George C. Pimentel
1922 - 1989
Pimentel Archive at UC Berkeley
After George died in 1989, I offered his papers to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, according to his wishes. The gift was accepted with alacrity; not only was the Bancroft the repository for university archives, including the papers of distinguished faculty members, but it had a fairly new division of Science and Technology. I was assured the Pimentel collection would be a valuable source for scholars of several aspects of George's life, including research, education, and public service, and that they would be processed in a timely manner.
But the years brought changes, not only in personnel, but in budgets, and consequently in policy, and now such projects need private funding. Neither George nor I had family money, nor did we have the talent or inclination for amassing a fortune.
So the Pimentel collection is currently not open to the public, except with special permission, and indeed would be impossible to navigate in its present state: 138 cartons of papers deposited into boxes straight from George's shelves with no attempt at organization!
The good news is that processing is imminent; I am working with the College of Chemistry on raising the necessary funds, and with some kind helpers I am going through the papers to reduce both volume and
disorder (see article: as graphic, as
PDF). To those who have contributed to the fund, my heartfelt thanks.
Of course I am discovering some gems of pure Pimentel as I peruse the papers. I'll share some on this site in the future.
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