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Lucy Julia Hayner papers, 1919-1966

Summary Information


This collection consists of manuscripts, typescripts, manuscript notes, diagrams, correspondence and reprints of the physicist Lucy Julia Hayner (1898-1971).

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0569
Bib ID 4078876 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hayner, Lucy Julia, 1898-1971
Title Lucy Julia Hayner papers, 1919-1966
Physical Description 2.09 linear feet (5 document boxes)
Language(s) English , German .

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

This collection has no restrictions.



This collection is arranged in two series.



These papers represent Lucy Hayner's work as a student, teaching assistant, research physicist at General Electric, and faculty member at Columbia. There is coursework, research notes, article drafts, offprints and correspondence (professional, personal and with students).

  • Series I. Papers (Original Accession), 1922-1937

    Manuscripts, typescripts, manuscript notes, diagrams, letters, and reprints of Hayner. These papers represent her early work while a graduate student and a teaching assistant at Columbia, 1920-1925, as a research physicist at General Electric, 1925-1928, and while a professor at Columbia, 1929-1937. The papers deal with research on the "shot effect" of electron emissions in vacuum tubes. There are notes on "arc" research, 1924-1925, notes and drafts of her 1925 Columbia Ph.D. dissertation: THE PERSISTENCE OF THE RADIATION EXCITED IN MERCURY VAPOR, files of notes on "secondary emissions" 1922-1928, and notes and manuscript and typescript drafts of her two articles "Shot Effect of Secondary Electron Currents" (PHYSICS VI, Oct. 1935) and "Shot Effect of Secondary Electrons from Nickel and Beryllium" (THE PHYSICAL REVIEW, LII, Nov. 1, 1937). The second article was co-authored by her husband, Bernhard Kurrelmeyer and there are also notes and drafts by him. Also, manuscripts and notes for his article "The Photoelectric Conductivity of Sulphur" (1927); and a few letters from other physicists relating to the publication of these articles.

  • Series II. Papers (2000 Addition), 1919-1966

    This series contains the materials transferred to the University Archives in 2000. They include Hayner's lab reports as a graduate student, notes, correspondence, and offprints.

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 three 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); Lucy Julia Hayner papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Series II was processed by Arenah Grace in June 2001.

Revision Description

2012-07-09 xml document created by Judith Zupnick.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2019-07-18 Added Series II. Papers (2000 Addition) (formerly UA#0025, BIBID 6943103)

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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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Laboratory notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Beryllium -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Electric lighting -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
General Electric Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kurrelmeyer, Bernhard Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nickel -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nuclear physics -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoconductivity -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoelectricity -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photoemission -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physics -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sulfur -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vacuum-tubes -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women college teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women physicists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

A specialist in atomic and electronic physics, Lucy Hayner graduated from Barnard College in 1919. Her teaching career at Columbia began in 1920 when she received her MA degree. She conducted research at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK from 1924 to 1925 and completed her PhD in 1926. She then worked for three years in the research laboratory of General Electric Co. on problems of electron emission in vacuum tubes. After returning to Columbia in 1929, she taught in and later headed the Ernest Kempton Adams Laboratory. Hayner also designed and constructed a circular slide rule with Braille markings for blind students. A professor emerita of physics at Columbia University, Hayner died on 23 September 1971 at the age of 73.