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Department of Physics records, 1870-1983

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains records of the Physics Department of Columbia University and several of its affiliated research laboratories: the Columbia Radiation Laboratory, the Pupin Cyclotron Laboratory, the Nevis Cyclotron Laboratory, and the Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory.

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0021
Bib ID 5849320 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Columbia University. Department of Physics
Title Department of Physics records, 1870-1983
Physical Description 42 linear feet (42 record cartons)
Language(s) English .
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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in 7 series.

Description

Summary

This collection contains records of the Physics Department of Columbia University and several of its affiliated research laboratories: the Columbia Radiation Laboratory, the Pupin Cyclotron Laboratory, the Nevis Cyclotron Laboratory, and the Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory. The records of the Columbia Radiation Laboratory comprise more than half the collection as a whole; and more than one quarter consists of the lab notebooks kept by Columbia physicists, including Nobel laureate Polykarp Kusch, Chien-Shiung Wu, their colleagues, associates, and students. This collection includes laboratory notebooks, blueprints and diagrams, correspondence and memoranda, contracts, grant proposals, research reports, classroom materials, reprints, subject files, and miscellaneous items.

  • Series I: Department Records

    This series consists of documents and materials of the Physics Department itself, as distinct from those of its associated research laboratories. Series I is divided into two sub-series.

  • Series II: Columbia Radiation Laboratory

    This is by far the largest series in the collection, comprising more than half of the total. It is also the most comprehensive, in that it broadly covers many aspects of the Columbia Radiation Laboratory's operations. Series II is divided into five sub-series.

  • Series III: Pupin Cyclotron Laboratory

    This short series, contained in record carton 28, is organized alphabetically by subject. Most of these materials relate to infrastructural problems relating to the laboratory. For example, folder 28.26 relates contracting work done in the mid-1950s to supply the laboratory with sufficient electrical power; folder 28.31 relates efforts to procure a spectrometer for the lab around the same time. These subject files include correspondence, notes, blueprints, diagrams, and other office records.

  • Series IV: Nevis Cyclotron Laboratory

    This short series, in record cartons 28–29, contains primarily of blueprints, photos, and photo negatives. These are organized in three groups. A first group, folders 28.34–29.11, consists of undated photos and photo negatives, organized by the physics researcher who ordered them. They are, for example, charts and diagrams prepared as figures in published research papers; in no case, however, is a record of their intended use preserved. A second group, folders 29.12–29.21, consists of blueprints organized by subject. Representative is a blueprint for "Plunger Assembly, H2 Bubble Chamber." The third group, folders 29.22–29.25, consists of blueprints, together with related correspondence, reports, and notes, related to the construction of a neutron velocity spectrometer at Nevis Laboratory, Irvington-on-Hudson, in the late 1950s.

  • Series V: Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory

    This short series, in record cartons 35–36 consists solely of a set of laboratory notebooks that recorded experimental results from research done at the Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory. All but one of the notebooks were identified by the researcher's name, the largest group being the four notebooks of Nickola Nickolic.

  • Series VI: Physics Research

    This series, spanning record cartons 29–35, collects together research materials from the Physics Department not connected to one of the affiliated research laboratories. Many of these materials seem to have been the research files of Professor Emerita Wu and her associates.

    This series contains three main groups of files. The first main group (folders 29.26–30.36) consists of lose-leaf laboratory notes foldered by research subject and organized alphabetically. For example, folder 29.38, "Cu64 Research," contains notes, charts and tables of figures related to research on Cu64.

    The second main group (folders 30.37–32.13) consists of paper and cloth bound lab notebooks similar to those described in sub-series II-c. The first nine of these (all cloth bound) belonged to Professor Wu herself, and date from 1944–1954. The next fourteen belonged to named associates of Wu, and are sorted alphabetically by the name of the owner. Some of these are additionally given topical titles, as for example "Beta Ray Spectroscopy." The remaining dozen were also owned by Wu associates, but were not labeled with the owner's name. Some of these are titled, as for example "He3, d Reaction," but some are not.

    The third and largest group of folders in this series (folders 32.14–35.8) consists of a lengthy set of "diagram files." These "diagrams" are blueprints, tables, graphs, flow charts, electrical schematics, and so on. The diagrams are often labeled, but only sporadically dated. Each of diagram is stamped "Columbia University Nuclear Physics Research" and assigned a "DWG. NO." The diagrams number (with some gaps) from 1197 to 5581; the number order is only very loosely chronological. Representative diagrams (from folder 33.2) are "Graph-H. Brown," "Temp'y El. Storage Sys.," "Gas Handling Schematic Layout." There is no obvious connection between the diagrams (except that they were all presumably produced for the Physics Department), and there is no general index or other supporting material for the collection of diagrams.

  • Series VII: Reprints

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dr. Marilyn H. Pettit; Frank Lovett (GSAS 2004). Finding aid written by Frank Lovett in February 2004. Finding aid was reformatted by Elizabeth Nolte (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 2009) in October 2008.

Revision Description

2020-04-08 Word finding aid encoded. (JR)

2020-10-19 Added Box 41 (JR)

2020-10-29 Added Box 40 (JR)

2020-11-13 Added Box 42 (JR)

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Columbia University's Graduate Department of Physics was founded in 1892, and from 1925 has been housed in Pupin Laboratory (named after Michael Idvorsky Pupin on his death in 1935). It was there, under the direction of physicists George Pegram, Isidor I. Rabi, and Enrico Fermi that the preliminary scientific investigations eventually leading to the development of the atomic bomb in America took place.

The Columbia Radiation Laboratory was established under the direction of I.I. Rabi and J. M. B. Kellogg (Jerome Merle Blake Kellogg, b. 1905; Library of Congress states middle name as "Blakely") in 1942 to participate in the development of radar and related research critical to the United States in the Second World War. The Radiation Laboratory continued its government-sponsored research after the war under the direction of Polykarp Kusch and Robert Novick in the 1950s and 1960s while also expanding into new areas of research. In the mid-1970s, the Radiation Laboratory was subsumed under a broader materials science program; in 2001 it was renamed the Center for Integrated Science and Engineering.

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Series I: Department Records

This series consists of documents and materials of the Physics Department itself, as distinct from those of its associated research laboratories. Series I is divided into two sub-series.


Subseries I.1: Subject Files

This subseries consists of assorted correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports, and so on, organized alphabetically by subject. These records, all contained in record carton 1, are far from comprehensive. Folders 1.1–1.3 contain documents related to research done under the auspices of the Atomic Energy Commission (circa 1948–1953). Folder 1.6 contains records of graduate student fellowships awarded (university-wide) in the mid 1950s. Folders 1.7–1.15 contain John R. Dunning's records of research operations at the Cyclotron Laboratory and within the Division of War Research (circa 1940–1949). Folders 1.22–1.24 contain drafts of papers and theses submitted to Professor Chien-Shiung Wu in the early 1950s.


