AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXII, No. 1, Spring 2000

 

Documentation Preserved

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 and 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.

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University of Toronto. University Archives. 120 St. George St., Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada (Contact: Garron Wells or Harold Averill)

Papers of Clara Elland Clinkscale. Student in math and physics; Faculty of Arts; BA 1912 (silver and gold medallist). Married S. A. Morrison; died 23 July 1983 in her 98th year. Papers include course notes and textbooks from when she was a student in the Faculty of Arts at University College (BA 1912); problem sets, experiments and exam papers from the years she taught in the Department of Physics during World War II. 1827-1973. 0.30 lin. meters (5 boxes).

Records of the David Dunlap Observatory. Documents consist of correspondence files of the Director of the David Dunlap Observatory arranged by authors and subjects (1932-1970) and subject files (1950-1964). 1921-1970. 0.72 lin. meters (6 boxes).

Papers of James Loudon. Includes records documenting James Loudon’s career as professor and president of the University of Toronto. Arranged in 15 series: I Office of the President, Administrative files; II General correspondence; III & IV Correspondence files; V Office of the President. Applications, Recommendation and Appointments; VI Scholarships; VII Addresses; VIII Lecture notes, papers and manuscripts; IX Ordersincouncil/Govt. legislation; X Personal correspondence; XI Appointment books; XII Diplomas; XIII Miscellaneous; XIV File index; XV Artifacts. 18851916. 3.66 lin. meters (22 boxes).

Papers of the McLennan family. Physicists. Papers acquired in two fonds. The first includes offprints of articles by Sir John Cunningham McLennan (1867-1935), Professor of Physics; Henry John Cunningham Ireton, as graduate student in physics; and John Francis Todd Young, then a demonstrator and research assistant in physics. 1881-1923. 0.06 meters. The second record group contains a manuscript by Arthur V. White, entitled “The McLennan laboratory: its initiation and purpose” (1936); copy of the Medical Research Council’s (UK) “Report on radium beam therapy research, 1934-37,” with explanatory notes by Janet McLennan and copies of correspondence bound in. 1923-1938. 0.07 meters.

Papers of Paul Derek, 1929. Professor, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto. Personal papers contain correspondence, minutes and conference materials of Science for Peace; lecture notes, teaching materials for courses in physics; notes and manuscripts of talks and addresses. 1974-1987. 0.50 lin. meters (1 box). Contact institution for restrictions.

Papers of George David Scott. Personal papers include manuscript articles, research notes, correspondence and lectures documenting the career of Scott in the Physics Department at University of Toronto. 1960-1984. 0.4 lin. meters (1 box).

Records of the University of Toronto. Dept. of Astronomy comprise three fonds. The first includes files of the Director relating to activities on two committees of the National Research Council: Algonquin Radio Observatory Long Range Planning Committee (1968) and Dr. Currie’s Committee “Astronomy and the Universities” (1966). Also correspondence with the Faculty of Arts Dean’s Office (1966-1972). 1966-1972. 0.7 lin. meters (1 box). The next group contains files of the Director (Donald MacRae) relating to the events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus 1972-1974. 0.7 lin. meters (1 box). The last record group includes a video copy of the “Dedication of the Helen Sawyer Hogg Telescope” and accompanying scrapbook. 1992. 0.7 lin. meters (2 items ).

The papers of Harry Lambert Welsh, 1910. Physicist (molecular spectroscopy). PhD 1936. Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Physics Department at the University of Toronto. Personal papers acquired in two fonds. The first includes administrative files, correspondence and articles relating to his activities as head of the Department of Physics and various university committees, conference files, research files, subject files, including his research in molecular spectroscopy, articles with manuscripts and notes. 1935-1985. 3.6 lin. metres (9 boxes). The second accession contains addresses, correspondence, and certificates relating to awards and degrees; administrative files of the Department of Physics; and articles. 1930-1978. 0.73 lin. meters.

