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Collection Number: 04368

Collection Title: F.P. Venable Papers, 1838-1946

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2300 items)
Abstract Francis Preston Venable, son of Charles Scott Venable, aid-de-camp to General Robert E. Lee, 1862-1865, and professor of mathematics, University of Virginia, 1865-1896, was born 17 November 1856 in Farmville, Virginia. In 1893 Venable identified calcium carbide, thereby laying the foundation for the success of the Union Carbide Corporation--but was never financially rewarded for this discoverry. From 1900-1914 he served as president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1930 Venable retired from teaching and four years later on 17 March 1934, Venable died. The collection includes correspondence, writings, pictures, and other material of Francis Preston Venable, professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1880-1930, and president of the University, 1900-1914. Professional writings and personal correspondence of members of the Venable family constitute the bulk of these papers.
Creator Venable, F. P. (Francis Preston), 1856-1934.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the F.P. Venable papers #4368, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Francis Venable (Mrs. Leo) Gardiner, Chapel Hill, N.C., in November, 1983.
Addition of November 1992 (Acc. 92175) recieved from an unknown source.
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1856 F.P. Venable born November 17, in Farmville, Virginia, son of Charles Scott Venable, aid-de-camp to General Robert E. Lee, 1862-1865, and professor of mathematics, University of Virginia, 1865-1896.
1877 Graduated from the University of Virginia with a major in Chemistry; taught high school in New Orleans after graduation.
1879 Earned an MA degree in Chemistry, University of Virginia.
1880 Offered chair in chemistry at the University of North Carolina.
1881 Earned Ph.D. degree in chemistry, University of Gottigen, Germany; elected fellow of the Chemical Society in London.
1883 Co-founder and first president of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society; published A Course in Qualitative Chemical Analysis.
1884 Married Sallie Charlton Manning, daughter of University of North Carolina law professor John Manning. They had five children.
1889 Attended lectures for four months at the University of Berlin.
1893 Occupied the first endowed chair at the University of North Carolina, the Mary Ann Smith Professorship; identified calcium carbide, thereby laying the foundation for the success of the Union Carbide Corporation--but never financially rewarded for this discovery.
1894 Published A Short History of Chemistry.
1896 Published The Development of the Periodic Law.
1898 Published Inorganic Chemistry.
1899 Elected vice-president of the chemistry section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
1900 Appointed president of the University of North Carolina.
1903 Nominated president of the Southern Educational Association.
1904 Co-authored The Study of the Atom.
1905 Elected president of the American Chemical Society.
1909 Served as president of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.
1914 Resigned as president of the University of North Carolina, and returned to teaching and research.
1917 Co-authored A Brief Account of Radio-activity.
1918 Appointed Kenan Professor.
1922 Published Zirconium and its Compounds.
1925 Dedication of the new chemistry building, Venable Hall, at the University of North Carolina.
1930 Retired from teaching.
1934 Died March 17.
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There is some documentation in these papers for virtually all aspects of the life of Francis Preston Venable. Venable's family life is best documented, beginning with letters from his childhood and college years, and continuing with letters sent from Germany to his mother, letters to his parents from Charlottesville, and including a steady flow of correspondence between Venable and his wife and children from 1884 to 1930. Other family materials include brief memoirs and reminiscences by Venable, personal and family financial records, and family photographs. Personal experiences of Venable also are recorded in his memoirs, travel diaries, and other autobiographical writings, by biographical sketches of him, and by miscellaneous items.

Venable's professional activities are documented in correspondence with professional colleagues and publishing houses and in numerous essays and articles by Venable on chemical topics. His role in the discovery and identification of acetylene gas, leading to the founding of the Union Carbide Corporation, is evidenced by legal documents and correspondence.

There is relatively less coverage in these papers of Venable's presidency of the University of North Carolina. About sixty letters from the period 1900-1914 do relate to Venable's activities as university president. Beyond these items, researchers can consult pertinent records in the University of North Carolina Archives.

This collection contains several noteworthy items not suggested by its title. Among them are a Confederate map of the Kentucky-Tennessee theater in 1862; a few Civil War letters from Venable's father, Charles Scott Venable, aid-de-camp to General Robert E. Lee; and an account by William Campbell Preston, FPV's maternal grandfather, of travels in Europe, 1812-1819. Another unusual item is a rare photograph, circa 1890, of the Chapel Hill campus.

