AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIV , No. 2, Fall 2002


A Friend in Deed: Nancy Greenspan

Nancy Greenspan, who describes her research on Max Born elsewhere in this Newsletter, has become a good friend and supporter of the History Center as well as a regular user of its Niels Bohr Library. She has generously shared information on sources that she has uncovered throughout her pursuit of Born materials, and she has recently made important contributions both to our equipment and our collections. While cleaning the garage she came across an old seven-inch reel-to-reel tape recorder that is still in good working order. Remembering Library staff talking about the precarious health of the Center's old tape player (most of our earliest oral histories were recorded on seven-inch reels) and the difficulty of finding a replacement, Nancy has kindly donated her machine to the Library, where it has been given a welcome home with our other vintage audiovisual equipment.

Earlier this year, Nancy was planning a research visit to London to meet with Max Born's son, Gustav Born, and to the University of Edinburgh, where the Max Born Papers are located. The papers are owned by the family, and Nancy told us about several boxes of family photos that were stored in Edinburgh. Through her good offices, Gustav Born generously agreed to select and send us some of the best images, and is allowing us to copy them for our Emilio Segrè Visual Archives. We received 80 photos showing Max Born and his colleagues and family. After we make copies we will return the originals, and make digital scans of our copies for the online visual archives catalog. All of us at the Center for History of Physics extend our sincere thanks to Nancy and Gustav Born for their generosity and thoughtfulness.

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