The Wilson Family papers of John Tuzo Wilson, 1908-1993. Physicist (geology). Papers include the administrative files of John Tuzo Wilson’s tenure in the Department of Physics, Erindale, and the Ontario Science Centre; conference proceedings relating to continental drift and plate tectonics; speeches and papers regarding science education; diaries, maps and photographs of geological fieldwork; minutes, certificates, lecture notes, notes, addresses, family photographs; correspondence of John Armistead Wilson and Henrietta Loetitia Tuzo. 1897-1985. 25 meters (77 boxes).

Churchill College. Archives Centre. Cambridge CD3 OD5, England, UK (contact: archivist)

Papers of Sir John McGregor Hill, 1921. Received PhD in nuclear physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge. In 1950 Hill joined the Dept. of Atomic Energy, and was appointed to the Main Board of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (as the Dept. of Atomic Energy had been renamed) in 1964 and Chairman of the UKAEA in 1967, a position he held until 1981. In 1971, Hill became Chairman of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd, and in 1975 became Chairman of the Radiochemical Center Ltd (later Amersham International plc). He retired as Chairman of BNFL in 1983 and Amersham International plc in 1988. Biographical material is slight. Personal papers include biographical profiles and press cuttings, and papers relating to Hill’s appointment and retirement from UKAEA. Documentation of Hill’s publications, lectures and speeches forms the main body of the collection. The bulk of the material consists of articles, speeches and lectures given during the period 1965-1983. There are a few later speeches and lectures, 1987-1994, and a set of Hill’s publications. The principal component of Hill’s correspondence is chronological, covering the period 1980-1983; carbon copies of Hill’s correspondence to ministers in the Department of Energy and to others in various organizations and institutions in Britain and abroad. During this period Hill was President of the Institute of Energy, Chairman of the BNFL and Chairman of Amersham International plc. 1946-1994.

Institution of Electrical Engineers. Archives Dept. Savoy Place, London WC 2R OBL, England, UK (contact: archivist)

Papers of Hans Gerhard Lubszynski, 1910-1997. Papers span the dates 1934-1986.

Royal Holloway College Library, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, England, UK (contact: librarian)

Papers and correspondence of Samuel Tolansky, 1907-1973. Physicist (surface structure, interferometry). Educated at Durham University, he began research in Berlin and at Imperial College London before being appointed as Lecturer, later Reader, at Manchester University. He was Professor of Physics, Royal Holloway College, London University, 1947-1973, where his research concentrated on interferometry, diamond physics, and lunar dust. He wrote, lectured, and broadcast prolifically, and undertook much examining work at London University and many other universities in Britain and overseas.

Papers of William Wilson, 1875-. Physicist; died in 1965. Personal papers ca. 1902-1957.

Archiv der BerlinBrandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. Jägerstrasse 22/23, 10117 Berlin, Germany (contact: Wolfgang Knobloch)

Papers of Achilles Papapetrou, 1907-1997. Expert on relativity theory. He began his international scientific career in 1946 in the research group headed by Erwin Schrödinger at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and finished it as director of the laboratory of theoretical physics at the Henri Poincaré Institute in Paris. The manuscript collection includes several meters of manuscripts from the time of Papapetrou’s activities in Berlin and Paris. It includes scientific correspondence with E. Schrödinger, E. Finlay Freundlich, L. Infeld, L. de Broglie, P.A.M. Dirac, and M. Born. Other papers document his activities as researcher, lector, reviewer, participant at scientific meetings, member of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, member of Research Institutes at the Berlin Academy as well as at CNRS in Paris. Sixteen notebooks with scientific data and calculations, various manuscripts and over 100 reprints of his publications and those by some other authors. Closed until processed.

MaxPlanckGesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften. Archiv zur Geschichte der MaxPlanckGesellschaft. Boltzmannstrasse 14, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (contact: Marion Kazemi)

Papers of Max Planck, 1858-1947. Physicist Nobel prize in Physics (1918). Involved with the KaiserWilhelm Society: Senator (1916-1937); Second “Schriftfuhrer” (1925-1930); President (1930-1937); Honorary Senator (1937), President (1945-1946); afterwards Honorary President. Contains manuscripts, mostly letters to and from Planck, or related to his work. Among correspondents: Ludwig Boltzmann, Robert Bunsen, Paul Ehrenfest, Friedrich Glum, Hans Hartmann, Heinrich Kayser, Gustav Kirchhoff, Max von Laue, Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Friedrich Paschen, Planck’s son Hermann and wife Marga Planck, Carl Runge, Max Schirmer, Hildegard Seidel, Arnold Sommerfeld, Emil Warburg, Wilhelm Wien, publishing house Vieweg & Sohn (1930-1994). Additional collection (1759-1975) consists of offprints related to the history of quantum theory and compiled by Hans Kangro. 1759-1994 (bulk 1830-1994). 4.5 lin. meters; additional collection of offprints 2.3 lin. meters.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Library. Trondheim, Norway (contact: librarian)

Papers of Lars Onsager, 1903-1976. Chemist and university professor, Yale University, 1933-1972. Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1968. Papers include biographical materials, correspondence, writings, manuscripts, lectures, research materials for articles and lectures, teaching materials related to Yale University and the University of Miami, citations for awards. Also includes photos, diplomas, obituaries etc. Research topics include: dielectrics, electrolytes, irreversible processes, thermal diffusion, Ising model, metals and semiconductors, liquid helium, surface tension, origin of life, mathematics, colloids. Parts of the collection have been microfilmed by Yale University and are available at Yale University, Sterling Memorial Library. 9 meters (53 boxes and 2 oversize folders).

Russian Academy of Sciences. Moscow Branch. Archive. ul. Novocheremushkinskaia, 34, Moscow 117218, Russia (contact: Elena Curapova)

Papers of Vasilii Vladimirovich Shuleikin, 1895-1979. Geophysicist and founder of Russian school of physical oceanography. Graduated in 1917 from the Moscow Higher School of Technology. Worked at the Institute of Physics and Biophysics (1920-1931), Black Sea Hydrological Station (1929-1948), Institute of Theoretical Geophysics (Morskoi gidrofizicheskii institut an SSSR) (19381941), Moscow State University (1943-1964, professor since 1947), Institute of Physical Oceanography (1948-1979, director in 1948-1957). Corresponding (1929) and full (1946) member of the USSR Academy of Sciences. Stalin prize 1942. Researches in geophysics, in particular physics of the water of seas and oceans. Personal papers in the Archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, including: 1) Scientific papers (1920s-1978), manuscripts, reports, travel logs of the expeditions on oceanographic ships “Sedov” (1957, 1959), “Mikhail Lomonosov” (1961), “Akademik Vernadsky” (1969). 2) Biographical documents (1910s-1979), diploma, newspaper clips, obituaries, photographs, photographs from scientific expeditions. 3) Administrative activities (1928-1979), patents, reports, correspondence with international oceanographic institutions and societies. 4) Personal correspondence (1924-1979), among correspondents A.P. Aleksandrov, L.M. Brekhovskikh, S. F. Oldenberg, S. G. Gorshkov (Navy adminal), F. Nansen. 1910-1979. 84 folders.

Papers of Sergei Arkadevich Vekshinskii, 1896-1974. Applied physicist, specialist in physics instruments and electrovacuum technology. Personal papers include laboratory notebooks, manuscripts of unpublished and published reports, patents, scientific correspondence, paintings. Also includes personal papers of his wife. 1911-1986. 244 folders.

University of Edinburgh. University Library. George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland, UK (contact: Arnott Wilson)

The use of mosaic arrays in infrared astronomy. Compiled and deposited by sociologist David Edge. Several teams of infrared astronomers are currently building cameras incorporating mosaic detector arrays. These arrays, which combine the output of several hundred individual sensors, emerged from military research and development, and are now available on the open market. But, despite this identical technical output, the teams’ cameras will differ significantly. The aim of this project was to investigate the reasons for these differences and their subsequent effects. The way in which the teams organize their work was the focus of analysis; plus the teams’ differing locations (in observatories or universities), and the extent in which their designs were influenced not only by “scientific goals” but also by their perceptions of other important “reference groups” (e.g. other users or committees considering the design of later facilities). 1985-1990. 61 interviews on 61 audiocassette tapes, 2 transcribed.