Atomic Energy Commission



Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence, Contracts, and Papers, 1948-1958


Box 1 Folder 2 Progress Reports, 1950-1954


Box 1 Folder 3 Security Requirements, 1951-1953


Box 1 Folder 4 Budget Worksheets, 1942-1948


Box 1 Folder 5 Columbia College - Correspondence, 1953-1956


Box 1 Folder 6 Committee on Instruction – Fellowships, 1953-1954


Cyclotron


Box 1 Folder 7-9 Accounts, 1943-1949, 3 folders


Box 1 Folder 10 Contracts, 1940-1949


Box 1 Folder 11 Correspondence, 1944-1949


Box 1 Folder 12 Financial Records, 1944-1949


Box 1 Folder 13 Photos, 1948-1949


Davis, Bergen - correspondence, papers, etc., 1919-1938


Division of War Research


Box 1 Folder 14 Record Book, 1943-1944


Box 1 Folder 15 Reports and Correspondence, 1942-1948


Box 1 Folder 16 Graduate Committee - Records, 1950-1953


Box 1 Folder 17 Joint Committee on Graduate Instruction, 1953-1954


Box 1 Folder 18 Institute for International Education - Correspondence, 1955


Box 1 Folder 19 Library Committee - Records, 1953


Box 1 Folder 20 Pliofilm Procurement - Correspondence, 1950-1951


Box 1 Folder 21 Storage Battery Research (Professor William Hallock), 1902-1910


Student Papers, Submitted to Wu


Box 1 Folder 22 Koerts, Leo, 1953-1955


Box 1 Folder 23 Shaknov, Irving, 1951


Box 1 Folder 24-25 University Council - Agendas and Minutes, 1953-1954, 2 folders


Subseries I.2: Instruction Files

Folders 2.1-10 contain classroom materials and records related to summer session classes offered mainly in the 1950s. Folders 2.11–3.9 contain sample deficiency exams, finals, master's exams, and Ph.D. qualifying exams, some dating as early as the 1920s. The most extensive portion of this sub-series, however, is the course materials within folders 3.10–7.3. Organized principally by academic year and course offered, these records provide a comprehensive view of the Physics Department's course offerings roughly from the late 1930s through the late 1950's. For each course there are syllabi, quizzes, lab assignments, exams, and so on; often there are grade distributions, and in some cases lecture notes. Included are some apparently complete lecture sets, as for example: folder 6.14: Jack Steinberger's lectures on "Meson Physics" (1957); or folder 6.1: Steven Weinberg's lectures on "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" (1958).


Summer Session



Box 2 Folder 1-3 General, 1948-1964, 3 folders


Box 2 Folder 4-6 Physics s5 (Sloan Grant), 1960-1967, 3 folders


Box 2 Folder 7-8 1961 Institute for High School Teachers, 1959-1962, 2 folders


Box 2 Folder 9-10 1962 Institute for High School Teachers, 1961-1963, 2 folders


Exam Samples


Box 2 Folder 11-13 Deficiency Exams, 1947-1957, 3 folders


Box 2 Folder 14-17 Final Course Exams, 1947-1962, 4 folders


Box 2 Folder 18-19 Masters Exams, 1921-1949, 2 folders



Box 3 Folder 1 Masters Exams, 1950-1962


Box 3 Folder 2 Midterm Exams, 1954-1962


Box 3 Folder 3 Special Exams and Solution Sheets, 1958-1960


Box 3 Folder 4-9 PhD Qualifying Exams, 1926-1962, 6 folders


Course Materials


Box 3 Folder 10 Lab Manual, undated


Box 3 Folder 11 Summer 1927, Summer 1934, Summer 1935, 1927-1935


Box 3 Folder 12-14 Spring/Summer, 1936-1939, 3 folders


Box 3 Folder 15 Summer/Fall, 1939


Box 3 Folder 16 Miscellaneous, 1940-1948


Box 3 Folder 17 Electromagnetics, 1948 Spring

(based on Lamb lectures)


Box 3 Folder 18-19 Academic Years, 1948-1950, 2 folders



Box 4 Folder 1-13 Academic Years, 1949-1955, 13 folders


Box 4 Folder 14-15 Electromagnetics - based on Kroll lectures, 1955 Spring, 2 folders



Box 5 Folder 1 Electromagnetics - notes and PhD qualifying exams, 1955 Spring


Box 5 Folder 2 Quantum Mechanics - based on Serber lectures, 1955-1956


Box 5 Folder 3 Quantum Mechanics - based on Pais lectures, 1955-1956


Box 5 Folder 4-7 Academic Year, 1955-1956, 4 folders


Box 5 Folder 8 Quantum Mechanics - based on Lee lectures, 1956 Fall


Box 5 Folder 9-16 Academic Years, 1956-1958, 8 folders



Box 6 Folder 1 Quantum Mechanics - based on Weinberg lectures, 1958 Fall


Box 6 Folder 2-5 Academic Years, 1958-1959, 4 folders


Box 6 Folder 6 Elementary Particles - based on Weinberg lectures, 1959 Spring


Box 6 Folder 7 Miscellaneous, 1959-1962


Box 6 Folder 8 Loose class notes, 1964-1966


Box 6 Folder 9 Rainwater on Optics (incomplete), undated


Steinberger Lectures


Box 6 Folder 10 Unknown topic (handwritten), 1939


Box 6 Folder 11-12 Electrodynamics (handwritten), 1939, 2 folders


Box 6 Folder 13 Unknown topic (handwritten), 1954


Box 6 Folder 14 Meson Physics, 1957


Box 6 Folder 15 Strange Particles, 1958


Box 6 Folder 16 Nuclear Models (handwritten), 1958


Box 6 Folder 17 Unknown topic (handwritten), 1964


Box 6 Folder 18 Experiments on Beta-decay, undated


Box 6 Folder 19 Low Energy Physics, undated


Box 6 Folder 20 Miscellaneous, 1959


Box 6 Folder 21 Fermt Lectures on Electrodynamics (handwritten), 1939


Box 6 Folder 22 Oppenheimer Notes on Electrodynamics, 1947


Box 6 Folder 23 Anderson Lectures on Meson Physics, 1953


Box 6 Folder 24 Lee Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, 1954



Box 7 Folder 1 Feld Lectures on Meson Physics, 1955


Box 7 Folder 2 Salam Lectures on Dispersion Theory, 1956


Box 7 Folder 3 Feld Lectures on Meson Physics, 1956


Laboratory Manuals



Box 41 Folder 1 Experiments in Physics for students, 1976 January

(Lab manuals for multiple courses)


Box 41 Folder 2 Physics C1004, F1004 and Pharmacy 22, undated

(Magnetic and electrical fields experiments)


Lecture Notes


Box 41 Folder 3 Lecture Series on Nuclear Physics, 1943-1944

(Dunning's set of lecture notes; LA report 24. includes lecture on Terminology (E.M. McMillan), Radioactivity (E. Segre, E. Teller, F. Bloch), Neutron Physics (J.H. Williams), etc.)


Box 41 Folder 4 Eden, R.J. - Introduction to the Structure Analysis of Collision Amplitudes, 1962 January

(Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge)


Box 41 Folder 5 Nordsieck, A. - Quantum Mechanics Lectures, 1945-1946


Box 41 Folder 6 Peierls, R.E. - Complex Eigenvalues in Scattering Theory, 1959 Winter

(Department of Mathematical Physics, University of Birmingham; Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, Columbia University, February to May 1959)


Box 41 Folder 7 Weinstein - Mathematical Foundations of Relativity, 1964 October

(Handwritten notes)


Box 41 Folder 8 Wentzel, Gregor - Strong Coupling Meson Theory, 1954 Spring

(Lecture notes compiled by B.F. Nigam and A.E. Woodruff)


Class Notes


Bernardini, Gilberto



Box 40 Folder 3 Physics R268 - Cosmic Rays, 1948-1949 Winter


Chiu, Hong-Yee


Box 40 Folder 4 Physics G8045x - Stellar Physics, undated

(Notes of the course in the Spring Term.)


Fuller, Robert W.


Box 40 Folder 5 Physics G6019x - Mathematical Methods of Physics, 1961 Fall

(Formerly Physics 119. Certain sections of these notes are based on the 119 notes of Professor Feinberg, Foley and Lee.)


Kroll, N.M.


Box 40 Folder 6 Physics 192 - Electromagnetic Theory I, 1955 Spring

(Notes by Alfred Landman)


Box 40 Folder 7 Physics 194 - Electromagnetic Theory III, 1959 February

(Lecture notes prepared by Martin L. Teiger)


Box 40 Folder 8 Physics 249 - Quantum Electrodynamics, 1949-1950 Winter


Kusch, P. (Polykarp)


Box 40 Folder 9 A Course in Molecular Beams, undated


Lamb, Willis E.


