HERTY, CHARLES H. (CHARLES HOLMES), 1867-1938.
Charles H. Herty papers
> Academic career life at Chapel Hill and Episcopal Church

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Series 2
Academic career, life at Chapel Hill, and Episcopal Church, 1891-1938
Boxes 6-14

Scope and Content Note

This series includes papers relating to Johns Hopkins University, the University of Georgia, and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Also included are papers concerning Herty's civic activities at Chapel Hill and his term as president of the Chapel Hill Telephone Company, as well as all papers about church activities.

Herty obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in 1890. His dissertation research on double halides was done under the direction of Dr. Ira Remsen. He maintained close ties with the University throughout his life. He was president of the New York Alumni Association in 1924, and served on the JHU Half-Century Committee for New York in 1925. He was a member of the Chemistry Alumni Committee (1924-1926) to raise $2,500,000 for the University chemistry department. He also served as chairman (1929-1933) of the New York State Committee on the JHU National Fellowship Plan. Francis P. Garvan provided the fellowship for the state of New York. The Johns Hopkins files include general correspondence with former teachers such as Dr. Edward Renouf and Dr. Harmon Northrup Morse; correspondence about Herty's membership on a Remsen Memorial Committee (1927); and some correspondence about the JHU chemistry department. Correspondence with Dr. Ira Remsen is arranged separately

Herty received a B.Ph. degree from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1886. In 1890 he returned as an assistant chemist at the Georgia Experiment Station, and in 1891 he became an instructor in the department of chemistry at UGA. Within three years he was appointed an adjunct professor. He held that position until 1902 when he resigned to work for the U. S. Bureau of Forestry. Herty was the first athletic director of the University, and he wrote the constitution organizing the athletic association. He introduced football to UGA: he also served as the first football coach. The University athletic field near Old College was named Herty Field in his honor. In 1928 he was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by UGA: he delivered the University commencement address for that year. He was in frequent contact with Dr. Alfred W. Scott, UGA chemistry department, in 1928 and 1929 about an endowment by Mrs. B. F. Bullard of Savannah. Herty persuaded Mrs. Bullard and UGA to use the endowment to finance a system tic study of the composition of resene by Dr. Scott in connection with Herty's work for the Pine Institute of America (PIA) on fundamental research in naval stores. A misunderstanding with the PIA hampered Scott's progress. In 1929, Herty led a Round Table Conference discussion on Southern economic conditions for the UGA Institute of Public Affairs and International Relations. He was a visiting lecturer at UGA in 1930. Also in 1930, Herty suggested to the University that he be offered a consultant position similar to the position he held at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, but lack of funds prevented this. He was elected to honorary life membership on the Board of the UGA Athletic Association in 1937. There are few references to Herty's athletic activities and to his work at the Georgia Experiment Station in the early papers. Correspondents include: Dr. Alfred Akerman, Dr. W. H. Bocock, Dr. C. J. Brockman, Richard P. Brooks, Walter B. Hill, Dr. Alfred W. Scott, Dr. Steadman V. Sanford, Dr. Charles Mercer Snelling, Dr. Andrew M. Soule, Dr. Charles Morton Strahan, and Dr. Tom Whitehead. Correspondence with Dr. William Davis Hooper, UGA professor and Herty's brother-in-law, is arranged separately in Folder 6. It includes family and University related correspondence.

