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James C. Barber Papers

James C. Barber Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: James C. Barber Papers
Identification: MS438
Date: 1934-1938, undated
Size/Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (two document cases containing 19 folders of notebooks)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: Barber, James C., (James Corbett), 1916-2007
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:Two document cases of notebooks, lab reports, workbooks, and textbooks used during James C. Barber's time as a student at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Corbett Barber was born on November 28, 1916, in Ruskin, a small community near Waycross, Georgia, to Edward Albert (1877-1957) and Mamie Corbett Barber (1887-1979). He enrolled at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology and graduated with a co-operative degree in Chemical Engineering in 1938. While a student at Georgia Tech, Barber was a member of the Co-op Club and worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) at the National Fertilizer Development Center in Sheffield, Alabama.

After graduation, Barber was hired to work for the TVA full time. During his 40-year tenure with the TVA, his chief research interest was phosphorus. He obtained many patents relating to the element, and, according to his obituary, co-authored “the definitive book on the production of elemental phosphorus by electric-furnace method.”

After retiring from TVA, he started his own consulting company, James C. Barber and Associates, in Florence, Alabama. The company specializes in phosphorus technology and still exists today.

Along with his professional interests, Barber was also a member of the Florence Kiwanis Club (and a past president), the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Florence, Alabama.

Barber married Frances Partin in 1946, and together they had three daughters: Ann, Gay (born 1950), and Beth (born ca. 1955). Mrs. Barber died in 1990, at the age of 71.

James C. Barber died on November 3, 2007, at the age of 90.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 16 notebooks, two workbook/textbooks, one calculations book, and numerous laboratory reports from courses in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineering. The diagrams, calculations, notes, and reports included in the materials document James C. Barber's studies while he was pursuing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the Georgia School (now Institute) of Technology from 1935-1938. Most of the materials date from 1935-1938, but four of the notebooks are undated.

Index Terms

Barber, James C., (James Corbett), 1916-2007
Chemical engineering--Study and teaching.
Engineering students--Georgia--Atlanta.
Georgia Institute of Technology. Alumni and alumnae.
Georgia School of Technology. Students.
Lecture notes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite James C. Barber Papers (MS438), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.


This collection of personal papers was donated in 2008; accession no. 2008.092. One Chemical Engineering 40 report comes from accession no. 2002.020.

Processing Information

Christine de Catanzaro, Lindsay Resnick, and Wendy Hagenmaier processed this collection in November 2012.


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Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.

Separated Material

Textbooks that also form part of this accession will be processed separately.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.

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11Freshman Physics Notebook, 1935



212Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics Textbook, 1934
12Laboratory Reports, 1935
13Chemistry 17C Notebooks, 1936
14Chemical Engineering 37C Notebook, ca. 1936
15Laboratory Reports, 1937
16Mechanical Engineering 77 Notebook, 1937
17Chemical Engineering 38C Notebook, 1937
18Chemistry 47C Notebook, 1937
21Chemistry 18C Notebooks, 1937
22Physical Chemistry Workbook/Textbook, ca. 1937-1938
23Mathematics 33C Notebook, ca. 1937-1938
24Chemical Engineering 40 Notebook and Report, ca. 1937-1938
25Chemistry 31 Notebook, 1938
26Laboratory Reports, 1938
27Workbook/Textbook, ca. 1938
28Chemical Engineering 64 Notebook, 1938
29Mechanical Engineering 47C Notebooks, undated
210Electrical Engineering 71C Notebook, undated
211Calculations Book, undated