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At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Box 1: Cataloged correspondence & manuscripts; Boxes 2-4: Uncataloged correspondence & manuscripts; Box 5: Printed materials; Boxes 6-7: Patent materials; Boxes 8-10: 1986 addition; 2 Oversize boxes; 1 Oversize roll (Stack 15/23/30); & Map case drawer 14/14/8.
Personal and professional correspondence, including 25 long letters from Professor Henry F. Herbig; manuscripts (mainly speeches); specifications for patents in electrical fields; technical and personal photographs; and memorabilia. Included is a copy of the famous "shot in hand" x-ray photograph, ca. 1896, one of the first ever to be taken. This collection also contains the correspondence, manuscripts, documents, and memorabilia of Professor Pupin's daughter, Varvara Smith, and his son-in-law, Louis Graham Smith. His daughter's letters and documents deal with her financial difficulties, her administration of Pupin's estate and her claims against Columbia University. Louis G. Smith's letters deal with his anti-Communist sentiments and his manuscripts are mainly ideas for popular songs and plays. There are three letters (photostatic copies) to Smith from Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1986 Addition: Awards and diplomas presented to Pupin by American and European universities and charitable organizations; drawings and prints by Yugoslav artists; and miscellaneous correspondence, manuscripts, blue prints, architectural drawings and maps.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Other Finding Aids
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions, however, Box 2 is currently missing. At this time, only microfilm is available for Box 2.
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.
Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Michael Idvorsky Pupin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
See also the Pupin glass negatives in the E. H. Armstrong Papers
Alternate Form Available
Boxes 1, 2, 6& 7 are on: microfilm.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Entered in AMC 11/27/1990.
2 video cassettes Processed HR 07/21/1998.
June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Columbia College, A.B., 1883; Columbia University, Doctor of Science, 1904; Professor of Electro-mechanics, 1901-1927.