Guide to the Charles W. Trigg Papers
NMAH.AC.0411
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0411
Creators:
Trigg, Charles W., 1898-1989, chemist
Dates:
1834-1961
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Some materials in German and French.
Physical Description:
4.5 cubic feet
13 boxes, 1 oversized folder
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Scope and Contents note
Scope and Contents note
Most material in this collection was generated by Trigg early in his career as an industrial research fellow at Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, 1916-1920. It includes laboratory notebooks; formal weekly reports (typewritten) on his investigations; correspondence with his industrial sponsors; a few personal letters and some correspondence relating to his interest in coffee processing; his patents and correspondence relating to them; clippings and reprints of technical articles on tea and coffee processing and culture, 1883-1963; U.S. patents relating to these subjects, 1834-1921; foreign patents--British, French and German--1855-1918. Pamphlets contain technical articles on coffee and related subjects, including U.S. Department of Agriculture and Canadian government publications. Trigg's personal file of more than 5000 4" x 6" cards (mainly hand-written, arranged chronologically) reflect his extensive reading of technical literature; they contain bibliographical data and Trigg's brief abstractions.

Arrangement note
Arrangement note
The collection is arranged into six series.
Series 1: C.W. Trigg Work At Mellon Institute
Series 2: Personal Data and Patents of C.W. Trigg
Series 3: Abstracts From Technical Articles on Coffee and Tea
Series 4: Patents and Patent Abstracts
Series 5; Technical Publications
Series 6: Trigg Card File

Biographical/Historical note
Biographical/Historical note
Charles W. Trigg (1898-1989) was born in Baltimore, Maryland. he graduated from the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute(1914); B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (1917); and a M.A., University of Southern California (1931). He was an Industrial Research Fellow at Mellon Institute, Pittsburgh, 1916-1920, doing original research on processes for producing instant coffee. In 1920, he joined King Coffee Products Corporation, Detroit, as chief chemist. He later served in various college teaching positions; dean of instruction and lecturer, University of Southern California (1950-1963). During World War II, Trigg served as Lt. Cmdr., USNR. He published numerous articles in trade journals, was granted five patents related to coffee processing and was book review editor of the
Journal of Recreational Mathematics
. Trigg was considered one of the foremost recreational mathematicians of the twentieth century.

Administration
Processing Information note
This collection was processed by Don Darroch, Archives Center volunteer.
Author
Finding aid prepared by Don Darroch
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Collection donated by Mrs. Charles W. Trigg, 1991, May 8.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
Charles W. Trigg Papers, 1834-1961, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Related Archival Materials note
Materials at Other Organizations
University of Calgary Library
Charles W. Trigg fonds,1894-1986, predominant 1940-1986
11.7 m of textual records consisting of correspondence; research material on a broad range of mathematical topics; manuscripts of mathematical articles, notes, calculations and solutions to mathematical problems; and published work.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Carnegie-Mellon Institute (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
King Coffee Products Corporation. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Abstracts Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Caffeine Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Chemists Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Clippings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coffee Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coffee, Instant Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Coffee--Processing Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Correspondence--1930-1950 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Detroit (Mich.) Geographical Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Laboratory notebooks Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notebooks Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Notes Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pamphlets Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Patents Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographic prints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Publications Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reports Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Reprints Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tea Subject Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Typescripts--1910-1920 Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C., 20013-7012
Phone: 202-633-3270
archivescenter@si.edu