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Jose Baxeres de Alzugaray papers

 Collection — Box: 1 [F09.216.06.02]
Identifier: MS0522

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of papers from throughout Jose Baxeres de Alzugaray's career as a chemist. Includes documents related to gold mining process, mineralogy, ore separation and vanadium steel. Also contains some personal material including correspondence of his wife, Lola Baxeres de Alzugaray, family photographs and stocks.


  • Creation: 1846 - 1969

Language of Materials

There are some materials that are non-English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Jose Baxeres de Alzugaray Papers (MS0522) are the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Jose Baxeres De Alzugaray (1866 - June 12, 1937) was an Argentina-born American chemist who was most noted for his pioneering work in the development of vanadium steel. Son of Dr. Baxeres Torres, Madrid's Ambassador to Russia, and Mercedes de Alzugaray and brother of Eduardo and Maria Baxeres de Alzugaray, he studied under private tutors in Spain, London, Paris, St. Petersburg and at the Unviersity of Geneva and the Sorbonne. He married Lola Lansdale of Washington, D.C. She was a sister of Ella Hargrove Sayre Sullivan Robinson. Before coming to this country in 1905 he was chemist for the Vanadium Co., Ltd., of London, and there produced the first pound of vanadium steel ever manufactured. He also produced the first synthetic ruby. He was called the "authority on war vessel armor" by The New York Times and the scientific community, and is remembered as an "early advocate of radium in cancer treatment" and for the improvement of the electric furnace and its products. De Alzugaray applied for and was awarded several patents in the area of metallurgy. De Alzugaray died in New York of a heart ailment June 12, 1937 at the age of 71.


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Papers documenting Jose Baxeres de Alzugaray's professional and personal life. Includes subject files, correspondence, publications, articles and photographs.


The collection contains two series: Correspondence and Photographs. The rest of the collection is organized into a single folder title series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ms. Sayre Lineberger, 1994.

Related Materials

Ella Hargrove Sayre Sullivan papers (MS0214)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Julie Henry in 2015.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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