John Bewley Derieux Papers 1902-1961

Creator
Derieux, John Bewley
Size
2 linear feet
Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.

Call number
MC 00048

The John Bewley Derieux Papers, 1902-1961, contain records relating to Derieux's personal and professional life. The papers include correspondence, certificates, newspaper articles, research notes, graphs, charts, reprints, and photographs, chiefly relating to his research while in the North Carolina State College Physics Department and his involvement in Methodist church work.

Biographical/historical note

John Bewley Derieux was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on June 26, 1881. Derieux taught mathematics, physics, and manual training at Farragut High School in Concord, Tennessee, before taking a job in 1910 as chief electrician for the United States Census Bureau. Derieux received his bachelor of science degree (1908) and master of science degree (1914) in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He then attended the University of Chicago, where he received a doctorate in physics in 1916 while serving as a laboratory assistant there. Derieux began teaching physics at the instructor level at North Carolina State College in 1916. He taught theoretical physics at NC State through 1947, when he retired from the faculty.

Derieux's research topics included a mysterious light on Brown Mountain, North Carolina; the effect of the tread on the resistance to skidding of automobile tires; the mileage of different grades of gasoline at different speeds; and the charge of the electron. Derieux served as president of the North Carolina Academy of Science, the physics section of the State Academy of Science and the Engineering Society of the University of Tennessee. He was a lecturer for Phi Kappa Phi, an academic honor society. Derieux was an active member of Fairmont Methodist Church in Raleigh and served on its board of trustees.

Derieux married Elizabeth Tipton, a Knoxville, Tennessee native. They had no children. Derieux died on March 18, 1948. After his death, his wife established a memorial award in physics in his honor, to be given annually to an NC State junior or senior.

Scope/content

The John Bewley Derieux Papers, 1902-1961, contain records relating to Derieux's personal and professional life. The papers include correspondence, certificates, newspaper articles, research notes, graphs, charts, reprints, and photographs, chiefly relating to his research while in the North Carolina State College Physics Department and his involvement in Methodist church work. They also include a small amount of information about Derieux's relatives.

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into four series:

  • MC 48 Series 1. Professional
  • MC 48 Series 2. Personal
  • MC 48 Series 3. Photographs
  • MC 48 Series 4. Oversized Records

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Bewley Derieux Papers, MC 00048, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

The John Bewley Derieux Papers were a gift of Elizabeth Bentley, July 23, 1970; and Richard L. Murray, April 4, 1980.

Processing information

Stephanie A. Horowitz, April 2005

Stephanie A. Horowitz, April 2005

The collection is organized into five principal series:

Professional 1909-1947
Size: 0.25 linear feet

This series contains records relating to Derieux's professional life. It mainly concerns his research while in the North Carolina State College Physics Department, but also contains a small amount of information regarding his jobs as a high school teacher in Tennessee and as an engineer for the United States Census Bureau.

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Correspondence 1934-1947
Legal box 1, Folder 1
Course Schedule 1947
Legal box 1, Folder 2
Farragut High School, Concord, Tennessee 1909, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 3
Memberships 1926, 1929, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 4
Memberships, North Carolina Academy of Science 1927-1947
Legal box 1, Folder 5
Newspaper Articles 1930-1931, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 6
Research, Brown Mountain, North Carolina 1927
Legal box 1, Folder 7
Research, Charts and Graphs 1937, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 8
Research, Correspondence 1925-1926
Legal box 1, Folder 9
Research, Newspaper Articles 1922-1939, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 10
Research, Notes 1926, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 11
Research, Reprints and Manuscripts 1918-1946, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 12
Retirement 1947
Legal box 1, Folder 13
United States Census 1910 May 5
Legal box 1, Folder 14
Personal 1903-1961
Size: 0.25 linear feet

This series includes records relating to Derieux's personal life. Records of particular significance include his involvement with Methodist churches in Raleigh, North Carolina and Knoxville, Tennessee, his personal correspondence with former students, and his schooling at the University of Tennessee and the University of Chicago. This series also contains a small amount of information relating to other members of Derieux's family.

no content

Articles, Former Students, World War II 1944, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 15
Correspondence 1925-1933, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 16
Correspondence, Former Students, World War I and II 1918-1945, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 17
Death 1948-1949
Legal box 1, Folder 18
Derieux Family, Obituaries n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 19
John Bewley Derieux Memorial Award 1949-1961, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 20
Memberships 1932, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 21
Methodist Church, Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 1919-1933
Legal box 1, Folder 22
Methodist Church, Fairmont Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina 1948-1952, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 23
Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee 1907, 1946
Legal box 1, Folder 24
University of Chicago 1916-1953, n.d.
Legal box 1, Folder 25
University of Tennessee 1903-1944
Legal box 1, Folder 26
Photographs 1902-1909
Size: 1.25 linear feet

This series contains photographs of John Bewley Derieux. It also contains some photographs of his family, his professional research topics, the Fairmont Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the North Carolina State College Physics Department.

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John Bewley Derieux 1902, n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 1
Family Photographs 1909, n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 2
H. A. Mickelson n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 3
Brown Mountain, North Carolina n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 4
Fairmont Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 5
Farragut High School, Concord, Tennessee n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 6
North Carolina State College Physics Department n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 7
Unknown n.d.
Flat box 2, Folder 8
Oversized Records n.d.

This series contains three cross-section drawings.

1 folder

Drill Cross-Sections n.d.
Oversize 1
Unprocessed Materials Undated
Unprocessed Records Undated
Flat folder 3

Access to the collection

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Mailing address:
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Bewley Derieux Papers, MC 00048, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.