The F.P. Venable Papers remained for decades in the home of Venable's daughter, Louise Venable (Mrs. W.C.) Coker. In 1983, they were given to the Southern Historical Collection by another daughter, Francis Venable (Mrs. Leo) Gardiner. Since the papers as received had no particular arrangement, the following scheme was imposed:

Diplomas and other items relating to Francis and Louise Venable.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946.

About 1700 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Family and professional correspondence of Francis Preston Venable (1856-1934), professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina 1880-1930, and president of the University, 1900-1914. About two-thirds of the correspondence is between family members. The remaining letters are chiefly professional correspondence. A few letters relate to personal business matters.

Most of the correspondence from 1861 to Venable's marriage in 1884 consists of letters from members of his family: sisters Mary, Natalie, Cantey, his mother and stepmother, and his father. These letters relate mainly to family matters and daily life in Charlottesville, Virginia. There are a few letters dating from the Civil War period from his father, Charles Scott Venable, offering fatherly advice but telling very little about the war or its participants. Several letters, October-December 1879, are from Venable to his stepmother, describing his studies in Germany and giving his impressions of life there.

After Venable's marriage in 1884, personal letters between him and his wife, Sallie Manning Venable, and in time, their children, predominate. Professional correspondence with scientific colleagues and letters concerning publishing begin to appear, as do items relating to personal business, real estate, and bonds.

The correspondence from 1900 to 1914 includes few items relating to Venable's tenure as president of the University of North Carolina. An exception is a group of over fifty letters, from autumn, 1912, concerning a hazing incident in which a student died. Correspondents concerned with the hazing incident include W.B. Phillips, James Sprunt, and W.H.S. Burgwyn. Another item of note during this period is a letter from W.R. Kenan, 27 May 1907, concerning Union Carbide legal matters.

After 1913, there is a gradual decline in numbers of letters from family members and an increase in professional correspondence. In 1914, there are several letters from the Bureau of Mines relating to Venable's research in radioactive metals, a few personal letters from James Sprunt, and a letter from R.D.W. Connor accepting Venable's resignation as president of the university on behalf of the board of trustees. In a letter dated 6 September 1918 Venable was notified of his appointment as "consulting chemist" to the War Department. A few letters concerning the disposition of the estate of Venable's stepmother (Mary Southall Venable) appear in April 1920.

Other letters of interest from the 1920s include: a letter from Louis Round Wilson 22 April 1922 on raising money to build a new library; rejection letters 25 October 1923 and 10 April 1924, from publishers; May 1924 letters concerning the illness of James Sprunt; a 24 June 1924 letter about the atomic weight of zirconium, an important research project of Venable's; a letter to George Washington Carver, 14 February 1925, discussing Carver's work with sweet potatoes (unmailed?); a letter from Archibald Henderson, 27 December 1926, on Venable Hall; and a letter from E.A. Alderman, 20 June 1928, concerning a six million dollar gift by an anonymous donor to the University of Virginia.

After 1929, the volume of correspondence diminishes rapidly, with the chief subjects being Venable's retirement in 1930 and his death in 1934. An item of special interest in this period is a letter from Frank Porter Graham, 1 February 1930, asking Venable to endorse a statement "To the people of North Carolina" urging the acceptance of social change brought about by industrialization. There are several letters from Venable's half-brother, Charles S. Venable, to his mother, 1943-1945.

The last four folders in the series contain undated letters that are almost entirely between family members.

Folder 1

1861 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 1

Folder 2

1862 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 2

Folder 3

1863-1864 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 3

Folder 4

1865 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 4

Folder 5

1866 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 5

Folder 6

1867 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 6

Folder 7

1868 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 7

Folder 8

1869 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 8

Folder 9

1870 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 9

Folder 10

1871-1872 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 10

Folder 11

1873 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 11

Folder 12

1874 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 12

Folder 13

1875 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 13

Folder 14

1876 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 14

Folder 15

January-July 1877 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 15

Folder 16

August-December 1877 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 16

Folder 17

1878 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-October 1879 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 18

