North Carolina State University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Chemistry Records 1931-2004

Creators
North Carolina State University. Department of Chemistry; North Carolina State College. Department of Agricultural Engineering
Size
1.5 linear feet
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff.
Call number
UA 135.011

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry include memoranda on the role of the department, a long-range proposal, notes for advisors and lab assistants, workstation operations guide, essays, lecture outlines, newsletters, a book of exercises, and promational materials advertising the department. Materials range in date from 1931 to 2004.

The North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry charts its history back to the founding of North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts in 1889. Its initial focus was on applied chemistry in the the field of agriculture, and later in biology. After several reorganizations over nearly 75 years, in 1959, the department took up residence in the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics (now the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences).

Biographical/historical note

The Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University goes back to the founding of the North Carolina College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts in 1889. W. A. Withers was Professor of Pure and Agricultural Chemistry, one of only five original faculty members at the college. The chemistry curriculum was initially listed as engineering courses, although not considered chemical engineering. In 1911 the department moved from Holladay Hall to Winston Hall, where it had use of two classrooms, three teaching labs, and a research lab as well as a prep room, a dark room, and a chemical library. In 1923, chemistry was moved into the School of Science and Business. In 1931 the Consolidated University of North Carolina was established, and the college could no longer grant degrees in pure chemistry. The department was transferred to the School of Agriculture in 1937 and, named the Department of Agricultural and Biological Chemistry, moved to Withers Hall in 1940.

In their 5 November 1957 proposal for the formation of a reconstituted Department of Chemistry, separate from the applied chemistry divisions, Lodwick C. Hartley (Dept. of English), Preston W. Edsall (Dept. of History and Political Science), Clark Lee Allen (Dept. of Economics), and R. R. Hentz (Department of Chemistry) emphasized the importance of instruction in pure chemistry, for which there was, at that time, no dedicated degree program. Their objective was to develop and implement a program of undergraduate instruction in inorganic, analytical, organic, physical, and biological chemistry leading to a bachelors of science degree in chemistry, as well as graduate and research programs leading to masters of science and Ph.D. degrees in all areas from agricultural and biological chemistry to nuclear chemistry. They focused particularly on faculty recruitment and on equipment and facilities.

The "new" Department of Chemistry was moved into the newly organized School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics in 1959-60. At that time, only 2% of students enrolled in chemistry courses were chemistry majors, leading acting department head W. A. Reid to dub the undergraduate program a "service program to all the curricula on the campus with the exception of the School of Design." In 1965, construction commenced on a new chemistry building, Dabney Hall, doubling research capacity. The building was complete in June 1969. By 2004, the department was large enough to require a new undergraduate lab facility, located in the Fox Science Teaching Laboratory.

In 2013 the Department of Chemistry became part of NC State's new, comprehensive College of Sciences.

1889-1924
W. A. Withers
1924-?
E. E. Randolph
?-?
L. F. Williams
[1930?]-1948
A. J. Wilson
1948-1958
Walter J. Peterson
1959-1960
W. A. Reid, acting
1961-1967 January
Ralph C. Swann
1967 November-1973
Z Zimmerman Hugus
1973-1982
Carl L. Bumgardner
1983-1992
Kenneth W. Hanck
1992-1994
Janet Osteryoung
1994-1998
Robert Osteryoung
1998-2004
Bruce M. Novak
2004-2005
Kenneth W. Hanck, interim
2005-2011
Morteza Khaledi
2011-
Chris Gorman

Scope/content

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Chemistry include memoranda on the role of the department, a long-range proposal, notes for advisors and lab assistants, workstation operations guide, essays, lecture outlines, newsletters, a book of exercises, and promational materials advertising the department. Materials range in date from 1931 to 2004.

Physical description

3 archival boxes

Arrangement

Materials are arranged alphabetically by title or topic.

Use of these materials

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Chemistry Records, UA 135.011, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Transferred by North Carolina State University, Department of Chemistry

Processing information

Processed by: Kelly Clark, 2007 August; Cate Putirskis, 2009 October; machine-readable finding aid created by: Kelly Clark; finding aid updated by Cate Putirskis, 2009 October; Todd Kosmerick, 2013 June.

CH 111 (Chemistry and Society) course manual 1972
Box 1, Folder 1
Chemistry 127 lab manual 1992
Box 1, Folder 2
Chemistry Department newsletters 1967-1984
Box 1, Folder 3
Correspondence 1954-1959
Box 1, Folder 4
Courses in Chemistry at the North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering, State College Record Sept. 1920
Box 3, Folder 1
Departmental promotional brochures 1954-1982
Box 1, Folder 5
The Doctoral Program in Agricultural and Biological Chemistry 1950
Box 1, Folder 6
Exercises in Stoichiometry, Structure, and States of Matter , by G. G. Long and F. C. Hentz 1975
Box 1, Folder 7
Faculty Activity Report 1988-1989
Box 3, Folder 2
Graduate Programs information booklets undated
Box 1, Folder 8
Graduate Study in Chemistry information packet 1966
Box 1, Folder 9
Guide for Chemistry Majors 1982-1983
Box 1, Folder 10
Information for General Chemistry Laboratory Assistants 1971
Box 1, Folder 11
Laboratory Manual: General Chemistry , by L. F. Williams, A. J. Wilson, W. E. Jordan, G. H. Satterfield 1931
Box 1, Folder 12
Microscale Experiments in Organic Chemistry [manual] 1998 (Accession 2013.0171)
Box 2, Folder 7
Microscale Experiments in Organic Chemistry, Part II [manual] 2003 (Accession 2013.0171)
Box 2, Folder 8
Notes for Advisors to Undergraduate Chemistry majors 1973-1978
Box 1, Folder 13
Research Interests of Graduate Faculty 1975-1976
Box 2, Folder 1
The Role of the Department of Chemistry in a School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics 1959
Box 2, Folder 2
Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories , by Chemistry Department Safety Committee 1970
Box 2, Folder 3
Seminar, workshop, and lecture announcements 1954-1996
Box 2, Folder 4
(Technical Report TR98-1) Automated Chemistry Workstation Operations Guide and Help Manual Jul. 1998
Box 2, Folder 5
(Technical Report TR04-1) Automated Chemistry Workstation Operations Guide and Help Manual, Version 2 Jun. 2004
Box 2, Folder 6

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Chemistry Records, UA 135.011, 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.

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which North Carolina State University assumes no responsibility.