AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXVII, No. 1, Spring 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 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.

We continue to develop our indexes of these and many additional materials that have turned up in our past surveys. We will gladly check our database for information on any particular scientist, institution or topic, or by the location of the archives. Please direct inquiries to the Niels Bohr Library by mail, fax, phone or e-mail.

Australian Academy of Science. Basser Library. GPO Box 783, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia (contact: Rosanne Clayton).

Papers of David Rivett, 1885-1961. Papers document Rivett's experience in both world wars, including his work with the British Ministry of Munitions during the World War I and his work as Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) during World War II.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften. Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. Boltzmannstrasse 14, Berlin 33 Dahlem, Germany (contact: Marion Kazemi).

Papers of Rolf Hosemann, 1912-1994. Physicist (para crystal research) at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 1952-1980. The papers include correspondence, manuscripts, writings, and photographs. Available for use in 2024. Ca. 6 meters.

Addition to the Max Planck (1858-1947) Collection. Lecture notes (25) from Max Planck's study and 280 items from his library including his own writings and publications on physics and philosophy.

Papers of Marie-Luise Rehder, 1916-1988. Secretary of the president of the Max-Planck-Society, Otto Hahn (president 1946-1968). Correspondence with scientists, mostly of the Max-Planck-Society, but also with Max Born and Walter Gerlach; correspondence with Otto Hahn, transcriptions of his diaries (1945-1946) and his correspondence with Lise Meitner (1938-1966). Collection available for use in 2018. Ca. 1938-1966.

Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences). Centrum för Vetenskapshistoria. Stockholm, Sweden (contact: Julia Lindkvist).

Papers of Bertil Lindblads, 1895-1965. Professor of astronomy at the Observatory in Stockholm. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and president of the International Astronomical Union. Correspondence with Swedish scientists and with foreign scientists, especially from England, the Netherlands, and the USA. Collection also includes files with scientific notes and manuscripts. 5 meters.

Papers of Yngve Öhman, 1903-1988. Professor of astrophysics, responsible for the observatory at Anarcapri, Capri, Italy. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Correspondence, files with scientific notes, and manuscripts. 3 meters.

Papers of Ivar Waller, 1898-1991. Professor of theoretical physics at the University of Uppsala. Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Correspondence, manuscripts for lectures, drafts, notebooks, photographs, and expert committee reports. Scandinavian correspondents include: Hannes Alvén, V. Bjerknes, Niels Bohr, P. O. Liöwdin, Christian Moller, Svein Rosseland. Other notables included are: Felix Bloch, Max Born, Arthur Compton, Karl Darrow, C. G. Darwin, P. A. M. Dirac, Albert Einstein, P. P. Ewald, Enrico Fermi, James Franck, Werner Heisenberg, Pascual Jordan, Hendrik A. Kramers, Max von Laue, E. O. Lawrence, Lise Meitner, N. F. Mott, Y. Nishina, Wolfgang Pauli, R. Peierls, Abdus Salaam, John C. Slater, J. H. van Vleck, Gregor Wentzel, and H. Yukawa. The correspondence between Wallar and his Swedish colleagues is quite extensive as is correspondence with W. Lawrence Bragg, R. W. James, and Douglas Hartree. 6 meters.

Bodleian Library. Department of Western Manuscripts. Oxford, England, UK (contact: Archivist).

