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Arnold Ott papers

Identifier: RHC-31

Collection Description

The Arnold Ott collection documents the life and work of Michigan-born chemist and entrepreneur Arnold Ott from 1917-2008. The collection includes personal papers and biographical information, photographs and stereograph collection, speeches, business records, and records of his participation on the Grand Valley Board of Control from 1960-1988. The collection also includes three scrapbooks documenting the life of Arnold Ott and his wife Marion as well as the Ott Chemical Company and the Otts' involvement with Grand Valley State College. Materials in the scrapbooks date from 1917 to 1967.


  • 1917-2008


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


Arnold Ott was born in Clare, Michigan in 1918. He received his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and his Ph.D from Michigan State University. Ott was a chemist who worked for Dow Chemical and Upjohn where he authored 55 domestic and foreign patents until he formed his own company, Ott Chemical Co. in Muskegon, Michigan. Ott later worked at Cascade Data. He was one of the founders of Grand Valley State University and served on the Board of Control from 1960-1988. He established the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry and the Hilda C. Holder Scholarship for Women in Business at Grand Valley. Ott died in 2008.


12 Linear feet (15 boxes, 3 scrapbooks, 1 oversize folder, 1 roll)

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Arranged in 6 series: 1) Personal files, 2) Writings and speeches, 3) Grand Valley State College Board of Control files, 4) Business records, 5) Photographs and Scrapbooks, and 6) Stereograph Collection.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from the family of Arnold Ott in 2008, 2015 and 2016.

Arnold Ott papers, RHC-31
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States