David P. Shoemaker (1920-1995) served as chairman of the Oregon State University Chemistry department from 1970-1981. Primarily an X-ray crystallographer, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 and enjoyed a long career during which he was elected to a number of leadership positions within the profession. His wife Clara Brink Shoemaker (1921-2009), received her doctorate in chemistry in 1950 from Leiden University, where her research focus was also X-ray crystallography. Clara Brink met David Shoemaker in 1953 while working as a research fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - the couple wed in 1955. Clara Shoemaker was promoted to the rank of senior research professor at Oregon State University in 1982 and, as with her husband, retired as professor emeritus.
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David Powell Shoemaker, 1920-1995
by Verner Schomaker and Kenneth Hedberg. 1996. 5 pages.
Biographical Sketch of Clara Shoemaker
by Mary F. Singleton. July 10, 1998. 6 pages.
39 linear feet; 78 boxes; 266 books
The Shoemaker Papers have been organized into seven series. Broadly speaking, the contents of each series have been arranged chronologically, although many items in Series 4 and Series 7 are arranged alphabetically.
An oral history conducted with Clara Shoemaker is available at the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library. WISE Archives: Oral History Collection.
The Shoemakers' relationship with Linus Pauling is also well-represented in the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, particularly in correspondence files 363.3 and 363.4.
Lastly, David Shoemaker's years as chair of the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry are documented in the Chemistry Department Records (RG 098) collection held in the Oregon State University Archives.