Box 40 Folder 10 Physics 215-216 - Electromagnetic Theory, 1946-1947 Spring

(Physics 227 in Winter 1948)



Box 41 Folder 9 Physics 226 - Electromagnetic Theory, 1948 Spring


Lee, Tsung-Dao



Box 40 Folder 11 Physics 119 - Mathematical Methods in Physics, 1954 Winter (Revised 1958)

(Notes by Menasha J. Tausner. These notes have not been checked by Professor Lee.)



Box 42 Folder 1 Physics 120 - Mathematical Methods in Physics, 1959 Spring

(Bob Eisenstein and Uriel Nauenberg)


Box 42 Folder 2 Physics 236 - Statistical Mechanics, 1957-1958


Nauenberg, Michael



Box 40 Folder 12 Physics 247 - Dispersion Relations, 1961 Winter

(Notes prepared by H.S. Mani and James Nearing)


Novick, R.



Box 41 Folder 10 Physics G4015x - Atomic Physics, 1964 Winter

(Notes prepared by Jack Hahn)


Pais, A.



Box 42 Folder 3 Physics 247 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics (Field Theory), 1955-1956

(Notes prepared by G. Feinberg and L. Landovitz)


Peaslee, D.C.


Box 42 Folder 4 Physics S135 - Atomic Physics, 1953 Summer


Rainwater, James


Box 42 Folder 5 Physics 257-258 - Nuclear Physics, 1959


Box 42 Folder 6-7 Physics G4009 - Optics, 1969, 2 Volumes

(Part I: Introductory material and mainly geometric optics, chapters 1-7 (there is no chapter 8); Part II: chapters 9-15)


Thomas


Box 42 Folder 8 Physics 240 - Special and General Theories of Relativity, undated


Townes


Box 42 Folder 9 Microwave Spectroscopy, undated


Weinberg, Steven



Box 41 Folder 11 Physics 260 - Elementary Particles: Weak Interactions, 1959 March

(Notes prepared by Hector Rubinstein and Arthur Bierman)


Box 41 Folder 12 Physics 257 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics, 1958-1959


Wu, C.S. (Chien-Shiung)


Box 41 Folder 13 Physics 257-258 - The Neutrino: A Contribution to the Memorial Volume to Wolfgang Pauli, 1959 June

(Pupin Cyclotron Laboratory and George B. Pegram Laboratory, CU-197)


Box 41 Folder 14-15 Physics 234 - Theoretical Nuclear Physics, 1961-1962

(2 volumes; on spine "Dr. Wu's Course" ; on front page "A course given by Dr. H. A. Weidenmuller at Caltech during 1961-1962. Lecture notes by Fernando B. Morinigo and Yvon R. Cusson.")



Box 42 Folder 11 Physics 8057x - Advanced Nuclear Physics, 1964



Box 41 Folder 16 Physics 8057x - Advanced Nuclear Physics, undated

(Notes by Weidenmuller)



Box 42 Folder 10 Physics G4040 - Nuclear Physics, 1963



Box 40 Folder 1 Physics F1001x (Metz), undated

(Begins on Chapter 2: The Concepts of Space and Time)


Box 40 Folder 2 Physics 135 - Atomic Physics, 1955-1956 Winter

(Book list, course outline, lecture notes)

Series II: Columbia Radiation Laboratory

This is by far the largest series in the collection, comprising more than half of the total. It is also the most comprehensive, in that it broadly covers many aspects of the Columbia Radiation Laboratory's operations. Series II is divided into five sub-series.


Subseries II.1: Subject Files

Folders 7.4–7.52 consists of a wide variety of publications, contractor bids, correspondence, news releases and various other general office records dating from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. For the most part, these documents relate only relatively mundane office minutiae, such as the procurement of a "Glass Annealing Oven" (folder 7.18). Of greater interest, perhaps, are folders 7.26–28, which cover the distribution of the lab's research results to a long list of U.S. Military officials under the "Joint Services Electronics Program" (JSEP).



Box 7 Folder 4 Air Force Research Proposal, 1960-1961


Box 7 Folder 5 Air Raids, 1954


Box 7 Folder 6 Alterations - 1106 Pupin, 1960


Box 7 Folder 7 Beryllium Poisoning 1957, 1957


Box 7 Folder 8 Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1952-1953


Box 7 Folder 9 Committee on Government Aided Research, 1958


Box 7 Folder 10 Classification of Documents in Safe, undated


Box 7 Folder 11 Computing Facilities, 1951-1958


Box 7 Folder 12 Draft Deferments, 1948-1951


Box 7 Folder 13 Employee Recognition, 1954


Box 7 Folder 14 Equipment Grants, 1958-1960


Box 7 Folder 15 Equipment Loans from Physics Department, 1950-1955


Box 7 Folder 16 Frequency Control Symposium, 1960-1961


Box 7 Folder 17 Glass Changeover, 1954


Box 7 Folder 18 Glass Annealing Oven, 1956


Box 7 Folder 19 Glass Lecture, by McCellan, 1959


Box 7 Folder 20 Graduate Student Employees, 1952-1958


Box 7 Folder 21 Instructions and Forms, 1943-1945


Box 7 Folder 22 Interdepartmental Work, 1950-1958


Box 7 Folder 23 Inventory of Air Reduction Sales Co., 1954


Box 7 Folder 24 International Radio Consultative Committee, 1959


Box 7 Folder 25 ISRP Proposals, 1973


JSEP


Box 7 Folder 26 Distribution Lists, 1969-1974


Box 7 Folder 27 Lab Directors' Meeting, 1974


Box 7 Folder 28 Proposals, 1969-1971


Box 7 Folder 29 MIT Radiation Lab, news release, 1945


Box 7 Folder 30 Modification 13, 1969-1974


Box 7 Folder 31 Molecular Beams, 1953


Box 7 Folder 32 National Bureau of Standards, 1957-1958


Box 7 Folder 33 Notices from Bulletin Board, 1947-1958


Box 7 Folder 34 Optical Maser Research, 1961


Box 7 Folder 35 Organization and Procedures, 1943-1954


Box 7 Folder 36 Personnel Directories, 1950-1960


Box 7 Folder 37 Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., 1954-1955


Box 7 Folder 38 Property on Loan, 1950-1961


Box 7 Folder 39 Publication, 1954-1958


Box 7 Folder 40 Pupin Facilities, 1950-1956


Box 7 Folder 41 Radiation and Health, 1955-1956


Box 7 Folder 42 Reprints, 1954-1960


Box 7 Folder 43 Researcher Classifications, 1957


Box 7 Folder 44 Signal Corps, research contract, 1960


Box 7 Folder 45 Signature Authorizations, 1952-1960


Box 7 Folder 46 Slide Rule Registration, 1945-1954


Box 7 Folder 47 Summer Work, 1959


Box 7 Folder 48 Travel Expenses, 1958-1960


Box 7 Folder 49 Tritium License, 1954-1958


Box 7 Folder 50 Tungsten Wire, from General Electric, 1959-1960


Box 7 Folder 51 V Belts, 1947


Box 7 Folder 52 Watson Labs, 1952-1958


Subseries II.2: Contracts and Grants

This subseries, now mostly in record cartons 8-10, was compiled from two originally separate, but substantively overlapping groups of materials. The records have been organized by contracting agency first, and document type second. For example, the materials in folders 7.53-8.13 all relate to a series of research contracts and grants from the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Within this group, folders 7.55-56 contain contract documents, folder 8.5 contains funding proposals submitted to the Air Force, folders 8.7-8.8 contain technical reports on the research done under the contracts, and so on. Nearly all the records in this sub-series were coded by a contract or grant number. For example, a code beginning "DA-ARO(D)-31-124-G___" refers to a grant from the Army Research Office; as the grant was renewed over the years, each iteration was assigned a unique I.D. (G170, G380, G477, etc.). These codes appear on nearly every piece of correspondence, every form, contractual document, every report, and so on. Taken as a whole, the documents in this sub-series comprehensively reflect the nature and extent of U.S. Military funding, through a wide variety of agencies, of research undertaken at the Radiation Laboratory from the early 1950s through the early 1970s.