Folder 19

November-December 1879 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 19

Folder 20

January-March 1880 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 20

Folder 21

April-June 1880 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 21

Folder 22

July-December 1880 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 22

Folder 23

January-March 1881 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 23

Folder 24

April-July 1881 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 24

Folder 25

August-December 1881 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 25

Folder 26

1882 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 26

Folder 27

1883 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 27

Folder 28

1884 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 28

Folder 29

1885 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 29

Folder 30

January-April 15, 1886 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 30

Folder 31

April 16-December 1886 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 31

Folder 32

1887 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 32

Folder 33

1888-1889 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 33

Folder 34

1890 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 34

Folder 35

1891 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 35

Folder 36

1892 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 36

Folder 37

1893 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 37

Folder 38

1894 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 38

Folder 39

1895 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 39

Folder 40

1896 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 40

Folder 41

1897 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 41

Folder 42

1898 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 42

Folder 43

January-August 1899 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 43

Folder 44

September-December 1899 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 44

Folder 45

1900 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 45

Folder 46

1901 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 46

Folder 47

1902 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 47

Folder 48

1903 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 48

Folder 49

1904 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 49

Folder 50

1905 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 50

Folder 51

1906 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 51

Folder 52

1907 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 52

Folder 53

1908 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 53

Folder 54

1909 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 54

Folder 55

1910 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 55

Folder 56

1911 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 56

Folder 57

1912 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 57

Folder 58

1913 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 58

Folder 59

1913 January-June 1914 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 59

Folder 60

July-December 1914 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 60

Folder 61

1915 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 61

Folder 62

January-June 1916 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 62

Folder 63

July-September 1916 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 63

Folder 64

October-December 1916 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 64

Folder 65

January-May 1917 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 65

Folder 66

June-September 1917 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 66

Folder 67

October-December 1917 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 67

Folder 68

January-May 1918 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 68

Folder 69

June-July 1918 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 69

Folder 70

August-December 1918 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 70

Folder 71

1919 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 71

Folder 72

1920 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 72

Folder 73

1921 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 73

Folder 74

January-April 1922 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 74

Folder 75

May-August 1922 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 75

Folder 76

September-December 1922 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 76

Folder 77

January 1923 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 77

Folder 78

February-December 1923 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 78

Folder 79

January-April 1924 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 79

Folder 80

May-June 1924 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 80

Folder 81

July-December 1924 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 81

Folder 82

1925 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 82

Folder 83

1926 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 83

Folder 84

1927-1928 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 84

Folder 85

1929 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 85

Folder 86

1930 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 86

Folder 87

1931-1933 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 87

Folder 88

1934-1935 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 88

Folder 89

1936-1943 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 89

Folder 90

1944-1945 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 90

Folder 91

1946 #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 91

Folder 92-95

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

Folder 95

Undated #04368, Series: "1. General Correspondence, 1861-1946." Folder 92-95

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About 28 items.

Correspondence, 1893-1941, legal documents, patents, and printed material concerning the discovery of calcium carbide and acetylene gas and their commercial uses, and the formation of the Union Carbide Corporation.

Noteworthy items include a "Memorandum of agreement," 27 March 1893, between F.P. Venable, Thomas L. Willson, and W.R. Walker to organize "a company for the manufacture, application and introduction of calcium and similar carbides" (folder 97), and a letter, 9 September 1921(?), from Venable to John Motley Morehead, claiming that Venable had been promised seventeen percent of the stock in said company as a reward for his role in identifying calcium carbide and acetylene gas (folder 96).

Two items of interest among the printed material (folder 98) are Calcium Carbide and the Process of Manufacture (1940?) by William R. Kenan, Jr., and "Some of the Properties of Calcium Carbide" (1895) by F.P. Venable and Thomas Clarke.

Folder 96

Correspondence #04368, Series: "2. Acetylene Gas/Union Carbide Material, 1893-1941." Folder 96

Folder 97

Legal Documents #04368, Series: "2. Acetylene Gas/Union Carbide Material, 1893-1941." Folder 97

Folder 98

Printed Material #04368, Series: "2. Acetylene Gas/Union Carbide Material, 1893-1941." Folder 98

Folder 99

Patents #04368, Series: "2. Acetylene Gas/Union Carbide Material, 1893-1941." Folder 99

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4 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

These are the minutes of four "annual" meetings of the "Research Club," a social organization of Chapel Hill professors that periodically poked fun at academic research. Included in its membership were Venable, Edward Kidder Graham, J. G. deRoulhac Hamilton, W. C. Coker, W. M. Dey, C. S. Mangum, and others. The club met at least six times: in 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1920, and 1921. The minutes of all but the 1916 and 1921 gatherings are in this series. A complete set of minutes is in the University of North Carolina Archives.