Herty received a B.Ph. degree from the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1886. In 1890 he returned as an assistant chemist at the Georgia Experiment Station, and in 1891 he became an instructor in the department of chemistry at UGA. Within three years he was appointed an adjunct professor. He held that position until 1902 when he resigned to work for the U. S. Bureau of Forestry. Herty was the first athletic director of the University, and he wrote the constitution organizing the athletic association. He introduced football to UGA: he also served as the first football coach. The University athletic field near Old College was named Herty Field in his honor. In 1928 he was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by UGA: he delivered the University commencement address for that year. He was in frequent contact with Dr. Alfred W. Scott, UGA chemistry department, in 1928 and 1929 about an endowment by Mrs. B. F. Bullard of Savannah. Herty persuaded Mrs. Bullard and UGA to use the endowment to finance a system tic study of the composition of resene by Dr. Scott in connection with Herty's work for the Pine Institute of America (PIA) on fundamental research in naval stores. A misunderstanding with the PIA hampered Scott's progress. In 1929, Herty led a Round Table Conference discussion on Southern economic conditions for the UGA Institute of Public Affairs and International Relations. He was a visiting lecturer at UGA in 1930. Also in 1930, Herty suggested to the University that he be offered a consultant position similar to the position he held at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, but lack of funds prevented this. He was elected to honorary life membership on the Board of the UGA Athletic Association in 1937. Box 7 contains the UGA papers. There are few references to Herty's athletic activities and to his work at the Georgia Experiment Station in the early papers. Correspondents include: Dr. Alfred Akerman, Dr. W. H. Bocock, Dr. C. J. Brockman, Richard P. Brooks, Walter B. Hill, Dr. Alfred W. Scott, Dr. Steadman V. Sanford, Dr. Charles Mercer Snelling, Dr. Andrew M. Soule, Dr. Charles Morton Strahan, and Dr. Tom Whitehead. Correspondence with Dr. William Davis Hooper, UGA professor and Herty's brother-in-law, is arranged separately. This folder includes family and University related correspondence.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) files relate to Herty's activities once he joined the faculty in 1905. He was Smith Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the Chemistry Department, and he served as Dean of the School of Applied Science (1908-1932). One of his first duties in 1905 was to try to raise a fund of $15,000 among naval stores people in North Carolina to help furnish a new chemistry laboratory at UNC. He did research on the double halides of platinum and potassium, on mercury and lead halides and thiocyanates, and on cobalt-ammonia chlorides. He tried to obtain isoprene from turpentine and did other research on various pine products. He also worked out a quick and easy method for the determination of cottonseed oil. Herty was active in University athletic programs as a member of the Faculty Committee on Athletics and as UNC representative on the Board of Managers of the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He resigned from UNC in 1916 to become the editor of the Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. In 1917 and 1918 he arranged to sell to UNC his personal 800 volume collection of French, German and Italian chemical journals and other scientific publications, a move which greatly strengthened the library of the chemistry department. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. degree by UNC in 1934. Herty maintained close friendships with many UNC associates, especially Dr. Francis Preston Venable and Dr. Edward Kidder Graham.

Herty was very involved with civic affairs at Chapel Hill. He was a member of the Board of Aldermen, and chaired the Board's Finance Committee (1910-1911). He was chairman of the Board of Trade Committee on Finance, Taxation and Legislation (1913); and he was on the Chapel Hill Graded School Board of Trustees. Correspondence about these activities is in the Life at Chapel Hill section. Also here are papers concerning Herty's involvement as part-owner and president of the Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence in 1907-1912 deals with daily operations of the company and with the expansion of telephone service in North Carolina.

The series also documents Herty's religious activities in the Episcopal Church. While a vestryman in the Chapel Hill parish, he became concerned about the lack of an adequate pension system for clergymen, and from 1911 to 1917 he worked hard for the General Clergy Relief Fund and the Church Pension Fund. In 1911, he was a member of the Diocesan Committee of the Five Million Dollar Clergy Pension Fund. In 1913 and 1914, he chaired the Layman's Committee on the Promotion of the General Clergy Relief Fund, and in 1915 he was appointed to the Committee on the Church Pension Fund. Most of the material concerns Herty's pension fund campaign in North Carolina. There are also papers about his parish activities in New York and Savannah.

Related materials in other series include: Series 13: Notebooks, Speeches, Writings, Clippings - Notebook: Notes re University of Georgia Athletic Program folder and Series 15: Photographs.

