James K. Ferrell Papers 1940-2000

Creator
Ferrell, J. K. (James K.)
Size
6.5 linear feet
Location

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

Call number
MC 00286

The James K. Ferrell Papers, 1940-2000, include publications, reports, memoranda, a scrapbook, and other items demonstrating the history of the North Carolina State University Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the North Carolina State University College of Engineering (formerly the School of Engineering); annual reports, memoranda, correspondence, proposals, reviews, and other items related to the administration of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, the College of Engineering, and the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC); and research papers, proceedings, reports, publications, and slides produced through or related to Ferrell's research projects in chemical engineering, the bulk of which pertains to his work on two-phase flow and coal gasification.

James K. Ferrell (1923-2001) received the first doctoral degree awarded in chemical engineering by North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) in 1954. After working in industry, Ferrell returned to NC State in 1956. He became a full professor in 1961 and served as head of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering from 1966 to 1980. In 1965, Ferrell was instrumental in bringing the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) to fruition, a mainframe system that served NC State along with Duke University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park.

Biographical/historical note

James K. Ferrell (1923-2001), a native of Missouri, earned a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering at the University of Missouri after serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II and earning a Purple Heart. He received the first doctoral degree awarded in chemical engineering by North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University) in 1954. After working in industry, Ferrell returned to NC State in 1956 to teach, and he became a full professor in 1961. He was named head of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering in 1966 and worked to increase the department's national profile until the end of his tenure in 1980.

In 1965, Ferrell was instrumental in bringing the Triangle University Computation Center (TUCC) to fruition, a mainframe system that served NC State along with Duke University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Research Triangle Park. Ferrell was the first president of the TUCC. He also directed several research programs in the College of Engineering (formerly the School of Engineering), served as the college's dean of research, and was named interim dean of the college. Ferrell continued his involvement at NC State even after his formal retirement in 1991. He was awarded the Holladay Medal for Excellence in 1993.

Scope/content

The James K. Ferrell Papers, 1940-2000, include publications, reports, memoranda, a scrapbook, and other items demonstrating the history of the North Carolina State University Dept. of Chemical Engineering and the North Carolina State University College of Engineering (formerly the School of Engineering); annual reports, memoranda, correspondence, proposals, reviews, and other items related to the administration of the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, the College of Engineering, and the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC); and research papers, proceedings, reports, publications, and slides produced through or related to Ferrell's research projects in chemical engineering, the bulk of which pertains to his work on two-phase flow and coal gasification.

Physical description

13 archival boxes

Arrangement

This collection is organized into the following three series:

  • 1. NC State Engineering History;
  • 2. Administrative Papers;
  • 3. Research Projects.

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], James K. Ferrell Papers, MC 00286, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Source of acquisition

Gift of James K. Ferrell, 31 July 2000 (accession number 2000-0014)

Processing information

Processed by Kelly Clark, 2007 October

Encoded by Kelly Clark, 2007 October

The collection is organized into three principal series:

NC State Engineering History 1940-2000
Size: 1 linear foot

This series contains materials that James K. Ferrell compiled on the history of the North Carolina State University Dept. of Chemical Engineering as well as the NC State College of Engineering.

2 archival boxes

Chemical Engineering Brochures 1958-1994, undated
Box 1, Folder 1
History, Chemical Engineering 1986-1994, undated
Box 1, Folder 2
History, Chemical Engineering 1970, 1991-2000
Box 1, Folder 3
Annual Reports and Self Studies, Chemical Engineering 1970-1994
Box 1, Folder 4
Commencement, Chemical Engineering 1940-1956
Box 1, Folder 5
Faculty, Chemical Engineering 1986-1993, undated
Box 1, Folder 6
Students, Chemical Engineering 1940-1955, undated
Box 1, Folder 7
Buildings, Chemical Engineering 1946-1975
Box 2, Folder 1
Scrapbook, Chemical Engineering 1958-1961, undated
Box 2, Folder 2
History, College of Engineering 1957-1990
Box 2, Folder 3
Annual Reports, College of Engineering 1961-1966
Box 2, Folder 4
Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas 1910-1990, book 1990
Box 2, Folder 5
Administrative Papers 1964-1996
Size: 1.5 linear feet

This series contains annual reports, correspondence, committee records, and other items regarding the administration of the NC State University Dept. of Chemical Engineering and its projects, as well as some of Ferrell's other administrative work.