In addition to farcical parliamentary preliminaries, each set of minutes includes a tongue-in-cheek "paper" by each member. Topics of Venable's papers included "The Ontological Basis of the Atomic Theory of Darwinism in Relation to the Cosmological Basis of the Electron Theory of Modern Dances" (1914), and Chapter IV of The Laundry Ticket: A Story of Love and Adventure .

Folder 100

1914 #04368, Series: "3. Research Club Material, 1914-1920." Folder 100

Folder 101

1915 #04368, Series: "3. Research Club Material, 1914-1920." Folder 101

Folder 102

1917 #04368, Series: "3. Research Club Material, 1914-1920." Folder 102

Folder 103

1920 #04368, Series: "3. Research Club Material, 1914-1920." Folder 103

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About 150 items.

Except where otherwise noted, these writings are by, or presumed to be by, F.P. Venable.

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About 75 items.

Printed articles, drafts of articles, the manuscript of a textbook, and miscellaneous notes and fragments. Folders 104-111 contain typed drafts of chapters for a basic chemistry textbook. Other writings include printed versions and handwritten drafts of articles on various topics, including the atomic weight of zirconium and the periodic system.

Folder 104

Textbook chapters 1-4 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 104

Folder 105

Textbook chapters 5-8 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 105

Folder 106

Textbook chapters 9-12 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 106

Folder 107

Textbook chapters 13-17 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 107

Folder 108

Textbook chapters 18-21 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 108

Folder 109

Textbook chapters 22-26 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 109

Folder 110

Textbook chapters 27-28, and a bibliography #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 110

Folder 111

Handwritten draft of textbook (fragment) #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 111

Folder 112

"Affinity--the Atomic Binding Force" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 112

Folder 113

"The Alchemists" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 113

Folder 114

"Atomic Weight of Zirconium" (3 drafts) #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 114

Folder 115

"Chemical Force" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 115

"Chemistry--its meaning and its service to humanity" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 115

"Contributions to Physical Science" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 115

Folder 116

"The Present Status of the Periodic System" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 116

"Radium Production Studies" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 116

"Reaction of Methane and of Acetylene Upon Zirconium Tetrachloride" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 116

Folder 117

"Richter and the Periodic System" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 117

"Some Early Notices of Food Adulteration" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 117

Folder 118

Fragment of an essay on a chemical topic #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 118

Folder 119

Untitled essays (2) #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 119

Folder 120

Miscellaneous chemistry notes #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 120

Folder 121

Notes and fragments #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 121

Folder 122

F.P. Venable's Ph.D. dissertation "Uber einige Derivate Heptans aus Pinus Sabiniana" #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 122

Folder 123

Printed articles on chemistry topics by Venable 1887-1895 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 123

Folder 124

Printed articles on chemistry topics by Venable 1896-1899 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 124

Folder 125

Printed articles on chemistry topics by Venable 1900-1920 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 125

Folder 126

Printed articles on chemistry topics by Venable 1921-1929 #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 126

Folder 127

Printed articles on chemistry topics by Venable no date #04368, Subseries: "4.1. Writings on Chemistry by F.P. Venable, circa 1880-1930." Folder 127

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 4.2. Writings on non-chemistry topics, circa 1900-1928.

About 75 items.

Arrangement: seven sub-categories.

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Arranged alphabetically by title. Includes commencement addresses, speeches and essays on teaching, the place of athletics in education, the "responsibility of the college-bred man," etc. Most items are typescripts, some with annotations.

