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Papers of Virgil Payne


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Virgil Francis Payne was born in 1893 near Fulton, MO. He served as head of the Chemistry Department at Transylvania College, where he first became acquainted with the letters and papers of Robert Peter, an illustrious forebear at Transylvania. From 1942 to 1957 he was an employee of the U.S. Signal Corps, working out of their Fort Monmouth laboratories in New Jersey. Upon retirement he returned to teaching at Monmouth County Community College and became active in the affairs of the ACS Division on the History of Chemistry. He served as the division chair in 1960-1961.

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The collection is divided into materials relating to the history of chemistry and a smaller cache of materials relating to Payne's work with the U.S. Signal Corps. The larger portion of the historical material concerns Robert Peter. There were photographs in the collection, but these have been separated out.

The Papers of Virgil Payne contain correspondence, research files and finished papers chiefly concerned with the life and career of Robert Peter, a professor of chemistry, and his circle of friends, all of them active in ante-bellum Kentucky.

Method of acquisition--gift;; Date of acquisition--1983..

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