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George Morrison Fleck papers

Identifier: CA-MS-00390

Scope and Contents

The collection contains several documents pertaining to Fleck's professional work while at Smith College as a professor: including a manuscript of Chemical Reaction Mechanisms and an entry on Gladys Anslow for Women in Physics and Chemistry. The collection also contains several photographs of Fleck in the classroom with students, records of his grants, and a survey sent to alumnae to assess and develop the Department of Chemistry's curriculum. The file also contains several news clippings about Fleck's personal life, including clippings about his daughter and about his work as a trustee to improve Meekins Library in Williamsburg, MA.

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1961 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Smith College retains copyright of materials created as part of its business operations; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Smith College, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical / Historical

George Fleck received his B.S. from Yale University in 1956 and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. He was awarded a Danforth Fellowship in 1956 and a DuPont Fellowship in 1959. In 1961, Fleck was hired as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Smith College where he taught and researched Pyridoxal (a form of vitamin B6) and its reactions with various amino acids and metal ions. He published several articles on the subject, including "Kinetics of the Reaction of Pyridoxal and Alanine" (1961) and his work won him a NIH grant in 1962. His professional affiliations include: American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi and Society for Religion in Higher Education. He was also one of only three trustees for the Meekins library in Williamsburg.

An ardent supporter of women in science, Fleck researched and published several pieces on the matter including "Mary Lura Sherill" in Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Bibliographic Sourcebook (1993). In 1996 he publicly defended assistant professor Sharon Palmer and her assertion that she had not attained tenure based upon her gender.


0.667 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



Professor of Chemistry. Collection contains publications, news clippings, manuscripts, faculty report on student occupation of College Hall, research and photographs from the professional and personal life of George Morrison Fleck.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

Processing Information

Madison White, Class of 2016; Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist

Processing Information

Please note that prior to 2018, folder inventories were not always updated when new material was added to the collection. As a result, folder inventories may not be complete and folder numbers may be incorrect.

Finding aid to the George Morrison Fleck papers
Finding Aid
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Finding aid prepared by Madison White, Elizabeth Carron, Ellice Amanna
2015, 2019
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Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (
  • 2018-11-05: Containers added and finding aid updated as part of College Archives survey
  • 2019-12-10: Boxes added, barcodes, finding aid updated

Repository Details

Part of the Smith College Archives Repository

Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063