Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Michael Idvorsky Pupin papers, 1800-1995

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1035
Bib ID 4079580 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Pupin, Michael, 1858-1935
Title Michael Idvorsky Pupin papers, 1800-1995
Physical Description 5 linear feet (10 boxes; 2 oversize boxes; 1 oversize roll)
Language(s) English .
Other Finding Aids

Legacy Finding aid


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.



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

Legacy Finding aid

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Related Materials

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

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 11/27/1990.

2 video cassettes Processed HR 07/21/1998.

Revision Description

June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

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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Architectural drawings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bills Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Drawings (visual works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Engravings (prints) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Graphs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Legal records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patents Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Specifications Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Video cassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
X-ray photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
blueprints (reprographic copies) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
diplomas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eisenhower, Dwight D (Dwight David), 1890-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Electrical engineering Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Electrical engineers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Herbig, Henry F Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inventors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Physicists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scientists Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Louis Graham Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Varvara Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Columbia College, A.B., 1883; Columbia University, Doctor of Science, 1904; Professor of Electro-mechanics, 1901-1927.