AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXII , No. 2, Fall 2000


Documentation Preserved

This is our usual compilation of some (by no means all) recently published articles on the history of modern physics, astronomy, geophysics and allied fields. Note that these bibliographies have been posted on our Web site since 1994, and you can search the full text of all of them (along with our annual book bibliography, recent Catalog of Sources entries, exhibit materials, etc.) by using the “Search” icon on our site map ( To restrict your search to the bibliographies, enter in the box:
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Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen. Abteilung für Handschriften und seltene Drucke. Papendiek 14, D-3703, Göttingen, Germany (contact: Baerbel Mund)

Papers of Friedrich Hund. Major affiliations include: Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany, 1920-1926, 1956; Universität Leipzig, Germany, 1929-1946; and Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt-am-Main, W. Germany, 1951-1956. Died 1997. Includes scientific notebooks, early manuscripts, lecture notes, talks, seminars, manuscripts for publications. Topics include quantum mechanics, quantum theory, and history of physics. 11 boxes.

Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow Branch. Archive. Ul. Novocheremushkinskaia, 34, Moscow 117218, Russia (contact: Elena Curapova)

Papers of Aleksandr Naumovich Frumkin. Physical chemist. Died 1976. Collection includes scientific manuscripts (1940-1979); reprints of Frumkin's works in physical chemistry and electrical chemistry; biographical documents (1945-1976); and two letters from V. A. Kuznetsov. Papers open for research. 1940-1979. 22 folders.

Papers of Ivan Vasilevich Obreimov, 1894-1981. Spectroscopy and molecular physics, nuclear physics. Organizer and the first director of the Kharkov Physico-Technical Institute (1929-1932). Papers include scientific manuscripts and correspondence. Collection includes: 1) Scientific manuscripts (1943-1960). Topics include spectroscopy and molecular physics. 2) Biographical documents (1933-1970s), some photographs. 3) Correspondence, including with D.S. Rozhdestvenskii, N. E. Alekseevskii, A. I. Brodskii, S. I. Vavilov, I.M. Lifshitz, A. I. Preisfrend (his wife). Papers open for research. 1933-1976. 55 folders.

Papers of Aleksandr Iosifovich Shalnikov, 1905-1986. Physicist (low temperature physics, superconductivity). Discovered intermediate state of superconductors in 1941. Born in St. Petersburg. Graduated from the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute in 1928. Worked at the Leningrad-Physico-Technical Institute (1923-1935) and at the Institute of Physical Problems, Moscow (1935-1986). Since 1938, professor at Moscow State University. Founded (1955) and edited the journal Experimental instruments and technology (Pribory i tekhnika eksperimenta). Experimental researches in physical chemistry, low temperature physics, scientific instruments. Stalin Prizes (1948, 1949, 1953). Corresponding member (1946) and full member (1979) of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Papers in the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow include: 1) Scientific papers (1932-1985), patents, manuscripts, reports, laboratory notebooks. 2) Biographical documents (1928-1990), school diploma, bibliography, autobiography, photographs with colleagues and pupils, newspaper clippings. 3) Administrative activities (1937-1986), correspondence with the USSR Academy of Sciences , ministries and plants, mostly regarding the manufacturing of scientific and medical instruments. Editorial correspondence. Pedagogical activities. 4) Correspondence (1934-1985) with, among others, A. F. Ioffe, L. D. Landau, I. L. Andronikov, B. M. Vul, P. L. Kapitza. 5) Scientific manuscripts by other colleagues, with pupils and relatives, including L.G. Kvasha (volcanology), A.N. Zavaritsky (geology and crystallography). 6) Papers of his wife's sister Lidia Gaigor'evna Kvasha, a geophysicist (1901-1997); and papers of his wife, O. G. Kvasha (1937-1976). Topics include experimental (primarily low-temperature) physics and superconductivity. Papers open for research. 1920s-1990s. 137 folders.

Auburn University. Ralph B. Draughon Library, Department of Archives. Auburn, AL 36849, USA (contact: Dwayne Cox)

Class notebooks and lectures of Eugene Thompson. Thompson was a student at University of Georgia in 1875. Collection consists of two handwritten notebooks, one each for physics and chemistry, taken of classroom lectures at University of Georgia. Physics lectures delivered by W. LeRoy Broun, later president of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Auburn University). Chemistry lectures delivered by H. C. White. 1875. 2 file folders.

