Inventory

Commercial Solvents Corporation
Dates: 1938-1999
Accession Number: 20010924
Donor: Schering Plough Animal Health
Description: Twelve document cases

History

The Commercial Solvents Corporation was established at the end of World War I and earned distinction as the pioneer producer of acetone and butanol by fermentation processes developed and patented by Dr. Chaim Weizmann. Terre Haute was selected as the home of CSC research because location at this plant made possible the convenient translation of new processes from laboratory and pilot-plant to full-scale production. (Annual report, 1950)

Over the years, the products of Commercial Solvents have included specialty and commodity chemicals for industry, agricultural chemicals, animal health and nutrition products, industrial explosives, and carbon blacks. CSC remained an independent company until 1975 when it merged with the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation (IMC) and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of IMC. Eventually, IMC bought Pitman-Moore Inc., another company involved in animal products, and the Terre Haute plant changed its name to Pitman-Moore in 1987. Schering Plough bought out Pitman-Moore in 1998 and the plant's name was changed to Schering Plough Animal Health. The Terre Haute plant was permanently shut down on January 28, 2000.

Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains historical items about the Commercial Solvents Corporation including annual reports, brochures, company newsletters, and photographs.

Much of the collection consists of Commercial Solvents Corporation's monthly newsletter, both in pre-publication form (consisting of photographs and captions) and in its final published form and is arranged in chronological order. The newsletter provided news about the social activities of plant employees, news of newly hired employees, retirement parties/cere-monies for retiring employees, death notices for the families of current and retired employees, annual dinners and annual picnics. One can also trace the name changes of the company through the name changes in the newsletter. Throughout its life, the newsletter was known variously as the "Spirit of the Nation" (1938-1988), "The Pitman-Moore Spirit" (1989-1993) and "Terre Haute InSite" (1998-1999).

(Occasionally, there are issues missing from various years. There is a five year gap between 1993 and 1998. When the original Commercial Solvents Corporation was taken over by Schering Plough in 1998, the newsletter went without a name from February 1998 to April 1998 while a contest was held to name the newsletter. As noted above, the newsletter was named "Terre Haute InSite" and lasted from April 1998 to August, 1999.)

The collection also contains layouts of the newsletter's photographs and caption from 1956 to 1985. In addition there are 135 photographs that were found loose. No attempt was made to place the photographs in order. However, the photographs are of four general categories: (1) aerial and exterior views of the Terre Haute plant and other plants, (2) interior pictures of various manufacturing areas in the plant, (3) product lines manufactured by the Commercial Solvents Corporation and (4) pictures of animals that were used as experimental subjects for testing of products in development by the Commercial Solvents Corporation.

The collection also contained 6 books, mostly pertaining to the history of the Commercial Solvents Corporation prior to 1970. One book was found in a folder labeled "History of CSC" and is being kept with those materials in Document Case 1. The other books are housed in Document Case 12.

A photocopy of a thank-you from the family of a deceased employee and a clipping with "Charles Seevey 1987" are included in the inventory folder of the collection.

For related material, see the records of the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation (Accession Number: 920604)

Document Case 1

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Historical material

various dates

 

 

 

Folder 2

Annual Reports

1947-1950

 

 

 

Folder 3

Annual Reports

1951-1955

 

 

 

Folder 4

Annual Reports

1956-1960

 

 

 

Folder 5

Annual Reports

1961-1965

 

 

 

Folder 6

Annual Reports

1966-1970

(no report for 1969)

 

 

 

Folder 7

Annual Reports

1971-1974

 

 

 

Folder 8

Annual Reports

1976-1979

 

 

 

Folder 9

Annual Reports

Brochures

1994

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 2

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Newsletters (miscellaneous )

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 2

Newsletters (miscellaneous)

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Feb. 1938

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Feb. 1938

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Nov. 1938
(2 copies)

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Apr. 1939
(2 copies)

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jul. 1939;
Dec. 1939

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Aug. 1940;
Dec. 1940

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Dec. 1941

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1942 ( 2 copies)

 

 

 

Folder 11

"Commercial Solvents Corporation Employees  
Serving Our Country in the Armed Forces"
2 pages 

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

n.d.

 

Oct. 1943-
Dec. 1943

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 3

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 7, 1944-
Feb. 4, 1944

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Feb 18, 1944-
April 28, 1944

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

May 12, 1944
July 21, 1944

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Aug. 4, 1944-
Oct. 10, 1946

(no issues for 1945)

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Oct. 24, 1946-
Dec. 19, 1946

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 2, 1947-
March 27, 1947

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 10, 1947-
June 19, 1947

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 3, 1947-
Sep. 25, 1947

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Oct. 9, 1947-
Dec. 18, 1947

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 1, 1948-
March 25, 1948

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 4

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 15, 1948-
June 24, 1948

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 22, 1948-
Sep. 23, 1948

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Oct. 7, 1948-
Dec. 30, 1948

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 13, 1949-
March 24, 1949

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 7, 1949-
June 30, 1949

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 14, 1949-
Sep. 22, 1949

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Oct. 6, 1949-
Dec. 29, 1949

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 12, 1950-
March 23, 1950

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 6, 1950-
Sep. 21, 1950

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Oct. 5, 1950-
Dec. 28, 1950

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 5

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 11, 1951-
Aug. 23, 1951

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Sep. 6, 1951-
Dec. 27, 1951

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 17, 1952-
March 21, 1952

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 3, 1952-
May 29, 1952

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

June 12, 1952-
Oct. 30, 1952

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 1953-
April 30, 1953

 

