UA 135.013 Guide to the North Carolina State University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Records, 1939-2003

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North Carolina State University. Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.


1.75 Linear feet

General Physical Description note

3 archival boxes, 1 archival half box


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Acquisitions Information

Transferred by North Carolina State University, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences.


Processed by: Kelly Clark, 2007 September, Susanne Hutchison 2009 July;machine-readable finding aid created by: Kelly Clark, 2007 September; finding aid updated by: Susanne Hutchison 2009 July


2009, 2012, 2013 February, Finding aid updated by Susanne Hutchison, 2009 July; Updated by Beverly King, 2012 May; Finding aid updated to reflect additions to the collection by Cathy Dorin-Black, 2013 February

Scope and Content Note

The records of the North Carolina State University Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences are produced mainly by three of the now-defunct departments that preceded it: Geological Engineering (1927-1954), Mineral Industries (1954-1967), and Geosciences (1967-1980). Records include reports, proposals, papers, curricula, meeting minutes, flyers and publications, official correspondence, and other items; newsletters from the State Climate Office; and meeting minutes from the NCSU Center for Marine and Coastal Studies Administrative and Planning Board.

Historical Note

Instuction in geology at NCSU began in the 1920s within the Agronomy Dept. and also in the Dept. of Ceramic Engineering, which offered a curriculum in mining engineering. A separate Dept. of Geology was established in 1927 within the School of Science and Business. It was transferred to the School of Engineering in July 1937 as part of the university consolidation.

In 1946, the Tennessee Valley Authority along with NC State and the North Carolina Department of Conservation and Development opened the Minerals Research Laboratory in Asheville, North Carolina, which was managed by the head of the Dept. of Geological Engineering until 1954. In May 1954, the department was combined with Ceramic and Metallurgical Engineering to form the Dept. of Mineral Industries.

In July 1967, geology was separated from the Dept. of Mineral Industries and renamed the Dept. of Geosciences as part of the School of Physical Science and Applied Mathematics (later renamed the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences). Geosciences was combined with the relatively new Dept. of Marine Science and Engineering (founded in 1978) in 1981 to form the Dept. of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences, a multidisciplinary department offering degrees in geology, marine sciences, and meteorology.

In 2013 the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences became part of NC State's new, comprehensive College of Sciences.

List of Department Heads

1937-1954 J. L. Stuckey (Geological Engineering)
1954-1967 William W. Austin (Mineral Industries)
1967-1980 Carlton J. Leith (Geosciences)
1981-1985 Jay Langfelder
1982-1983 S. Pal Arya, interim
1986-1989 Henry Brown
1989-1999 Leonard Pietrafesa
1999-2002 Richard Patty, interim
2011- Walter Robinson
2002-2011 John C. Fountain

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], North Carolina State University, College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Records, UA 135.013, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

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