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"Harris moved through a bachelor's degree program at Oregon State University in three years, after starting there as a 16-year-old [in 1924]. When the head of the department asked him if he planned to continue his studies in graduate school, Harris replied, 'What's graduate school?'"

Jeffrey Fox, Chemical and Engineering News, July 1979

Milton Harris Papers, 1925-1996

Portrait of Milton Harris, ca. 1930s. Courtesy Glogau Photography Studio
Harriset advertisement, New York Times, ca 1940s.
"One-Time Portland Boy Develops Army's Process to Prevent Shrinkage of Wool," The (Portland) Oregonian, September 15, 1948.
Role of Cystine in the Structure of the Fibrous Protein, Wool. J. of Research Natl. Bureau of Standards. 27, 89-103 (1941). [Wilbur I. Patterson, Walton B. Geiger, Louis R. Mizell and Milton
Chemical and Engineering News, March 2, 1970.

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MSS Harris

Milton Harris (1908-1991), a 1926 graduate of Oregon Agricultural College, was a lifelong supporter of OSU who, in 1984, established the university's first fully-endowed professorship. In 1945, Harris founded his own research laboratory, which later became a subsidiary of the Gillette Company. A holder of 35 patents and a very active member of the scientific community, Harris also enjoyed a six-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society.


Milton Harris: A Biography
by Jon H. Georg. 1998. 4 pages.

Timeline for Milton Harris

Biographical Note 

Content Description


22 linear feet; 39 boxes


The Milton Harris Papers are arranged into ten series. Within each series items have been organized in chronological order.

Related Papers

Harris's occasional communications with Linus Pauling are documented in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, Correspondence file 152.2.

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