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Thedford P. Dirkse Collection

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Title: Thedford P. Dirkse Collection, 1800-1999Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/483

Primary Creator: Dirkse, Thedford P. (1915-2006)

Extent: 5.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Abstract

Professor of chemistry at Calvin College. The collection details his research work in the field of electrochemistry (development of high power density batteries, the silver-zinc alkaline cell) with research materials, articles, references, evaluations, manuscripts, reports, papers, books, correspondence, and bibliography.

Biographical Note

Thedford (Ted) P. Dirkse was born on January 5, 1915 in Holland Michigan.  Dirkse attended Calvin College, graduating in 1936. He furthered his education at Indiana University, earning his masters and doctorate degrees.  In 1939, Iowa State University hired him as an instructor. After two years in Iowa, he spent another two as an assistant professor at Hamline University in St. Paul Minnesota.

From 1942 to 1946, Dirkse worked on battery research for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington D.C. Once World War II ended, he returned Hamline University for a year.  In 1947, Dirkse got the opportunity to return to Calvin College, not as a student, but rather as a faculty member. For 33 years, Dirkse served as a chemistry professor at Calvin, where he taught courses in analytical and physical chemistry as well as general and nursing chemistry. He was involved in many college committees such as educational policy, long-range planning, and academic standards committee. Dirkse also kept busy by writing articles in scientific journals like the Journal of the Electrochemical Society. Dirkse retired from Calvin College in 1980.

Dirkse’s research topic of choice was battery chemistry. In 1962, he even earned the prestigious Research Award from the Battery Division of the Electrochemical Society. Dirkse later became the chairman of the Battery Division in 1964. Much of his research in battery technology was sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research. One time even NASA depended on professor Dirkse’s extensive knowledge of electrochemistry when the Apollo 13 was in trouble. NASA sought Dirkse’s advice on how to get the most performance out the zinc batteries on the space shuttle for the astronauts to return safely home.

Dirkse also faced hardship in his life as well. His first wife was Frances Miller and together they had two daughters. Sadly, Frances passed away during childbirth, and their twin sons died soon after as well.  Dirkse was remarried to Ruth Imanse and together they had another two daughters. After 43 years of marriage, Ruth passed as well due to breast cancer.  He then married Theresa Vroon in 1995. Dirkse was a member of the Mayfair Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and deacon. At the age of 91, Ted Dirkse passed away on October 23, 2006.


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Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research material on zinc --- 1901-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research material on zinc --- 1921-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Research material on zinc thru --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Research material on zinc --- 1953-1962Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research material on zinc --- 1963-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research material on zinc --- 1968-1972, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Research material on zinc --- 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Research material on silver --- 1800-1900Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research material on silver --- 1930-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research material on silver --- 1950-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Research material on silver --- 1960-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Research material on silver --- 1963-1966Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research material on silver --- 1967-1968Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research material on silver --- 1969-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Research material on silver --- 1976-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Research material on silver --- 1987-1991Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research material on copperAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Research material on copperAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Research material on copperAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Research material on conductanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Research material on ion hydrationAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Ion hydration referencesAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Research material on silver oxidesAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research project on metal formates, pages 1-170Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research project on metal formates, pages 171-326Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles on alchemy --- 1931-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles on copper --- 1901-1928Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles on copper --- 1929-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles on copper --- 1942-1998Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles on conductance --- 1979-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles on cadmium --- 1964-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles on cadmium1928-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cadmium evaluations --- 1982-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles on gold --- 1924-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Articles on mercury --- 1897-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Articles on mercury --- 1942-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Articles on silver oxides --- 1949-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles on zinc --- 1927-1949Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles on zinc --- 1899-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles on zinc --- 1950-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles on zinc --- 1964-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Silver evaluation material --- 1985-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mercury evaluation material --- 1981-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Copper evaluation material --- 1989-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Metal Formates manuscript, pages 1-60Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Metal Formates manuscript, pages 61-326Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Report of committee on battery additivesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Technology Reports:  Battery Zinc Electrode Kinetics Investigation Zinc Electrode Kinetics ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Technology Report:  Silver Migration and Transport Mechanism Studies in Silver Oxide BatteriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Unidentified manuscript, pages 1-190Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Unidentified manuscript, pages333 --- 191-Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Conductance dataAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Paper:  The Use of AgO as a Cathode in Aqueous Salt Solutions --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Paper:  Evidence for Trivalent Silver --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Alcohol impairment tests conducted with the Grand Rapids Police DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence --- 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence --- 1970-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Correspondence --- 1980-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence --- 1990-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence with N. Jonas and Co. --- 1993Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical sketch of the Dirkses - --- 1989, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Class notes - Indiana University --- 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: What Does the Bible Say? by Thedford Dirkse --- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Papers by Thedford Dirkse --- 1938-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 5: List of papers/publications by Thedford Dirkse --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: American Chemical Society Certificate --- 1989Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Articles published in the Journal of the Electrochemical Society --- 1950-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Calvin Forum articles --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Paper, The Conductance of Salts in Monethanolamine [partial fulfillment of PhD requirement] --- 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Miscellaneous published articles --- 1946-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Articles published in Electrochimica Acta --- 1971-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Society of Sigma XI --- 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1289-1470: "IUPAC -NIST Solubility Data Series 66. Ammonium Phosphates"Add to your cart.
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Lyts Frysk Wirdboek --- 1934Add to your cart.
Item 2: Frysk Rymsnoer --- 1925Add to your cart.
Item 3: Ta Nocht en Nut in Sangboekje --- 1939Add to your cart.
Item 4: Us Fryske PsalmenAdd to your cart.
Item 5: De Fryske Husfrneon --- 1904Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Solubility Data Series (volume 23):  Copper, Silver, Gold and Zinc,Cadmium, Mercury Oxides and Hydroxides, edited by T.P. Dirkse, et al [HERH QD543.S66 V.23] --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Solubility Data Series (volume 30):Alkali Metal Halates, Ammonium Iodate and Iodic Acid, edited by T. P. Dirkse [HERH QD543.S66 V.30] --- 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Solubility Data Series (volume 31): Alkali Metal Orthophosphates, edited by T. P. Dirkse, et al [HERH QD543.S66 V.31] --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Zinc-silver Oxide Batteries (contributor: T. P. Dirkse) [HERH TK2921 .S95 1968] --- 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: The Primary Battery (contributor: T. P. Dirkse) [HERH TK2921 .P75 V.1] --- 1971Add to your cart.
Box 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Research Material and Progress Reports for Investigation of the Silver Oxide-Zinc-Alkali Primary Cell --- 1947-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clippings and PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Misc. Research PapersAdd to your cart.

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