AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVI, No. 2, Fall 1994

 

DOCUMENTATION PRESERVED: REPORT FROM THE INTERNATIONAL CATALOG OF SOURCES FOR HISTORY OF PHYSICS AND ALLIED SCIENCES


This is our regular survey of archives and other repositories giving information on materials of interest to historians and others, not previously reported in this Newsletter. Our current survey project has received so much information from foreign and domestic repositories, on collections hitherto unknown to us as well as revisions to our current records, that we can list only a sampling, chiefly the more recent deposits. The Niels Bohr Library is glad to search the ICOS database, at no charge, in response to requests by telephone, mail, e- mail or fax; you may seek information cataloged by the name of a scientist, scientific institution, location of archives, or topic (i.e. the subject of your inquiry). Many of the following are new deposits not yet processed, and others have restricted access; please contact the repository for further information.
In this column:
o From Simon Fraser University ...
o From the University of Toronto ...
o From Bodleian University ...
o From Cambridge University Library ...
o From the University of Reading ...
o From the California Institute of Technology...
o From Harvard University ...
o From the Johnson County Historical Society ...
o From the National Archives and Records Administration ...
o From Rice University ...
o From Stanford University Libraries ...
o From UC-San Diego, Scripps Institute Archives ...
o From UC-San Diego University Library
o From the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library ...
o From UNC-Chapel Hill Library and Manuscripts Department ...
o From the University of Oklahoma Western History Collections ...

-- SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY. UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES. BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA V5A 1S6 (contact: Frances Fournier). Records of Simon Fraser University. Dept. of Physics. The Dept. of Physics began operating in 1964 and in 1965 moved to the main campus as part of the Faculty of Science. Records include departmental administrative files (1965-1985), minutes of departmental meetings (1965-1973), records relating to research activities of faculty (1965-1985), personnel records (1965-1985), the Physics Summer School (1966-1979), and correspondence of the Chair (1971-1986). Several series are subject to access restrictions. 1965-1986. 2 meters.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. ARCHIVES. TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA M5S 1A5 (contact: Harold Averill). Papers of Elizabeth Josephine Allin, 1905-1993. Professor of physics, University of Toronto, 1941-1972. Papers include correspondence, diaries, course notes, lecture notes, notes, manuscripts, publications and photoprints documenting the activities of Elizabeth Josephine Allin, Annie Theresa Read and Kathleen May Crossley as students, staff and faculty in the Department of Physics, University of Toronto. Included are course notes taken by Elizabeth Allin while a doctoral student at Cambridge University in the 1930s. 1910-1989. 1.32 meters.

Addition to papers of John Tuzo Wilson, 1908-1993. Professor of geophysics, University of Toronto, 1946-1974; director general, Ontario Science Centre, 1974-1985. Correspondence, addresses, manuscripts, diaries, minutes, reports, publications, film scripts, posters, certificates, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting Dr. Wilson's activities as a geophysicist, especially in relation to his research work and writings on continental drift, as director general of the Ontario Science Centre, and as a member of many commissions, committees and professional associations. 1853-1993. 11.71 meters.

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-- BODLEIAN UNIVERSITY. DEPARTMENT OF WESTERN MANUSCRIPTS. OXFORD, ENGLAND UK (contact: Archivist). Papers of David Chilton Phillips, 1924-. Professor of molecular biophysics, University of Oxford, 1966-1990; chairman, Advisory Board of the Research Councils, 1983-1993. Laboratory notebooks, notes, drafts, data and correspondence with scientific colleagues provide comprehensive documentation of most aspects of Phillips's career, including his research on acridine at Ottawa in 1951, myoglobin and lysozyme at the Royal Institution, and later work at Oxford on protein folding and mobility, etc. There is extensive material relating to Phillips's Directorship of the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics at Oxford, and records of university teaching by members of the laboratory and notes of Phillips's own lectures on molecular biophysics and related topics at Oxford beginning in 1964. There are also substantial records of the very considerable part Phillips played in Oxford science administration. Phillips's wide range of professional affiliations and activities are extensively documented, e.g., his involvement with the British Association for the Advancement of Science, British Crystallographic Association (Founder President), CIBA Foundation, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society, the Harvard-Monsanto Research Agreement, the International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Conferences and public lectures for 1957-1993 document Phillips's research, the research of his laboratory, science education, science policy and research funding. Phillips's own publications are documented, including much material assembled for his Royal Society memoir of W. L. Bragg, as well as his service on many editorial boards and advice to publishing houses. There are records of Phillips's career as government advisor, 1983- 1992. Phillips's scientific correspondence is primarily concerned with protein research. Ca. 1951-1993.

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-- CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES. CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND UK (contact: Archivist). Papers of Lewis Fry Richardson, 1881-1953. Active in meteorology and physics; appointments included superintendent of the Eskdalemuir Observatory (1913) and principal of Paisley College of Technology and School of Art (1929-1940). This small collection was brought together by O. M. Ashford in the preparation of his 1985 biography of Richardson. The collection consists principally of the correspondence Ashford conducted with Richardson's colleagues while preparing the biography and Richardson's own notes and drafts. These notes and drafts range from research notes to lecture notes on differential equations, 1937-1938, and drafts submitted for publication; the subjects relate to Richardson's interests in meteorology, mathematics, the study of war, and psychology. Of biographical interest is Richardson's house diary recording aspects of life at the family home, 1943-1953. Ashford's own correspondence with Richardson and his collection of Richardson photographs were made available for cataloging but are retained by Ashford in his lifetime. 1937-1953.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF READING. LIBRARY. MANUSCRIPTS DEPARTMENT. WHITEKNIGHTS, READING, RG6 2AE England UK (contact: Archivist). Papers of James Dyson, 1914-1990. A physicist who specialized in applied optics, Dyson was appointed superintendent of the Division of Mechanical and Optical Metrology at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, in 1963. The collection includes an ex-apprentice register, employment agreements and Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) research reports to the GEC-Marconi Research Centre; also reprints, a few notebooks and a little scientific and publications correspondence.

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-- CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. INSTITUTE ARCHIVES. 1201 EAST CALIFORNIA BLVD., PASADENA, CA 91125 USA (contact: Judith Goodstein). Papers of Emory L. Ellis, 1906-. Ellis received a Ph.D in biochemistry from Caltech in 1934. He was recruited for the Caltech rocket project in 1941 and worked at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in China Lake after 1945 with stints at Caltech, the Institute for Defense Analysis, and private industry. Correspondence, technical notes, and memorabilia; material covering Ellis's work in biophysics (on bacteriophages, in collaboration with Max Delbrock and on the Caltech rocket project (including a history of the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake); also work in chemistry and biochemistry, including nutrition. 1 lin. ft.

Papers of Robert Benjamin Leighton, 1919-. Member of physics faculty, California Institute of Technology, 1949-1986. Includes correspondence and documents 1961-1987, on design projects for NASA, radio and optical telescope dish designs (Owens Valley Radio Observatory and Keck Telescope), and radio astronomy, including films and other observational data; also contains lecture notes to courses by Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann and publication files on Feynman's lectures on physics. 1961-1987. 9 ln. ft.

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-- HARVARD UNIVERSITY. ARCHIVES. PUSEY LIBRARY, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138 USA (contact: Clark A. Elliot). Papers of Edgar Bright Wilson, Jr., 1908-. Wilson was a Harvard University faculty member who taught chemistry. Includes correspondence, 1935-1983; research proposals and reports, 1949-1967; and reports, correspondence and other items as member of the executive committee of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1969. Subjects include National Science Foundation and chemistry (study and teaching). Access may be restricted; consult archivist. 1935-1983. 149 boxes.

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-- JOHNSON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. FIFTH ST., CORALVILLE, IOWA 52241 USA (contact: Robin Butler). Papers of the Stewart family. George Walter Stewart, 1876-1956, was head of the physics department at the State University of Iowa, 1909-1946; Zella White Stewart was the first woman physician to establish a private practice in Iowa City. Family papers, including correspondence between the Stewarts and their son and family photographs. Also contains some of George Stewart's published articles. 1900-1950. 9 ln. ft.

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-- NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION. CENTER FOR ELECTRONIC RECORDS; CIVIL REFERENCE BRANCH; AND MOTION PICTURE, SOUND, AND VIDEO BRANCH; COLLEGE PARK, MD 20740 USA (Center for Electronic Records contact: Margaret O. Adams). Records of the U. S. Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident, 1986. The Commission, chaired by former Secretary of State William P. Rogers and including physicist Richard Feynman, investigated the circumstances surrounding the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986. The Commission was established in February and issued its final report in June 1986. The records include: reports, photographs, and other materials submitted to the Commission by NASA and its contractors to provide background information on technical aspects of the Space Shuttle program; some Commission correspondence and internal memoranda; transcripts of the Commission's various panels and hearings which investigated a variety of technical issues; interviews conducted with employees of NASA and its contractors; and affidavits. Parts of these records are in electronic formats. In the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Branch are videotapes and sound recordings of the launch, press conferences, Commission meetings, and other events. 1986.

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-- RICE UNIVERSITY. FONDREN LIBRARY. WOODSON RESEARCH CENTER. P.O. BOX 1892, HOUSTON, TX 77001 USA (contact: Nancy L. Boothe). Records of EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union. The Transactions are the weekly newspaper of the AGU. The material has not been processed, but it appears to contain submitted articles, book reviews, correspondence, and e-mail. 1986-1989. 3.75 cu. ft.

Papers of John Wright Freeman, 1935-. Professor of Space Physics and Astronomy, Rice University. Reports, photographs, and films relating to the NASA suprathermal ion experiment (SID), part of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP). This experiment, involving equipment developed by Freeman, was part of the work of the Apollo missions 12, 14, and 15. 1965-1979. 4.5 cu. ft.