Cornell University. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, University Archives. Carl A. Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA (contact: Librarian)

Papers of Barbara Hope Cooper, 1953-1999. Cornell Class of 1976, graduated Magna Cum Laude in Physics; then attended graduate school at the California Institute of Technology until June 1982 when she received a Ph.D. in Physics. She returned to Cornell as an Assistant Professor of Physics in 1983 and became an Associate Professor of Physics (1989) and full Professor (1995). Her main research interests as an experimental physicist and a leader in surface science were: 1) The use of low energy ion beams to probe particle surface interactions and the structural and electronic features of clean and adsorbate covered metal surfaces, 2) Atomic scale scanning tunneling microscopy studies of mass transport and stability of nanoscale structures on ion bombarded metal surfaces, 3) In situ studies of surface roughening during bombardment using synchrotron x-rays. The collection includes correspondence, notes, calculations, materials for talks, data collection information, publication drafts and reprints, and course materials from student years as well as outlines, exams, and lab manuals used in teaching. 1974-1999. 6.2 cu. ft.

George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives. Fairfax, VA 22030-4444, USA (contact: Robert L. Vay)

Papers of Eugenie V. Mielczarek. Contains materials relating to the scientific and academic career of Mielczarek in the area of physics, primarily at George Mason University (GMU). Items include scientific data and research results, conference information, grant proposals, speaking engagements, presentations, correspondence, and publications. Prominent is information relating to national and local organizations of women scientists, including material about women scientists at GMU. 1966. 12 cu. ft.

National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Library. 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA (contact: Kenneth Kellermann)

Papers of Grote Reber, 1911-. Reber laid the foundation for postwar development of radio astronomy. Collection includes scientific and personal correspondence, original scientific records, logbooks, manuscripts, lecture notes, technical reports, photographs, family records and other personal memorabilia. 5 lin. ft.

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum. Archives. Washington, D.C. 20560, USA (contact: Thomas Soapes or Patricia Williams)

Papers of Caldwell C. Johnson. Caldwell C. Johnson was a manned spacecraft designer for NASA and contributed greatly to the Mercury, Apollo, and Apollo-Soyuz projects. Collection consists of 34 items of manned space flight memorabilia, including pencil and ink drawings by Caldwell Johnson from Mercury, Apollo, and the Apollo-Soyuz projects. Collection also contains papers, reports, and brochures on these three projects, along with design studies for other spacecraft and related equipment. 1950s-1970s. 0.4 lin. ft.

Papers of Apollo Milton Olin Smith, 1911-1997, an aircraft designer and engineer known as 'AMO' for most of his life, was born in Columbia, Missouri. Collection consists of the significant writings of Smith, including writings relating to his contributions to boundary layer theory. The collection also includes Smith's notebooks and related photographs of his post-World War II onsite appraisal of Nazi aeronautical developments. 1935-1981. 1.1 lin. ft.

Records of Space Acceleration Measurement Unit System (SAMS). An acceleration measurement and data acquisition instrument, not a classical microgravity research experiment. SAMS consists of a main unit and up to three remotely positioned triaxial sensor heads. The data are used to provide investigators with a time history of this environment to improve for future experiment design. This instrument was flown on the Space Shuttle and Mir Space Station, from 1994 to 1998. Collection consists of the following types of documentation relating to SAMS: test plans and reports; drawings; maintenance logs; and memoranda and correspondence. This collection also contains optical discs from the SAMS/MIR project, which contain the raw data. 1990s. 2.9 lin. ft.

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History (U.S.). Archives Center. MRC 601, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20560, USA (contact: Alison Oswald)

Papers of F. C. (Fay Cluff) Brown, 1881-. Inventor, physicist and director, New York Museum of Science and Industry. Documents the career of Brown, an inventor, museum director, and physicist. Brown focused his research on the properties of selenium, particularly selenium in crystal form and the photoconductivity of selenium. The papers document Brown's professional career and consist of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, invention notebooks, and ephemera. 1902-1964. 4.5 cu. ft.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Archives Division. 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706, USA (contact: Harold L. Miller)

Gibbs family papers. Papers, chiefly correspondence, of a Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York family, a number of whose members were prominent in commercial, political, and intellectual fields. Of note, Oliver Wolcott Gibbs (1822-1908), chemist and physicist, represented in the collection mainly by a group of letters he wrote while a student in Europe, 1845-1847, to his immediate family and to his cousin and fellow scientist William F. Channing. Included are detailed impressions of European scientists Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Justus von Liebig, and Heinrich Rose, and commentary on science. 1763-1918. 1.6 cu. ft. (4 archives boxes), 3 reels of microfilm (35mm), and photographs.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Archives Division. University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Area Research Center, River Falls, WI 54002, USA (contact: Archivist)

Class papers of James Peter Jacobson. Class notes and papers prepared by Jacobson while a student in University of Wisconsin physics courses; Jacobson later was chairman of the Physics Department, Wisconsin State University, River Falls. 1911-1912. 1 folder.

Reminiscences of Rudolph Andrew Karges, 1881-. Reminiscences by Karges, discussing mainly his family, his education at Whitewater (Wis.) Normal School (1899-1901) and the University of Wisconsin (1904-06), and his experiences as professor of physics and chemistry at River Falls (Wis.) State College (1908-52). 1961. 1 folder.

