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Grant D. Venerable family papers

Call Number: RH MS P946


Grant D. Venerable was the first African American graduate of the California Institue of Technology in 1932. This collection includes records and photographs of cousins, aunts, and uncles of Grant D. Venerable and his wife Thelma (Scott) Venerable. Also included in this collection are articles relating to African Americans in higher education, including an article written by Venerable's son, Grant D. Venerable II.


  • Creation: 1890 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Venerable family

Grant D. Venerable was born in Jackson, Missouri in 1905. He met Thelma L. Scott, a native Kansan born in 1916, in Los Angeles, California. They married and had a son, Grant D. Venerable II, born 1942.

Grant D. Venerable II graduated UCLA in 1965 and went on to recieve his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1970. He was awarded the United States Atomic Enegry Commission Fellowship for his research into radiation biology. He taught chemisty in both high schools and universities in the 1970s and went on to work in Silicon Valley as a systems scientist in the 1980s. From 1992 - 1999 he became the CEO of Venteck Software Inc.

Dr. Venerable became a part of the development of a new field of study combining science, history, and ethnic studies. He continued in the 1990s to maintain positions of administration or professorship at various universities. His publications have included books, scientific paintings, academic articles, and editorials.


8 folders (7 folders + 1 oversize folder)

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopied portraits of family members of both Grant D. Venerable and Thelma (Scott) Venerable. It also includes obituaries and articles relating to African Americans in higher education.

There is one oversize photograph of the Scott family's arrival in Los Angeles, including Thelma as a toddler, located at RH MS-P P946(f). Materials are otherwise organized by the individual who created the item or with whom the item is affiliated.

Physical Location

RH MS P946

Physical Location

RH MS-P P946(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Grant D. Venerable II, 2016.

Guide to the Grant D. Venerable Collection
Grant D. Venerable family papers
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Grant D. Venerable family papers, RH MS P946, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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