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Personal Papers of Russell B. Mesler

Call Number: PP 582


This collection contains research notes and office correspondence for the late Russell Bernard Mesler, Professor Emeritus in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Kansas. Mesler also worked as a consultant for the Spencer Chemical Company and other entities. The bulk of the collection dates from his years of employment with KU, 1957-1992, though his student years at KU and the University of Michigan are also represented.


  • Creation: 1949 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Russell Bernard Mesler

Russell B. Mesler was born on August 24, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri. The son of James Elmer and Catherine Knaack Mesler, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and went to the University of Kansas on the GI Bill. He followed his B.S. in Engineering with M.S. and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, and joined the KU faculty in 1957.

Mesler specialized in Nuclear Engineering and researched the physics of bubbles and boiling, which also required considerable expertise in high speed photography. His career at KU lasted 35 years; Mesler retired in 1992. Among other honors, he became the Warren S. Bellows Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Mesler's wife, Jenny-Lea (McGowan) Mesler, had preceded him in death on December 4, 2005. They had four children, Diane Lee, Scott Owen, Douglas Bernard, and Sandra Jeanine. Russell Mesler died on July 29th, 2011, in Lawrence.


16.25 Linear Feet (17 boxes + 1 oversize folder, 2 oversize boxes)

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Physical Location

PP 582

Processing Information

Collection was minimally processed to remove unwanted materials and much of it was kept in Professor Mesler's original folders. Not all the folders have been labeled and only the oversize folders have been individually numbered. The bulk of the photographic materials were discarded as being no longer relevant and/or insufficiently labeled as to context. Duplicate papers and reprints were also discarded, as was private information about former students.


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Russell Mesler Papers, PP 582, University Archives, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States