Folder 128

"Acceptance of the Monument" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

"Address before Washington and Lee University" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

Address of President Venable #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

"Choosing a Profession" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

"The College and Scholarship" mss. (two) #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

[commencement address] (two) #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 128

Folder 129

[Davidson College Anniversary] #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 129

"The Deeper Vision" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 129

"The Duty Owed by the Educated Man to his Country" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 129

"The Educated Man [and the State]" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 129

"The Educational Value of College Athletics" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 129

Folder 130

[Hazing 1912] #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

"The History of the University and of the State" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

"How the Public Schools Promote Higher Education" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

"Introduction of Woodrow Wilson: Commencement 1912" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

"Is a College Education Worth While [sic]"? #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

"The Mission of the Teacher" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 130

Folder 131

"Presidential Address Before the Southern Educational Assoc." #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 131

"The Question as to the Best Method of Teaching" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 131

"A Question of Morals" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 131

"Responsibility of the College-Bred Man." (two) #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 131

Folder 132

"The Task of the Teacher" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

"The Teaching of Chemistry in Secondary Schools" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

[Teaching] #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

"To What Extent Should Non-Athletic Activities Be Encouranged"? #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

[Tulane University Address] #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

"Universities and Secondary Schools" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

"The University and the State" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

[The University of N.C.: A Historical Sketch] #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

"University Research" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 132

Folder 133

"The Value of Research" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 133

"What Factors Shall Mold Higher Education in the U.S." #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 133

"What of the A.B. Degree?" #04368, Subseries: "On Education." Folder 133

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Folder 143

"Age" (2 manuscripts, 1 typescript) #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 143

"Birmingham" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 143

"The Confession of a Scientific Man" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 143

"A Cruise on Lake Ponchartrain" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 143

"The Economic Condition of the Negro in North Carolina" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 143

Folder 144

"Historical Sketch of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

"Love's Dear Memory" (poem) #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

"My Garden in the Cool of the Day" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

"The People and their Board of Health" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

"The Reconstruction of a State" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

"A Struggle and a Victory" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 144

Folder 145

"Temperament" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

"An Unfinished Business" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

"United Daughters of the Confederacy" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

"The Value of Human Life" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

"..with Apologies to Leeacavello" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

"The World's Waste" #04368, Subseries: "Miscellaneous Topics." Folder 145

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934.

About 250 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Bills and receipts, invitations, calling cards, programs, insurance policies, honors and appointments, stocks, Confederate bonds, research reports, maps, and other items.

Two of the Confederate bonds were issued by the state of North Carolina in 1862 and signed by Governor Zebulon Baird Vance; another Confederate bond was issued by the Confederate government in Richmond in 1864 (folder 158).

The two maps (folder 161) are of special interest. One map (probably hand-drawn by Confederates) depicts the Kentucky-Tennessee area in 1862, with railroad lines and distances between towns marked in. Another map, printed by C. Crozet, shows "the Internal Improvements of Virginia According to the Resolutions of the Assembly of April 7, 1838."

Other items of interest are two research reports to the Secretary of the Interior on problems related to gas warfare, 1917-1918 (folder 162), and two poems (folder 162) "written by moonlight" in 1932 in Chapel Hill, by James Asa Johnson.

Folder 150

Bills and Receipts: domestic 1872-1895. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 150

Folder 151

Bills and Receipts: domestic 1896. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 151

Folder 152

Bills and Receipts: domestic 1897. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 152

Folder 153

Bills and Receipts: domestic 1898-1918, and no date. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 153

Folder 154

Bills and Receipts: foreign 1880-1897, and no date. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 154

Folder 155

Invitations, calling cards, programs, circa 1880-1934. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 155

Folder 156

Insurance policies, 1896-1904. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 156

Folder 157

Honors and appointments, 1880-1912. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 157

Folder 158

Confederate bonds, 1862-1864. #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 158

Folder 159

Stocks #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 159

Folder 160

Research reports on gas warfare, 1917-1918 #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 160

Folder 161

Maps #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 161

Folder 162

Other items #04368, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Papers, circa 1843-1934." Folder 162

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38 items.

Class and laboratory notebooks, financial records, calendars of outgoing letters, travel accounts, and other volumes. Most of the nineteen class and laboratory notebooks date from 1879 to 1881 and 1889, and were compiled by Venable when he was a student in Germany. The seven financial record books include bank account books, records kept by Venable as administrator of an estate, records of personal expenses and income, and "Purchases for U.N.C., 1889," (incomplete). The travel accounts document travel in Italy, Germany, and the United States in 1880-81, 1908, and 1910. Particularly notable is a 34-page travelog of a trip on the steamer Konig Albert in March 1908 from Germany to New York City (volume 30). Two calendars of outgoing letters list the names and addresses of persons to whom Venable sent letters between 1923 and 1927 and between 1929 and 1931. The other volumes include a class register and grade book, 1881, a North Carolina Geological Survey field book, 1915, "A List of Addresses, Papers and Other Publications [by] F.P. Venable, 1879--" (volume 38), and other items.