Papers of Dorothy Mary Crawfoot Hodgkin, 1910-1994. Hodgkin was educated at Oxford, and apart from two years research at Cambridge University remained there for the rest of her career. She combined teaching chemistry at Somerville College with research at the highest level. She was University Reader in x-ray crystallography in 1956 and from 1960 to her retirement in 1977. A Fellow of the Royal Society, Hodgkin was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964 for her determinations by x-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances. The papers provide a very full record of her career, research and wider professional and public responsibilities. Biographical material includes records of Hodgkin's career, honors and awards, 1928-1990, later family and personal correspondence and drafts of an unfinished autobiography. Research material, by far the largest component in the collection, comprises extensive documentation on insulin, penicillin and vitamin B12 from about 1928 to 1988. Contents include correspondence, drafts for reports and publications, notebooks, notes and data. Many of her collaborators are represented by correspondence, drafts, notes and data. There is some documentation of Hodgkin's Oxford University career including teaching, the funding and administration of her research, and the provision of equipment and supplies including the use of computer facilities. There are chronological sequences of material relating to Hodgkin's scientific publications and public lectures and substantial assemblages of material relating to her Royal Society memoirs of J.D. Bernal and Kathleen Lonsdale. There is documentation of Hodgkin's involvement with 16 British and international societies and organizations including the Institute of Physics, the International Union of Crystallography and the Royal Society. Her major commitments to Bristol University, where she was Chancellor for nearly twenty years, and to the International Union, which she served as President, are particularly well documented. There is a chronological sequence of material relating to Hodgkin's scientific visits and conferences, 1936-1993, mostly post-1964. There is evidence for example of her interest in scientific contacts with the USSR and China during the Cold War and of visa difficulties in visiting the USA. There is also documentation of the wide range of peace and humanitarian causes with which Hodgkin was involved, including the Pugwash movement, Palestine, Russian dissidents and Scientists Against Nuclear Arms (SANA). There is an extensive scientific correspondence including J.D. Bernal, W.L. Bragg, P.P. Ewald, I. Fankuchen, Kathleen Lonsdale, Linus Pauling, M.F. Perutz, and Dorothy Wrinch, and with many younger scientists, particularly women, who researched in her laboratory. The collection also includes photographs, photographic slides and sound recordings.

Guildhall Library. Archives of Trinity House. London, England, UK.

Papers of Michael Faraday, 1791-1867. Physicist and chemist. At the Royal Institution as superintendent (1821-1825), director of the laboratory (1825-1833), and professor of chemistry from 1833. Scientific Advisor to Trinity House in experiments on light, 1836-1865. Collection includes letters between Faraday and the Corporation of Trinity House and Faraday's files on the work he did for the Corporation. These files include Faraday's notes of experiments and diaries of work he did at lighthouses (such as the development of a new chimney for lamps and the introduction of electricity as the power source for lighthouses). Ca. 500 letters and 2 bound volumes.

Hertfordshire County Council. County Record Office. County Hall, Hertford, SG13 8DE, England, UK (contact: Kathryn M. Thompson).

Correspondence of Alessandro Volta, 1745-1827. Thirteen letters from Volta to the 3rd Earl Cowper, one draft letter from Earl Cowper to Volta. 1778-1787. 14 letters.

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

Addition to papers of Harry Bateman, 1882-1946. Mathematical physicist. Lecture notes by E. Pinney for courses taught by Bateman. 1938-1942. 1 ln. ft.

Addition to papers of Max Delbrück, 1906-1981. Volume of speeches given at the opening of the Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, 1992; material on the Einstein-Delbrück interaction, typescript and printed matter. 1992. 0.5 ln. ft.

Addition to papers of William Alfred Fowler, 1911-1995. Physicist (nuclear physics, astrophysics). On the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology (1939-1982); Nobel Prize in physics (1983). Papers include 1 box of World War II material; more recent files include data on nuclear reactions, films of cloud chamber events, and correspondence. 21 storage boxes.

Addition to papers of Alexander Goetz, 1897-1970. Professor of physics, California Institute of Technology (low temperature and applied physics). Material on water filtration and food dehydration, World War II era; miscellaneous personal papers. 0.5 ln. ft.

Addition to papers of Marvin Leonard Goldberger, 1922-. Physicist and president of California Institute of Technology (1978-1987). Correspondence 1983-1986. Additions also include speeches and miscellaneous papers. 7.5 ln. ft.

Addition to papers of Henry Victor Neher, 1904-. Cosmic ray physicist; professor of physics at California Institute of Technology. Copy of his "Memories," written 1993-94.

Papers of Jan L. A. Van de Snepscheut, 1953-1994. Dutch-born computer scientist. Includes correspondence with important figures in the development of computing, such as Edsger Dijkstra, David Gries, Tony Hoare, and Charles Deitz. Also includes manuscripts of talks and papers, course material, and computer programs. Correspondence sealed until May, 2004. Ca. 5 ln. ft.

Addition to papers of Theodore Von Kármán, 1881-1963. Aerodynamicist, science advisor, and first director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at Caltech. Small amount of correspondence, plus nine boxes of photos and memorabilia.

Addition to papers of Oliver Reynolds Wulf, 1897-1987. Emeritus senior research associate (physical chemist), California Institute of Technology; meteorologist. Personal papers, diplomas, and awards. 0.5 ln. ft.

Carnegie Mellon University. University Libraries. Special Collections. University Archives. 4825 Frew Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890, USA (contact: Gabrielle Michalek).

Papers of Clarence Melvin Zener, 1905-1993. Field notebooks, reprints, abstracts, and information on the research and development of the FOAM OTEC SYSTEM. The collection also includes twelve approved United States Patent applications and three reports from the Westinghouse Electric Corporation Research Labs. 1976-1993. 2 cubic ft.

Dudley Observatory. Archives. 69 Union Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12308, USA. The Dudley Observatory Archives are open for research by appointment only. All queries should be directed to the Chairman of the Archives and History Committee of the Dudley Observatory Board of Trustees.

Papers of Sebastian Albrecht, b. 1876. American Astrophysicist (solar and stellar spectra and wave-lengths). B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1900; University of California, Ph.D., 1906. Employed at Dudley Observatory, 1913-1937. Chairman, Committee on Standards of Wave-Length and Tables of the Solar Spectrum of the American Section of the International Astronomical Union, 1925; Secretary of the American Astronomical Society, 1930. Includes correspondence, 1920-1936; reports to the director, 1916-1917, 1919-1935; notebooks; bibliography; manuscripts; observational data, ca. 1925-ca. 1937, and miscellaneous materials. 1903-1937. 1 ln. foot (2 boxes and 1 oversized folder).

Records of the Astronomical Journal. The Astronomical Journal, the first technical astronomical periodical in the United States, was established by Benjamin A. Gould in 1849. After Gould's death in 1896, his long-time associate Seth C. Chandler took over the editorship; in 1909 Lewis Boss became editor and the Dudley Observatory became the publisher. After Boss's death in 1912 his son Benjamin Boss became editor, holding this position until 1941, when he arranged for the transfer of responsibility for the Astronomical Journal to the American Astronomical Society. Includes editorial correspondence, 1897-1915; subscriber correspondence, 1903-1915; correspondence with agencies, 1903-1915; correspondence with Thomas P. Nichols, Printer, 1901-1913; mailing lists, 1897, 1899, 1903, 1908-1909; manuscripts, ca. 1900-1941 (with ledger of articles received beginning with vol. 37), stock journal, subscription records, 1913-1933; memorandum on transfer of ownership, 1909; proofs, 1907-1941; and various financial records. 1897-1941. 5 ln. feet (12 boxes).

Papers of Benjamin Boss, 1880-1970. American astronomer (determination of star positions and motions). A.B. Harvard University, 1901. Assistant, Dudley Observatory, 1901-1905; U. S. Naval Observatory, Washington, D.C., 1905-1906; U.S. Naval Observatory, Tatuila, Samoa, 1906-1908; Secretary, Department of Meridian Astronomy, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C., 1908-1912; Acting Director, 1912-1915; Acting Director, Dudley Observatory, 1912-1915; Director, Department of Meridian Astrometry, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C., 1915-1939; director, Dudley Observatory, 1912-1956. Editor, ~stronomical Journal, from 1912 until 1941 when he turned it over to the American Astronomical Society. Includes correspondence, 1905-1908; observational data (journals): Samoa, 1906-1910; Meridian Observations, 1906-1907; Instrument Constants, 1906; one ledger: American Astronomical Society, Treasurer's Records, 1915-1927; and a manuscript autobiography, 1949. 1910-1949 (bulk 1905-1907). 2.25 ln. feet (4 boxes).

