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World War I, Chemistry and the Chemical Industry: Archives

This guide highlights our various holdings on chemistry during and for WWI.


In 1914 when much of Europe went to war U.S. industries were heavily dependent upon imports from Germany. Wartime trade restrictions made it imperative that the American chemical industry quickly mature. 

Hercules Powder Company Advertisement, 1918


Records of Hercules Inc., Science History Institute Archives. 

Archival Collections