Joseph Martin Glassett papers

Joseph Martin Glassett papers

Dates: 1940-1988

The collection consists primarily of Glassett’s professional files while working for BYU (course notes, exams, etc.), the Paraho Development Corporation, and his own company, Glassett Associates (reference and consulting files, assorted research proposals, data, and reports, and other related articles, etc., in his areas of specialization, as mentioned above). It also contains assorted books, on various religious and scientific subjects, project files, early academic work (University of Utah coursework and exams, as well as early research notebooks and work logs), bibliographies, product advertisements, correspondence, newspaper clippings (copies and originals), slides, cassette tapes, photos and negatives, isometric drawings, and a 23-minute reel-to-reel film entitled “The Story of Gasoline.” Also included are assorted LDS/religious materials (magazine about temples, assorted literature on marriage and family, life, motherhood, beauty, etc., and Book of Mormon records), and scattered University of Utah bacteriology course work materials belonging to one M. Joleen Glassett, 1940-46.

  • Extent: 2 oversize folders (0.6 linear ft.). -- 48 cartons (48 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Glassett, Joseph M.
  • Call Number: MSS 7607
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph Martin Glassett papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1971; Joseph Martin Glassett papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1971, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Mark Glassett in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mark Glassett; 1989.
Subject Terms
Chemical engineering--Environmental aspects--Utah; Chemical engineering--Handbooks, manuals, etc.; Chemical engineering--Research; Science; Science, Technology, and Health
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Letters; Photographs; Reports
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 15 August 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS scholarship and historiography (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.III, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Glassett (Joseph Martin) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Amanda Clark, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-23T04:00-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph Martin Glassett (1923-1989) was a chemical engineer who eventually became a professor at Brigham Young University.

Joseph Martin Glassett was born the 19th of March, 1923, the only child of Martin C. and Marie Holter Glassett of Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Chemical Engineering, in 1947, and his Master’s in Chemical Engineering the following year from MIT. Between graduation and retirement, Glassett was employed as a Senior Staff Engineer for the American Oil Company, 1960-66; Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Brigham Young University, 1966-1980 (researched recovery of oil from tar sands, recovery of minerals from brines, gasification of coal, and distillation of alcohol fuels; specialized in fossil fuels, gasohol, and plant design); Senior Process Engineer for Paraho Development Corporation, 1980-84; and lastly, President of Glassett Associates and consulting chemical engineer, 1984-88. Glassett was named the BYU Chemical Engineering Professor of the Year in 1978. He passed away at his home in Provo on January 1, 1989.

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