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Jonas Kamlet (1914-1960) and his wife Edna (1915- 2011) founded the Kamlet Laboratory (as it was then called) in 1941 (I). It was in many ways a pioneering consulting laboratory that was unique for its approach and creativity. In 2006, the collected papers of the Kamlet Laboratories that were housed in two storage units in Sarasota, Florida, were donated to the University of South Florida (USF) Library, Tampa Campus, as noted elsewhere (I). This paper describes the background of the laboratory and indicates the potential value of the material in the Kamlet Chemical Laboratories Collection. The collection came to USF associated with a donation from Mrs. Edna Yadven Kamlet Rogers to establish the Jonas Kamlet Memorial Fund, which will help support preservation of the Collection (2). An online guide is available to provide a general view of collection (3).

We have given a few examples of the information available in the Collection, including some detail on one question, namely what was the financial picture in the early years? This paper describes the results of our examination of an account book that lists the income and expenses of the consulting laboratory for most of the first decade of its operation.

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Reproduced with permission of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society.

D.F. Martin and M. Bidani. The Kamlet Laboratories Collection at the University of South Florida. Bull. Hist. Chem. 2012, 37 (2) 96-101.

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