Collection Number: 40079

Collection Title: Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The University of North Carolina appointed its first professor of chemistry in 1819; the Department of Chemistry was organized in the 1890s. Records include portions of five ledger books, including records of scholarships and fellowships, salary and wage expenditures, purchases of equipment and materials, and teaching/research assistant budgets and assignments. In addition, there are a list of students granted chemistry degrees from 1881 to 1940, a file related to the dedication of Morehead Laboratories in 1987, and materials from the Department's bicentennial celebration in 2018.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Chemistry.
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40079, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Department of Chemistry in 1992 and 2005 (Records transfers 19920520.2, 20050315.1, and 20050831.3). Transferred by Danianne Mizzy of the Kenan Science Library in May 2018 (RT 20180507.1).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). 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 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Department of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had its beginnings in 1819, when Denison Olmsted was brought down from Yale University, probably through the influence of his friend and classmate Elisha Mitchell. The department was formally organized in the 1890s and has been consistently strong, especially after undergoing something of a renaissance under the leadership of Francis P. Venable (1856-1934). Carolina Chemists by Maurice Bursey offers an extremely detailed history of the department and its major figures. Additional information about the department can be found in the Records of Alpha Chi Sigma, Rho Chapter, the honorary chemistry fraternity at the university.

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Records of the Department of Chemistry include portions of five ledger books, including records of scholarships and fellowships, salary and wage expenditures, purchases of equipment and materials, and teaching/research assistant budgets and assignments. In addition, there are a list of students granted chemistry degrees from 1881 to 1940, a file related to the dedication of Morehead Laboratories in 1987, and materials from the Department's bicentennial celebration in 2018.

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Box 1

Departmental Records: Volume 1, 1959-1960 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

(loose pages)

Departmental Records: Volume 2, 1960-1961 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

(loose pages)

Departmental Records: Volume 3, 1961-1962 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

(volume intact)

Departmental Records: Volume 4, 1962-1963 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

(loose pages)

Departmental Records: Volume 5, 1966-1967 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

(loose pages; includes some letters from the Selective Service System)

List of Students Awarded Chemistry Degrees from 1881 to 1940, compiled 1956 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

Morehead Laboratories Dedication Committee, 1986-1987 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

Bicentennial Alumni Celebration, April 2018 #40079, Series: "Department of Chemistry of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records, 1956-1967, 1986-1987, 2018." Box 1

Aquisitions Information: RT 20180507.1.

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Processing Information

Processed by: University Archives Staff

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated because of addition by Jennifer Coggins and Laura Smith, May 2018

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