AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVII, No. 2, Fall 1995

 

Documentation Preserved: Report from the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences


The following gives the results of our regular semi-annual survey of archives and other repositories, and our own searches of the Internet, for information on materials of interest to historians and others, not previously reported in this Newsletter. (The listing is in alphabetical order by country and by archives within each country.) Many of these are new deposits not yet processed; others have restricted access; please contact the repository for further information. Thousands of other collections are indexed in our database, and we will gladly check for information on any particular scientist, institution or topic, or by the location of the archives. Please direct inquiries to the Niels Bohr Library.

University of Toronto Library. University Archives. 120 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1A5, Canada (contact: Harold Averill)

Papers of Frank Scott Hogg. Astronomer. Two notebooks of research data assembled by Frank Hogg for his doctoral thesis in astronomy, the first given by Harvard University (1929). 1927- ca. 1929. 0.13 meters.

Papers of Helen (Battles) Sawyer Hogg, 1905-. Emeritus professor of astronomy, University of Toronto, Canada. Papers documenting Helen Sawyer Hogg's career as an astronomer and her personal life. Included are personal and professional correspondence, diaries, course and lecture notes, addresses, interviews, manuscripts, research files (especially on star clusters), catalog awards, photoprints, slides, sound recordings, and videos. Also portions of the personal records of three other astronomers: her first husband, Frank Scott Hogg (1922-1952), documenting, in particular, his years as an astronomy student at the University of Toronto and Harvard University; of Ruth Josephine Northcott (1932-1969), and Clarence Augustus Chant (1930s-1940s), the founder of astronomical studies in Canada. 1905-1993. 36.34 meters.

Papers of K. G. McNeill, 1926-. Nuclear physicist; professor at University of Toronto, Canada. Correspondence, course and lecture notes, research files, articles and addresses, administrative and consultancy files accumulated by McNeill in his capacity as nuclear physicist. His involvement with the Electron Linear Accelerator (Linac) and the Radiation Protection Authority at the University of Toronto are well documented. 1940s-1980s. 4.0 meters.

Papers of Ruth Josephine Northcott. Astronomer. Papers accumulated by Northcott, largely in her capacity as a member of the executive committee of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and as editor of its journal. Included are minutes correspondence, notes, research data, drafts of articles and addresses, announcements, reports, press clippings, and photoprints. 1953-1968. 0.60 meters.

Papers of John Satterly. Professor of physics, University of Toronto, Canada. Collection includes correspondence, course and laboratory notes, certificates and diplomas, lecture notes and problem sets, manuscripts, offprints, publications, annotated books, press clippings, obituaries, photoprints and albums, and glass plate negatives. 1880-1963. 4.94 meters.

Clarendon Laboratory. Library. Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU, England, UK (contact: Mrs. J. Timms).

Records of the Clarendon Laboratory (Oxford, England). Much of the material relates to work carried out on radar and related technology by physicists working at the Clarendon Laboratory during the Second World War, as well as on low temperature physics and magnetism. Includes research notes, lecture notes, correspondence, photographs, and instruments. 1843-1983 (bulk 1940s-1970s).

Scuola Normale Superiore. Piazza dei Cavalieri 7, 56126, Pisa, Italy (contact: Luigi A. Radicati di Brozolo).

Papers of Gian Carlo Wick, 1909-1992. Physicist. On the faculty of the University of Palermo (1937-1938), University of Padova (1938-1940), University of Rome (1940-1945), University of Notre Dame (1946-1948), University of California (1948-1950), Carnegie Institute of Technology (1951-1957); senior physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1957-1965), professor of physics at Columbia University (1965-). Collection includes a large volume of correspondence (ca. 2000 letters) and notebooks.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Bibliothek. ETH Zentrum, CH-8092 Zürich, Switzerland (contact: Soren Ehlers).

Papers of Rolf Wideröe, 1902-. Physicist (accelerator physics). Correspondence, manuscripts, and research material. Subjects include particle physics and medical applications of Betatron research. 1939-1987 (bulk 1943-1954).

American Philosophical Society. Library. 105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA (contact: Beth Caroll-Horrocks).

