In 1955, the Oregon Legislature granted Portland State College status as a four-year college, initiating a period of significant growth for the institution, including the establishment of a Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry apparatus


A detailed history of the Department of Chemistry from 1955 was prepared in 1979 by Alfred S. Levinson, Professor of Chemistry at Portland State from 1963 to 1994.

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An infographic detailing faculty service in the department from 1955 was prepared in 2017.


The University Archives Digital Gallery features images from the University Archives photograph collection documenting Portland State's rich history, including the following images of the Department of Chemistry dating from 1955-91. The Gallery's image collections, highlighting campus buildings and events, student life, and portraits of faculty and staff, can be searched and browsed by dates and keywords and are governed by these Terms and Conditions of Use.

More information on Portland State University's history is available on the PSU homepage.