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Centre d’Estudis d’Historia de les Ciencies Edifici Ce, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain (contact: Xavier Roqué or Gisela Tamara Mateos Gonzalez)

Papers of Esteban Terradas, 1883-1950. Prominent Catalan physicist and engineer. Terradas played a key role in the creation of a modern physics community in Spain during the first decades of the 20th century. He held doctorates in both physics and mathematics and also received two degrees in engineering. As a university professor in Barcelona and Madrid, he introduced students to relativity and quantum physics at a time when it was not common practice. He was also the driving force behind Einstein’s visit to Spain in 1923. Includes Terradas correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, photographs, and plans (he worked as a consultant for telephone and railway companies).

Kungl. Tekniska Högskolan. UF Juridik, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden (contact: Karin Sterky)

Papers of Hannes Alfvén, 1908-1995. Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (theoretical magnetohydrodynamics). The collection includes correspondence with scientists from around the world; manuscripts with comments, especially from his early scientific research; books Alfvén wrote by himself and in collaboration with others; articles, reports, abstracts, research papers; notebooks and photographs from his extensive travels; a wide range of documents showing his interest and concern for atomic power, nuclear weapons, peace movement (Pugwash), sources of energy, overpopulation and world famine; press clippings, Nobel prize diploma and medallion, honorary doctorate, etc.; material concerning his collaborations and colleagues especially in Sweden and USA; private papers such as photos and diaries/journals. Ca. 1931-1992. 40 lin. meters documents, 20 lin. meters books and 100 objects.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Archives, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35807, USA (contact: archivist)

Papers of Wernher Von Braun, 1912-1977. German aerospace engineer; emigrated to the United States in 1945; served as director and administrator of U. S. space programs and projects. Collection covers every aspect of the history and development of rocketry for the 1920s-1970s. It includes 1000 manuscripts of reports, articles and books; his Ph.D. dissertation; 30,000 pages of personal and professional correspondence, abstracted and translated from German to English; 1200 speeches and addresses; 50 personal and 100 professional scrapbooks and photo albums; 1000 pages relating the work of Von Braun and his team at Fort Bliss, 1945-1950. 1920s-1970s. 500,000 items.

Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P. St., Washington, DC 200051910, USA (contact: John Strom)

Papers of Philip Hauge Abelson, 1913. Abelson spent most of his career at Carnegie, moving from asst. physicist (1939) to director of the Geophysical Lab to president (1971-1978). Collection includes papers, reports, lectures, meeting notes, annual reports of the Geophysical Lab, biographies, and correspondence. 1937-1979.

Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA (contact: Dan Lewis)

Papers of Horace Welcome Babcock, 1912. Distinguished solar and stellar astronomer, was also the fourth director of Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. He received a B.S. in physics in 1934 from the California Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in 1938 from University of California at Berkeley. The papers in this collection are, for the most part, those of Babcock’s when he was director of the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories from 1964 to 1978, and do not include his personal and scientific papers. As director, he led the Observatories through many important changes including the establishment of the observatories in Chile. Forms part of Carnegie Observatories Collection. 1948-1978. 89 boxes (28,000 pieces). The papers are restricted until after Babcock’s death but may be consulted with his permission.

Iowa State University. Library. Department of Special Collections. Ames, IA 50011, USA (contact: Tanya Zanish-Belcher)

Papers of John V. Atanasoff, 1903-1995. Received B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Florida (1925), an M.S. in mathematics from Iowa State University (1926) and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin (1930). He returned to Iowa State University in 1930 and taught both physics and mathematics. In 1942 he left Iowa State to join the Naval Ordnance Laboratory, but remained a professor in absentia until 1945. He left government work in 1952 to establish a consulting firm, Ordnance Engineering Corp., which he sold to Aerojet General in 1957, and became vice president of Aerojet General. In the course of his career, he obtained 32 patents for a wide variety of inventions, including several in the field of acoustics. Collection includes teaching materials, articles, journals, newsletters, correspondence, Aerojet general files, and Naval Ordnance Laboratory files. Closed until processed.

