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Guide to the John Ricci Papers MC 156

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Descriptive Summary

Title: John Ricci Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1920-1980
Abstract: This collection contains photographs, memorabilia, and correspondence relating to John Ricci's tenure as a professor of chemistry at New York University.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet
Location: New York University Archives.
Call Phrase: MC 156

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Biography of John Ricci

John E. Ricci (1907-1999) taught chemistry in New York University's College of Arts and Science from 1931 until his retirement as professor in 1973. He received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in chemistry from NYU and chaired the University College Committee on Recommendations to the Medical and Dental Schools. In 1960 he received one of three Great Teacher Awards from the University's Alumni Federation.

Ricci was a member of several honorary societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and the American Chemical Society, where he was associate editor of the Society's journal. He was also a consultant to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission through the Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

He wrote more than 70 research articles, most in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. He also authored two books:  The Phase Rule and Heterogeneous Equilibrium and  Hydrogen Ion Concentration, New Concepts in a Systematic Treatment.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists primarily of photographs taken during and honoring Ricci's teaching career at New York University. Most are of Department of Chemistry faculty and students. Included are some photos of the University Heights Campus. The collection also contains items from Ricci's student days at NYU during the 1920s and correspondence related to Ricci's appointment to several New York City councils and academic honorary societies.


The collection consists of two series, in which items are arranged chronologically. Series I consists of photos, memorabilia and correspondence related to Ricci's student days and teaching career at the University. Series II consists of photos and related correspondence given to Ricci from students on his retirement.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Gwynne, Charles T.
  • Hill, Arthur E.
  • Jones, Theodore Francis, 1885-
  • La Guardia, Fiorello H., (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947
  • Morris, Newbold
  • Ricci, John E.

Document Type

  • awards.
  • Correspondence.
  • Memorabilia.
  • Photographs.

Subject Organizations

  • American Chemical Society.
  • New York City Council of Defense.
  • New York University. Dept. of Chemistry.
  • New York University. Faculty of Arts and Science.
  • New York University. Graduate School of Arts and Science.
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Alpha of New York (New York University).

Subject Topics

  • New York University |x Special events.
  • New York University. University Heights Campus.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form: Identification of item, date (if known), John Ricci Papers, MC 156, folder number, New York University Archives, New York University Libraries.

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Container List

Series I

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Honorary Fraternity Keys of John Ricci
Box: 1 Folder : 2 1926 Commencement Program and NYU Class Day Program
Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 item : 1 NYU Class Day Program
Box: 1 Folder : 3 University Heights Chemistry Faculty 1924, 1932
Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 item : 1 Department of Chemistry, 1924
Box: 1 Folder : 3 item : 2 Department of Chemistry, 1932
Box: 1 Folder : 3 item : 3 Department of Chemistry, a.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 item : 4 Department of Chemistry, b.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Ricci with Prof. H. Austin Taylor and Prof. Milton Burton
Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 4 item : 1 John E. Ricci
Box: 1 Folder : 4 item : 2 Nichols Hall, a.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 item : 3 Nichols Hall, b.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 35 Year Service Award to Ricci
Box: 1 Folder : 6 First Ricci Teaching Award to Arthur Tringali
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Second Ricci Teaching Award to Aidan Young
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Ricci Symposium and Dinner
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Ricci Correspondence

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Series II, 1973

Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence, notes
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Photographs
Container 1 Container 2 Container 3 Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 2 item : 1 University Heights Campus, Chemistry Lab
Box: 2 Folder : 2 item : 2 University Heights Campus, quadrangle
Box: 2 Folder : 2 item : 3 University Heights Campus, aerial view
Box: 2 Folder : 2 item : 4 Spring weekend, campus

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