Professional and personal papers of F. Curtis Michel, 1934-. Michel was a member of Rice University's Space Science (now Space Physics) Department from its inception in 1963, and a scientist astronaut, 1965-1969. Consists of Michel's professional papers intermingled with records of Space Physics & Astronomy, of which he was departmental chair, 1974-1979. He has grouped papers into such series as Papers, Courses, Correspondence, Proposals, Travel, etc. 55 cu. ft.

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-- STANFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES. UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES. STANFORD, CA 94305 USA (contact: Patricia White). Notebooks of Frank Kenneth Pomeroy. Pomeroy earned his A.B. at Stanford University in 1912 and his M.D. at Columbia in 1914. Collection includes lab notebook from physics 7a and 7b, taught by Fernando Sanborn, with experiments on optics, heat, gases, and electricity, 1909; mimeographed lab instructions for physics experiments; and Pomeroy's miscellaneous notes and calculations. 1909. 0.25 ln. ft.

Film production materials of Jane Wagner. Collection consists of original 16mm film negatives (with 3/4 inch video copies), audio tapes, and transcripts of interviews with Norman Shumway and Sydney Drell and of a conversation between Shumway and Drell for a film entitled "Hearts and Quarks." The film is about the ethics and application of modern science and technology. 1987. 3 ln. ft.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO. ARCHIVES OF THE SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY. CODE C-075-C, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, LA JOLLA, CA 92093 USA (contact: Deborah Day). Papers of John George Sclater, 1940-. Sclater is a geophysicist and oceanographer who participated in several oceanographic expeditions of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography beginning in 1963. Papers include correspondence, memoranda, financial records, proposals and notes documenting Sclater's work at MIT (1972-1983), the University of Texas (1983-1991), and at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1965-1972; 1991-). 1972-1991. 4 cu. ft.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO. UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. MANDEVILLE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL COLLECTIONS. 9500 GILMAN DRIVE, LA JOLLA, CA 92093 USA (contact: Lynda Claasen). Papers of Hannes Alfven , 1908-. Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (theoretical magnetohydrodynamics). Papers include records of his research for NASA. Ca. 1970-1988.

Papers of James Arnold, 1923-. Chemist and planetary scientist. Research proposals, minutes, and progress reports for NASA project committees make up a significant portion of the collection. Ca. 1947- 1993 (bulk 1960s-1980s). 29 ln. ft.

Papers of Norman Bailey, 1915-1992. Medical physicist. Papers document his extensive contributions to medical physics, especially in setting standards for the safe use of radiological techniques, the development of new techniques for diagnosis and therapy, and his teaching. 1947-1992. 7 ln. ft.

Papers of Gerald Woodrow Johnson, 1917-. Nuclear physicist and nuclear weapons analyst and advisor. Correspondence with scientists, politicians, and military personnel relate to arms control and energy development. 1938-1989. 7.4 cu. ft.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. BENTLEY HISTORICAL LIBRARY. MICHIGAN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS. 1150 BEAL AVE., ANNE ARBOR, MI USA (contact: Kenneth P. Scheffel). Papers of Richard Gildart Fowler, 1916-1992. Professor of physics at the University of Oklahoma. Correspondence with University of Michigan physicists Otto Laporte and Harrison M. Randall. 1946-1969. Ca. 200 items.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL. LIBRARY AND MANUSCRIPTS DEPARTMENT, SOUTHERN HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS. WILSON LIBRARY, #3926, CHAPEL HILL, NC 27599 USA (contact: Michael G. Martin or Richard A. Shrader). Records of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. The Dept. of Physics was officially established in 1907, although courses in "natural philosophy" had been given as part of the mathematics curriculum since about 1820. In 1973 the name of the department changed to the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. Records relate mostly to the history of the department; also a number of reports on and studies of the department, done at various times between 1938 and 1963; and several files relating to the National Science Foundation, Science Development Program, 1964-1974. 1883-1989 (bulk 1938-1974). 3 ln. ft.

Student notebook of Thomas Glaskins. Student at Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, 1830-1831. Class notes on the lectures of Jonathan P. Cushing in chemistry, physics, and arithmetic. 1830-1831. 1 volume.

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-- UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. WESTERN HISTORY COLLECTIONS. 630 PARRRINGTON OVAL, ROOM 452, NORMAN, OK 73019 USA (contact Donald L. DeWitt). Papers of Richard Gildart Fowler, 1916-1992. Professor of physics at the University of Oklahoma. Correspondence (1924-1980); lecture notes and tests for classes in physics taught by Fowler at the University of Oklahoma; manuscripts (1958-1969) for textbooks authored by Fowler; correspondence with Fowler's publishers; research notes (1943-1979) arranged by research project; and project histories and documentation (1952-1972) for contracted research projects conducted by Fowler. Richard Gildart Fowler Photograph Collection also in repository. 1924-1980. 12 ft.


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