Air Force Contracts


Box 7 Folder 53 Account and Financial Documents, 1958-1963


Box 7 Folder 54 Annual Reports, undated


Box 7 Folder 55-56 Contract Documents, 1957-1965, 2 folders



Box 8 Folder 1-4 Correspondence, 1952-1965, 4 folders


Box 8 Folder 5 Proposals, 1959-1965


Box 8 Folder 6 Publications, 1958-1964


Box 8 Folder 7-8 Technical Reports, 1956-1964, 2 folders


Air Force Grants


Box 8 Folder 9 Account and Financial Documents, 1961-1964


Box 8 Folder 10 Contract Documents, 1961-1963


Box 8 Folder 11 Correspondence, 1957-1967


Box 8 Folder 12 Proposals, 1961-1963


Box 8 Folder 13 Publications, 1963-1967


Box 8 Folder 14 Technical Reports, 1961-1966


Army Research Office Grants


Box 8 Folder 15 Account and Financial Documents, 1961-1966


Box 8 Folder 16 Contract Documents, 1961-1966


Box 8 Folder 17-18 Correspondence, 1957-1973, 2 folders


Box 8 Folder 19-20 Proposals, 1961-1970, 2 folders



Box 9 Folder 1 Publications, 1963-1969


Box 9 Folder 2-3 Technical Reports, 1962-1972, 2 folders


Army Signal Corp Contracts


Box 9 Folder 4 Account and Financial Documents, 1959-1963


Box 9 Folder 5 Approval Requests, 1959-1962


Box 9 Folder 6-8 Contract Documents, 1950-1964, 3 folders


Box 9 Folder 9-10 Correspondence, 1951-1964, 2 folders


Box 9 Folder 11-16 Inventory Records, 1947-1959, 6 folders



Box 10 Folder 1 Inventory Records, 1959-1961


Box 10 Folder 2 Proposals, 1958-1961


Box 10 Folder 3 Publications, 1959-1963


NASA Grants


Box 10 Folder 4 Inventory Records, 1963-1968


Box 10 Folder 5 Proposals, 1961-1963


NSF Grants


Box 10 Folder 6 Account and Financial Documents, 1957-1966


Box 10 Folder 7 Contract Documents, 1960-1966


Box 10 Folder 8 Correspondence, 1960-1968


Box 10 Folder 9 Inventory Records, 1962-1965


Box 10 Folder 10-11 Proposals, 1960-1966, 2 folders


Box 10 Folder 12-13 Publications, 1962-1977, 2 folders


Box 10 Folder 14 Technical Reports, 1963-1969


Office of Naval Research Contract


Box 10 Folder 15 Account and Financial Documents, 1970-1974


Box 10 Folder 16-18 Approval Requests, 1969-1974, 3 folders


Box 10 Folder 19-20 Contract Documents, 1968-1974, 2 folders



Box 11 Folder 1 Correspondence, 1969-1975


Box 11 Folder 2 Proposals, 1971-1974


Box 11 Folder 3 Reprints, 1970-1974


Army Electronics Lab Contract


Box 11 Folder 4 Proposals, 1968


Box 11 Folder 5-6 Reprints, 1965-1971, 2 folders


Box 11 Folder 7 O.E.M. Contract - Inventory Records, 1946-1959


Subseries II.3: General

This subseries consists of the remaining materials related to the Radiation Laboratory located primarily in record cartons 11–13 and 27. These materials are something of a hodge-podge: for example, 11.9 contains three large envelops of photo prints and negatives; 11.10 contains two film reels, labeled 'Music A Laude' and 'Selby Narration' respectively; and so on. Three sizeable groups of records in this sub-series, however, are as follows: The first (folders 11.13–11.20) consists of various invention reports made to contracting or granting agencies from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s. Sample "inventions" reported (from folder 11.13) include a "Coaxial Cathode Lead," "Coaxial Line to Wave Guide Coupler," and a "Rapidly Tunable K-band magnetron." A second large group (folders 12.5–14.0) constitute a nearly complete series of Quarterly Progress Reports of the Radiation Laboratory from 1946 through 1983. The third large group (folders 26.21–27.18) consists of carbon copies of all staff correspondence from 1959 through 1966.


Box 11 Folder 8 Inventory Procedure log, 1960-1961


Box 11 Folder 9 Photo prints and negatives, undated


Box 11 Folder 10 "Music A Laude" and "Selby Narration", undated, 2 film reels


Box 11 Folder 11 National Defense Research Committee - Interim Report, 1946


Box 11 Folder 12 Statistical Survey of Research Activity, R. Novick, 1965


Invention Reports


Box 11 Folder 13-14 Division of War Research, 1943-1950, 2 folders


Box 11 Folder 15 Naval Research Contract, 1969-1973


Box 11 Folder 16 Photon Echo Generator, 1964-1971


Box 11 Folder 17 Laser Homodyne Spectrometer, 1963-1965


Box 11 Folder 18 Matrix Detector, 1967-1968


Box 11 Folder 19 Off-Resonant Light Probe, 1967-1969


Box 11 Folder 20 Atomic Frequency Converter, 1968-1972


Box 11 Folder 21-22 Reports on Production, 1923-1947, 2 folders


Box 11 Folder 23 Notes on 'Rising Sun' Decision, 1944


Box 11 Folder 24 Centimeter Magnetrons Report, 1946



Box 12 Folder 1-2 Calibration and Operating Specs, 1942-1947, 2 folders


Box 12 Folder 3-4 Travel and Meeting Reports, 1942-1953, 2 folders


Quarterly Progress Reports


Box 12 Folder 5-17 1946-1960, 13 folders



Box 13 Folder 1-16 1960-1982, 16 folders



Box 14 Folder 1 1982-1983


Staff Correspondence



Box 26 Folder 21-25 General, 1960-1963, 5 folders



Box 27 Folder 1-6 General, 1964-1966, 6 folders


Box 27 Folder 7-11 Guy Castle, 1963-1966, 5 folders


Box 27 Folder 12 Thomas Fountain, 1966


Box 27 Folder 13-18 D.I. Harrow, 1959-1963, 6 folders


Subseries II.4: Laboratory Notes

This subseries, spanning record cartons 14–23, represents the single largest component of the entire physics collection, alone accounting for more than one-quarter of the total. There are two main groups of laboratory notes. The first group (mostly found in record cartons 14–17) is a set of "electron tube books," largely dating from 1943 to 1945. Each tube book consists of detailed records of experimental data found testing electron tubes under various conditions; little more than the raw data are recorded, without narrative details in explanation of what exactly was being done or why. Each folder in this group contains documents originally collected in a single three-ring binder; the ordering of documents in their original binders has been preserved in each corresponding folder, but the binder itself has been discarded to save space. Each of the binders was labeled. One set of binders (now folders 14.1–15.5) was simply numbered "Electron Tube Book no. 1" through "Electron Tube Book no. 24." A second set of binders (now folders 15.6–17.6) was labeled according to the type of tubes being experimented with: for example, "Electron Tube Book—A1 Tubes." A third set of binders (now folders 17.10–17.24) was labeled as belonging to Nobel laureate Polykarp Kusch, as for example, "Kusch Notebook no. 4—L3 Tubes." The second and larger main group of laboratory notes (mostly found in record cartons 18–23) is a set of paper-bound notebooks, in which Columbia researchers and students at the Radiation Laboratory recorded class notes, experimental data, formal math and physics problems, and so on. As in the case of the tube books, these are raw notes, lacking contextual narrative. Most are dated from the late 1950s through the 1960s. Each notebook, with a few exceptions, was labeled with the name of its owner. Most of the notebooks were stamped "Property of Columbia Radiation Laboratory" and given a reference number (e.g., "CRL#337"); the reference numbers are loosely chronological, and may represent the order in which the notebooks were either distributed or collected by the Laboratory. A few of the notebooks have additionally been given a topical title (e.g., "Maser Spectroscopy" or "Alkali Hyperfine Structure"). In some cases, photos, photo negatives, or blueprints were kept in the notebooks.