Papers of Seth Carlo Chandler, 1846-1913. American astronomer. Boston English High School; L.L.D., DePauw University, 1891. After attending high school, he became a personal astronomical assistant, 1863-1869, to Benjamin A. Gould; from 1870 to 1885 he worked as a life insurance actuary. Between 1880 and 1885 he also continued his astronomical studies at Harvard College Observatory. Between 1886 and 1904, Chandler conducted private astronomical investigations in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1896 to 1912, he was editor of the ~stronomical Journal. His research advanced the knowledge of the earth's precession, variable stars and comets. Includes correspondence, manuscripts and observational data. 1.66 ln. feet (4 boxes).

Papers of Benjamin Apthorp Gould, 1824-1896. American astronomer. Graduated Harvard, 1844; University of Göttingen (Germany), 1848. In 1849 he founded and became the first editor of the Astronomical Journal. In 1855 he became director of the Dudley Observatory. A public controversy arose when he disagreed with the Scientific Council and Trustees of the Observatory as to management of the facility. He was terminated as director in 1859. In 1870 he commissioned the establishment of the National Observatory at Cordoba, Argentina, where he conducted studies and observations (1879-1896). Upon his return from Argentina Gould restablished the Astronomical Journal (suspended since 1861) with the assistance of Seth A. Chandler. Includes copybooks, journals, observational data, and manuscripts. 3.5 ln. feet (8 boxes).

George Washington University. Department of Special Collections. University Archives. 2130 H Street, NW, Washington DC, USA (contact: David Anderson).

Papers of George Gamow, 1904-1968. Gamow was on the physics faculty at George Washington University from 1934 to 1956. Includes original typescripts for Creation of the Universe, Origin and Evolution of the Universe, and other publications; also includes a clippings file regarding Gamow. 2 boxes.

Harvard University Archives. Pusey Library. Cambridge, MA, USA (contact: Clark A. Elliot).

Papers of Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1920-. Member of applied physics and physics faculties from 1951; Gerhardt Gade University Professor, Emeritus, and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the development of laser spectroscopy. Includes general correspondence (chiefly 1963-1992), lecture notes and curricular material, papers relating to the American Physical Society, Directed Energy Weapons, and to patents, the Nobel and other prizes, and other topics. Collection is unprocessed and currently unavailable for research. Ca. 1940-1992. 23 cu. ft.

Addition to records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator. Includes correspondence, publications, notes and diagrams, photographs and motion picture film, and other items relating to beginnings and termination of the facility, the Bypass On Line Detector (BOLD), research, personnel, construction, and apparatus. Personnel records restricted. 1954-1988 (bulk 1954-1974). 6.7 cu. ft.

Records of Harvard University, World War II contract research and training. General administrative and contract records. These records were maintained by the University central offices administering contracts (especially the University Treasurer) and by individual laboratories or investigators; they were gathered at the end of hostilities by the University's War Archives Office. In addition to records relating to Army and Navy training (which included electronics and similar programs), there are procedural and policy documents on contracts especially with the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD), espionage and patent agreement forms, and subcontracts for the Radio Research and Underwater Sound Laboratories. Also available are contracts, correspondence, notebooks, and especially technical reports for the Electro- and Psycho-Acoustics laboratories and for a number of smaller projects in medicine, chemistry, physics, engineering, and other fields. 1940-1948. 27.5 cubic ft.

Records of Harvard University, World War II contract research and training. Radio Research Laboratory. The Radio Research Laboratory (RRL) was an OSRD funded facility charged with the development of anti-radar capability. Records include correspondence, memoranda, administrative and technical reports, minutes, invention disclosure card file, newsletters and other publications, scrapbooks, photographs. Included are the records of the RRL director Frederick E. Terman and records relating to the American British Laboratory, an affiliate of RRL. 1942-1946. 28 cubic ft.

Records of Harvard University, World War II contract research and training, Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory. The Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory (HUSL) was an OSRD funded facility. Records include external reports generated by HUSL for distribution outside the Laboratory (including OSRD), relating to research progress, apparutus, and related matters. Also, internal memoranda generated by HUSL administrative and research staff. The records also include correspondence, personnel records, experimental vessel logbooks, slides of sound readings, technical drawings. Also included are the records of HUSL Director Frederick V. Hunt. 1941-1946. 34 cubic ft.