Volume 1-19

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

Volume 12

Volume 13

Volume 14

Volume 15

Volume 16

Volume 17

Volume 18

Volume 19

Class and lab notes, circa 1872-1890 #04368, Series: "7. Volumes, 1872-1930." 1-19

Volume 20-27

Volume 20

Volume 21

Volume 22

Volume 23

Volume 24

Volume 25

Volume 26

Volume 27

Financial records, circa 1881-1927 #04368, Series: "7. Volumes, 1872-1930." 20-27

Volume 28-30

Volume 28

Volume 29

Volume 30

Travel accounts, circa 1880-1910 #04368, Series: "7. Volumes, 1872-1930." 28-30

Volume 31-32

Volume 31

Volume 32

Calendars of outgoing letters, 1923-1927, 1929-1930 #04368, Series: "7. Volumes, 1872-1930." 31-32

Volume 33-38

Volume 33

Volume 34

Volume 35

Volume 36

Volume 37

Volume 38

Other volumes, circa 1879-1915 #04368, Series: "7. Volumes, 1872-1930." 33-38

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Note: P-4368/47-63 are identified and unidentified classmates and friends of FPV from the University of Virginia.

Image P-4368/1-11

P-4368/1

P-4368/2

P-4368/3

P-4368/4

P-4368/5

P-4368/6

P-4368/7

P-4368/8

P-4368/9

P-4368/10

P-4368/11

Francis Preston Venable, circa 1872-1930. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/1-11

Image P-4368/12-14

P-4368/12

P-4368/13

P-4368/14

FPV and relatives, circa 1910-1930. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/12-14

Image P-4368/15-25

P-4368/15

P-4368/16

P-4368/17

P-4368/18

P-4368/19

P-4368/20

P-4368/21

P-4368/22

P-4368/23

P-4368/24

P-4368/25

Unidentified friends and relations of FPV, circa 1870s. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/15-25

Image P-4368/26

Col. C.S. Venable, circa 1870. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/26

Image P-4368/27

Charles Scott Venable III, circa 1890. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/27

Image P-4368/28

Charles Scott Venable, circa 1905. Info. on verso: "Charles S. Venable (son of F.P. Venable)." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/28

Image P-4368/29

Charles Scott Venable, 1910. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/29

Image P-4368/30

Charles Scott Venable, circa 1950. Caption at bottom of image: "C.S. Venable, M.D., F.A.C.S., San Antonio, Texas, Seventy-Ninth President, State Medical Association of Texas." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/30

Image P-4368/31

Frank P. Venable, 1876. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/31

Image P-4368/32

J. Manning Venable, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/32

Image P-4368/33

Natalie Venable Minor, circa 19--. Information on attached card: "?Aunt Nat; Natalie Venable Minor; Mrs. Raleigh Minor, U-Va, Charlottesville, Va." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/33

Image P-4368/34

Florence Birdsall Venable, wife of J.J.M. Venable, circa 1925. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/34

Image P-4368/35

Cantey Venable Sutton, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/35

Image P-4368/36

Cantey V. Sutton in wedding gown, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/36

Image P-4368/37

Louis Sutton, 1927. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/37

Image P-4368/38

Lewis Sutton, circa 1930-1950. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/38

Image P-4368/39

Louis Sutton, Jr., around one year old, circa 1920. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/39

Image P-4368/40

Louis Sutton, Jr., in Navy uniform, circa 1941-1945. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/40

Image P-4368/41

Sarah Tomlinson, around seven years old, 1927. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/41

Image P-4368/42

Sarah Tomlinson, around age 25, circa 1945. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/42

Image P-4368/43

Louis Sutton, Jr., and Sarah, circa 1910. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/43

Image P-4368/44

Louis, Cantey, and Sarah Sutton, circa 1920s. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/44

Image P-4368/45

Cantey and Louise [Venable?], circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/45

Image P-4368/46

Lucy and Mary Minor, 1903. Inscription on verso: "Lucy Landon(?) Minor at 10, Asheville, NC, May 1903." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/46

