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Joseph Frank McGregory letters, M4044

Identifier: M4044

Scope and Contents

This collection provides a look into Professor McGregory’s life before Colgate including letters from his wife, Emma, his mother, friends, and family.


  • Creation: 1863 - 1883

Access to Collection

Collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Joseph Frank McGregory, often known as Frank McGregory by his family and friends, reorganized the Chemistry Department at Colgate University. He was born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, on April 11, 1855. He graduated from Amherst College in 1880 as a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and taught chemistry there for two years. His Alma Mater recognized him with the degree of Doctor of Science in 1905. He began teaching at Colgate in 1883 and became well known not only for his intelligence in the field, but for his enthusiasm as a professor and pleasing personality as a person. His quizzes, research in Germany, and methods of teaching were used by chemists and professors throughout the country. Furthermore, McGregory is the author of three works of literature: Lecture Notes on General Chemistry (1894), Qualitative Analysis (1903), and Inorganic Chemistry (1909). He retired as professor emeritus in 1929, but remained in Hamilton. Professor McGregory died on October 14, 1934, in Hamilton, NY, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.


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Guide to the Frank McGregory letters
Sharlene Disla and Sarah Keen
October 25, 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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