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Al Stewart Collection

Identifier: MS 067

Scope and Contents

The Stewart Collection consists of materials from his personal and professional life. The bulk of the collection contains art that Stewart had collected over the years that had been displayed in his home. It appears that most of that art was collected from Mexico around 1960.

The Stewart collection also contains some personal materials, such as awards and certificates, mostly from the 1970s through the 1990s.


  • 1960s-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:

Ruth A. Haas Library Archives and Special Collections 181 White Street Danbury, CT 06810 Phone: 203-837-8992 E-mail:

Biographical / Historical

Albert C. Stewart was born on November 25, 1919. Stewart received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1942. He was drafted into the U.S. Navy in 1945 and was among a select group of African American sea men trained as officers. Following his tour of duty, Stewart returned to the United States and enrolled at the University of Chicago. In 1948, he received his M.S. degree in chemistry; and, in 1949, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the U.S. Navy. Stewart earned his Ph.D. degree in chemistry from St. Louis University in 1951.

From 1949 to 1963, Stewart held teaching appointments at St. Louis University, Knoxville College, and John Carroll University where he taught chemistry and physics. In 1951, Stewart began his at the Union Carbide Corporation as a senior chemist in the nuclear division. In 1960, Stewart became the assistant director of research and held several leadership positions until his retirement in 1984.

After his retirement from Union Carbide Stewart began teaching at Western Connecticut University, where he also served as the associate dean in the Ancell School of Business. In 1999, Stewart became Professor Emeritus at Western Connecticut State University.

In 1966, Stewart received the University of Chicago Alumni Citation Award. Stewart was a member of a number of professional and academic societies, and has also served as an advisor, consultant and on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including U.S. Department of Commerce, NASA, and the Urban League, respectively.


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Language of Materials



Al Stewart was a businessman and physicist who joined the faculty in the School of Business at WestConn in 1987 after a long career mostly at Union Carbide. The collection includes personal papers, objects, art and miscellanea from Stewart's estate.


Materials are arranged into two series, art and personal effects.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Archives in the fall of 2017 by the estate of Al Stewart.

Related Materials

The WCSU Miscellanea collection also includes Al Stewart materials.

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Repository Details

Part of the Western Connecticut State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Haas Library
181 White St
Danbury 06810 USA US
203.837.8322 (Fax)