History of the Division
The ACS Organic Chemistry Division (ORGN) was officially established in 1910 (chaired by Edward Curtis Franklin).
A detailed history of the start of the division was written by H. L. Fisher in 1951 and is available here:
Ind. Eng. Chem., 1951 , 43 (2), pp 289-294
Historical Events of the Division
Past Presidents of ACS who were affiliated with the Division
Chairs of the Division
Secretary-Treasurers of the Division
* Also served concurrently as Program Chair
Beginning in 2017 the position of Secretary-Treasurer was separated into two positions
Secretaries of the Division
Treasurers of the Division
Program Chairs of the Division
Membership of the Division
A historical list of all the Division’s Officers since 1925 is now available as a MS Excel File . The current list of officers including their contact information is available on the Executive Committee Page .
ORGN Archives Available at the Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Division of Organic Chemistry (ORGN) archives have been transferred to the Science History Institute (formally called the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF)). These archives currently cover the period from 1935 until 1983. Highlights include scrap books containing forms, reports, memos and other divisional documents kept by six secretary-treasurers covering a 30 year period from 1934 to 1964: Ralph L. Shriner (1934-39), Arthur C. Cope (1939-1944), Ralph W. Bost (1944-1949), Nelson J. Leonard (1950-1954), William E. Parham (1954-1959) and Herbert O. House (1959-1964). The archives also contain records of the National Organic Symposium from 1937-1983 and many other documents related to the functioning of the division. A finding aid provides more details. Please contact the secretary-treasurer, if you have records or papers that you would like to transfer to the archives so they will be accessible to those interested in the activities of ORGN.