Papers of Velmer A. Fassel. Internationally known for developing an analytical process, inductively coupled plasmaatomic emission spectroscopy (ICPAES), used for chemical analysis in almost every research laboratory in the world; former deputy director of the Ames Laboratory. Fassel’s numerous achievements include the Fisher Award, the Chemical Instruction Award, the Spectrochemical Analysis Award, the Chemical Instrumentation Award, the Iowa Award from the American Chemical Society and the Governor’s Science Medal. Collection includes research data, course notes, and professional correspondence. Closed until processed.

Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue, S. E., Washington, DC 20540, USA (contact: Leonard Bruno)

Papers of Glenn Theodore Seaborg, 1912-1999. Nuclear chemist, college president, and educator. Nobel prize in chemistry (1951). Professor of chemistry at University of California, Berkeley (1971-); associate director Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1972-). Papers include correspondence, reports, journals, diaries, pocket notebooks, telephone logs, and appointment books. Academic and administrative subject files, including extensive materials from his tenure as Chancellor, document his later years at Berkeley. Other subject files concern the history of the Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory, Seaborg’s travels, memberships, organizational committees and offices, as well as invitations. Numerous production materials for his books, scientific papers, other articles, and speeches are supplemented by bound volumes of printed publications. Other categories include files on Seaborg’s students; financial records; scrapbooks and clippings documenting his life and work; photographs, including slides used in teaching and lecturing; and motion pictures, videotapes, and audiotapes, many of them featuring Seaborg and his activities. 1866-1999. Ca. 400,000 items.

Papers of Charles H. Townes. Physicist at the University of California, Berkeley. Nobel prize for physics in 1964. Papers include correspondence, subject files, and other papers relating chiefly to Townes’ career as a physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ; Columbia University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and University of California, Berkeley. Includes material concerning his invention of the maser in the 1950s and his work as a member of the President’s Science Advisory Committee and with the U. S. Department of Defense during the John F. Kennedy presidential administration. Also includes lectures, notebooks, printed material, photographs, and other papers. 1948-1996. Unprocessed. Ca. 60,000 items.

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

Records of the Princeton University. Dept. of Astronomy. Records include observations of the transit of Venus, including record books and photographs; comet observations; observatory record books, equipment lists, notebooks, glass plate negatives of Asteroid “Princetonia,” theses in practical astronomy and astronomy, date books. Correspondence includes Henry N. Russell, Lyman Spitzer and John Q. Stewart. 1882-1979. Unprocessed.

Records of the Princeton University. Dept. of Physics. Collection includes records from the department chairman and assistant to the chairman. Also included are department records, minutes, examination papers and technical reports. 1909-1957. Unprocessed.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. Archives. P.O. Box 4349 MS 82, Stanford, CA 94309, USA (contact: Jean Deken)

Papers of Burton Richter, 1931. Physicist. Stanford University Paul Pigott Professor of Physical Sciences and Director, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC); received his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1956, and has been employed by Stanford University from that time to the present as Research Associate (1960-1963); Associate Professor, SLAC (1963-1967); Professor, SLAC (1967); Technical Director, SLAC (1982-1984); and Director, SLAC (1984present). Nobel prize in 1976 for codiscovery of the J/Psi particle. Papers include personal and professional correspondence relating to all positions held at Stanford, background and technical information on projects, including Stanford “Project M,” SPEAR (Stanford Positron Electron Accelerating Ring), SLED (SLAC Energy Doubler), PEP (Positron Electron Project), PEPII, BaBar and NLC (Next Linear Collider). 1958-1999. Processing underway. 73 cu. ft.

University of California, San Diego. Archives of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. University of California, San Diego Mail Code C075C, La Jolla, CA 92093-0175, USA (contact: Deborah Day)

Papers of Robert S. Dietz, 1914-1995. Geologist. B.S., M.S. and Ph.D degrees in geology from the University of Illinois. Most of his doctoral work was done at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Papers include correspondence, biographies, bibliographies, awards, degrees, maps, manuscripts, memoranda, photographs, publications, notebooks, reprints, newspaper clippings and other material documenting Dietz’s career. The Subject Series include material on creationism, continental drift, geomorphology, Meteor Crater, Sudbury Basin (Ontario, Canada), meteoric impacts, plate tectonics, TRIESTE, and Trou San Fond Submarine Canyon in Ivory Coast. The files include a few file folders on Project Mohole and two file folders on Dietz’s teacher Francis P. Shepard. The collection includes a Bible, which was heavily annotated in connection with Dietz’s interest in creationism. The files also include information on Soviet oceanography. 1905-1994. 11.6 lin. ft.