School notebooks of William Sanford. Notebooks kept by Sanford, a student and member of the football team at River Falls Normal School, River Falls, Wis., class of 1911, for classes in physics, physical geography, and chemistry. ca. 1911. 1 folder.

University of California, Berkeley. Bancroft Library. Berkeley, CA 94720, USA (contact: David Farrell)

Papers of Kinsey Amor Anderson, 1926-. Professor of Physics and Director Emeritus, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley. Includes correspondence, grant proposals and final reports, photographs and other graphic images. 6.3 lin. ft.

Additions to papers of Raymond T. (Thayer) Birge, Professor of physics and chairman of the Physics Dept., University of California, Berkeley. Letters written to him and copies of letters by him; manuscripts and reprints of his articles and papers; speeches; research data including notebooks; lecture notes, course descriptions, exams and other University-related material; papers (minutes of meetings, programs, etc.) relating to professional organizations, including American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society and National Academy of Sciences. Covers his research on band spectra and physical constants as well as his academic career. Addition includes reprints, offprints, and miscellaneous publications. Advance notice required for use. 1909-1969. 42 boxes, 25 cartons and 7 oversize folders (ca. 45.5 lin. ft.) + addition (23.7 lin. ft.).

Papers of John W. Gofman. Born in 1918; Professor of medical physics, Donner Laboratory, Division of Medical Physics, University of California, Berkeley. Correspondence, research notes, manuscripts of writings and speeches primarily related to his extensive research on the hazards of radiation; includes files of correspondence with various government agencies, as well as committee reports and typescripts of hearings related to radiation exposure and occupational hazards in the nuclear industry; also includes audio and video tapes of interviews with Gofman. Unprocessed; advance notice required for use. Ca. 1930-1970. 32 cartons (40 lin. ft.).

Papers of William E. Siri. Biophysicist at Donner Laboratory, Division of Medical Physics, University of California, Berkeley. Correspondence, financial reports and files, and writings concerning the first American Mount Everest Expedition in 1963. Advance notice required for use. Ca. 1961-1966. 8 cartons.

Additions to the records of the Department of Astronomy, University of California, Berkeley. Includes records from the chairmanships of A.O. Leuschner, R. Tracy Crawford, Sturla Einarsson, Otto Struve, and Leland Cunningham. Administrative files, correspondence, and research files primarily on comets and minor planets. 1882-1960. 42 boxes, 1 volume, 2 oversize folders (53 lin. ft.)

University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections. Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA (contact: David Tambo)

Papers of William Whithill Rand, 1902-1988. Geologist, engineer, and petroleum prospector. Collection includes documents, maps and some artifacts related to Rand's career in geology, marine engineering, and the oil industry. The maps are all scientific, and some include offshore sounding data. Most are maps of the coast of California, particularly in Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The records of his company, Submarex, its subsidiaries, and the ships used, make up the bulk of this collection. These include financial records as well as correspondence regarding work contracts and labor relations. This company, based in Santa Barbara, was heavily involved in the transformation of Santa Barbara from a relatively unknown area (geologically) to a productive oil province between 1947 and 1960. Contains correspondence, meeting minutes, journal articles, newspaper clippings, reports, log books, catalogs, and project files on deep sea drilling and ocean exploration. Unprocessed. 1920s-1960s. 61 boxes.

University of Minnesota. Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota Libraries. Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA (contact: Elisabeth Kaplan)

Oral history interview with Sidney Michel Rubens, conducted by Arthur L. Norberg. Physics professor and computer engineer, Rubens first worked on magnetic techniques for computer storage as part of the Goldberg project, under the direction of John Coombs and C. B. Tompkins. Rubens discusses the magnetic tape equipment he used and also discusses his contacts with the University of Minnesota Computer Center. Jan. 6 and 15, 1986. Five (60 min. each) sound cassettes; 155 pp. transcript.

University of Nebraska - Lincoln. University Archives. Room 308, Love Library, Lincoln, NE 68588-0410, USA (contact: Carmella Garman)

Papers of James A. R. Sampson. Professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Collection includes lecture material, miscellaneous research files, research proposals, reprints of articles authored by Sampson, etc. Unprocessed. 1980s-1990s. 6.5 cu. ft.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Archives. Mail Stop 8, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1539, USA (contact: Margot Garritt)

Papers of Charles Davis Hollister, 1936-1999. Oceanographer. Collection includes: 1) Manuscript material relating to the book, Face of the Deep; 2) Material on Russian nuclear contamination, conference material (1990s); files on seabed disposal of radioactive waste (1980s); 3) Material relating to cruise for which Hollister was co-chief scientist: leg 35 of D/V Glomar Challenger for the Deep Sea Drilling Project (1970s). Unprocessed. Ca. 1970s-1990s. 10 boxes.

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