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James C. Barber Papers

Identifier: MS438

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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.


  • 1934-1938, undated


General Physical Description Note

(two document cases containing 19 folders of notebooks)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

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


0.8 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

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.

Biography of James C. Barber

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.

Other Finding Aids

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


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

Separated Material

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

General Physical Description Note

(two document cases containing 19 folders of notebooks)

Processing Information

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

Inventory of the James C. Barber Papers, 1934-1938
Christine de Catanzaro, Lindsay Resnick, Wendy Hagenmaier
Copyright November 2012.
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Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA