Recent Additions to the Niels Bohr Library & Archives

Donations to the Library & Archives allow us to acquire historically relevant and valuable materials. Since we are mainly the collecting body of AIP and its member societies, as new collections are offered to us we work hard to find an appropriate home for them. This often means that they are not kept here, but at a repository with stronger ties to the subject of the records. Though some collections are sent away, we continue to grow our archives and help give a home to records, photos, and books that fit within our realm of collecting. Again this year we have collected at a steady pace with many new and interesting materials.

Audiovisual Collections

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives (ESVA) now makes over 22,500 images available online at http://photos.aip.org.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) donated nearly 600 images which were processed by a spring 2010 intern from the University of Maryland's iSchool. Peter Armbruster of the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany donated several photos depicting his life and work. Lucien Baillaud donated a few photos of his grandfather, Benjamin Baillaud, the first President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Leo Beranek donated dozens of stereo slides taken before 1975 documenting employees of Bolt, Beranek, and Newman. Hilmar W. Duerbeck donated several photos featuring his wife, Waltraut Seitter, a German astronomer who taught at Smith College and Vanderbilt University in the U.S. as well as Bonn University and Muenster University in Germany. Jonothan Logan made a large donation of prints largely from the collections of Samuel Goudsmit and Brookhaven National Laboratory. George Tressel gave us several photos of physicist and composer Art Roberts at a recording session for music he composed for a film on the 1964 Atoms for Peace Conference as well as images of John Wheeler, Leslie Groves, and Walter Ziin made while making the film 'The Day Tomorrow Began.' Kameshwar Wali, a previous donor, gave us several images of Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and family via Physics Today magazine, who featured Chandrasekhar in their December 2010 issue.

The 2010 Nobel Laureates in Physics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, donated photos at our request. We also thank these generous donors for giving us their images: Donald D. Clayton, Michael Duncan, John C. Hardy, Randall G. Hulet, Maureen A. Rafferty, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Martin Walt, and Benjamin P. Weiss.

Lastly, we thank the following AIP Member Society Presidents for sending us their photos for our Gallery of Member Society Presidents: Christopher Dainty, George V. Frisk, Thomas Koetzle, Angus A. Rockett, J. Anthony Seibert, and David R. Sokoloff.

Manuscript Collections

As always, being the official repository of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and its ten member societies, we have continued in our effort this year to preserve their records. We have received large donations from the American Physical Society (APS), and smaller donations from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the AVS, and the Society of Rheology (SoR). In addition, we have worked to complete our collections of back issues of each member society's and AIP division's printed newsletters that are part of our Miscellaneous Publications collection. Each division or society has their own finding aid that can be found on our website, which will allow researchers easier access to these resources. From the Library & Archives, we have added to our collection on the Center for the History of Physics' (CHP) Project on the History of Recent Physics records and the administrative materials and interviews from the History of Physicists in Industry project are also available.

Along with these collections from AIP and its member societies we have received the Lillian Hoddeson papers, which include transcripts from some of the oral history interviews she conducted throughout her career and much of her research material and from the grant-funded projects she worked on, especially those she did in conjunction with CHP. This collection has been processed and a finding aid is available online. Furthermore, we were sent an addition to the Samuel Goudsmit papers, the records of William C. "Bill" Kelly from his time at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) along with a roll of microfilm on AAPT's Committee on Apparatus for Educational Institutions lecture demonstrations, and a set of Edson Wolcott's diplomas.

In addition to our larger manuscript collections, we collect audio visual recordings, institutional histories, unpublished manuscript biographies and single or few item collections of "miscellaneous physics." These types of materials make up a majority of our collection and often offer new points of views on historical events and people important to the physical sciences.

This year our audio visual donations ranged from speeches for awards given by member societies, such as B. C. Wang's acceptance of the Patterson Award, Frank Herbstein's acceptance of the Fankuchen Award, and Angelo Gavezzoti's acceptance of the Trueblood award for the American Crystallographic Association (ACA); to presentations that are history-focused from large conferences, for example we received recordings from the AAPT Winter meeting from Jacksonville, Florida and the APS March and April meetings. We also received audio reels from AAPT's Women in Science series of interviews with women of physics and astronomy from the 1970s and 80s and a recording of the actor Clay Jenkinson's portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer.

More information is now available about the Niels Bohr Institute and the APS's collected papers relating to their formation of the division of nuclear physics in our institutional histories collection. In our manuscript biographies, we have received memoirs, autobiographies or unpublished biographies about Henry Paul, Raymond McAllister, Donald B. Keck, David K. C. Cooper, Morris Berg, Sidney C. Abrahams, Vesto Melvin Slipher and Jack Eddy. Finally, in our miscellaneous physics collection, we received more course notes from a nuclear physics class taught by Julian Schwinger that were compiled by Martin J. Klein and from a neutron physics course at Los Alamos University taught by Enrico Fermi that were written by Isaac Halpern; and a report from the first workshop of the National Resource for Computation in Chemistry from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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