuticals, earning the 1930 award of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the most important research report of the year. In 1918, Grote, along with his wife, Nita Marie (Tansey) Grote, moved back to Chattanooga where he had accepted a position with his alma mater. During his 38 years teaching with the University of Chattanooga, Grote remained within the pharmaceutical world through consultation. His work both as an educator and a scientist were extremely successful; inspiring students through his hands-on approach, receiving 75 patents for his inventions, and assisting in the creation of Rolaids and Bufferin. Grote was also an avid traveler, deciding, at the age of 54, to visit every country on the planet. The result was an impressive 210 countries during 31 trips over a 16 year period. Grote also collected stamps, glass paperweights, and books.


0.46 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.

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Processing of this collection is complete.

Irvine Grote papers
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Collection Area Details

Part of the Manuscripts Collection Area

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library
c/o Special Collections
600 Douglas Street
Chattanooga Tennessee 37403 United States