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John Wiley Jones Symposium (Rochester, N.Y.) collection

 Collection — Folder: 1-6
Identifier: RITArc-0127

Scope and Contents

The John Wiley Jones Symposium collection contains a variety of materials related to the program and its speakers. The collection includes information on specific programs such as brochures, speech transcripts, event fliers and invitations, and programs. The topics of several of the featured symposia include:

  • "Management of Chemicals Released into the Environment" (1975)
  • "Our Environment of Sound" (1976)
  • "Nuclear Radiation in Our Environment: Energy, Medicine, Power" (1977)
  • "Biotechnology: Opportunities, Controversies and Regulations" (1984)
  • "Health Issues of the '90s: Aids, Drugs and Sex" (1990)
  • "The Science and Mathematics of Biodiversity in the 21st Century" (1999)

Additionally, the collection includes various clippings on these and other symposia.


  • Creation: 1975-1990


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The John Wiley Jones Symposium was presented by the Rochester Institute of Technology's (RIT) College of Science and funded by Jones Chemicals. In 1974, John Wiley Jones, a proponent of scientific education and a longtime supporter of RIT, started the symposium as a way to bring eminent scientists to the university. The symposium featured classes, workshops, and lectures that were open to RIT faculty and staff. The first symposium, "Management of Chemicals Released into the Environment," featured Dr. F. Sherwood Rowland, a future Nobel Prize in Chemistry laureate. The program was open to the public and included two days of lectures and discussions.

As previously mentioned, John Wiley Jones was a proponent of scientific education. He established Jones Chemicals in 1929, building the company from the ground up. Although the company produced many different types of chemicals, they are predominantly known for their water treatment products and chemical transportation services.

As of 2011, the John Wiley Jones Distinguished Lecture Series was still sponsored by the College of Science annually.


0.25 Linear Feet (6 folders)




Materials related to the John Wiley Jones Symposium at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and its various speakers. The first Jones Symposium, sponsored by the College of Science, was held in 1975. The collection includes programs, invitations, fliers, speech transcripts, and clippings.


Materials are arranged chronologically with each symposium being housed in a separate folder. Clippings are located at the end of the collection and are arranged chronologically as well.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 808, Box 204

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in March 2011.

John Wiley Jones Symposium (Rochester, N.Y.) collection
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
16 March 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA