Edgar Eugene Randolph Papers 1884-1961

Creator
Randolph, E. E. (Edgar Eugene), b. 1878
Size
3 linear feet (6 archival boxes)
Location

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Call number
MC 00040

The Edgar Eugene Randolph Papers document the Randolph's career as a professor of chemical engineering at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) as well as his personal life, and activities of his wife, Ora Huffman Randolph. Materials contained in these files include letters, 1937-1948, from Randolph's former students, many of which concern their careers in the field and their involvement in World War II; annual reports, statistics, budget materials, lists of graduates and other information, 1927-1945, concerning the development and growth of the Department of Chemical Engineering; newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, 1924-1947, about the department, graduates, and chemical engineering issues in Raleigh; other materials about chemical engineering, including Randolph's writing and technical research; personal materials, including correspondence, 1916-1961; information on the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, belonging to Randolph's wife, Ora Huffman Randolph; and photographs of Dr. and Mrs. Randolph, and their families.

An alumnus of the University of North Carolina, Edgar Eugene Randolph (1878-1954) began his teaching career as a professor of English. He taught at Lenoir-Rhyne College and at Texas A University before teaching at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University). He became head of the Chemical Engineering Department in 1924 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1946.

Biographical/historical note

Edgar Eugene Randolph was born on July 22, 1878, in Mecklenburg County, N. C. He was educated at Sardis Academy, then at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in English. He continued his graduate study as a Carnegie Research Assistant at the College of the City of New York and as a graduate level chemical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he took practical school work in the Revere Sugar Refinery, Merrimac Chemical Company, and the Bethlehem Steel Company's Buffalo plant. Randolph instructed at Lenoir-Rhyne College, Elon College, and Texas A&M, where he taught English. He also spent summer terms on staff at Tulane University, Appalachian Normal College, and North Carolina State College, before joining North Carolina State permanently in 1920.

In 1924, Randolph helped to develop the chemical engineering curriculum at North Carolina State College. As department head, Randolph's skill and dedication to his work enabled the Chemical Engineering Department to grow into one of the College's largest, over the next 15 years. By his retirement in 1946, the Department had trained hundreds of graduates, many of whom won competitive positions in the nation's top chemical companies or other related fields. A significant number of these positions were attained with the direct intervention of Randolph.

Randolph's professional work was extensive, and he produced several books and numerous articles in technical and scientific journals. In addition to his career at North Carolina State, he took consulting chemical engineering work for the Carolina Power & Light Co.; the Southern Cities Public Utilities Co.; the Central Public Service Co.; the State Highway Commission; and the State Department of Conservation and Development concerning the potential industrial uses of North Carolina's surface waters. Randolph also acted as the State Inspector of City Gas Plants for the North Carolina Corporation Commission and as the Fuel Inspector for the North Carolina Budget Bureau on Coal Purchase Specifications for State Institutions. He was even invited to attend the 1936 World Congress of Chemical Engineers of the World Power Conference in London.

In addition to being licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Registration for Engineers, Randolph belonged to the American Chemical Society, the National Education Association, the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education, the North Carolina Society of Engineers, and other professional organizations. He was a member of both the Tau Beta Pi National Scholarship Engineering Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and was involved in their student chapters.

Edgar Eugene Randolph died in Raleigh, N.C., on November 10, 1954, leaving behind a wife, Ora Huffman Randolph, and a daughter, Edith. Ora Randolph is notable in her own right for having put the state song of North Carolina to music. She was also extensively involved in the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. Her work included setting up musical performances and helping to run the Music and Memory Contest. On May 6, 1961, the Chemical Engineering Department dedicated the E. E. Randolph Memorial Student Reading Room, on the first floor of the Riddick Engineering Laboratories Building, in his honor.

Scope/content

The Edgar Eugene Randolph Papers are organized into five series which document Randolph's personal and professional life. The Personal series includes materials assembled by Randolph and those by his wife Ora. Materials include his Ph.D. dissertation, and material relating to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, N.C., where the Randolphs were members and where Ora Randolph was organist for many years. Ora Randolph's materials are focused around her involvement with Raleigh-based affiliates of the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, in which she held administrative positions. These items relate either specifically to these organizations or to other Raleigh musical events.