Papers of Emanuel Ruben Piore, 1908-. Piore received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin in 1935. His career has included serving as vice-president, chief scientist, and director of IBM, as well as deputy chief and chief scientist for the Office of Naval Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences. The papers include correspondence, speeches, interviews, and photographs. 1950s-1960s. 23 lin. ft.

Addition to papers of John Archibald Wheeler, 1911-. Physicist (atomic and nuclear theory, relativity theory, and cosmology). On the physics faculty at Princeton University from 1938; physicist, Manhattan Engineer District (1942-1945); and director, Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Texas at Austin (1976-1988). Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Physical Society, and the National Academy of Sciences. 9.5 lin. ft. (The main collection of John A. Wheeler Papers (1930s-1990s) have now been fully processed by the APS Library).

AT&T Bell Laboratory. Archives. 5 Reinman Road, Warren, NJ 07060 USA (contact: Marcie Goldstein or Sheldon Hochheiser).

Papers of Solomon Jan Buchsbaum, 1929-1993. Physicist (plasma research), AT&T Bell Laboratories; served as advisor to five US presidents and their administrations. Papers closed for a minimum of 25 years; contact repository for information.

Papers of Calvin Souther Fuller, 1902-1994. Chemist, AT&T Bell Laboratories; co-inventor of the solar cell. Papers closed for a minimum of 25 years; contact repository for information.

Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections & Manuscripts. PO Box 26835, Provo, Utah 84602-6835, USA (contact: Dennis Rowley or Susan G. Thompson).

Papers of John Hale Gardner, 1922-. Physicist (magnetic resonance, plasma physics). Professor of physics, Brigham Young University (1958-). Not available until processed. 1940-1992. 45 boxes.

Papers of Wayne Brockbank Hales, 1893-1980. Physicist. Associate professor, then professor of physics, Brigham Young University (1930-). Not available until processed. 1900-1975. 4 cartons.

Papers of Philip J. Hart. Professor of physics and chemistry, Brigham Young University. Collection includes correspondence, notes, calculations, drafts of writings, and reprints of publications, an autobiography, personal journals, and materials relating to Hart's career as a research physicist and university professor. Some restrictions apply to the personal material. 14 document cases.

Interviews with Vern Oliver Knudsen, 1893-1974. Physicist (acoustics). Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles, 1959-. Collection consists of bound transcripts of interviews. Includes discussion of Knudsen's early life, research, work in various fields of acoustical physics, noise pollution, and administration. 1966-1969. 6 volumes.

California Institute of Technology, Institute Archives. 1201 East California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91125 USA (contact: Judith Goodstein or Shelley Erwin).

Addition to papers of William A. Fowler, 1911-1995. Physicist (nuclear physics, astrophysics). On the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology (1939-1982); Nobel Prize in physics (1983). Includes extensive technical files on nuclear reactions, some correspondence, and biographical material. 25 storage boxes.

Columbia University. Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Butler Library, 6th Floor, 535 West 114th St, New York, N.Y. 10027 USA (contact: Jean Ashton or Bernard R. Crystal).

Correspondence of Henry James Anderson, 1799-1875. Professor of mathematics and astronomy at Columbia College, 1825-1843; trustee of Columbia, and professor emeritus, 1866-1875. Carbon typescript copies of letters between Anderson and his wife, Fanny Da Ponte Anderson (d. 1844) and to and from other family members and friends, including Lorenzo Da Ponte. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the librarian. 1823-1900 (bulk 1823-1846). 0.5 lin. ft. (670 items).

Cornell University. Rare and Manuscript Collections. University Library. Carl A. Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853-5302, USA (contact: Elaine Engst).

Papers of Paul P. Ewald, 1888-1985. Scientist (crystallographer). Professor, University of Munich, Queen's University at Belfast, and the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Correspondence, photographs, technical reports and reprints, drafts of articles, manuscripts, and subject files pertaining to Ewald's career as a scientist working in the field of x-ray crystallography; also, personal and family papers and correspondence. Ca. 1920-1990. 9.5 cubic ft.

Iowa State University. Archives of Women in Science and Engineering. 403 Parks Library, Ames, Iowa 50011-2140, USA (contact: Tanya Zanish).