Electron Tube Book



Box 14 Folder 2-18 Nos. 1-19a, 1942-1945, 17 folders



Box 15 Folder 1-5 Nos. 20-24, 1944-1945, 5 folders


Box 15 Folder 6 A1 Tube (early types) Drawings, 1944


Box 15 Folder 7 A1GK Tube Drawings, 1944


Box 15 Folder 8-13 A1 Tubes, G214-G527, G536-G797, G802-G870, 1944-1945, 5 folders


Box 15 Folder 14 G6 Tubes, Dr. Hollemberg's, 1944-1945


Box 15 Folder 15 C Tubes, 1943



Box 16 Folder 1 Assorted Tube Life Tests 1943-1945


Box 16 Folder 2 Miscellaneous Tube Performance Charts 1943


Electron Tube Book


Box 16 Folder 3-6 E5 Tubes, G16-G343, Dr. Hollemberg's, 1943-1944, 4 folders


Box 16 Folder 7 Manufacturers' E5 tubes, 1944


Box 16 Folder 8 AX Tube Performance Chart, 1944


Box 16 Folder 9-10 K4 Tube Drawings, 1944-1945, 2 folders


Box 16 Folder 11 L Tubes, 1944


Box 16 Folder 12-14 RCA Tubes, nos. 1-3, 1944, 3 folders


Box 16 Folder 15 RA Tunables, 1944-1945


Box 16 Folder 16 Sylvania Tubes (CRL Test), 1945


Box 16 Folder 17 XV Tube Drawings, 1944


Box 16 Folder 18 Harmonic Generator and Magnetron, no. 3, undated



Box 17 Folder 1-4 Nos. 4-7, undated, 4 folders


Box 17 Folder 5 Loose notes, 1949


Box 17 Folder 6 Summaries, 1944


Box 17 Folder 7 AB Graphs, G545-G960 - J.M.B. Kellogg's Prints, 1944-1945


Box 17 Folder 8 J.M.B. Kellogg's "Susie-Q Notebook", 1945


Box 17 Folder 9 Spectra Notebook, undated


Kusch Notebook


Box 17 Folder 10 No. 1 - Cold Test Anodes and Output Loops, 1942-1943


Box 17 Folder 11-15 No. 2-6 - L1 Tubes-L7 Tubes, 1943, 5 folders


Box 17 Folder 16 No. 7 - Bell Telephone Lab Drawings, 1943


Box 17 Folder 17 No. 8 - L8 Design Data Drawings, 1943-1944


Box 17 Folder 18 No. 10 - L9 Tubes, 1943-1944


Box 17 Folder 19 No. 11 - "Related Experiments", 1944


Box 17 Folder 20 No. 12 - Magnetic Measurements, 1944


Box 17 Folder 21 Calculations and Notes, undated


Box 17 Folder 22 Bell Telephone Lab Drawings and Notes, 1944


Box 17 Folder 23 Westinghouse Magnetron, 1941-1942


Box 17 Folder 24 Blueprints, Sketches, Notes, 1944


Box 17 Folder 25-27 Abella, Isaac - Notebooks nos. 1-3 (CRL#379, CRL#402, CRL#440), 1959-1962, 3 folders



Box 18 Folder 1 Abella, Isaac, & Kurnit - Notebook no. 4 (CRL#467) "Optical Spin-Echoes", 1962-1963


Box 18 Folder 2 Bakhru, K. - Notebook (CRL#447), undated


Box 18 Folder 3 Barash, Lee - Notebook (CRL#388), 1959-1960


Box 18 Folder 4 Block, B. - Notebook (CRL#342), 1957


Box 18 Folder 5 Bonbright, Daniel - Notebook (CRL#419), 1961-1962


Box 18 Folder 6 Buenafe, Ofelia - Notebook, 1968


Box 18 Folder 7-10 Carter, David - Notebooks no. 1-4 (CRL#365, CRL#377, CRL#390, CRL#414), 1958-1961, 4 folders


Box 18 Folder 11 Chiu, L.Y. Chow - Notebook (CRL#410), 1961


Clark, Eleanor


Box 18 Folder 12-19 Binders nos. 1-5, 1963-1966, 8 folders



Box 19 Folder 1 Binder no. 5 continued, 1965-1966


Box 19 Folder 2 U.C. Index file, 1967


Box 19 Folder 3 Loose notes, 1968-1969


Box 19 Folder 4-6 Commins, Eugene - Notebooks nos. 1-3 (CRL#314, CRL#323, CRL#331), "He 3+ Hyperfine Structure", 1955-1957, 3 folders


Box 19 Folder 7-10 Notebooks nos. 4-7 ( CRL#356, CRL#370, CRL#375, CRL#396), 1958-1960, 4 folders


Box 19 Folder 11-14 Cummins, Herman - Notebooks nos. 1-4 (CRL#367, CRL#382, CRL#400, CRL#416), "I.R. Maser", 1958-1962, 4 folders


Box 19 Folder 15 Notebook no. 5 (CRL#464), "Debye-Sears", 1962


Box 19 Folder 16 Notebook no. 6 (CRL#481), "Light Scattering", 1962-1964


Box 19 Folder 17 Dakss, Mark - Notebook (CRL#453), "H. Cummins", 1962


Box 19 Folder 18 DeZafra, Robert - Notebook (CRL#436), 1961-1963


Box 19 Folder 19-20 Ehrenstein, Gerald - Notebooks nos. 1-2 (CRL#343, CRL#413), 1957-1962, 2 folders


Box 19 Folder 21 Eisenstadt - Notebook (CRL#295), 1954-1955


Faust, Walter


Box 19 Folder 22 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#374), "Xenon Expt. . . . ", 1959


Box 19 Folder 23 Notebook no. 2 (CRL#386), "Xe129, 131", 1959


Box 19 Folder 24 Notebook no. 3 (CRL#392), 1959-1961



Box 20 Folder 1 Notebook no. 4 (CRL#408) 1961


Box 20 Folder 2-6 Feldman, Henry - Notebooks nos. 1-5 (CRL#358, CRL#401, CRL#405, CRL#449, CRL#457), 1958-1963, 5 folders


Box 20 Folder 7 Feldman, Paul - Notebook (CRL#431), "Li+, Li Metastable", 1961-1963


Box 20 Folder 8 Ferguson, Robert - Notebook (CRL#363), 1958-1959


Box 20 Folder 9 Fleishman, Herman - Notebook (CRL#415), 1961-1962


Box 20 Folder 10 Gampel, Leonard - Notebook (CRL#462), "Debye-Sears", 1962-1964


Giordmaine, Joseph


Box 20 Folder 11 Notebook no. 2 (CRL#338), "Maser", 1956-1957


Box 20 Folder 12 Notebook no. 3 (CRL#350), "Maser Amplifier,", 1957-1958


Box 20 Folder 13 Notebook no. 4 (CRL#359), "Radio Astronomy . . .", 1958-1958


Box 20 Folder 14 Gold, Peter - Notebook (CRL#443), 1962-1965


Box 20 Folder 15 Golestane, A.A. - Notebook (CRL#417), "Super Conductivity Inv.", 1961