Papers of Douglas L. Inman, 1920. The addition includes ONR progress reports dated 1952 to 1978 and subject files, including files on the artificial Scripps Island, Academic Senate and administrative committees. 1952-1986 (bulk 19521986). 2.5 lin. ft.

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

Papers of William Bell Thompson, 1922-1995. Professor of physics at UCSD, educated at the University of British Columbia (B.A. and M.A.) and the University of Toronto (Ph.D.). From 1950 to 1965, Thompson had a series of appointments in England at the Theoretical Physics Division at Harwell, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Laboratory, and Oxford University where he was appointed Chair of Theoretical Plasma Physics. In 1965, Thompson was invited to join the Physics Dept. at UCSD. He remained at UCSD until his retirement in 1990, having served as the chair of the Physics Dept. from 1969 to1972. Papers primarily document William Thompson’s tenure as a professor of physics at UCSD from 1965 to 1990. The collection includes correspondence, research files, grant proposals and applications, course outlines and notes, and subject files. Major correspondents include Gustaf Arrhenius, Leopold Infeld, Homero Jimenez Dominguez, and Philip J. Morrison, one of Thompson’s graduate students. In addition to correspondence, the collection also contains other materials about Leopold Infeld, Thompson’s mentor who was persecuted by the Canadian government because of his leftist politics. 1963-1995. 11.5 lin. ft. (25 archives boxes and 2 oversize file folders).

University of WisconsinMadison. University Archives. 728 State St., B134 Memorial Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA (contact: Cathy Jacob)

Papers of Henry Herman Barschall, 1915. Physicist (nuclear physics). Staff member, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1943-1946, 1951-1952; on physics faculty of University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1946; associate division leader, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1971-1973. 1960’s1970’s. Unprocessed. 6 cu. ft.

Papers of Ragnar Rollefson, 19061998. Graduate of University of Wisconsin (B.A. 1926; Ph.D. 1930). Member of the University of Wisconsin Physics faculty from 1930-1942, 1952-1956, 1957-1976. He worked on radar at MIT from 1942-1945. He was the chief scientist at the Boston field station of the Naval Research Lab in 1946; Associate Director for Project Charles at MIT’s Lincoln Lab from 1951-1952; and chief scientist of the U. S. Army, Washington, D.C. He was acting director of the Midwest Universities Research Association (MURA) from 1957-1960. Two accessions of unprocessed papers; the first covers the years 1940-1976. 2 cu. ft. The second group of papers covers the 1930s1980s. 1 cu. ft.

Records of the University of WisconsinMadison. Physical Sciences Laboratory. The former Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA) became the Physical Sciences Laboratory of University of Wisconsin (PSL) in 1967. The lab maintains working relationships with the UW Computing Center, the Engineering Experiment Stations, the Instrumentation Systems, the University-Industry Research Program and other specialized organizations of the University. Collection includes chronological correspondence. 1976-1989. 9.5 cu. ft.

University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center. International Archive of Economic Geology. P.O. Box 3934, Laramie, WY 82071, USA (contact: Michael Devine or Carol Bowers)

Papers of Carl Leopold Kober, 1913. Physicist and company executive. His work included research and development in the fields of radar, air defense, space exploration, and remote sensing instrumentation for geophysical exploration. Collection contains mainly speeches along with biographical material and photographs dealing with remote sensing instrumentation for geophysical exploration. 1938-1993. 1.15 cu. ft. (3 boxes).

Papers of Martin A. Pomerantz, 1916. Personal papers containing research files, reports, VHS tapes, and 35 mm slides. Unprocessed. 70 cu. ft.