Papers of Francis M. Pipkin, 1925-1992. Pipkin was Assistant Professor of physics at Harvard University in 1957 and at the time of his death was Baird Professor of Science. Includes correspondence and related papers, 1974-1991, concerning general professional matters, manuscript and research proposal reviews, Harvard University high energy physics, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Atomic and Molecular Science, and other topics. Also, papers relating chiefly to research and to teaching; topics include Cornell University Laboratory of Nuclear Studies and University of Chicago-National Accelerator Laboratory. This segment of the accession includes reprints, notes and data, grant and research proposals, teaching notes and related items, a few letters, and other papers. There is some course related material from the late 1940s and early 1950s but the bulk is of a later date. Collection is unprocessed and currently unavailable for research. Ca. 1940s-1991. 37 cu. ft.

Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Archives. Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA (contact: Anne Van Kamp).

Interview with Ray Galagher. Assistant flight engineer, United States Army Air Forces, during World War II. Relates to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. 1 phonotape cassette.

Papers of Jaroslav George Polach, 1914-. Czechoslovak-American economist. Writings, bibliographies, biographical data, and personal documents, relating primarily to energy resources, and especially to nuclear energy resources, particularly in Eastern Europe. 1938-1992. 1 manuscript box.

Papers of William Francis Whitmore, 1917-. Physicist; chief scientist, Special Projects Office, United States Navy, 1957-1959; chief scientist (ocean systems), Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, 1969-1983. Journal, reports, and printed articles, relating to the development of the Polaris missile and other American naval weapons systems. 1956-1973. 1 manuscript box. 1893-1899. 1 ln. meter.

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Archives and Records Office, 1 Cyclotron Road, Building 69-107, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA (contact: Loretta Hefner).

Scientists Files of L. Jackson Laslett, 1913-1993. Laslett received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1937. He was an associate of Ernest O. Lawrence in the 1930's, working at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. He served as the head and consultant of the Nuclear Physics Branch, U.S. Office of Naval Research at Washington, D.C. from 1952 to 1953, and the Scientific Liaison Officer of the British Branch, U.S. Office of Naval Research at London, England from 1960 to 1961. He also served as the head of High Energy Physics in the U.S Atomic Energy Commission from 1961 to 1963. His research included accelerator theory and design, beta-ray spectra, electron and gamma-ray spectra, and photonuclear research. Includes reports, drawings, correspondence, laboratory notes, and architectural and engineering drawings. Records pertain to Laslett's physics work at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, the Atomic Energy Commission, and in collaboration with other major accelerator facilities. Access to federally owned records is governed by the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and the U.S. Privacy Act. 1955-1976 (bulk 1964-1976). 9 cubic ft.

Collected papers and reports of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. Division Office. Selected Works of L. Jackson Laslett. These records document the Lawrence Berkeley publication entitled "Selected Works of L. Jackson Laslett, Volume I-III", PUB-616, September 1987. The records consist of published reports and papers of Laslett spanning his career at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory from 1934 to 1987. Volume 1 contains reminiscences and letters of colleagues, friends, and Barbara Laslett written on the occasion of Dr. Laslett's retirement. Laslett's scientific papers include early research on nuclear spectroscopy and cyclotron accelerators; colliding beams; magnetic fields and electromagentic interactions of charged particle beams. His later writings focused on the development of the electron ring accelerator at Berkeley, Heavy Ion Fusion, and particle interactions at the Mid-Western Universities Research Association facilities. Access to federally owned records is governed by U.S. Freedom of Information Act and the U.S. Privacy Act. 1934-1987. 1 Box.

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

Papers of John Henry Manley, 1907-1990. Manley assisted J. Robert Oppenheimer in establishing the Los Alamos laboratory, 1943; leader of experimental physics group, 1943-1946; Technical Associate Director, 1947-1951; Secretary General Advisory Committee (AEC); Chairman Dept. of Physics, University of Washington, 1951-1957; staff member Los Alamos National Laboratory, retired in 1983. Collection consists of personal files kept between 1945 and 1958 including correspondence, articles, and reports. 1945-1988. 6 cu. ft.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections. Room 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139. USA (contact: Helen Samuels).

