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Bergen Davis papers, 1898-1960

Summary Information

Abstract

Professional papers of Bergen Davis (1869-1958) Professor of Physics, Columbia University, 1903-1939 (A.M., 190ffl; Ph.D. 1901;DD.Sc. 1929) containing correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia and printed materials.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0327
Bib ID 4078681 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958
Title Bergen Davis papers, 1898-1960
Physical Description 1 linear feet (1 linear feet 2 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Series I:Correspondence, 1914-1954 Subseries I.1: Cataloged Correspondence; Subseries I.2: Uncataloged Correspondence; Series II: Documents and Photographs

Description

Summary

Professional papers of Davis, including correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and printed materials. The correspondence consists chiefly of Davis' typescript carbons of his letters to Columbia colleagues, other physicists, and other individuals at various manufacturers of equipment. The topics covered deal with Columbia students, faculty, course and research work, and his life long interest in the study of x-rays. The majority of these files cover the years 1914 to 1921 and 1932 to 1936. The cataloged letters include one each from Michael I. Pupin, Isidor I. Rabi, and Robert Simpson Woodward, one lengthy letter from Davis, and ten letters from Nicholas M. Butler. Also included are letters from Mrs. Davis relating to the research of Lucy J. Hayner and Harold Webb for Webb's biography of Davis that appeared in the National Academy of Sciences' BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIRS (v. 34, 1960) along with extensive notes, bibliographies and manuscript and typescript versions of Webb's article. There are also manuscripts, typescripts, and notes by Davis relating to his research and writings, photographs of Davis and of his x-ray spectograph, and clippings and memorabilia of his life and work.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Bergen Davis papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Revision Description

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hayner, Lucy J Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physics -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pupin, Michael, 1858-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rabi, I. I (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Webb, H. B (Harold B.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodward, Robert Simpson, 1849-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
X-rays -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Professor of Physics, Columbia University, 1903-1939 (Columbia University A.M., 1900; Ph.D., 1901; D.D. Sc., 1929).