Humboldt State University ® Department of Chemistry
Robert A. Paselk Scientific Instrument Museum
Student Analytical Balance
Voland & Sons (inc)
Model 200; Serial M 17304
Humboldt State College; c. 1957
This balance was probably used in analytical chemistry in the basement of Founder's Hall1. It was later used in the student research lab (Science A 460) until the building remodel in 1988 when it was placed in storage. It appears to be the only Voland balance kept in Chemistry when the department replaced the department's two-pan balances for instructional laboratories with the purchase of Mettler H10 balances in 1971.
According to MacNevin, Voland and Sons was established in 1888 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
The balance is in excellent, working condition. Finish, dimensions etc. are well described in the catalog scan. Voland riders in small plastic boxes with two different styles of labels are in the collection. Both were held in the Chemistry department. The linked image of the first rider box shows the weight hand written, while the linked image of the second rider box shows the weight value typed. There is a yellow property decal: STATE OF CALIFORNIA / HUMBOLDT COLLEGE / 15137.
Directions for setting up this balance accompany this specimen and can be seen in the linked scans (three sets of instructions, for serials M17304, M17305 and M17699, were stored together in the file drawer in the analytical chemistry prep room).
1 This use is inferred from the storage of three sets of Voland 200 directions in the analytical chemistry service room in Science A (2007).