Addition to papers of Vera Kistiakowsky, 1928-. Professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1963. Kistiakowsky has conducted research in the field of experimental nuclear physics, experimental high energy physics, and astrophysics. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society and was elected to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1987-89) and to the Senate of Phi Beta Kappa (1889-92). Records of Kistiakowsky's teaching and research activities and her outside professional activities, including the American Physical Society's Panel on Public Affairs, the Ad Hoc Committee on women, and the Association of Women in Science.

National Archives and Records Administration. Archives II. College Park, MD 20740 USA

National Bureau of Standards. Office of the Director. Records of Robert DeWitt Huntoon (1909-1992). Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the State University of Iowa, 1938. Huntoon joined the National Bureau of Standards in 1941; he was appointed chief of the NBS electronics section in 1946 and chief of the atomic and radiation physics division in 1948. In 1958 he was appointed the first deputy director; he became the director of the Institute for Basic Standards in 1964. In 1967 he was appointed the first chief of the Office of Program Development and Evaluation, serving in this capacity until his retirement the following year. Includes correspondence, speeches, technical reports, trip reports; records of meetings, conferences, and long range planning. Subjects include national measurement systems, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, different NBS institutes and programs (including plasma physics and astrophysics). 1964-1968.

Northwestern University. Library, University Archives. Evanston, IL 60208-2300, USA (contact: Patrick M. Quinn).

Papers of Robert J. Cashman, 1906-1988. In 1936 Cashman joined Northwestern as an assistant professor of physics. He was promoted to associate professor in 1941 and professor in 1947 and retired in 1975. Biographical materials include curriculum vitae, clippings (primarily about his research), and programs of meetings at which he spoke. Education files consist primarily of Cashman's notes on lectures and reading, and laboratory experiments. General correspondence concerns teaching, research, and other professional matters; there is little personal correspondence. Of interest is a small collection of letters related to Cashman's joint work with Walter S. Huxford on a "sunburnometer." Teaching files include lecture notes, problems, grade and registration records, examination sheets, and some student subject guides. Research and consulting files occupy nine boxes and form the largest category in the papers; the bulk consists of reports, correspondence, experimental data, and administrative materials. In addition to his research for the Navy, Army, Air Force, and the National Defense Research Committee, Cashman worked as a consultant for Capehart-Farnsworth Corp., general Electric Co., and the Research Corp. Four substantial folders of correspondence and patent materials concern Cashman's legal advisors, and deal with infringements and other procedures. The collection also includes eleven of Cashman's laboratory notebooks, and drafts and reprints of some of Cashman's articles and related correspondence. 1928-1988. 19 boxes.

Addition to records of the Dearborn Observatory. Notebooks of spectrograph records. Data for plates no. 1-1958, 1920-1930. 3 notebooks.

Papers of Rudolf Frerichs, 1901-1982. Frerichs received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Bonn in 1924. He came to Northwestern in 1947 as a research investigator in the Department of Physics, and in 1952 joined Professor Huxford's project there. From 1956 until his retirement in 1969 Frerichs was a professor of electrical engineering in the Technological Institute. His interests included ultraviolet research, new light sources, the development of the cadmium-sulfide photoconductive cell, the discovery of infrared-transmitting arsenic-trisulfide glass, low-pressure xenon arc tubes, and the production of superconducting films. Biographical materials include curriculum vitae and bibliographies. Correspondence deals with research questions but is primarily concerned with Frerichs's appointments and salaries. The research files consist wholly of reports written on various contracts with the U.S. Navy. 1947-1983.

Records of the Klopsteg Lecture Committee. Paul E. Klopsteg was professor of applied science and director of research of the Technological institute at Northwestern University from 1944-1954. In 1943 he donated $12,500 to the Physics Department. In 1960, because of the greater availability of governmental research funds for the department, Klopsteg changed the purpose of the fund he had established to the support of an annual lecture or lecture series. Thirty lectures were given between 1962 and 1993. Material for each lecture varies considerably. The lectures for 1978 through 1985 are extensively documented in terms of correspondence, notes and publicity, pertaining primarily to the choice of the lecturer and the pertinent social events. Texts of the lectures are occasionally available. 1962-1993. 2 boxes.