Box 20 Folder 16 Gordon, Linda - Notebook (CRL#428), 1961-1962


Goshen, Robert


Box 20 Folder 17-18 Notebooks nos. 1-2 (CRL#403, CRL#432), 1960-1962, 2 folders


Box 20 Folder 19 Notebook no. 3 (CRL#452), "Li Fine and Hyperfine Structure", 1962-1963


Box 20 Folder 20 Hayashi, Teru – Notebook on Instrumentation, Physiology, 1959-1961


Hessel, Merrill


Box 20 Folder 21 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#474), 1963-1964



Box 21 Folder 1-2 Notebooks nos. 2-3 (CRL#531), 1964-1966, 2 folders


Ho, William


Box 21 Folder 3 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#424), "High Pressure Absorption of Gases", 1961-1962


Box 21 Folder 4-5 Notebooks nos. 2-3 (CRL#473, CRL#488), "Models of Planetary Atmosphere", 1963-1964, 2 folders


Box 21 Folder 6-7 Notebooks nos. 4-5 (CRL#490, CRL#524), 1963-1965, 2 folders


Box 21 Folder 8-9 Isler, Ralph - Notebooks nos. 1-2 (CRL#517), 1963-1965, 2 folders


Javan, Ali


Box 21 Folder 10 Notebook no. 4 (CRL#300), 1954


Box 21 Folder 11 Notebook no. 6 (CRL#327), "Maser Calculations", undated


Box 21 Folder 12 Notebook no. 7 (CRL#333), undated


Box 21 Folder 13 Kahan, William - Notebook (CRL#353), 1957-1961


Box 21 Folder 14 Kahane, Joseph - Notebook (CRL#337), 1956-1957


Box 21 Folder 15 Korn, Abe - Notebook (#387), 1959-1960


Box 21 Folder 16 Landman, Alfred - Notebook (CRL#426), "Zinc Chromium", 1961-1962


Box 21 Folder 17-18 Lashinsky, Herbert - Notebooks nos. 2-3 (CRL#347, CRL#360), 1957-1961, 2 folders


Lecar, Harold


Box 21 Folder 19 Notebook no.1 (CRL#384), "Maser Spectroscopy", 1959-1962


Box 21 Folder 20 Notebook no. 2 (CRL#445), 1961-1962



Box 22 Folder 1 Lepworth, Edgar, Notebook (CRL#516), 1964-1965


McDermott, Mark


Box 22 Folder 2 Notebook no. 1, "Nitrogen + Hg", undated


Box 22 Folder 3-4 Notebooks nos. 2-3 (CRL#349, CRL#364), "Mercury #2, #3", 1957-1959, 2 folders


Box 22 Folder 5 McNichols - Notebook (CRL#330), 1956


Miller, R.C.


Box 22 Folder 6 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#225), "Molecular Beam Velocity Selector", 1952-1953


Box 22 Folder 7-8 Notebooks nos. 2-3 (CRL#302, CRL#293), "Dimerization of Alkali Halides", 1953-1954, 2 folders


Box 22 Folder 9 Morrone, Terry - Notebook (CRL#372), 1959


Box 22 Folder 10 Morzle, Robert - Notebook (CRL#469), 1964-1965


Nafe-Nelson, Zuger


Box 22 Folder 11-12 Notebooks nos. 1-2, 1947, 2 folders


Box 22 Folder 13-14 Notebooks nos. 3-4, "Hydrogen and Deuterium", 1947, 2 folders


Box 22 Folder 15 Notebook no. 5, "Gj Hydrogen and Deuterium", 1947-1948


Box 22 Folder 16 Notebook no. 6, "H3", 1948


Box 22 Folder 17 Okaya, Akira - Notebook no. 1 (CRL#352), 1957-1960


Oselka, Janet


Box 22 Folder 18 Notebook no. 1, 1965-1966



Box 23 Folder 1 Notebook no. 2, 1966-1967


Box 23 Folder 2 Ozer, V - Notebook 1966


Box 23 Folder 3 Peiora, Robert - Notebook (CRL#510) 1964


Penzias, Arno


Box 23 Folder 4 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#335), 1956-1957


Box 23 Folder 5 Notebook no. 2 (CRL#362), "Maser", 1958


Box 23 Folder 6 Perry, Bradley - Notebook (CRL#435), 1962-1963


Box 23 Folder 7 Roach, Janet - Notebook (CRL#506), 1964


Box 23 Folder 8 Rustin, Randall - Notebook (CRL#368), 1958-1959


Box 23 Folder 9 Saloman, Edward - Notebook (CRL#475), 1963-1965


Box 23 Folder 10 Schoonmaker, Richard - Notebook (CRL#391), 1959


Box 23 Folder 11 Schultz, Sheldon - Notebook (CRL#336), 1956-1957


Sprott, G.F.


Box 23 Folder 12 Notebook no. 1 (CRL#541), "Alkali Hyperfine Structure", 1965-1967


Box 23 Folder 13 Notebook no. 2 (CRL#570), "R.Spectroscopy . . .", 1968-1969


Box 23 Folder 14-16 Strauss, Walter - Notebooks nos. 8-10 (CRL#329, CRL#344, CRL#361), 1956-1960, 3 folders


Box 23 Folder 17 Summers, Charles - Notebook (CRL#409), 1961


Box 23 Folder 18-20 Swagel, Michael Wayne - Notebooks nos. 1-3 (CRL#484, CRL#539, CRL#550), 1963-1967, 3 folders



Box 36 Folder 7 Tolk, Norman - Notebook (CRL#419), 1961


Box 36 Folder 8-10 Wing, Thomas - Notebooks, nos. 1-3 (CRL#525, CRL#547, CRL#563), 1964-1967, 3 folders


Box 36 Folder 11 Winsbert, Suzanne - Notebook (CRL#357), 1958-1959


Zacharias, L.


Box 36 Folder 12 Notebook no. 1, "Physics Lab", undated


Box 36 Folder 13 Notebook no. 2, "Organic Chemistry", undated


Box 36 Folder 14-16 Old Hyperfine Structure Data, vols. 1-3, 1953-1956, 3 folders


Box 36 Folder 17 Experiments with A Rb87 Maser, P. Davidovtis, undated


Subseries II.5: Blueprints

This subseries, found in record cartons 24–26, consists primarily of the blueprints of equipment either developed or employed at the Radiation Laboratory between 1941 and 1950. Most of the prints were drawn up by or for the Radiation Laboratory itself, but not all: others are from MIT's Radiation Laboratory, private research companies, and so on. The blueprints are organized in three main groups. The first and smallest group (folders 24.3–24.10) were originally identified as "classified prints." These are blueprints of various circuits, magnets, magnetrons, and so on. They were originally sorted into groups (A through E), and this ordering has been preserved. The second and largest group (folders 24.11–26.5) consists of "equipment prints" organized by an "equipment type" code. Although this original ordering by code has been kept, it basis or logic is by no means clear from the blueprints themselves. For example, a set of "LC Type" blueprints includes a blueprint titled "A-N Type Plug UG-154/U High Voltage Type for RG-18/U RF Cable." About half of these "equipment prints" were originally identified as "RG-Types;" these have been sorted into separate folders by equipment type. For example, folders 25.8–25.9 contain blueprints for "RG Types—Standing Wave Indicators." Finally, a third group of blueprints (folders 26.6–26.20) were simply organized alphabetically by the name of the equipment in question. Their generally later date than the previous group may explain the fact that they were not originally organized in the same manner. The blueprints are for cables, K-bands, waveguides, and so on.


