Liquid Crystal Institute records

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Kent State University Liquid Crystal Institute records

Finding Aid

Prepared by Katy L. Watts, December 28, 2005; Updated October 2013; Last Updated: March 2021


Inclusive Dates: 1965-2001
Extent:  1 record storage box and 4 film canisters, 1.33 cubic feet,
Physical Location: 11th floor


Historical Note: The Liquid Crystal Institute was established in 1965 by Glenn H. Brown. In the Institute's first years, researchers discovered the LCD twist cell. This discovery led to advances in cell phones, laptop computers, wrist watches, and flat screen televisions. Grants from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and U.S. defense agencies have resulted in the Institute being selected in 1990 by the National Science Foundation as part of a consortium to serve as Ohio's only Science and Technology Research Center. The Institute also provides instruction in chemical physics for graduate and doctoral students who desire to focus their studies on liquid crystals.

Scope and Content: This collection consists of miscellaneous materials produced by and about the Institute. Documents include booklets, clippings, conference papers, and reports. Most of the collection is comprised of undated photographs depict faculty and students conducting research, or working in their offices. Most of the photographs appear to date from the 1980's. Notable documents include proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


Related Materials: See also the Glenn H. Brown papers for related materials.


Box 1
Folder -- Contents

  1. Article: "Liquid Crystals," Mosaic (National Science Foundation), Fall 1970
  2. Booklet: The National Science Foundation and Technology Center, 1994
  3. Booklet: Kent State University Liquid Crystal Institute, undated
  4. Booklet: Liquid Crystals: The Fourth State of Matter, undated
  5. Brochures and Publicity, undated
  6. Cards: Sensor-Transducer Cards, undated
  7. Conference: International Liquid Crystal Conference, August 16-20, 1965
  8. Conference: International Liquid Crystal Conference, August 12-16, 1968
  9. Conference: International Liquid Crystal Conference, August 21-25, 1972
  10. Conference: International Liquid Crystal Conference, August 23-27, 1976
  11. Conference: International Liquid Crystal Conference, June 24-28, 1996
  12. Film Footage [DVD duplicate]: [Television program about the Liquid Crystal Institute; Glenn Brown is being interviewed], [196?-197?] [Note: Original film reels are stored separately; DVD is for reference use.]
  13. Magazine: Chemical and Engineering News, November 1, 1971
  14. Magazine: Invention and Technology, Spring 2002
  15. Newsclippings: Advertisement, Newsweek, April 8, 1991
  16. Newsclippings: Beacon Journal, January 27, 1991 and April 11, 1993
  17. Newsclippings: "Construction on New Science Complex Begins," Inside Kent State, October 22, 1984
  18. Newsclippings: Inside Kent State, [various dates]
  19. Newsclippings: "Kent Schneller, Inc. to Develop Liquid Crystal Aircraft Products," Kent Inside, June 13, 1988
  20. Newsclippings: "NSF Grant Puts Kent In the Lead", Daily Kent Stater, June 24-28, 1996
  21. Newsclippings: Record Courier, 1990-1994
  22. Newsclippings: Miscellaneous, undated
  23. Pamphlet: University Extension Liquid Crystals at UCLA, August 14-25, 1967
  24. Pamphlet: Practical Liquid Crystals: Laboratory and Lecture, May 31-June 2, 1989
  25. Pamphlet: Practical Liquid Crystals: Laboratory and Lecture, November 9-11, 1993
  26. Pamphlet: Liquid Crystals: Materials and Display Devices, November 15-18, 1994
  27. Pamphlet: Liquid Crystals: Materials and Display Devices, January 9-12, 1996
  28. Pamphlet: Liquid Crystals: Materials and Display Devices, April 22-25, 1997
  29. Pamphlet: Liquid Crystals: Materials and Display Devices, June 2-5, 1998
  30. Pamphlet: The Future of Print and Media, June 8-10, 1998
  31. Pamphlet: Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials, undated
  32. Pamphlet: Clean Room Training, undated
  33. Pamphlet: Industrial Partnership Program, undated
  34. Poster: Research and Instruction in Liquid Crystals, [1979?]
  35. Poster: Symposium on Flexible Liquid Crystal Devices, September 26-27, 2012 [2 copies]
  36. Press Releases: Kent State University Information Service, 1965,1968 and 1990