Records of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG). The AWG was officially founded in 1977 with approximately 50 members in the Bay area of San Francisco. The first chapter formed in 1979 when a group in Denver became associated with the San Francisco group. The Association, now headquartered at Menlo Park, Ca., aims to encourage the participation of women in the geosciences, to exchange technical, professional, and educational information, and to enhance the professional growth and advancement of women in the geosciences. The collection contains constitution and by-laws (1980-1985), committee records (1975-1993), meeting minutes, programs, and agendas (1977-1988), chapter records (1975-1995), correspondence, newsletters, financial records, articles and clippings, printed materials, photographs, slides, and posters. Subjects include career development for women in geophysics, organizations relating to women in science, and the ongoing operation of the Association for Women Geoscientists. 1975-1995. 16 lin. ft.

Library of Congress. Manuscripts Division. James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., USA (contact: Marvin Kranz).

Addition to papers of Glenn Theodore Seaborg, 1912-. Scientist (nuclear chemistry). Awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry (1951)); professor of chemistry at University of California, Berkeley (1971-); associate director Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1972-). Correspondence, reports, and administrative files relating to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the history of the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory, and teaching assignments at the University of California, Berkeley Chemistry Department. 1934-1978. 350 items.

New York University. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library. New York University Archives. New York, NY 10012, USA (contact: Nancy Cricco).

Papers of Harold Grad, 1923-1987. Physicist (plasma physics). Founder and director of the Magneto-fluid Dynamics Division of the Courant Institute, New York University (1956-ca. 1981). These materials are the first accession of a large collection. Included are articles, reports, papers, proposals, notes, subject files, and correspondence. Subjects include the Courant Institute and its Magneto-fluid Dynamics Division, the New York University Dept. of Mathematics, and the Atomic Energy Commission. 1950-1986. 26 lin. ft.

North Carolina State University. Archives. Box 7111, Raleigh, NC 27695-7111 USA (contact: Maurice Toler).

Papers of Llewellyn Hilleth Thomas, 1903-1992. Physicist (atomic physics, nuclear, atomic and molecular structure, astrophysics). On the physics faculty at Ohio State University (1929-1943, 1945-1946); physicist and ballistician, Ballistic Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD (1943-1945); on the physics faculty at Columbia University from 1950, member of senior staff of Watson Scientific Computing Laboratory established by IBM at Columbia; professor at North Carolina State University from 1968. Thomas is best remembered for his work on atomic physics, particularly the development of the statistical model of the atom; concurrently developed by Enrico Fermi, the model is known as the Thomas-Fermi model. Includes research and lecture notes, class notes, personal papers, research papers (published and unpublished), some correspondence, documentation of consulting work, drafts of supervised student theses and dissertations, course outlines, examinations, memorandums, laboratory notes, symposiums, and miscellaneous papers. The bulk of this collection documents Thomas' academic teaching career, consisting of holograph and typed notes, most undated, on research for Thomas' physics lectures; also his student notes (2 boxes), taken at Cambridge University (England) physics lectures, 1921-1925, given by Bromwich, Eddington, Fowler, Littlewood, Pollard, and Ramsay, among others; published work (research published in journals), 1929-1982 (1 box); consulting for IBM and Timken Steel and Tube Company; symposia, 1980-1985 (3 folders); personal papers (1 folder): professional diplomas and certificates as well as Lewis/Thomas family genealogy; and biographical information (1 folder). 1925-1983. 32 boxes.

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History. Archives Center. 12th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20560, USA (contact: Robert S. Harding).

Bubble chamber records from Brookhaven National Laboratory. Films, audio tapes, and documentary material (log book, operations manual, user package) all relating to the construction and operation of Brookhaven's 80-inch bubble chamber.

National Museum of American History (U.S.). Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Material documenting the "Tantalus" Synchrotron Radiation Source. The Center's mission is to document, interpret, and disseminate information about inventions and innovation ( see article entitled "New Center for Study of Innovation at the Smithsonian").

Radcliffe College. Schlesinger Library. Cambridge, MA 02138, USA (contact: Eva Moseley).

