Guide to the Louis Fenn Vogt Papers and Photographs 1921-1952

Senator John Heinz History Center

Summary Information

Repository
Detre Library & Archives, Heinz History Center
Title
Louis Fenn Vogt Papers and Photographs
Creator
Vogt, Louis Fenn
Collection Number
mss861
Date [inclusive]
1921-1952
Extent
.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The material in this collection is in English.
Abstract
Louis Fenn Vogt served as the works manager of Standard Chemical Company of Pittsburgh in charge of the company’s extraction works at Canonsburg, Pa. He was an expert in radioactive materials and the first to work out a process of extracting radium from American ores.The collection includes manuscripts, pamphlets, documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs pertaining to Vogt's work.
Sponsor Note
This collection has been made accessible as part of an NHPRC-funded Basic Processing grant.

Preferred Citation

Louis Fenn Vogt Papers and Photographs, 1921-1952, MSS 861 , Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives, Senator John Heinz History Center

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History

Louis Fenn Vogt was born on January 31, 1881 in Akron, Ohio, to William H. and Metta (Fenn) Vogt. He was a descendant of Robert Treat, an early 17th century American colonial leader and governor of Connecticut. He was married to Lois Johnston Vogt with whom he had three offspring: Louis Fenn Vogt Jr., Richard J. Vogt and Kathleen Vogt Copson. After graduating from Case Applied Science in 1901, Vogt became the works manager of Standard Chemical Company of Pittsburgh in charge of the company’s extraction works at Canonsburg, Pa. He was an expert in radioactive materials and was the first to work out a process for extracting radium from Carnotite, an ore found in Colorado. Vogt also pioneered the commercial production of radium in the U.S., holding patents covering its extraction from Carnotite. Throughout his life he gave talks and wrote various articles pertaining to the production, history, and significance of radioactive elements. Through his expertise he became acquainted with Marie Curie, who visited Vogt’s Standard Chemical Co. in May of 1921. In addition to his work with Standard Chemical Company, Vogt was the works manager of the American Cyanamid Co. and worked as an industrial consultant associated with the Radium Dial of Pittsburgh and New York, the American Salpa Corp., and the David T. Houston Company. During World War II, Vogt served as chief of production service of the War Production Board in Newark, NJ. Louis Fenn Vogt died of a heart attack, on August 31, 1952, at a hospital in Plainfield, N.J. located near his Westfield, N.J. home.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Louis Fenn Vogt Papers and Photographs includes manuscripts, pamphlets, documents, newspaper clippings, photographs, a genealogical report of the Vogt family. The manuscripts and pamphlets are associated with articles written by Vogt and talks given by him in person or via KDKA radio. Most photographs in the collection capture Marie Curie during her visit to the Canonsburg Standard Chemical Company alongside Vogt and company president James C. Gray. Also included is a signed copy of the book Madame Curie written by Eve Curie.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Senator John Heinz History Center Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania , October 2012

Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@heinzhistorycenter.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Thomas and Katherine Detre Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Acquisition Information

Gift from Peter Vogt in 2011.

Archives accession # 2011.0139

Processing Information

Preliminary processing by Mike Stayton on 10/11/2012.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Standard Chemical Company

Geographic Name(s)

  • Canonsburg, (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Curie, Marie, 1867-1934.
  • Gray, James C.

Subject(s)

  • Radium
  • Radium industry--Pennsylvania.

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