The Chemical Engineering series contains material relating to Randolph's professional career, both in his capacity as founder and head of the North Carolina State University Chemical Engineering Department, as well as his independent chemical engineering work. Material includes annual reports, budgets, graduate lists, research, technical writing, and scrapbooks kept during Randolph's tenure at the University.

The Photographs series contains portraits of both Randolph and his wife, as well as family photographs. Most of these photographs are unlabeled. The oversized series contains one award and two membership certificates.

Physical description

6 archival boxes

Arrangement

This collection is divided into five series: Personal, Chemical Engineering, Photographs, Artifacts, and Oversized Materials. Wherever possible, the materials are arranged according to subseries and then chronologically.

  • Chemical engineering -- History -- 20th century
  • Chemical engineering -- Research -- North Carolina
  • Chemical engineering -- Societies, etc.
  • Chemical engineering -- Study and teaching -- North Carolina
  • Chemical engineers -- Employment
  • Chemical engineers -- Training of
  • Frye family
  • Huffman family
  • Music -- North Carolina -- Raleigh -- Societies, etc.
  • North Carolina State University. Dept. of Chemical Engineering
  • Randolph, E. E. (Edgar Eugene), b. 1878
  • Randolph, Ora Huffman

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edgar Eugene Randolph Papers, MC 00040, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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Source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Carl Eycke, 1970.

Gift of Mrs. Carl Eycke, 1970.

The collection is organized into five principal series:

Personal 1907-1961
Size: 1 linear foot

This series consists of materials belonging to E. E. Randolph and to his wife, Ora Randolph. Most extensive in this series is Randolph's correspondence with friends, associates, and family members. It is arranged chronologically in two folders. Also included in this series are his insurance policies, jokes he pulled from magazines, poetry, and his Ph.D. dissertation from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, The -Ing Word in English. The dissertation is missing pages. Materials pertaining to Randolph's affiliation with the Monarch Club are also included.

Ora Randolph's materials center around her role in the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs and the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. They contain music programs, speeches, and other club related business. Each has an associated file of correspondence. Much of the music material dates from the early 1920s, particularly the 1920 - 1921 season of music in Raleigh. Mrs. Randolph also has a file of material chronicling the genealogy of her family, the Huffmans and the Fryes. Additionally, her papers contain the hand-written marriage certificate of her parents.

2 archival Boxes

Edgar Eugene Randolph
Correspondence
1916-1926
Box 1, Folder 1
1928-1961
Box 1, Folder 2
Insurance 1921-1936
Box 1, Folder 3
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 1922-1956
Box 1, Folder 4
Monarch Club
Box 1, Folder 5
"The -Ing Words in English", Ph.D. Dissertation 1907

Processor's note: Pages missing

Box 1, Folder 6
Poetry
Box 1, Folder 7
Jokes
Box 1, Folder 8
Knight of St. Patrick Award [See Oversized Materials] 1927
Miscellaneous
Box 1, Folder 9
Ora Randolph
Genealogy
Research
Box 2, Folder 1
Huffman-Frye Marriage Certificate April 14, 1881
Box 2, Folder 2
North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs
Correspondence 1921
Box 2, Folder 3
1919-1933
Box 2, Folder 4
"Midsummer Eve"
Box 2, Folder 5
North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs
Correspondence 1920-1922
Box 2, Folder 6
1919-1922
Box 2, Folder 7
Musical Events 1919-1922
Box 2, Folder 8
Miscellaneous
Box 2, Folder 9
Chemical Engineering 1924-1948
Size: 1.25 linear feet

The largest group of material in this series contains the letters that E. E. Randolph received from his former students. Whether they updated Randolph on their lives or solicited employment advice, the student correspondence is a rich source of information on the careers of the Chemical Engineering program alumni. The correspondence from graduates spans 1937-1948, with much attention given to the activities of the young engineers in World War II. There are also letters from students' parents and general correspondence. Letters are arranged in subseries and then chronologically.