Papers of Dinah L. Moché, 1936-. Physicist. A graduate of Radcliffe College (1958) and Columbia University (Ph.D. 1976); Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York, 1965-. The only woman ever to be a member of the QCC physics department, Moché filed a sex discrimination suit against QCC/CUNY in 1976; the New York State Division of Human Rights found "probable cause." She continued her struggle for equal treatment during the 1980s and 1990s. Moché is the author of over 20 books and lectures widely to lay audiences. She was a National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow (1976) and was invited to the White House for a conference on America's Future in Space (1984). Collection includes legal documents and other material supporting her sex discrimination case. Closed until processed. 1976-1990 (inclusive). 4 lin. ft.

Syracuse University. University Archives and Records Management. 611 Bird Library, Syracuse, NY 13244-2010, USA (contact: Amy S. Doherty).

Papers of Fritz Rohrlich, 1921-. Physicist (quantum field theory, quantum electrodynamics). On the physics faculty of the University of Iowa (1953-1963) and Syracuse University (1963-1991). Includes letter files (1960-1991), references (1972-1991), scientific publications (1948-1994), lectures and lecture notes, manuscripts, correspondence, research proposals, research notes and records (some concerning spectroscopy), referee files for scientific journals, and glass slides. 1948-1994. 20 boxes.

University of California at Santa Cruz. Mary Lea Shane Archives of the Lick Observatory. University Library, Rm. 359, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, USA (contact: Dorothy Schaumberg).

Papers of Donald E. Osterbrock, 1924-. Astronomer. Professor of astronomy and astrophysics emeritus, and former director of the Lick Observatory. Material may not be used by researchers without Donald Osterbrock's written permission during his lifetime.

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 Carl Henry Eckart, 1902-1973. Physicist and oceanographer (quantum mechanics, atomic physics, underwater acoustics, geophysical hydrodynamics). Professor of geophysics, University of California, San Diego (UCSD); first director of the UCSD Marine Physical Laboratory; director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography (1948-1950). This collection consists of two components, Eckart's "reprint" collection and manuscripts for his last book, Our Modern Idol. The "reprint" collection actually includes reprints, preprints, manuscripts of publications sent to Eckart for comment, mimeographed notes of seminars, lecture notes and other notes made or received by Eckart, photographs, negatives, slides and a few reports of sponsored research. The collection includes correspondence, but this consists almost entirely of letters of transmittal. It also includes a few course descriptions including courses in physical oceanography offered at the Scripps Institutioin of Oceanography and notes on early courses offered at the UCSD Dept. of Physics.

Papers of Jerome Namias, 1910-. Meteorologist. Personal papers including correspondence, manuscripts of scientific papers, subject files, travel files, data, photographs and other material. Additions received in 1995 include correspondence dated 1988-1994, subject files on weather forecasts, awards and commendations, film entitled, "Long Range Weather Forecasts". 1932-1994. 58.2 lin. ft.

Papers of George G. Shor, 1923-. Geophysicist. Correspondence 1952-1983, teaching files, records of geophysics refraction and reflection studies, 1954-1981, ship files, committee files, project/proposal/expedition files. 1952-1983. 14 record center cartons.

Addition to papers of Russell Watson Raitt, 1907-1995. Geophysicist. Student notes, teaching files, manuscripts of papers, travel files. Collection also includes papers of his wife, author Helen Hill Raitt. 7 Cartons (7 cubic ft.).

University of California, San Diego. University Library. Mandeville Department of Special Collections. 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, Ca 92093 USA (contact: Lynda Claasen).

Records of Keith Allan Brueckner, 1924-. Professor of physics and administrator at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Brueckner came to UCSD in 1959. He served as the first chairman of the Dept. of Physics (1959-1961), dean of the School of Science and Engineering (later called First College and Revelle College), dean of Letters and Sciences (1963-1965), first dean of Graduate Studies (1965), and director of the Institute for Radiation Physics and Aerodynamics, later called the Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences (1965-1970). The records contain a mixture of materials generated through Brueckner's offices, including administrative correspondence, memoranda, and subject files. Most materials date from 1963-1967 and document the early growth and development of UCSD, including important items on academic planning, physical planning, and academic administration. 1959-1970. 7.2 lin. ft.

