ORGANIZATION: American Chemical Society (ACS), Division of Chemical Information (CINF)
ACTIVE DATES: 1947-present
PERSONS INVOLVED: Dale B. Baker; Evan J. Crane; Eugene Garfield; Karl F. Heumann; Arthur B. Lamb; David R. Lide; Hans Peter Luhn; Austin M. Patterson; James W. Perry; Herman Skolnik; Fred A. Tate; George E. Vladutz; William J. Wiswesser
OTHER INFORMATION: The American Chemical Society was founded in 1876 and is a not-for-profit organization. It is the world's largest scientific society and has a membership of over 151,000 chemists and chemical engineers. The American Chemical Society was chartered by a 1937 Act of the U.S. Congress. The Society is recognized as a world leader in fostering scientific education and research, and promoting public understanding of science.

The Division of Chemical Information (ClNF) of the American Chemical Society is the source for maintaining professional competency in information resources, information technology, and information policy. No other ACS Division is as relevant to the professional lives of all researchers involved in any aspect of chemical research. As one of approximately 1,400 divisional members and affiliates, you will learn about the most current developments and practical application in producing, accessing. and using chemical information.

CINF Mission: "The Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society is committed to providing a forum for the exchange of information and expertise among the generators, developers, providers, and users of chemical information worldwide through innovative high-quality programs and publications and through opportunities for career development and recognition of excellence."

CINF History - 50 Years of Service

  • 1943 - Group of the Division of Chemical Education
  • 1948 - Division of Chemical Literature formed
  • 1975 - name changed to the Division of Chemical Information

ClNF Activities
  • Programs

    CINF programs cover diverse topics targeted to the varied professional needs and interests of its broad membership, such as: information operations management, storage and retrieval of chemical information, drug design, commercial chemical information sources, computer-based information processes, electronic databases, organic syntheses, patents, copyright, environmental and regulatory information, structure-activity relationships, etc.

  • Inter-Society Meetings

    Triennial International Conference on Chemical Structures co-sponsored by ClNF, the Chemical Structure Association, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the German Chemical Society, and the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society.

    Quadrennial Tri-Society Symposia dedicated to issues related to leading-edge developments in all aspects of chemical information creation, processing. Management, and usage. Co- sponsored by ClNF, the American Society for Information Science SIG/STI, and the Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association.

CINF Sponsored Awards
  • The Herman Skolnik Award

    Outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science.

  • The Meritorius Service Award

    Outstanding service to the Division.

  • Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship Award

    For students with interest in the fields of chemistry and information to pursue graduate study in library, information, or computer science.

SOURCE: ACS homepage and CINF homepage

Archival materials are being temporarily stored at the office of Dr. Val Metanomski, Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, OH. The materials will be deposited with the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA, 19106, as of October 1998.
PAPERS DATES: 1947-present
SIZE: unknown
ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF) and its predecessors (1943- )

Archival material temporarily stored at the office of W. Val Metanomski, Chemical Abstracts Service, Columbus, Ohio

The archival materials include:
  • Bylaws
  • Procedures manuals
  • Annual reports (including treasurer's reports)
  • Divisional bulletins and newsletters
  • Other divisional publications
  • Abstracts of papers presented at the ACS National Meetings
  • Programs of other technical meetings, seminars, and workshops
  • Programs of joint technical meeting with other societies
  • Minutes of the Executive Committee's meetings
  • Membership promotional brochures and a video tape
  • Award announcements
  • Souvenir programs of award presentations and social events
  • Planning documents
  • Selected Correspondence
  • Photographs
SOURCE: Correspondence with Val Metanomski, 7/97.


Page updated 14 January 1998