The Chemical Engineering Department's annual reports contain a significant amount of data on the scope and activities of the Department. They give enrollment statistics, descriptions of the Department's facilities, its staff, its research projects, the progress of its alumni, the status of the chemical engineering field, the work of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the further funding needs of the Department, and accolades it had received. Along with the statistics, budget materials, and graduate lists, they make up the grouping which Randolph produced for the Department in his official capacity as department head. The graduate lists give the year a student graduated from the program and state what job he is currently holding or what school he is currently attending. There is also a separate folder for information pertaining to the affiliated Waterworks School. All of this information is arranged into subseries and then chronologically.

The newspaper clippings and scrapbooks compiled by Randolph contain information on the Chemical Engineering Department from 1924 to 1945. The clippings come from several different sources, primarily the Raleigh Times, the North Carolina State Technician, and the Raleigh News and Observer. There are also several full issues of publications, such as North Carolina Agriculture and Industry and the Student Chapter Bulletin of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. The articles cover a wide variety of topics related to chemical engineering, including student achievements, work being done on the chemical engineering facilities, the North Carolina chemical industry, various lectures, the successes of the Department, and the activities of the faculty, particularly E. E> Randolph.

The rest of Randolph's Chemical Engineering materials are made up of items related to his activities, professional associations, curriculum vitae, and retirement. There is research which he produced, including his work on the water analyses at Valdese, N.C.. His writing falls into two different categories: technical writing on chemical engineering matters and writing on the role and processes of education in chemical engineering. Some of these writings are typed copies, while others have been directly removed from the printed journals in which they appeared. The retirement materials consist of congratulatory letters which have been bound into a book.

2.5 archival boxes

Correspondence
General
1924-1937
Box 3, Folder 1
1939-1945
Box 3, Folder 2
Graduates
1937-1938
Box 3, Folder 3
1939
Box 3, Folder 4
1940
Box 3, Folder 5
1941
Box 3, Folder 6
January, 1942-June, 1942
Box 3, Folder 7
July, 1942-December, 1942
Box 3, Folder 8
January, 1943-June, 1943
Box 3, Folder 9
July, 1943-December, 1943
Box 3, Folder 10
January, 1944-March, 1944
Box 3, Folder 11
April, 1944-October, 1944
Box 3, Folder 12
1945-1948
Box 3, Folder 13
Parents
1929-1944
Box 3, Folder 14
Annual Reports
1927-1932
Box 4, Folder 1
1933-1939
Box 4, Folder 2
Budget Materials 1928-1945
Box 4, Folder 3
Statistics 1923-1943
Box 4, Folder 4
Graduate Lists
Cumulative
1925-1940
Box 4, Folder 5
1944
Box 4, Folder 6
Yearly 1927-1944
Box 4, Folder 7
World War II
Box 4, Folder 8
Waterworks School 1936-1944
Box 4, Folder 9
Newspaper Clippings
1924-1929
Box 4, Folder 10
1930-1934
Box 4, Folder 11
1935-1939
Box 4, Folder 12
1940-1947
Box 4, Folder 13
Undated
Box 4, Folder 14
Scrapbook
1929-1930
Box 5, Folder 1
1933-1936
Box 5, Folder 2
1939-1940

Processor's note: Loose pages

Box 5, Folder 3
North Carolina Agriculture & Industry 1924-1926

Processor's note: Incomplete

Box 5, Folder 4
Curriculum Vitae, [No date]
Box 5, Folder 5
Professional/Honor Associations 1928-1952
Box 5, Folder 6
Certificates
1927-1929
Box 5, Folder 7
Certificate for membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers [See Oversized Materials] 1931
Certificate for membership in the Phi Kappa Phi [See Oversized Materials]
Research 1924-1937
Box 5, Folder 8
Water Analysis, Valdese 1935-1936
Box 5, Folder 9
Technical Writing, [No date]
Box 5, Folder 10
Writing on Chemical Engineering Education 1929-1941
Box 5, Folder 11
Retirement 1946
Box 5, Folder 12
Miscellaneous 1918-1940
Box 5, Folder 13
Photographs
Size: 1 linear foot

This series contains several pictures of E. E> Randolph, Ora Randolph, and their daughter Edith. There are a significant number of photographs of family members, particularly from Ora Randolph's side of the family. Very few of these photographs are labeled or dated.

