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MC 00030 Guide to the Charles McGee Heck Papers, 1922 - 1943

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Papers of Charles McGee Heck include bulletins, letters, proposal, a testimonial, and typescripts.
[Half Box 1, Folder 1] Bulletins, 1922, 1939
Two articles from Alumni News published by North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. The first, dated June 1922, documents an address given by Professor Heck accepting the Memorial To Nurses. The second, also from Alumni News, is a short biography and photo of Professor Heck dated 1939.
[Half Box 1, Folder 2] Letters, 1938, 1940
Two typed letters: the first to the Honorable Josephus Daniels regarding the Physics-Electrical Engineering Building at State College being named in his honor, the second is to "A Raleigh Teacher" in regard to a manuscript wriiten by Professor Heck entitled, "The Story of Early Raleigh Its Capitol and Its First Railroad."
[Half Box 1, Folder 3] Proposal and Testimonial, 1940, 1943
A proposal written by Professor Heck entitled "Suggested use of the Foundation of the Memorial Tower at State College as a Thousand-Year Repository for an Analysis of North Carolina's Present Condition and High Lights in History" and a testimonial by an unknown author to Charles McGee Heck entitled, "Raleigh As An Environment For Inspiration"
[Half Box 1, Folder 4] Typescript, 1940
"The Story of Early Raleigh Its Capitol and Its First Railroad" by Charles M. Heck
[Half Box 1, Folder 5] Typescript, 1940 March 5
"Contemporaneous Accounts of the Coming of the First Train to Raleigh, N.C." by Charles M. Heck
[Half Box 1, Folder 6] Typescript, 1940s
"The Autobiography of Charles McGee Heck"
Pictures of snowflakes, meteorological graphs, and Heck with meteorological instruments.
[Card Box 2, Folder 1] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Snowflakes on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 2] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Snowflakes on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 3] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Snowflakes on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 4] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Snowflakes on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 5] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Snowflakes on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 6] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 7] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 8] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 9] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 10] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 11] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 12] Lantern Slide Plates, 1930s
Meteorological Graph on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 13] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 14] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 15] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 16] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 17] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 18] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate
[Card Box 2, Folder 19] Lantern Slide Plates, 1938?
Heck with Heat Measuring Device and other Meteorological Instruments on 3 1/4" x 4" plate

Creator

Heck, Charles McGee, 1881-1952

Quantity

0.75 Linear feet 1 half box, 1 card box

General Physical Description note

1 half box, 1 card box

Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Special Collections Research Center Reference Staff external link.

Language

English

Acquisitions Information

Donated by the Heck family in 1972 and 1977 (Accession 1972-0002, 1977-0002) and by Julian W. Bunn Jr. in 1981 (Accession 1981-0002).

Processing

Processed by: Laurence Gavin;machine-readable finding aid created by: Laurence Gavin

Scope and Content Note

The Charles McGee Heck Papers document Heck's life and work prior to and during his tenure as Professor and Head of the Physics Department at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering (later North Carolina State University), 1917 - 1946. As a physics professor, Heck discovered the first known spiral crystal and devised the multiple radiator for meteorological reseach and weather forecasting. The papers illuminate Heck's personal life as a child growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, his relationship with his parents and siblings, thoughts about school and those who inspired him and developed his philosophies throughout his life and work. The collection consists of bulletins, letters, a proposal, a testimonial, and typescripts of "The Story of Early Raleigh Its Capitol and Its First Railroad" and a seventy-page autobiography.

Biographical Note

Professor Charles McGee Heck was born on May 28, 1881, in the family residence on Blount Street, between Lane and North, in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of fifteen he began his freshman year at Wake Forest College and received an A.B. in the year 1900. He continued as a graduate student at Columbia University where he parlayed previous research on the chemistry of alternating current, performed in his attic during preceeding summers, and received an M.A. in 1901.

After spending time in Berlin and China, Heck returned to the United States and took a position at the University of Nebraska as an Assistant Professor of Physics, 1905-1912. After a short period at Colorado College, Heck took a position under William Hand Browne in the fall of 1913 as Associate Professor of Physics in the Electrical Engineering Department at North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University). He achieved the title of Professor and Head of the Physics Department in 1917. During his tenure, Professor Heck designed the Physics half of the building that would later be named in honor of Josephus Daniels. He discovered the first known spiral crystal and devised the multiple radiator for meteorological reseach and weather forecasting. Upon his retirement in 1946, he was named Dean Emeritus.

In addition to his academic career, Heck spearheaded a relief effort to save millions of Chinese from starvation shortly after World War I. He also, as a result of his interest in the history and future of North Carolina, compiled materials for young students, to inspire "them to love Raleigh and their state and implant in their young minds a determination to be loyal to and serve this community..."

Heck was married to Maude Williams Heck. They had one son, Charles W. Heck. Charles McGee Heck died on November 23, 1952.

Controlled Terms

  1. Heck, Charles McGee, 1881-1952
  2. International relief--Asia--History
  3. Lantern slides
  4. North Carolina State College. Dept. of Physics--History.
  5. North Carolina State University--Faculty--History.
  6. North Carolina State University. Dept. of Physics--History.
  7. Physicists--China--Travel
  8. Physicists--Germany--Travel
  9. Physics--Study and teaching (Higher)--North Carolina
  10. Raleigh (N.C.)--History
  11. Weather forecasting--Technological innovations

Related Material

North Carolina State Archives external link - Charles M. Heck (1881 - 1952) Collection, Number 236. In the map collection is a bound volume of photostatic documents, dating from 1663 - 1887, which includes the original charter for the colony, early land grants for Raleigh and Wake County, land entries, deeds, maps of Wake County and North Carolina, plans of the city of Raleigh, census records, and letters.

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