Papers of Edwin Roedder, 1919. The papers include scientific correspondence, project evaluations and related materials. Unprocessed. 7 cubic 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 professor emeritus in 1983. Papers include course notebooks from Bolef’s graduate studies, and research related papers from his work at Westinghouse. Of note are research materials relating to masers. 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 are also part of the collection. In addition, 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. 1946-1980s. Recent addition unprocessed. 78 boxes.

Papers of Edwin T. Jaynes. Professor of Physics, Washington University. Personal papers from throughout his professional career include correspondence, lecture notes, dissertation research material, presentations, etc. Ca. 1950-1995. 59 boxes. Records of the Washington University (St. Louis, MO). Office of Chancellor. Generated during the administration of Arthur Holly Compton (1892-1962). Compton, a Nobel laureate in physics (1927), was Chairman of the Department of Physics (1920-1923), and Chancellor (1945-1953) during his tenure at Washington University. Contents include subject files, correspondence with academic departments and professional schools. 1945-1953. 40 boxes. Contact the University Archives at least 48 hours in advance. Access restricted.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Archives. Mail Stop 8, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1539, USA (contact: Margot Brown Garrett)

Papers of Nicholas Paul Fofonoff, 1929. Physical oceanographer and chairman of the Department of Physical Oceanography at WHOI (1967-1971 and 1981-1985). His research involved theoretical studies in physical oceanography, and he became a leader in the development of mooring technology and reliable current measuring systems. He also played an important role in the planning and implementation of the seminal MODE (Midocean Dynamics Experiment) program, its successor POLYMODE (Joint USUSSR Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment), and eventually of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment, for which he acted as director of the International Project Office from 1991-1993. With Lynn Lewis, he took the lead in the development and introduction of the now standard Practical Salinity Scale. He was Professor of the Practice of Physical Oceanography (1968-1985); Associate of the Center for Earth and Planetary Physics (1971-1986); and Distinguished Research Associate (1985-1991) at Harvard. The collection consists of correspondence, chronological files, proposals, data, and documents his activities and involvement with numerous programs and projects. 10 record cartons.

Papers of John Brackett Hersey, 1913-1992. Geophysicist at WHOI. Hersey’s research included solid earth geophysics, underwater acoustics, physical oceanography, sound scattering by marine animals and marine geology. Helped pioneer the development and use of towed instruments at sea, and received patents for methods of the study and applications in marine seismology and underwater acoustics, notably the Continuous Seismic Profiler (CSP) for measurement of layered sediment beneath the ocean floor. Papers consist of correspondence (1940s to 1970s); photographs of echo sounding seismic operations (1950s-1960s); MIT 1965 summer session materials; cruise journals (1960s), data and reports; his drafts, daily logs, notebooks, proposals, and patent information; trip reports as deputy assistant oceanographer (1970s); lectures and committee minutes; and audographsoundwriter recordings (1949-1950) of scientific observations at sea, including sound transmissions, reverberation studies, fish noises, and oral discussions and reports. The materials reflect his work and contributions as a geophysicist at the Institution; his involvement and collaboration with other scientists and with the U. S. Navy; his tenure as the first department chairman of Geology & Geophysics, and some of his activities as deputy assistant oceanographer at the Office of Naval Research in Washington, DC. His papers also detail his involvement in numerous projects while at WHOI, including the Thresher search, AMSOC (American Miscellaneous Society) committee, Project Mohole, the Mantle Project, and the International Indian Ocean Program. Ca. 1940s1970s. 12 record cartons.

Papers of Raymond Braislin Montgomery, 1910-1988. Marine meteorologist and physical oceanographer whose broad research interests centered on the equatorial currents, the variation of sea level and methods for the objective characterization of the structure of air and water masses. He was one of the first to use isentropic analysis, and with colleagues demonstrated how information about the general circulation of the ocean could be distilled from hydrographic station data. He served on the scientific staff at WHOI during the 1940s and 1950s and retained close connections to the Institution until his death. He also served as editor of the “Journal of Atmospheric Science” (formerly “Journal of Meteorology”) in the mid1940s, and on several editorial boards. The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, lectures and class notes and data. 1928-1988. 13 record cartons.


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