MC 00048 Guide to the John Bewley Derieux Papers, 1902 - 1961

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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.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 1] Correspondence, 1934 - 1947
[Legal Box 1, Folder 2] Course Schedule, 1947
[Legal Box 1, Folder 3] Farragut High School, Concord, Tennessee, 1909, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 4] Memberships, 1926, 1929, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 5] Memberships, North Carolina Academy of Science, 1927 - 1947
[Legal Box 1, Folder 6] Newspaper Articles, 1930 - 1931, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 7] Research, Brown Mountain, North Carolina, 1927
[Legal Box 1, Folder 8] Research, Charts and Graphs, 1937, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 9] Research, Correspondence, 1925 - 1926
[Legal Box 1, Folder 10] Research, Newspaper Articles, 1922 - 1939, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 11] Research, Notes, 1926, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 12] Research, Reprints and Manuscripts, 1918 - 1946, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 13] Retirement, 1947
[Legal Box 1, Folder 14] United States Census, 1910 May 5
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.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 15] Articles, Former Students, World War II, 1944, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 16] Correspondence, 1925 - 1933, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 17] Correspondence, Former Students, World War I and II, 1918 - 1945, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 18] Death, 1948 - 1949
[Legal Box 1, Folder 19] Derieux Family, Obituaries, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 20] John Bewley Derieux Memorial Award, 1949 - 1961, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 21] Memberships, 1932, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 22] Methodist Church, Edenton Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1919 - 1933
[Legal Box 1, Folder 23] Methodist Church, Fairmont Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1948 - 1952, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 24] Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1907, 1946
[Legal Box 1, Folder 25] University of Chicago, 1916 - 1953, n.d.
[Legal Box 1, Folder 26] University of Tennessee, 1903 - 1944
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.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 1] John Bewley Derieux, 1902, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 2] Family Photographs, 1909, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 3] H. A. Mickelson, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 4] Brown Mountain, North Carolina, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 5] Fairmont Methodist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 6] Farragut High School, Concord, Tennessee, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 7] North Carolina State College Physics Department, n.d.
[Flat Box 2, Folder 8] Unknown, n.d.
This series contains three cross-section drawings.
[Oversize 1] Drill Cross-Sections, n.d.


Derieux, John Bewley


2.0 Linear feet

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Acquisitions Information

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


Processed by: Stephanie A. Horowitz;machine-readable finding aid created by: Stephanie A. Horowitz

Scope and Content Note

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.

Biographical 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.

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