 

 

Folder 7

Spirit of the Nation Newsletter

June 4, 1953-
Dec. 17, 1953

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 14, 1954-
May 20, 1954

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

June 3, 1954-
Dec. 1, 1955

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 6

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1956

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1957

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1958

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1959

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1960

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1961

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1962

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1963

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 7

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 23, 1964-
April 23, 1964

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 30, 1964-
Sep. 24, 1964

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation: Newsletter

Jan. 28, 1965-
March 25, 1965

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 22, 1965-
June 24, 1965

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Aug. 19, 1965-
Dec. 23, 1965

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 27, 1966-
March 24, 1966

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 28, 1966-
Aug. 4, 1966

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Sep. 1, 1966-
Dec. 29, 1966

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 26, 1967-
March 30, 1967

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

April 27, 1967-
Aug. 24, 1967

 

 

 

Folder 11

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Sep. 28, 1967-
Nov. 30, 1967

 

 

 

Folder 12

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 25, 1968-
June 27, 1968

 

 

 

Folder 13

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Aug. 1, 1968-
Dec. 19, 1968

 

 

 

Folder 14

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1969

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 8

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1970; 
June 30, 1971

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1976; 1978
(large gaps)

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1979-1980
(gaps)

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1981

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1982

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1983

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1984

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

1985

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 1986-
June 1986

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 1986-
Nov. 1986

 

 

 

Folder 11

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 1987-
June 1987

 

 

 

Folder 12

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 1987-
Nov. 1987

 

 

 

Folder 13

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

Jan. 1988-
June 1988

 

 

 

Folder 14

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter

July 1988-
Nov. 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 9

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

Jan. 1989-
May 1989

 

 

 

Folder 2

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

June 1989-
Nov. 1989

 

 

 

Folder 3

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

1990

 

 

 

Folder 4

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

March 1991-
Dec. 1991

 

 

 

Folder 5

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

Feb. 1992-
Dec. 1992

 

 

 

Folder 6

"The Pitman-Moore Spirit" Newsletter

Feb. 1993;
April 1993

 

 

 

Folder 7

Newsletter

"Terre Haute InSite" Newsletter

Feb. 1998

April 1998-
Dec. 1998

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Terre Haute InSite" Newsletter

Feb. 1999-
Aug. 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 10

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Photographs
  and Captions

1956-1960

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Photographs
  and Captions

1961-1971

 

 

 

Folder 3

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Layouts of
  photographs and captions

Nov. 1970-
Dec. 1972

 

 

 

Folder 4

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Layouts of
  photographs and captions

Jan. 1973-
May 1974

 

 

 

Folder 5

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Layouts of
  photographs and captions

June 1974-
Oct. 1975

 

 

 

Folder 6

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Layouts of
  photographs and captions

Nov. 1975-
June 1977

 

 

 

Folder 7

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter -
Layouts of photographs and captions

July 1977-
Jan. 1979

(back of page)

 

 

 

Folder 8

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter - Layouts of
  photographs and aptions

Jan. 1979-
May 1980

 

 

 

Folder 9

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter -
Layouts of photographs and captions

June 1980-
Oct. 1981

 

 

 

Folder 10

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter -
Layouts of photographs and captions

Oct. 1981-
Jan. 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 11

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter -
Layouts of photographs and captions

Feb. 1983-
March 1984

 

 

 

Folder 2

"Spirit of the Nation" Newsletter -
Layouts of photographs and captions

April 1984-
Dec. 1985

Miscellaneous pages
from 1986 and 1988

 

 

 

Folder 3

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 4

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 5

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 6

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 7

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 8

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 9

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

Folder 10

Photographs

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Document Case 12

 

 

 

 

Publications

 

 

 

 

 

Bronowski, J.  The Ascent of Man.  Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1973.

 

 

 

 

Commercial Solvents Corporation.  Rossville Alcohol Talks
        Dec. 1925-Nov. 1933 (incomplete).  Boston: Houghton Mifflin
        Company, 1936

 

 

 

 

Kelly, Fred.  One Thing Leads to Another: The Growth of an
        Industry.  Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1936.

 

 

 

 

Sander, Joseph.  Hunger Can't Wait.  Libertyville, IL: International
        Minerals & Chemical Corporation, 1975. (2 copies)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Map Drawer 3

 

 

Photograph:  CSC employees and their families at a company picnic.
Maynard Wheeler, president of the company, is dressed in a
suit and tie and is sitting in the front row center.  

ca. 1938 

Photograph was removed from frame for preservation purposes