3 archival boxes

Annual Reports 1984-1986
Box 2, Folder 6
Annual Reports 1986-1988
Box 3, Folder 1
Annual Reports 1988-1989
Box 3, Folder 2
Education and Technology Fee 1994-1996
Box 3, Folder 3
Christmas Invitation 1982
Box 3, Folder 4
Review of Departmental Leadership and Programs 1995
Box 3, Folder 5
Class of 1938 1972-1973
Box 3, Folder 6
Alumni Council 1993
Box 3, Folder 7
Alumni Council 1994
Box 3, Folder 8
Alumni Council 1995-1996
Box 3, Folder 9
Alumni Correspondence 1992- 1994
Box 4, Folder 1
Chemical Engineering Alumni Correspondence 1991- 1992
Box 4, Folder 2
Chemical Engineering Alumni Correspondence 1992- 1993
Box 4, Folder 3
Report of the Committee on Investment in Graduate Education 1994
Box 4, Folder 4
Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) 1964-1969, 1994
Box 4, Folder 5
Proposal to National Science Foundation for the Establishment of the Triangle Universities Computation Center (TUCC) 1965
Box 4, Folder 6
ESAB Project Reviews, Center for Waste Minimization and Management 1991, undated
Box 4, Folder 7
Principal Investigators Correspondence, Center for Waste Minimization and Management 1991
Box 5, Folder 1
EPA Correspondence, Center for Waste Minimization and Management 1989-1993
Box 5, Folder 2
Engineering Science Advisory Board (ESAB) 1991
Box 5, Folder 3
TTAC Address List 1991
Box 5, Folder 4
Center for Engineering Applications of Radioisotopes, Review 1979, 1995
Box 5, Folder 5
Bill Turner Affair 1987-1988
Box 5, Folder 6
Computer Fee Proposal 1988-1989
Box 5, Folder 7
Richard M. Felder, Award Nominations 1988-1996
Box 5, Folder 8
Research Projects 1954-1988
Size: 4 linear feet

This series contains papers, both published and unpublished, and reports on or pertaining to Ferrell's research projects.

8 archival boxes

Proceedings of the Third International Heat Transfer Conference, vol. 1 1966
Box 5, Folder 9
Proceedings of the Third International Heat Transfer Conference, vol. 2 1966
Box 6, Folder 1
Proceedings of the Third International Heat Transfer Conference, vol. 3 1966
Box 6, Folder 2
Proceedings of the Third International Heat Transfer Conference, vol. 4 1966
Box 6, Folder 3
Proceedings of the Third International Heat Transfer Conference, vol. 5 1966
Box 6, Folder 4
Perspiration Poisoning of Protective Clothing 1974-1984
Box 6, Folder 5
Dye Displacement (1 of 2) 1954-1970
Box 6, Folder 6
Dye Displacement (2 of 2) 1956-1958
Box 7, Folder 1
Stack Monitoring 1972-1979
Box 7, Folder 2
Two-Phase Flow (1 of 7) 1961-1964, undated
Box 7, Folder 3
Two-Phase Flow (2 of 7) 1966
Box 7, Folder 4
Two-Phase Flow (3 of 7) 1966
Box 7, Folder 5
Two-Phase Flow (4 of 7) 1966
Box 7, Folder 6
Two-Phase Flow (5 of 7) 1964, 1970
Box 8, Folder 1
Two-Phase Flow (6 of 7) 1963
Box 8, Folder 2
Two-Phase Flow (7 of 7) 1966
Box 8, Folder 3
Heat Pipe (1 of 6) 1967-1975
Box 8, Folder 4
Heat Pipe (2 of 6) 1967-1975
Box 8, Folder 5
Heat Pipe (3 of 6) 1969
Box 9, Folder 1
Heat Pipe (4 of 6) 1969
Box 9, Folder 2
Heat Pipe (5 of 6) 1972
Box 9, Folder 3
Heat Pipe (6 of 6) 1974
Box 9, Folder 4
Waste Management 1980-1981
Box 9, Folder 5
Brooklyn Union Gas 1981-1982
Box 10, Folder 1
North Carolina Energy Institute 1982
Box 10, Folder 2
Re-refining Used Motor Oil 1982-1984
Box 10, Folder 3
Coal Gasification Facility 1978-1982
Box 10, Folder 4
Coal Gasification Clippings 1978-1980, undated
Box 10, Folder 5
Coal Gasification (1 of 17) 1979
Box 10, Folder 6
Coal Gasification (2 of 17) 1980-1986
Box 10, Folder 7
Coal Gasification (3 of 17) 1981-1987
Box 11, Folder 1
Coal Gasification (4 of 17) 1981-1987
Box 11, Folder 2
Coal Gasification (5 of 17) 1982-1987
Box 11, Folder 3
Coal Gasification (6 of 17) 1986-1988, undated
Box 11, Folder 4
Coal Gasification (7 of 17) 1988, undated
Box 11, Folder 5
Coal Gasification (8 of 17) 1978-1983
Box 11, Folder 6
Coal Gasification (9 of 17) 1977-1981
Box 11, Folder 7
Coal Gasification (10 of 17) 1977
Box 12, Folder 1
Coal Gasification (11 of 17) 1980-1982
Box 12, Folder 2
Coal Gasification (12 of 17) 1982-1983
Box 12, Folder 3
Coal Gasification (13 of 17) 1980, 1983
Box 12, Folder 4
Coal Gasification (14 of 17) 1979
Box 12, Folder 5
Coal Gasification (15 of 17) 1983-1984
Box 12, Folder 6
Coal Gasification (16 of 17) undated
Box 13, Folder 1
Coal Gasification (17 of 17) undated
Box 13, Folder 2
Project Slides, Coal Gasification undated
Box 13, Folder 3
Project Slides, Coal Gasification undated
Box 13, Folder 4
Project Slides, Oil Recycling undated
Box 13, Folder 5
Project Slides, First Colony Farm Peat Field undated
Box 13, Folder 6

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James K. Ferrell Papers, MC 00286, 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.