  37. Program: Dedication for Liquid Crystal Institute Materials Science Building, June 6, 1997
  38. Program: Symposium on Flexible Liquid Crystal Devices, September 26-27, 2012 [2 copies]
  39. Proposal: Structure and Physical Properties of Liquid Crystals to the National Science Foundation, August 13, 1971
  40. Proposal: Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials Proposal to the National Science Foundation, August 4, 1989
  41. Proposal: Liquid Crystal Science and Technology Center Proposal to the National Science Foundation, January 15, 1998
  42. Reports: Semi-Annual Report to Air Force of Scientific Research, August 26, 1971
  43. Reports: Semi-Annual Report to Air Force Office of Scientific Research, September 1, 1972
  44. Reports: Annual Report, 1983-1984
  45. Reports: Annual Report, 1984-1985
  46. Reports: Annual Report, 1985-1986
  47. Reports: Annual Report, 1986-1987
  48. Reports: Annual Report, 1987-1988
  49. Reports: Annual Report, 1988-1989
  50. Reports: Annual Report, 1989-1990
  51. Reports: Annual Report, 2000-2001
  52. Reports: Security Manual of Standard Practice Procedures, February 22, 1989
  53. Reports: Various, 1994-1995
  54. Photographs: Alice Mihlaus, undated
  55. Photographs: Alice Mihlaus and Elaine Landry, Director's Office, undated
  56. Photographs: Conference Attendees Saul Beiboom, Bertland De Loche, Alfred Hohener, Skghosh LaQuilla, and Ronald Dong, August 1976
  57. Photographs: Dr. Adrian De Vries in the X-ray Lab, undated
  58. Photographs: Dr. Sardari L. Arora and Unknown Woman, undated
  59. Photographs: Dr. Jack R. Kelly, undated
  60. Photographs: Dr. Mary E. Neubert and Unknown Students, undated
  61. Photographs: Dr. Vernon D. Neff Wiring a Prussian Blue Display Cell to a Potentiostat, undated
  62. Photographs: Dr. William Bacon with Student David Rectz, undated
  63. Photographs: Elaine Landry, undated
  64. Photographs: Glenn Brown, undated
  65. Photographs: Glenn Brown and H. Sackmann Looking at Conference Program Booklet, undated
  66. Photographs: Graduate Research Assistant Bao-Gang Wu Examining a NMR Probe Head Used in Studies of Blue Phases, undated
  67. Photographs: Graduate Students Joao Figuerinhas and Attilo Golemome at the NMR Control Terminal, undated
  68. Photographs: Groundbreaking for Liquid Crystal Institute Building, 1984
  69. Photographs: Henry Anthony Ellis, undated
  70. Photographs: Jim [Visintance?] and Joseph Doane Studying Nuclear Magnetic Resonance on Liquid Crystals, undated
  71. Photographs: Postdoctoral Fellow Michael Lewis, undated
  72. Photographs: Professor Alfred Saupe and His Instrumentation for Studying Nuclear Nemantics, undated
  73. Photographs: Professor Chun-Che Tsai, undated
  74. Photographs: Professor David L. Johnson, undated
  75. Photographs: Professor David L. Johnson and Graduate Research Assistant Iqbal Khan Aligning the Optics for a Light Scattering Experiment, undated
  76. Photographs: Professor David L. Johnson and Postdoctoral Fellow, undated
  77. Photographs: Professor David L. Ulrich Conferring with Students, undated
  78. Photographs: Professor David L. Ulrich, undated
  79. Photographs: Professor David S. Moroi, undated
  80. Photographs: Professor David W. Allender, undated
  81. Photographs: Professor Edward Gelerinter Conferring with a Graduate Student, undated
  82. Photographs: Professor Edward Gelerinter and Undergraduate Steven Bucey at a EPR Console, undated
  83. Photographs: [Professor Leonhard J. Lis], undated
  84. Photographs: Professor Michael A. Lee, undated
  85. Photographs: Professor Philip Westerman with Student, undated
  86. Photographs: Professor Sardari L. Arora, undated
  87. Photographs: Professor Saupe with Research Associate Dr. P. J. Photenias and Student E. Zhou Performing Birefringence Studies, undated
  88. Photographs: [Schlieren Texture of Nemantic Phase?], undated
  89. Photographs: Undergraduate Darren Leonhardt, Dr. Neubert, and Chemist Stan Laskos Discussing a Progress Report, undated
  90. Photographs: Unidentified Conference Attendees, undated
  91. Photographs: Unidentified Conference Attendee and Glenn Brown, undated
  92. Photographs: Unidentified Liquid Crystal Textures, undated
  93. Photographs: Unidentified Man Sitting at a Computer Station, undated
  94. Photographs: Unidentified Student at NPR Console, undated