Reports from Northwestern University. Dept. of Physics. Reports on U.S. Navy, Bureau of Ships, contract to work on infrared communication at Northwestern University's Department of Physics. The Vol. 1, Monthly Progress Reports, contain brief accounts of the various projects carried out under this contract. Also bound into these volumes are several longer reports on specific topics such as lamps, light beam communications. Vols. 2-4 contain Memorandum Reports and Vol. 5 contains summary reports. Vols. 2 and 5 respectively contain complete lists of the Memorandum Reports and the Summary Reports. 1945-1950. 2 boxes.

Princeton University. Firestone Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections. Manuscript Division. Princeton, NJ 08544, USA (contact: Don C. Skemer).

Papers, Eugene Paul Wigner, 1902-1995. Physicist (mathematical physics, solid state physics). Major affiliations include: Georg-August Universität zu Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany 1927-1928; Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 1928-1933; and Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, 1930. Received 1994, no description available. 1930s-1980s (bulk 1940s-1970s). 25 ln. ft.

Rockefeller University. Rockefeller Archive Center. Pocantico Hills, 15 Dayton Avenue, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598, USA (contact: Lee R. Hiltzik).

Papers of John Z. Bowers, 1913-1993. Physician, educator, author, and an expert on medicine and medical education in Japan and China. Bowers served as deputy director of the Biology and Medicine Division of the Atomic Energy Commission in Washington (1947-1950). As deputy director he went to Japan to study the effects of radiation on the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In 1950 he was appointed dean and professor of medicine at the University of Utah. Bowers was appointed president of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation of New York (1965-1980) and was associated with the Rockefeller Foundation. The collection contains articles, manuscripts, and material on Japan and China, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, and 3 volumes of annual reports of the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, 1975-1980. Also included is correspondence and other material regarding several of Bower's books. The collection includes Shields Warren's photographs of Nagasaki from 1947 and Warren's diaries, which include his observations made during the experiments on the atomic bombing of Bikini Island in 1947. 1947-1982. 25 cubic feet.

Smithsonian Institution. Archives. Arts and Industries Building, Washington, DC 20560, USA (contact: William Cox).

Records of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Robert C. Child was appointed assistant in the Astrophysical Observatory (APO) in 1893. In 1894 his title was changed to Aid, Acting in Charge, APO, a position he retained until 1896. Charles G. Abbot joined the APO as an Assistant in 1895. The following year he became Aid, Acting in Charge, APO. This deposit consists of correspondence written to Child and Abbot by Samuel P. Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian and APO Director. The correspondence concerns APO solar constant experiments, especially rules and precepts for photo-balometric work; facilities, equipment, and apparatus; and APO publications. Use of these records requires prior arrangement with the Archives staff. 1893-1899. 1 ln. meter.

Stanford University Libraries. University Archives. Stanford, CA 94305, USA (contact: Margaret Kimball).

Papers of Oscar Buneman, 1913-. Professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University from 1960 until his retirement in 1984, Buneman was a prominent scientist in the fields of plasma electrodynamics, fundamental electromagnetic theory, and numerical analysis. Research notes, papers, reprints, correspondence, lectures, and class materials from his teaching career and research while at Stanford University, with some materials from the 1940s and 1950s relevant to his work on magnetrons. Subjects include plasma physics, Fourier transformations, Cray computers, Poisson solvers. Papers also include films of computer simulations, tetrahedron models, and one file of personal documents. 1913-1989 (bulk 1941-1989). 17 ln. ft.

Papers of Robert Hofstadter, 1915-1990. Professor of physics at Stanford University. Papers pertain to his published work and include reprints, photocopies of published articles, typescript articles, and some correspondence pertaining to publication or requests for reprints. 1938-1990. 17 ln. ft.