External Prints



Box 24 Folder 1 Index, circa 1944


Box 24 Folder 2 Records, 1946


Classified Prints


Box 24 Folder 3-4 Circuits 1A-37A, 38A-46A, 1941-1948, 2 folders


Box 24 Folder 5 Magnets 1B-11B, 1942-1943


Box 24 Folder 6-8 Magnetrons 1C-31C, 1942-1945, 3 folders


Box 24 Folder 9 Plumbing 8D, 18D, 1944


Box 24 Folder 10 Miscellaneous 2E-13E, 1940-1945


Equipment Prints


Box 24 Folder 11 A Types, 1945-1947


Box 24 Folder 12-13 AN Types, 1942-1948, 2 folders


Box 24 Folder 14 BN Types, 1944-1948


Box 24 Folder 15-16 BNC Types, 1944-1949, 2 folders


Box 24 Folder 17 C Types, 1949


Box 24 Folder 18 HN Types, 1944-1948


Box 24 Folder 19-20 LC Types, 1944-1949, 2 folders


Box 24 Folder 21 LN Types, 1944-1949


Box 24 Folder 22-23 N Types, 1942-1948, 2 folders



Box 25 Folder 1-3 N Types, 1948-1950, 3 folders


RG Types


Box 25 Folder 4-5 Attenuators, 1942-1948, 2 folders


Box 25 Folder 6 Crystal Mounts and Holders, 1942-1950


Box 25 Folder 7 Plumbing, 1944


Box 25 Folder 8-10 Standing Wave Indicators, 1943-1950, 3 folders


Box 25 Folder 11 Waterload Parts, 1942-1947


Box 25 Folder 12-16 Waveguide Parts, 1942-1950, 5 folders


Box 25 Folder 17 Wavemeters, 1947-1948



Box 26 Folder 1 Wavemeters, 1948-1950


Box 26 Folder 2-5 Other, 1942-1950, 4 folders


Box 26 Folder 6 Cable Adaptors, 1944-1948


Box 26 Folder 7 Cable Assembly, 1944


Box 26 Folder 8 E5 and K-Band Tubes, 1943-1944


Box 26 Folder 9 Microwave Apparatus, 1944-1948


Box 26 Folder 10 Neher's K-Band, 1942


Box 26 Folder 11 Pulse Equipment, 1944-1946


Box 26 Folder 12 Quick Disconnect Plug and Jack, 1949


Box 26 Folder 13 Radio Frequency Cable, 1945-1949


Box 26 Folder 14 Shorting Cup, 1947


Box 26 Folder 15 Standing Wave Indicator, 1946


Box 26 Folder 16 Twinax Jack and Plug, 1942-1949


Box 26 Folder 17 UHF Binding Post-plug, 1949


Box 26 Folder 18 Waveguides, standards and characteristics, 1944-1950


Box 26 Folder 19 Wavemeter, 1947


Box 26 Folder 20 X6050 Instruction Sheet, 1943

Series III: Pupin Cyclotron Laboratory

This short series, contained in record carton 28, is organized alphabetically by subject. Most of these materials relate to infrastructural problems relating to the laboratory. For example, folder 28.26 relates contracting work done in the mid-1950s to supply the laboratory with sufficient electrical power; folder 28.31 relates efforts to procure a spectrometer for the lab around the same time. These subject files include correspondence, notes, blueprints, diagrams, and other office records.



Box 28 Folder 1 Air Conditioning, 1951-1955


Box 28 Folder 2 Alternating Current Supply, 1939-1953


Box 28 Folder 3 Chemistry Lab Floorplans, 1955


Box 28 Folder 4 Coils, new, 1940


Box 28 Folder 5 Console, 1948


Box 28 Folder 6 Control Room/Counting Room, 1955-1959


Box 28 Folder 7 Cranes, 2, 5, and 20 ton, 1954-1955


Box 28 Folder 8 Cryogenic Laboratory, 1937-1947


Box 28 Folder 9 Cyclotron Maintenance and Repair - Miscellaneous, 1939-1944


Box 28 Folder 10 Cylinder Record Book, 1947-1952


Box 28 Folder 11 Dees, Spinning, 1935-1955


Box 28 Folder 12 Diesel Connection MD, 1936-1937


Box 28 Folder 13 Gas Handling, 1953-1956


Box 28 Folder 14 Grout Plate, 1952-1954


Box 28 Folder 15 H. Lines, 1936


Box 28 Folder 16 Humidity Control, 1954-1955


Box 28 Folder 17 Inventory, of materials transferred to Dunning, 1945


Box 28 Folder 18 Lecture Room Shade Circuits, 1927-1940


Box 28 Folder 19 Magnets - Coils, Photostats, Carriage, 1927-1940


Box 28 Folder 20 Modification Program Correspondence (radiation safety), 1954-1955


Box 28 Folder 21 Motor Generator Set, 1939-1952


Box 28 Folder 22 One Hundred Channel PH Analyzer, 1955


Box 28 Folder 23 Oscillator, 1936


Box 28 Folder 24 Plates for Console, 1937


Box 28 Folder 25 Plumbing for Labs, 1926-1932


Box 28 Folder 26 Power, 1953-1955


Box 28 Folder 27 Pressure Piping, 1955


Box 28 Folder 28 Rectifiers, 1928-1936


Box 28 Folder 29 Rigging, for tank installation, 1953-1956


Box 28 Folder 30 Scheduling and Shipping, 1928-1955


Box 28 Folder 31 Spectrometer Procurement, 1954-1956


Box 28 Folder 32 Stockroom Reorganization, undated


Box 28 Folder 33 Water Barrier Tanks, 1939

Series IV: Nevis Cyclotron Laboratory

This short series, in record cartons 28–29, contains primarily of blueprints, photos, and photo negatives. These are organized in three groups. A first group, folders 28.34–29.11, consists of undated photos and photo negatives, organized by the physics researcher who ordered them. They are, for example, charts and diagrams prepared as figures in published research papers; in no case, however, is a record of their intended use preserved. A second group, folders 29.12–29.21, consists of blueprints organized by subject. Representative is a blueprint for "Plunger Assembly, H2 Bubble Chamber." The third group, folders 29.22–29.25, consists of blueprints, together with related correspondence, reports, and notes, related to the construction of a neutron velocity spectrometer at Nevis Laboratory, Irvington-on-Hudson, in the late 1950s.


Diagram Files


Box 28 Folder 34 Baliga, undated


Box 28 Folder 35 Des Jardins, undated


Box 28 Folder 36 Fischer, undated


Box 28 Folder 37 Gallagher, undated


Box 28 Folder 38 Havens/Safford/Melkonian, undated


Box 28 Folder 39 Kruse, undated


Box 28 Folder 40 Michell/Weinberg, 1964



Box 29 Folder 1 Namenson, undated


Box 29 Folder 2 Nessin/Engleke, undated


Box 29 Folder 3 Nikolic, undated


Box 29 Folder 4 Padawer, undated


Box 29 Folder 5 Rosen, undated


Box 29 Folder 6 Sayres, undated


Box 29 Folder 7 Smotrich/McDermott, undated


Box 29 Folder 8 Tatcher, undated


Box 29 Folder 9 Wu, Chien-Shiung, undated


Box 29 Folder 10 Wu, Mo Lee, undated


Box 29 Folder 11 Ying, Lee, 1963


Box 29 Folder 12 Chamber Drawings, 1957-1958


Box 29 Folder 13 Counters, 1953


Box 29 Folder 14 Electronics, undated


Box 29 Folder 15 Equipment Tags, 1964


Box 29 Folder 16 Double-Delay Line Amplifier, undated


Box 29 Folder 17 Meyer's Chamber, 1956-1958


Box 29 Folder 18 Miscellaneous Diagrams, undated


Box 29 Folder 19 Miscellaneous Spectra, 1953


Box 29 Folder 20 Neutron Choppers, 1953


Box 29 Folder 21 Ten Channel Pulse Height Analyzer, 1950


Neutron Velocity Spectrometer


Box 29 Folder 22 Architectural Plans, 1958-1959


Box 29 Folder 23 Architectural Specifications, 1958-1961


Box 29 Folder 24 Preliminary Planning, 1958


Box 29 Folder 25 Construction and Design, 1959

Series V: Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory

This short series, in record cartons 35–36 consists solely of a set of laboratory notebooks that recorded experimental results from research done at the Pegram Nuclear Physics Laboratory. All but one of the notebooks were identified by the researcher's name, the largest group being the four notebooks of Nickola Nickolic.