2 archival boxes

E. E. Randolph
Box 6, Folder 1
Ora Randolph
Box 6, Folder 2
E. E. and Ora Randolph
Box 6, Folder 3
Edith Randolph
Box 6, Folder 4
Family sets
Box 6, Folder 5
Miscellaneous, Small
Box 6, Folder 6
Miscellaneous, Medium 1
Box 7, Folder 1
Miscellaneous, Medium 2
Box 7, Folder 2
Miscellaneous, Large
Box 7, Folder 3
Large Group with E. E. and Ora Randolph
Box 7, Folder 4
Artifacts ca. 1920s-1930s
Size: 3 linear feet

This series is comprised of E. E. Randolph's chemical glassware and related accessories, found in the former Randolph residence in Raleigh, N.C.. Likely dating from the 1920s or 1930s, it is unknown whether Randolph used this material in his labs on campus or in his private work. The 25 items include beakers, flasks, jars (with cork or glass stoppers), bottles, funnels, graduated cylinders, a bottle brush, a ceramic measuring board, and a ceramic mortar with spoon. Those items which are labeled most frequently give their origins as Pyrex, but Nonsol W.T. Co, Baker's Analyzed Chemicals, Stasi, and the American Medical Museum are also represented. One jar also lists its contents as Ammonium Carbonate (NH4)2CO3.

2 paige boxes

Bottle Brush
Box 8, Item 1
Pyrex Boiling Flask (700 ml)
Box 8, Item 2
Erlenmeyer Flask, from Nonsol W.T. Co.
Box 8, Item 3
Volumetric Flask (100 ml)
Box 8, Item 4
Glass Funnel
Box 8, Item 5
Large Rectangular Glass Jar, labeled American Medical Museum Jar #7
Box 8, Item 6
Ceramic Measuring Board
Box 8, Item 7
Mortar
Box 8, Item 8
Ceramic Spoon
Box 8, Item 9
Pyrex Beaker (400 ml)
Box 9, Item 1
Pyrex Beaker (600 ml)
Box 9, Item 2
Pyrex Beaker (1000 ml)
Box 9, Item 3
Pyrex Beaker (1000 ml)
Box 9, Item 4
Pyrex Beaker (1000 ml)
Box 9, Item 5
Pyrex Narrow Mouth Bottle with Stopper
Box 9, Item 6
Pyrex Narrow Mouth Bottle with Stopper
Box 9, Item 7
Pyrex Narrow Mouth Bottle with Stopper
Box 9, Item 8
Wide Mouth Bottle with Cork Stopper, from Baker's Analyzed Chemicals
Box 9, Item 9
Graduated Cylinder (10 ml), from Stansi
Box 9, Item 10
Graduated Cylinder (25 ml), from Germany
Box 9, Item 11
Non-Graduated Cylinder
Box 9, Item 12
Glass Jar with Stopper
Box 9, Item 13
Glass Jar with Stopper, labelled "Ammonium Carbonate (NH4)2CO3" from W.T.C.
Box 9, Item 14
Pyrex Jar with Stopper
Box 9, Item 15
Oversized Materials

This series contains three items from E. E. Randolph's career and lifetime.

3 items

Certificate for membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1931
Flat box 8, Folder 1
Certificate for membership in the Phi Kappa Phi
Flat box 8, Folder 2
Knight of St. Patrick Award 1927
Flat box 8, Folder 3
Diplomas
Flat folder 1

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edgar Eugene Randolph Papers, MC 00040, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

North Carolina State University does not own copyright to this collection. Individuals obtaining materials from the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center are responsible for using the works in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.