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Elias Amdur papers

Identifier: uarc 48

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence and materials regarding Dr. Amdur's research on flaxseed and linen.


  • 1943-1950


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Elias Amdur (b. 1916)

Elias Amdur was born on 2 December 1916 in Frederick, South Dakota. He earned his B.Chem. in 1938, M.S. in 1941 and his Ph.D. in 1944, all awarded by the University of Minnesota. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Dr. Amdur joined the staff of the University of Minnesota department of physiology as a research assistant to artificially radioactive isotopes in biology. He moved to the chemistry department in 1939, still researching radioactive isotopes. Dr. Amdur became a junior chemist in 1941, and in 1942, he began work as a research fellow studying the creation of linen from flax straw. In 1945, Dr. Amdur was promoted to research associate and continued to research flax straw at the University of Minnesota through 1952.

Dr. Amdur's master's and Ph.D. theses involved the drying of biological materials, which led to the development of a new type of drying machine, developed by the Institute of Research and the Department of Horticulture at the University of Minnesota.


1 box (1.3 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Elias Amdur, alumnus and research associate at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

Collection received by University Archives in October 1992.

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Elias Amdur Papers, 1943-1950
Karen Spilman
March 2005
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