- CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
- Physical description
- 4 linear feet
- Preferred Citation
- Exceptional black scientists collection, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
- Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
The CIBA-GEIGY Corporation Exceptional Black Scientists Collection is divided into two series: Infromation on Scientists and Distribution of Posters and video. There is biographical information on each of the fifteen scientists honored by CIBA-GEIGY as well as scientists who were considered but not selected for the poster award, including William T. Wright, surgeon and civil rights leader. Material about Ernest Crichlow, the portrait artist, is also included. Correspondence with individuals and organizations requesting copies of the posters and videotape produced by CIBA-GEIGY, shipping orders and a statistical analysis of those making requests comprise the remainder of the collection.
CIBA-GEIGY Corporation is a large, diversified chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturer with headquarters in Ardsley, New York. In 1980, CIBA-GEIGY initiated the Exceptional Black Scientist Poster Program to acquaint the general public with the achievements of some black scientists and to encourage minorities to pursue careers in science, medicine and mathematics.
CIBA-GEIGY Corporation selected black individuals each year who made significant contributions to their respective fields of science and commissioned Ernest Crichlow, noted black artist and illustrator, to paint their portraits. Posters were made from the portraits and distributed free of charge to individuals, academic institutions and organizations. The fifteen scientists honored were David Blackwell, Jewel Plummer Cobb, W. Montague Cobb, Charles Drew, Lloyd N. Ferguson, Shirley Ann Jackson, Percy L. Julian, Ernest Everett Just, Reatha Clark King, Samuel L. Kountz, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., Walter E. Massey, Jennie R. Patrick, Augustus A. White II and Jane Wright, from the fields of medicine, chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering.
Source of acquisitionGift, CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
- CIBA-GEIGY Corporation
- Blackwell, David, 1919-2010
- Cobb, Jewel Plummer, 1924-
- Cobb, W. Montague (William Montague), 1904-
- Drew, Charles, 1904-1950
- Ferguson, Lloyd N., 1918-
- Jackson, Shirley Ann
- Julian, Percy L
- Just, Ernest Everett, 1883-1941
- King, Reatha Clark, 1938-
- Kountz, Smauel L., 1930-
- Leffall, LaSalle D.
- Massey, Walter E.
- Patrick, Jennie R., 1949-
- White, Augustus A.
- Wright, Jane C., 1919-
- Wright, Louis Tompkins, 1891-1952
Using the collection
LocationSchomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801