Box 35 Folder 9-10 Amoruso, Michael, nos. 1-2, 1961-1962, 2 folders


Box 35 Folder 11 Gaines, A., 1962


Box 35 Folder 12 Kruse and Bent, "Particle-gamma #1", 1957-1958


Box 35 Folder 13 Namenson, A., 1960-1962


Box 35 Folder 14-17 Nickolic, Nickola, nos. 1-4, 1958-1961, 4 folders



Box 36 Folder 1 Nissim-Sabet, Charles, "Fn Formation", 1960


Box 36 Folder 2 Sonnenberg, Mark Aaron, 1963


Box 36 Folder 3-4 Van de Graaff, nos. 1-2, 1956-1958, 2 folders


Box 36 Folder 5 Yoskiki and Nickolic, 1959-1960


Box 36 Folder 6 Unidentified, "Particle-y", 1958

Series VI: Physics Research

This series, spanning record cartons 29–35, collects together research materials from the Physics Department not connected to one of the affiliated research laboratories. Many of these materials seem to have been the research files of Professor Emerita Wu and her associates.

This series contains three main groups of files. The first main group (folders 29.26–30.36) consists of lose-leaf laboratory notes foldered by research subject and organized alphabetically. For example, folder 29.38, "Cu64 Research," contains notes, charts and tables of figures related to research on Cu64.

The second main group (folders 30.37–32.13) consists of paper and cloth bound lab notebooks similar to those described in sub-series II-c. The first nine of these (all cloth bound) belonged to Professor Wu herself, and date from 1944–1954. The next fourteen belonged to named associates of Wu, and are sorted alphabetically by the name of the owner. Some of these are additionally given topical titles, as for example "Beta Ray Spectroscopy." The remaining dozen were also owned by Wu associates, but were not labeled with the owner's name. Some of these are titled, as for example "He3, d Reaction," but some are not.

The third and largest group of folders in this series (folders 32.14–35.8) consists of a lengthy set of "diagram files." These "diagrams" are blueprints, tables, graphs, flow charts, electrical schematics, and so on. The diagrams are often labeled, but only sporadically dated. Each of diagram is stamped "Columbia University Nuclear Physics Research" and assigned a "DWG. NO." The diagrams number (with some gaps) from 1197 to 5581; the number order is only very loosely chronological. Representative diagrams (from folder 33.2) are "Graph-H. Brown," "Temp'y El. Storage Sys.," "Gas Handling Schematic Layout." There is no obvious connection between the diagrams (except that they were all presumably produced for the Physics Department), and there is no general index or other supporting material for the collection of diagrams.


Subject Files



Box 29 Folder 26 As 76 Research, 1948-1949


Box 29 Folder 27 Au 198 Research, 1953


Box 29 Folder 28 Baffle System, undated


Box 29 Folder 29 Beta Decay and Shell Structure, 1941


Box 29 Folder 30 BF 3 Counters, 1945


Box 29 Folder 31 By 80 Research, 1948-1949


Box 29 Folder 32 C 14 Research, 1948-1953


Box 29 Folder 33 Cb 95 Research, undated


Box 29 Folder 34 Coincidence Spectrum Layout, undated


Box 29 Folder 35 Computation Sheets, New Baffle, undated


Box 29 Folder 36 Cr 48 Research, 1954


Box 29 Folder 37 Cs 137 Research, 1944-1949


Box 29 Folder 38 Cu 64 Research, 1942-1954


Box 29 Folder 39 Efficiency and Absorption Connections, undated


Box 29 Folder 40 Grivet-B Spectrometer, undated


Box 29 Folder 41 HHE Research, undated


Box 29 Folder 42 K 42 Research, 1953-1955


Box 29 Folder 43 Light Pipe Experiment, 1954



Box 30 Folder 1 Master Sheet, 1950


Box 30 Folder 2 Na 22 Research, 1949-1959


Box 30 Folder 3 Neutron Cross Section Table, 1945


Box 30 Folder 4 Nuclear Data Collection, 1948-1952


Box 30 Folder 5 P 32 Research, 1950-1954


Box 30 Folder 6 PM Tubes, 1943-1954


Box 30 Folder 7 Pm 147 Research, 1949-1953


Box 30 Folder 8 Pr 143 Research, 1949


Box 30 Folder 9 Parameter File, undated


Box 30 Folder 10 Precision Baffle Curves, 1953


Box 30 Folder 11 Q Energies,, undated


Box 30 Folder 12 Ra DEF Operators, 1934


Box 30 Folder 13 Ra E Calculations, 1951-1952


Box 30 Folder 14 Re 186 Research, undated


Box 30 Folder 15 Re 188 Research, undated


Box 30 Folder 16 References, bibliographical, undated


Box 30 Folder 17 Resolution and Miscellaneous, 1954


Box 30 Folder 18 S 35 Research, 1948-1953


Box 30 Folder 19 Se 75 Research, undated


Box 30 Folder 20 Spectrometer and Associated Parts, 1947-1951


Box 30 Folder 21 Split Crystal Spectrometer Studies, undated


Box 30 Folder 22 Tc 99 Research, undated


Box 30 Folder 23 Thick Sources, 1949


Box 30 Folder 24 Tl 204 Research, 1951-1952


Box 30 Folder 25 XMSN Data, 1949


Box 30 Folder 26 Miscellaneous Research Notes, 1948-1954


Notebooks


Wu, Chien-Shiung


Box 30 Folder 27-33 Nos. 1-7, 1944-1951, 7 folders



Box 31 Folder 1-2 Nos. 8-9, 1950-1954, 2 folders


Box 31 Folder 3 Baiker, 1956


Box 31 Folder 4 Harihar, P. "cyclotron work", 1959-1960


Box 31 Folder 5 Katz, M.S., 1959

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 6-7 Kruse, T.H., 1957-1959, 2 folders

(associate of Wu)


Lidofsky, L.J., 1950

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 8 vacuum evaporator, 1950

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 9 beta ray spectroscopy, 1950


Box 31 Folder 10 Rainwater, James, 1948-1950


Box 31 Folder 11 Sheer, Charles, "neutron shattering", 1948

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 12 Sh___, J., 1958-1959

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 13 Shaknov, Irving, 1948-1949

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 14 Tacher, M., 1958

(associate of Wu)


Box 31 Folder 15 Weil, Adele, 1948-1949

(associate of Wu)



Box 32 Folder 1 Weindling, Fred, 1956

(associate of Wu)


Associate of Wu


Box 32 Folder 2 Beta Spectra Data, 1949-1950


Box 32 Folder 3 He 3, d Reaction, 1960


Box 32 Folder 4 Q Pole Magnet/Beam Focusing,, 1959


Box 32 Folder 5-7 Time of Flight I-III, 1957-1958, 3 folders


Box 32 Folder 8-13 Untitled, 1950-1954, 6 folders


Diagram Files


Box 32 Folder 14-15 Nos. 1197-2199, undated, 2 folders



Box 33 Folder 1-14 Nos. 2200-2289, 2383-2466, 2412-3085, 1954-1964, 14 folders



Box 34 Folder 1-13 Nos. 3086-4313, 4338-5007, 1958-1961, 13 folders



Box 35 Folder 1-8 Nos. 5008-5453, 5507-5509, 5565-5581, 1955-1962, 8 folders

Series VII: Reprints



Box 37 Reprints, some inscribed by author, circa 1870-1905



Box 38 Reprints, circa 1905-1965



Box 39 Reprints, E.K. Adams Fund Master File, circa 1930-1965