James Winfred Neckers Papers, 1927-1967 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
ID: 3/RG 4/FP21-2-F1
Extent: 2.1 Cubic Feet
Predominant Dates: 1935-1945
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Scope and Contents: The James W. Neckers Papers consist of correspondence, publications, manuscripts, and ephemera related to the history of Southern Illinois University between 1927-1967, and the building of the chemistry department. Records document the department's bid for accreditation by the American Chemical Society that was granted in 1955. The growth of the department is chronicled not only through correspondence, but also through requisitions for equipment for the new laboratory and classrooms in Parkinson. Other university material in the collection includes correspondence, publications, minutes, and reports spanning forty years of Dr. Neckers' committee activity at SIUC. Among the committees on which he served are the Curriculum Committee, the Entertainment Committee - forerunner to the Celebrity Series, and the Victory Committee that was formed in 1942 to support the Armed Forces overseas. Overall, Neckers' career coincided with the growth of SIU from a normal school to a large state university.