AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXX, No. 2, Fall 1998

 

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

Compiled by Caroline Moseley

This is our regular survey of archives and other repositories giving information on materials of interest to historians and others. Many of these are new deposits not yet processed, but we also include collections that were accessioned years ago but not previously reported here. Some have restricted access. Please contact the repository for further information.

All material in this column, as well as additional information for which there was not space here, is included in the AIP Center's International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences, accessible on our World Wide Web site found at /history and click on "International Catalog of Sources."

Université Laval. Bureau du Secrétaire Général. Division des archives. Cité universitaire, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4 (Contact: Guy Dinel)

Papers of Jean-Denis Carette, 1931-1983. Physicist (mass spectrometry, electronic optics). Doctorate at Université Laval, under supervision of Larkin Kerwin, 1966. Full professor at Laval from 1973 when he was also appointed director of the Centre de Recherches sur Les Atomes et Les Molécules de l'Université Laval. Initially his research focused on the field of mass spectrometry, but it evolved to embrace, among other subjects, electronic optics and the study of surfaces by electronic bombardment. Papers include notes for the courses Carette taught at Laval; files concerning his publications, oral presentations, patents, and international cooperation (mainly Franco-Canadian) in nuclear physics; his masters and doctoral theses and documents concerning theses he directed; grant submissions; correspondence, minutes, annual reports, and other documents relating to learned societies, professional associations, research centers, and scientific bodies and installations with which he was involved, such as the astronomical observatory at Mont-Mégantic, the astrophysics and atomic and nuclear physics laboratories at Universit‚ Laval, and the National Research Council in Ottowa. These papers document the education of physicists at Laval from the 1950s to the 1980s and the teaching, research, administrative, and professional activities of a university professor of physics from the 1960s to the beginning of the 1980s. Unprocessed. 1955-1984. 15.9 lin. ft.

Papers of Larkin Kerwin, 1924-. Physicist (atomic and molecular physics). Completed doctorate in physics at Université Laval in 1949. Full professor at Laval from 1956; also successively director of the Research Laboratory on Mass Spectrometry, director of the Dept. of Physics, director of the Van de Graaff Accelerator, assistant dean of the Faculty of Sciences, assistant rector for Teaching and Research, and, from 1972 to 1977, rector of the University. Held presidency or other executive positions in numerous organizations including the Canadian Association of Physicists, the National Research Council of Canada, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and the Canadian Space Agency. Papers include correspondence, manuscripts of scientific papers and speeches, and files relating to Kerwin's activities in numerous organizations, notably the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Royal Society of Canada, the National Research Council of Canada, the California Institute of Technology, the Davy Faraday Research laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, and the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. These papers document Kerwin's contribution to the organizational and associational development of the physics community as well as Kerwin's contribution to science policy and understanding of science by the general population. Unprocessed. 1934-1991. 11.4 lin. ft.

Niels Bohr Archive. Blegdamsvej 17, DK-2100 Copenhagen O, Denmark (Contact: Finn Aaserud)

Papers of Aage Bohr, 1922-. Took over leadership of the Copenhagen Institute for Theoretical Physics on Niels Bohr's death. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1975 with Ben Mottelson and James Rainwater, for their contribution to the theory of the collective properties of atomic nuclei. Papers document Aage Bohr's personal research as well as the development of the Niels Bohr Institute, a world center of nuclear physics as well as other areas of theoretical physics. The correspondence, which comprises the bulk of the papers, was divided by Aage Bohr into five-year periods, each alphabetically arranged. Beginning in 1969, there is a separate chronological series of out-going letters. The alphabetical series, which comprises in-coming as well as out-going letters, covers the period until 1980; the chronological series goes through 1984. Unprocessed. 70 boxes.

Records of Fysisk Forening (Danish Physical Association). Fysisk Forening was founded in 1908. The association organizes lectures about developments in physics. It became part of Dansk Fysisk Selskab (Danish Physical Society) in 1972. Includes membership, accounts etc., of the Danish Physical Association (the collection is incomplete). 1910-1980. 1 box.

Papers of Allan Mackintosh, 1936-1995. Educated at the University of Cambridge, England; spent career as a mature scientist in Denmark, where he introduced modern solid state physics as a full-fledged field of research. As a researcher he made important contributions, particularly to the understanding of the electrical and magnetic properties of the rare earths. He was also instrumental in promoting European cooperation in physics, and as director of the Danish Atomic Energy Research Establishment from 1971 to 1976, he was a major force in Danish science policy and a prolific contributor to the public debate about nuclear power. Papers cover all aspects of Mackintosh's career. Unprocessed. 40 boxes.

Records of Parentesen (physics students association). A physics "club" at the physics faculty of the University of Copenhagen founded in 1911. Songs, photographs. 1938-1963. 1 box.