Autobiography of Paul Harmon Kirkpatrick, 1894-. Professor of physics at Stanford University since 1931 (emeritus, 1960-); best known for his pioneering work in x-ray technology. General reminiscences about his life, including recollections about his work and colleagues at Stanford. Also includes a bibliography. 1971. 1 folder (102 leaves).

University of Idaho. Library. Special Collections and Archives. Moscow, ID, 83853, USA (contact: Terry Abraham)

Papers of Gary L. Bennett, 1940-. B.A. and M.S. University of Idaho; NASA engineer, 1988-1994. Copy of Bennett's novel The Star Sailors (1980), copies of his publications on the U.S. Space program, and 2 videotapes of his speeches. 1980-1994. 1 ft.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. University Archives. Room 19, Library, 1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA (contact: Maynard Brichford).

Papers of Robert Daniel Sard, 1915-. Physicist, member of the physics faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign from 1961 forward. Papers (1935-59, 1970-76, 1987-94) include: Sard's bibliographies and vitae; Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation, 1942; European trip report, 1987; scientific memoirs, 1993; and "Recollections of the Ehrenfest family, 1936-38," 1994. Other subjects include lectures by Fowler, P.A.M. Dirac, and Peierls; Cosmic Ray Symposium, University of Chicago, June 1939; cloud chamber study of ionized cosmic ray particles at sea level, ca. 1946; Quantum Electrodynamics, Pocono Conference, 1948; Cosmic Ray Particles Conference, Bristol, UK, 1951; Pic du Midi Cosmic Ray Laboratory photographs, 1953; Cosmic Ray Conference, Moscow, 1959; "Relativistic Mechanics," 1970; CERN scientists correspondence, 1971-73, 1976. 1935-1994. 2 boxes.

University of Iowa Libraries. Main Library. Archives. Iowa City, IA 52242-1420, USA (contact: Earl Rogers).

Messages of condolence and memorials, University of Iowa. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. Responses from professors, students, and many others to the November 1, 1991 shooting at the University of Iowa in which a former physics graduate student, Gang Lu, killed Christoph K. Goertz, a professor of physics; Dwight R. Nicholson, a professor of physics and chair of the department; Robert Alan Smith, an associate professor of physics; Linhua Shan, a postdoctoral research investigator in the department; and the university's associate vice president for academic affairs, T. Anne Cleary; and wounded a student then killed himself. 1991-1992. 1 ln. ft. (2 boxes).

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

Papers of Arthur Rich, 1937-1990. Rich received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan in 1965 and was on the physics faculty there from 1966 until his death. He was recognized for his contributions in the field of precision measurements of atomic physics, particularly for his work on positrons. The papers document diverse aspects of Rich's career. The collection has been divided into seven series: biographical information; research activities (mostly proposals--subjects include: astrophysics, positron research, gamma ray telescopes, lepton interactions, and superconducting solenoid research); course materials (including courses in low temperature physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, electricity, and magnetism); correspondence; publications; topical files; and photographs. Open except for certain files noted in finding aid. 1962-1989. 6.5 ln. ft.

Washington University. Libraries. University Archives. Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA (contact: Carole Prietto).

Papers of Dan I. Bolef, 1921-. Advisory physicist at Westinghouse Research Laboratories from 1953 to 1963. Bolef joined Washington University in 1963 as professor of physics, becoming emeritus in 1983. Included in the collection are course notebooks from Bolef's graduate studies, and research related papers from his work at Westinghouse; of note are research materials relating to masers. Also laboratory manuals and other teaching materials, professional correspondence, grant proposals, and other papers relating to Bolef's time in the Physics Department at Washington University. There is a large group of materials relating to arms, nuclear energy, Vietnam, the draft, civil rights, and other issues covering the 1960s through the early 1980s. 1960s-1980s.


Return to Newsletter Table of ContentsRETURN to Spring 1995 Newsletter Table of Contents

AIP History Center Center for History of Physics
Email:chp@aip.org
Phone: 301-209-3165
American Institute of Physics 2003 American Institute of Physics, One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740-3843. Email: aipinfo@aip.org Phone: 301-209-3100; Fax: 301-209-0843