Johns Hopkins University
Box Folder Content
6 1 General Correspondence: 1891, 1899, 1907-1908, 1912-1913, 1915-1919, 1922-1923, 1926-1929, 1936
6 2 Alumni Association. Correspondence: 1905-1920, 1922, 1924-1927, 1929-1955, 1937-1938
6 3 Chemistry Alumni Committee. Correspondence: 1924-1926, 1934
6 4 New York Alumni Association. Correspondence: 1920-1921, 1924-1926, 1928, 1931
6 5 National Fellowship Plan. Correspondence: 1929-1930, 1932-1935, 1938
6 6 Dr. Ira Remsen and the American Chemical Journal. Correspondence: 1888, 1892-1894, 1896, 1899-1900, 1906-1908, 1910-1911
6 7 Miscellaneous Papers: 1915, 1924-1925, 1928, 1930, 1935, undated
University of Georgia
6 8 Correspondence: 1898-1909
6 9 Correspondence: 1910-1912, 1915-1917, 1919-1923, 1925-1926
6 10 Correspondence: 1927-1928
6 11 Correspondence: 1929-1931
6 12 Correspondence: 1932-1938
6 13 Prof. W. D. Hooper. Correspondence: 1899-1900, 1904-1912, 1914-1918, 1920-1921, 1923-1938, undated
7 1 Miscellaneous Papers: 1909, 1922, 1925, 1927-1929, 1936
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).
7 2 General Correspondence: 1906-1915
7 3 General Correspondence: 1916-1920, 1922-1923, 1925-1928, 1930-1955
7 4 Athletics. Correspondence: 1907-1910
7 5 Athletics. Correspondence: 1911-1917, 1919, 1921
7 6 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1904
7 7 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-July, 1905
7 8 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: August-December, 1905 and undated
7 9 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-March, 1906
7 10 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: April-July, 1906
7 11 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: August-December, 1906
8 1 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-April, 1907
8 2 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: May-December, 1907 and undated
8 3 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-June, 1908
8 4 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: July-December, 1908 and undated
8 5 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1909
8 6 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-April, 1910
8 7 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: May-June, 1910
8 8 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: July-December, 1910 and undated
8 9 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-April, 1911
8 10 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: May-December, 1911 and undated
9 1 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-June, 1912
9 2 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: July-December, 1912 and undated
9 3 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1913
9 4 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-April, 1914
9 5 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: May-December 1914
9 6 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1915
9 7 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: January-June 1916
9 8 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: July-December 1916 and undated
9 9 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1917
9 10 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1918-1920
9 11 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1921-1926
9 12 Department of Chemistry. Correspondence: 1927-1931, 1933-1936, 1938
10 1 Students. Correspondence: 1905-1906
10 2 Students. Correspondence: January-June, 1907
10 3 Students. Correspondence: July-December, 1907 and undated
10 4 Students. Correspondence: January-June, 1908
10 5 Students. Correspondence: July-December, 10
10 6 Students. Correspondence: February-August, 1909
10 7 Students. Correspondence: September-December, 1909 and undated
10 8 Students. Correspondence: January-May, 1910
10 9 Students. Correspondence: June-December, 1910 and undated
10 10 Students. Correspondence: 1911
11 1 Students. Correspondence: January-June, 1912
11 2 Students. Correspondence: July-December, 1912 and undated
11 3 Students. Correspondence: January-June, 1913
11 4 Students. Correspondence: July-December, 1913 and undated
11 5 Students. Correspondence: January-March, 1914
11 6 Students. Correspondence: April-December, 1914
11 7 Students. Correspondence: January-May, 1915
11 8 Students. Correspondence: June-December, 1915 and undated
12 1 Students. Correspondence: January-April, 1916
12 2 Students. Correspondence: May-August, 1916
12 3 Students. Correspondence: September-December, 1916 and undated
12 4 Students. Correspondence: 1917
12 5 Students. Correspondence: 1918
12 6 Students. Correspondence: 1919-1923
12 7 Students. Correspondence: 1926, 1932, 1935-1936, 1938
12 8 Miscellaneous Papers: 1913-1917, undated
Life at Chapel Hill
12 9 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence: 1907-1908
12 10 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence: 1909
13 1 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence: 1910
13 2 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence: 1911-1912
13 3 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Correspondence: 1913
13 4 Chapel Hill Telephone Company. Miscellaneous Papers: 1908, 1910, undated
13 5 Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen. Correspondence: 1909-1913, 1916, 1919
13 6 Chapel Hill Board of Trade. Correspondence: 1913, 1916
13 7 Chapel Hill Graded School Board of Trustees. Correspondence: 1908-1910, 1912-1913, 1915-1917
Episcopal Church
13 8 Correspondence: 1907-1910
13 9 Correspondence: 1911-1912
13 10 Correspondence: January-November, 1913
13 11 Correspondence: December 1-8, 1913
13 12 Correspondence: December 9-31, undated, 1913
13 13 Correspondence: January-February, 1914
13 14 Correspondence: March-April, 1914
13 15 Correspondence: May, 1914
13 16 Correspondence: June-December, 1914
14 1 Correspondence: January-March, 1915
14 2 Correspondence: April-December, undated, 1915
14 3 Correspondence: January-March, 1910
14 4 Correspondence: April-May, 1916
14 5 Correspondence: June-December, undated, 1916
14 6 Correspondence: 1917, 1919
14 7 Correspondence: 1924-1930
14 8 Miscellaneous Papers: 1910, 1912, 1914-1910"
14 9 General Clergy Relief Fund and Church Pension Fund. Miscellaneous Papers: 1910-1916, undated
14 10 General Clergy Relief Fund. Diocese Reports: 1913-1914
14 11 Church Pension Fund. First Annual Report: 1918
14 12 Saint John's Church in Savannah. Statement and Reports of the Parish Treasurer for 1936
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