Records of Selskabet for Naturaereens Udbredelse. This Danish society was founded by Hans Christian Orsted in 1824 for the purpose of "spreading knowledge about experimental science, the mechanical part as well as the chemical part". The society now organizes lectures in physics and chemistry and publishes the Danish scientific journal Kvant, 1990- (formerly, Fysisk Tideskrift, 1902-1989). The society also gives a prize, the Orsted Medal (founded 1908), awarded to prominent Danish scientists. The collection includes committee meeting agendas, correspondence files, correspondence, minutes, accounts, list of members, transcriptions of lectures, research reports, publications for SNU. Topics include: H. C. Orsted's Centennial Foundation, Kirstine Meyer's Memorial Foundation, H. C. Orsted Committee, Fysisk Tidsskrift, Ungdomslaboratoriet. 1824-1988. 66 boxes.

National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists, University of Bath. Claverton Down, BA2 7AY, England. (Temporary location during cataloging -- collections will be deposited in appropriate archives when processing complete).

Papers of Abdus Salam, 1926-1996. Founded the Department of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, professor from 1957-1993. Founded International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) at Trieste in 1964; directed Centre until 1994 when he became president. The archive documents his career in science including his own undergraduate notes at Cambridge, notes of his own teaching at Cambridge and Imperial College, notes and drafts for his lectures and papers and an extended sequence of research notebooks. Records of the Director's Office at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics are substantial and include its establishment and early history, Salam's personal career there and his role in the general administration of ICTP and especially its international relations and the Office of External Activities. Also of great interest are the records of his leading role in Third World scientific organizations, his continuing connections with institutions and scientists in Pakistan and his interest in the relations between science and Islam. Addition to papers of Joseph John Thomson, 1856-1940. Physicist (cathode rays, atomic structure, electrons) and administrator. On the faculty at University of Cambridge, 1884-1940; director, Cavendish Laboratory, 1884-1918; and on the natural philosophy faculty at the Royal Institution of Great Britain,1905-1918. Correspondence received by Lady Thomson from the 1890s onwards. There is also biographical material relating to Thomson himself including press-cuttings and letters of congratulation on the award of the Nobel Prize (1906) and the appointment to the Order of Merit (1912), a little lecture material and a few scientific manuscripts.

University of Birmingham. Library. University Archives. Birmingham, England UK

Papers of Michael Warwick Thompson, 1931-. Educated at Rydal School and the University of Liverpool where in 1953 he was awarded a first class honor degree in physics. He then became a research scientist at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Berkshire and remained there until 1965, conducting research into atomic collision phenomena in solids. Thompson was professor of experimental physics at the University of Sussex, Brighton from 1965 to 1980 (visiting professor of experimental physics from 1980-1986) and served as pro-vice-chancellor from 1973 to 1977. In 1980 Thompson was appointed vice-chancellor of the University of East Anglia, Norwich. In 1987 he moved to the University of Birmingham as vice-chancellor and principle, retiring in 1996. Thompson was knighted in 1991. The bulk of the material relates to Thompson's research and consists of notebooks, research papers and reports covering the period 1954-1986. The notebooks (1957-1986) consist of rough notes on research carried out at AERE Harwell and the University of Sussex. There are also three notebooks of experimental results kept while Thomson was visiting Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Ontario in 1968. The research papers cover a similar period and were generally categorized by Thompson as either theoretical or experimental. The reports (1957-1969) are United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority Reports and relate to work carried out at AERE, Harwell. There is publications material (1949-1991) including significant documentation of Thompson's 1969 book Defects and Radiation Damage in Metals and documentation of his 1985 lecture "Violence and disorder in solid state". There is also a set of Thompson's off-prints. Thompson's period at the University of Sussex is represented by administrative and teaching material (1973-1980). 1949-1991.

Rijksarchief in Noord-Holland te Haarlem. Kleine Houtweg 18, Haarlem, Netherlands (Contact: R.C. Hol)

Papers of Evert Willem Beth, 1908-1964. Philosopher, logician, and mathematician. The Beth papers consist of series of general correspondence, series of correspondence with specific institutions and specific categories of people, case files, loose documents and collected documents. Two parallel series of general correspondence can be distinguished. Both were kept in loose-leaf notebooks. One was probably set up for short-term correspodences (c. 700 correspondents), the other for exchanges which were expected to run over a longer period (30 correspondents).The contents of the series include a mixture of scientific and professional letters. Beth also compiled files relating to certain subjects, activities and functions. Subjects include his academic education (mathematics, physics, psychology, philosophy and law); public life (curricula vitae); and professorship and teaching. An extensive group of files and documents relate to Beth's publications, lectures, and other manuscripts. 1920-1964, 1980.

California Institute of Technology. Institute Archives. 1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA (Contact: Judith Goodstein)

Records of California Institute of Technology. Kresge Seismology Laboratory. Correspondence files. 1930s-1950s. 2 lin. ft.

