Roald Hoffmann papers, 1964-1984.
Notebook No. 1 “Early 1964” Bound Boorum & Pease Standard Figuring Book No 1602½, pp. 1-152. Harvard University, 1964. Condition: good This notebook contains research results (primarily summaries of extended Hückel calculations on a wide variety of organic compounds and intermediates in organic reactions), plans, and reading records of Roald Hoffmann, while he was a Junior Fellow at Harvard University. The entries are in pencil, colored pencil, ball-point pen, colored ball-point, and fountain pen . The pages are generally undated, with some scattered dates. The earliest recorded date is April 17 (1964), the latest is July 29 (1964). This notebook contains the first notebook page recording what was to become the collaboration between Hoffmann and R. B. Woodward, leading to the Woodward-Hoffmann rules published in 1965 (page 80). Discussion of many of the pages in this notebook can be found in the paper: Seeman, J. I. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 11632-11671.Notebook No. 2 “Swedish Notebook” Spiral-bound Swedish notebook, pp 1-154. Lidingö and Stockholm, Sweden; Harvard University, 1964. Condition: Poor, pages frayed. This notebook contains research results (primarily summaries of extended Hückel calculations on a wide variety of organic compounds and intermediates in organic reactions), record of readings, research plans of Roald Hoffmann in the period immediately following “Early 1964” notebook.. The notebook covers roughly the period June of July 1964 to-December1964. The entries are in pencil, ball-point, and fountain pen, black and colored. The pages are largely undated, but occasional dates occur. The earliest is ~July 5, 1964, the latest Dec. 28, 1964. Discussion of many of the pages in this notebook can be found in the paper: Seeman, J. I. J. Org. Chem. 2015, 80, 11632-11671."50 Years and Counting: The Woodward–Hoffmann Rules in the 21st Century”. The cover of the journal issue includes an image from one of the notebooks: http://pubs.acs.org/toc/joceah/80/23
The physical volumes are available as part of the Roald Hoffmann papers, collection #14-8-3360, in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Woodward–Hoffmann’s Stereochemistry of Electrocyclic Reactions: From Day 1 to the JACS Receipt Date (May 5, 1964 to November 30, 1964) Jeffrey I. Seeman; pp 11632–11671.
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