Image P-4368/47

John H. Barnes, classmate of FPV at the University of Virginia, 1875-76. Inscription on verso: "Truly your friend, Jno. H. Barnes, Session 1875-6." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/47

Image P-4368/48

Joseph H. Bryan, classmate of FPV at the University of Virginia, 1875-76. Inscription on verso: "Jos. H. Bryan, Univ. of Va, Session 1875-76." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/48

Image P-4368/49

Edward H. Clarke, classmate of FPV at the University of Virginia, 1876. Inscription on verso: "Your friend Edward H. Clarke, Ky., Univ. Va., June 1876." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/49

Image P-4368/50

Wynsham R. Meredith, classmate of FPV at the University of Virginia, 1877. Inscription on verso: "Yours in A.K.E., Wynsham R. Meredith, June 16th, 1877." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/50

Image P-4368/51

D.B. Merryman, classmate of FPV at the University of Virginia, 1876. Inscription on verso: "Truly your friend, D.B. Merryman, Cockeysville, Ma., Univ of Va, June, 1876." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/51

Image P-4368/52-63

P-4368/52

P-4368/53

P-4368/54

P-4368/55

P-4368/56

P-4368/57

P-4368/58

P-4368/59

P-4368/60

P-4368/61

P-4368/62

P-4368/63

Unidentified classmates and friends of FPV, University of Virginia, circa 1876-77. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/52-63

Image P-4368/64

Charles Baskerville, Jr., age 3 1/2, September, 1899. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/64

Image P-4368/65

William D. Carmichael, Jr., circa 1900. Image is autographed by Carmichael. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/65

Image P-4368/66

George Graham, circa 18--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/66

Image P-4368/67

J. Joherlied(?), circa 18--. Inscription on verso: "J. Joherlied(?) To his ami able obs(?) Venable." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/67

Image P-4368/68

E.R. Moritz(?) and home, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/68

Image P-4368/69

Professor William B. Phillips, circa 18--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/69

Image P-4368/70

Sam White, William R. Webb, Jr., and others at a reunion of the class of 1896, circa 19--. Inscription on verso: "Reunion class of 1896," "Mr. Sam White of Mebane, N.C., and William R. Webb, Jr., Bell Bucker, Tenn." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/70

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Possibly law school class in front of "Battle Cottage," University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, circa 1880. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/71

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Professor George Howe and Mrs. Howe, circa 1900. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/72

Image P-4368/73

Campus scene, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with Playmakers Theatre in foreground and Old East, Old West, the YMCA, and South Building in background, circa 1890. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/73

Image P-4368/74-83

P-4368/74

P-4368/75

P-4368/76

P-4368/77

P-4368/78

P-4368/79

P-4368/80

P-4368/81

P-4368/82

P-4368/83

Unidentified teachers and associates of FPV, circa 1870-1880. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/74-83

Image P-4368/84-101

P-4368/84

P-4368/85

P-4368/86

P-4368/87

P-4368/88

P-4368/89

P-4368/90

P-4368/91

P-4368/92

P-4368/93

P-4368/94

P-4368/95

P-4368/96

P-4368/97

P-4368/98

P-4368/99

P-4368/100

P-4368/101

Unidentified individuals, circa 1870-1930. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/84-101

Image P-4368/102-106

P-4368/102

P-4368/103

P-4368/104

P-4368/105

P-4368/106

Unidentified groups of persons, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/102-106

Image P-4368/107

Large log cabin in the woods, circa 19--. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/107

Image P-4368/108

Outdoor scene of students taking notes, circa 1920s. Inscription on verso: "The Senior Lodge on a Sunday afternoon." #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/108

Image P-4368/109

Sketch of a garden wall and door. Artist: Antoinette Rhett. #04368, Series: "8. Pictures." P-4368/109

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of November 1992 (Acc. 92175).

5 items.

Diplomas and other items relating to Francis and Louise Venable, 1905-1920.

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-4368/1a

Addition of November 1992 #04368, Series: "Addition of November 1992 (Acc. 92175)." X-OPF-4368/1a

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4368/1b

Addition of November 1992 #04368, Series: "Addition of November 1992 (Acc. 92175)." OPF-4368/1b

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Processed by: Linda Griggs, May 1984; William T. Auman, July 1984

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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