Joseph Foladare collection. Technical reports, monographs, and memoranda relating to the Caltech Rocket Project (1942-1946). 1942-1946. 1.5 lin. ft.

Papers of Robert Walker. Supplementary material consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, reports and miscellaneous documents relating to high energy physics at Caltech, Fermilab accelerator, and committee and advisory work. 2 lin. ft

Papers of Helen Wright, 1914-. Papers relating to Wright's biography of the astronomer George Ellery Hall, Explorer of the Universe, 1966. 13 lin. ft.

Harvard University Archives. Pusey Library. Cambridge, MA 02138, USA (Contact: Robin McElheny)

Papers of Anthony G. Oettinger, 1929-. On the Harvard faculty in applied mathematics from 1954, and from 1974 professor of information resources policy. Oettinger directed the Harvard Computation Laboratory in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a pioneer in the field of computer science and computer engineering making important contributions, especially in the areas of intelligent machines and machine translation of human languages. He consulted extensively for industry and government. The collection includes correspondence (ca. 1952- ca.1973); manuscripts and other papers relating to published works (ca. 1957-ca. 1966); National Academy of Sciences Computer Science and Engineering Board Papers (1967-1973); and course materials (1955-1964) and (1970-1972). 1955-1973. 9.75 cu. ft.

Princeton University. Firestone Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections. One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA. (Contact: Don Skemer)

Addition to papers Lyman Spitzer, 1914-1997. Princeton professor of astronomy, 1947-1982, chairman of the Dept. of Astrophysical Sciences, and director of the Princeton University Observatory, Spitzer was also primarily responsible for founding the University's Plasma Physics Laboratory. 1970s-1990s. 10 lin. ft.

Los Alamos National Laboratory. Archives. Mail Stop C322, Los Alamos, NM, USA (Contact: Roger Meade)

Additions to papers of Nicholas Metropolis, 1915-. Physicist (applied mathematics, theoretical physics). Member of staff (research and group leader) at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1943-1946, 1948-1957, and emeritus senior fellow Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1985-; professor of physics at University of Chicago and Enrico Fermi Institute Nuclear Studies, 1957-1965, director of Institute for Computer Research, 1958-1965, member of staff, 1965-1980. Office files reflecting much of Metropolis's career at Los Alamos. Includes substantial material relating to computing, particularly the development of computing, at Los Alamos. Ca. 50 cu. ft.

Papers of J. Carson Mark, 1913-1997. Physicist. Head of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1947-1973; retired in 1973 but remained at Los Alamos as a consultant. Collection comprises material that Mark kept and used in retirement. The files document Mark's concern about nuclear proliferation, his tenure on the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safety, and the history of Los Alamos. Ca. 15 cu. ft.

Papers of Stanislaw M. Ulam, 1901-1984. Mathematician (mathematical physics). From member of staff to research advisor, Los Alamo Scientific Laboratory, 1943-1965; professor of mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1965-1976. Small collection of files, primarily manuscripts and letters, that Ulam kept in retirement. Ca. 0.33 cu. ft.

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. University Archives. Room 19, Library, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA (Contact: William Maher)

Papers of H. Gene Slottow, 1921-. Professor of electrical engineering, 1968-1986, and engineer with the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory and the Computer-Based Education Research Laboratory, 1968-1986. Contains notes, drafts, publications, reports, correspondence with Fujitsu Limited (1968-1978), calculations, patents, and photographs concerning the Plasma Delay Line, the development of the Plasma Display Panel with Robert Wilson and Donald Bitzer, PLATO, and electrical engineering department instructional material. 9.0 lin. ft.

University of Notre Dame. Archives. 607 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA (Contact: Wendy Clauson Schlereth)

Papers of John Anthony Poirier, 1932-. Professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame, 1961-. Notes and reports dealing with quantum mechanics, nuclear theory, and electronic circuits, photocopied journal articles, drafts of writings, and a dissertation on threshold enhancement by James J. Phelan. 1971-1974. 12 reels microfilm.

Records of University of Notre Dame. Radiation Laboratory. The laboratory was established in 1946 to study the effects of high energy radiation through the work of faculty members, research chemists, and doctoral and postdoctoral students. Collection includes research notes, logs, and reports; correspondence, personnel records, budget material, and other administrative records; documents relating to scientific meetings and conferences; photographs; and reprints of articles. The collection also includes some personal papers of Milton Burton, Notre Dame chemistry professor and director of the radiation laboratory from its inception in 1946 until his retirement in 1971. Burton's papers include correspondence, research records, lectures, and documents relating to his travels and participation in scientific meetings. Because of his close association with the laboratory, it is difficult to clearly separate Burton's personal papers from the laboratory's records. 1946-ca.1966. 44 lin. ft.; 2.5 lin. inches of photographs.


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