Nuclear Issues Archive. The materials in the Nuclear Issues Archive were collected, starting in 1979, from a variety of sources, including individuals and organizations involved in the movement opposed to the construction and operation of nuclear power generating facilities, especially in California. The bulk of the collection, dating from the late 1970s and early 1980s, consists of materials collected by August S. "Bill" Carstens (1904-1988) concerning opposition to the licensing of Units 2 and 3 of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Diego County, and materials dealing with the attempt to construct the Sundesert nuclear power plant. Also included are materials relating to the anti-nuclear group Mothers for Peace and the group's fight against the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Included are transcripts of hearings before various state and Federal regulatory commissions, along with supporting documents; transcripts of court actions; environmental impact reports; miscellaneous reports relating to nuclear power; and copies of correspondence. The collection also includes materials generated by anti-nuclear activists Peter Carr and David Piper in the years 1979-1981. 1958-1994. 62 lin. ft.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. University Archives. Room 19, Library, 1408 West Gregory Drive, USA (contact: Maynard Brichford).

Papers of Edward C. Jordan, 1910-1991. Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (1954-1989) and department head (1954-1979). Collection includes correspondence (1935-1991), biographical material (1971-1979), subject files (1936-1991), course materials (1934-1984), college and department files (1945-1991), research files (1937-1992), photographs, talks (1956-1984), publications (1935-1989) about acoustics, antennas, the antenna laboratory, Chinese research laboratories (1980), material about electromagnetic waves, William L. Everitt, microwaves, PLATO, radio broadcasting, radio direction finding (1947-1966), radio waves, U.S. Defense Department and Air Force research, Tizi Ouzou University, Algeria (1980-1981), Tykociner lectures (1969-1991), and YMCA (1976-1982). 1934-1991. 18.0 lin. ft.

Papers of Floyd Rowe Watson, 1872-1974. Professor of physics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (1904-1940). Collection includes photographs, publications (1901-1944), laboratory notebooks (1927-1943), Urbana Methodist church photographs and publications (1905-1940), and a file on an Acoustical Society Watson Tribute Session (1975-1976). Also includes appointment letters, book contracts, membership and war service certificates, Sabine award booklet (1959) and publications on acoustics, viscosity of liquids, and sound absorption. 1900-1976. 2 boxes.

University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library. 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113, USA (contact: Kenneth P. Scheffel).

Papers of W. L. Williams, 1937-1986. Physicist (astrophysics, atomic physics). On the physics faculty of University of Michigan from 1965. Collection contains: biographical material (1986-1988) including memorial pieces by former colleagues; material documenting Williams' research (1967-1986) including the Muon g-2 experiment group; course materials such as notebooks, exams, and problem sets (1962-1984) from 19 years of teaching physics (paticularly atomic physics&$41; at the University of Michigan and from Williams' graduate studies at Yale University; and topical material documenting Williams' involvement in conferences, the international physics community, and applications of physics research. 1962-1986 (bulk 1967-1986). 2 lin. ft.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Manuscripts Department. CB# 3926, Wilson Library, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890, USA (contact: Michael G. Martin, Jr.).

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 was changed to Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. Mainly files relating 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. Included are two 1883 letters from the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey concerning delivery to the University of a set of standard weights and measures. 1883-1989 (bulk 1938-1989). 3.0 lin. ft.

Records of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Materials Research Center. While the Materials Research Center was established in 1965, its program began in 1961 with a grant to the University from the U.S. Dept. of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) for basic research in the materials sciences. Correspondence and other files relating to the administration of, and programs conducted by, the Materials Research Center, including annual reports, executive committee minutes, grant applications, and correspondence with funding agencies. 1961-1979. 3.0 lin. ft.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Library. Special Collections. Archival Center for Radiation Studies. Knoxville, TN 37996, USA (contact: James B. Lloyd).

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission's Hiroshima-Nagasaki (radiation research) Collection (on microfilm). Material relating to atomic bomb damage at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including the physical damage and radiation effects on the human body. 1945. 6 lin. ft. (19 reels of microfilm).


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