Chandler Chemical Museum
east end of Havemeyer's main corridor was originally devoted to the
Chandler Museum. Begun by Charles Frederick Chandler as a means of
illustrating his chemical lectures, the collection soon included rare
and valuable objects as well as the finest classroom exhibits, including
nearly every inorganic salt known at the time and a collection of
more than 4000 organic compounds, 1000 of them first developed in
the laboratories of Columbia University; vegetable, petroleum and
essential oils; explosives dating back to the Civil War; tanning and
fertilizer exhibits; resins, varnishes, and pigments; a comprehensive
electrochemical exhibit; colloids; an excellent collection showing
the history of ceramic arts; a nearly perfect set of early-19th century
apothecary jars; a collection of the earliest photographs; and an
exhibit of rare earths.
particular importance was a complete set of pre-World War I German
dyes and a large collection of synthetic dyes. The Chandler
Museum collection was the only one available for use by the U.S.
government for standards after German dye patents were confiscated
during the war.
of the museum's content survives to this day, though only a small
percentage of the artifacts are displayed in Havemeyer Hall.