The Papers of Victor Louis King in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMAN MS-429

Descriptive Summary

Creator: King, Victor Louis
Title Remainder: Papers. 1902-1955
Dates: 1902-1955
Identification: MS-429





Introduction

Victor Louis King was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1886. He entered Dartmouth College in 1903 as a member of the Class of 1907. In 1906, he left Dartmouth to pursue his education at Columbia University. He later attended the University of Zurich where, as a student of Albert Einstein, he received his doctorate. Dr. King worked for several years as a consultant to various authorities in New Jersey on matters of air quality and air pollution. In 1919, he joined the firm of Calco Chemical Company, later a part of American Cyanamid Company, and remained with that firm until he retired. During his tenure with Calco, Dr. King was involved with dyes and dyestuffs as well as the development of the antibiotic aureomycin. It is the latter medication for which he is best known. He died in 1958.

The papers of Victor King were presented to the College by his heirs in 1975. The collection includes early student notebooks as well as his research notebooks for his doctorate. Laboratory notebooks from his career at Calco are not present in the collection. Also included are correspondence and reports of his consulting work on air quality. Of particular interest are a series of speeches Dr. King gave that detail his interest in chemical engineering education and research and his work in the development of aureomycin. The latter speech is present in several languages as it was given at a conference in Europe in 1950. The collection is housed in two boxes.






BOX 1

1. Biographical



2. Calco Chemical Division, American Cyanamid, 1919-1955



3. Consulting—Corn Products Refining Company, 1918



4. Consulting—Lansing Chemical Company, 1917



5. Consulting—Lister Agricultural Chemical Company, 1918



6. Consulting—Louis Stern Company, 1918-1919



7. Consulting—New York City Law Department, 1918



8. Consulting—Oil Seeds Company, 1918



9. Consulting—Pharma-Chemical Company, 1920



10. Consulting—Schwartz Brothers, 1918



11. Consulting—Standard Chemical Company, 1918



12. Consulting—Swift and Company, 1918



13. Consulting—Miscellaneous, 1918



14. Correspondence, 1910-1915



15. Correspondence, 1916-1955



16. Correspondence—Fuller, Harry, 1912-1916



17. Memorandum—Research, 1931



18. Memorandum—Salicylic Acid, ca. 1918



19. Miscellaneous chemical engineering notes



20. Notebook, 1902



21. Notebook, 1903



22. Notebook, 1906



23. Notebook, 1906



24. Notebook, 1906



BOX 2

1. Notebook, 1907



2. Notebook, 1908



3. Notebook, ca. 1908



4. Notebook, 1912-1914



5. Notebook, 1914



6. Notebook, 1916



7. Notebook, 1916



8. Photographs



9. Publications—Thesis



10. Publications—Werner



11. Publications—Chemischen Instituts



12. Speech—Technical Department, 1946



13. Speech—Management of Technical Function, 1949



14. Speech—Successful Management, 1950



15. Speech—Aureomycin, 1950—Draft



16. Speech—Aureomycin, 1950—English



17. Speech—Aureomycin, 1950—French



18. Speech—Aureomycin, 1950—Italian



19. Speech—Aureomycin, 1951



20. Speech—Lockhart, 1956





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