F. P. Venable papers, 1838-1946.

Creator: Venable, F. P. (Francis Preston), 1856-1934.
Collection number: 4368
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Abstract: Francis P. 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.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 143 (Miscellaneous Papers) contains a paper entitled “The Economic Condition of the Negro in North Carolina”.