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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Record Unit 293

National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Physical Sciences

Records, 1956-1976

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Physical Sciences
Title: Records
Dates: 1956-1976
Quantity: 3.5 cu. ft. (7 document boxes)
Collection: Record Unit 293
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

These records consist of public inquiries about scientific instruments; layout plans, scripts, and photographs for exhibitions; proposals for the Hall of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy in MHT; general correspondence with domestic and foreign science museums, universities, manufacturers and collectors of scientific instruments, and professional societies; administrative files consisting of annual reports, staff memoranda, and planning statements; records documenting Cannon's role in the bicentennial celebration of James Smithson's birth; and information pertaining to internship research.

Historical Note

In 1890 a Section of Physical Apparatus was established in the Department of Arts and Industries with William Crawford Winlock as Honorary Curator. In 1897 the Section became the Mechanical Phases collection in the Division of Technology, curated by J. Elfreth Watkins.

In 1938 the Section of Physical Sciences and Measurement was created from the Section of Mechanical Technology of the Division of Engineering. Frank A. Taylor, Curator of Engineering, assumed curatorial responsibility for Physical Sciences and Measurement, serving in this capacity until 1955. His successor, Robert P. Multhauf, was Curator of the Section from 1955 to 1957.

In 1957 the Section of Physical Sciences and Measurement became the Division of Physical Sciences, Department of Science and Technology, in the Museum of History and Technology (MHT). Multhauf served as Curator of the Division until the position was assigned to Faye Cannon (prior to 1976, Walter F. Cannon) in 1965.

Research and collections of the Division of Physical Sciences principally focused on the history of astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, classical physics, geology, astrophysics, and mathematics. Curators and staff of the Division included Robert P. Multhauf, Curator of the Section of Physical Sciences and Measurement, 1955-1957, Curator of the Division of Physical Sciences, 1957-1965; Faye Cannon, Associate Curator, 1962-1964, Curator, 1965- ; Lester Clark Lewis, Curator, 1962; Uta C. Merzbach, Associate Curator, 1964-1967; Deborah J. (Mills) Warner, Assistant Curator, 1964-1966, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970- ; and Jon B. Eklund, Assistant Curator, 1968-1969, Associate Curator, 1970- .

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Descriptive Entry

These records consist of public inquiries about scientific instruments; layout plans, scripts, and photographs for exhibitions; proposals for the Hall of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy in MHT; general correspondence with domestic and foreign science museums, universities, manufacturers and collectors of scientific instruments, and professional societies; administrative files consisting of annual reports, staff memoranda, and planning statements; records documenting Cannon's role in the bicentennial celebration of James Smithson's birth; and information pertaining to internship research.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 293, National Museum of History and Technology. Division of Physical Sciences, Records

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Container List

Series 1

ADMINISTRATIVE FILES, 1961-1976

Box 1

Ad Hoc Committee on Titles, 1965

Box 1 of 7

Annual Reports, 1961-1976

Box 1 of 7

Committees, Museum, 1975

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda from W. F. Cannon, 1963-1976

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda to Collections Committee, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda from Jon B. Eklund, 1967-1973

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda to and from Jon B. Eklund, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda from George Norton, 1968-1970, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Memoranda to and from Deborah J. Warner, 1967-1976 (2 folders)

Box 1 of 7

Plans of Operation, 1963-1976

Box 1 of 7

Bridgman Apparatus, 1962-1968

Box 1 of 7

Dibner Collection, 1974

Box 1 of 7

Franklin Machines, 1964

Box 1 of 7

Physical Sciences Opening, 1966

Box 1 of 7

Hemis Fair '68, 1967

Box 1 of 7

Mapline, 1976

Box 1 of 7

Pennsylvania, University of (Teaching Program), 1963-1966

Box 1 of 7

Warshaw Collection, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 7

Saturday Presentations, 1972

Box 1 of 7

Science in America: Exhibit Ideas, 1974-1976

Box 1 of 7

Science Teaching in America, Scholars Contributing to, undated

Box 1 of 7

Series 2

EXHIBITIONS, 1956-1976

Box 2

Exhibits - Miscellaneous, 1964, 1970

Box 2 of 7

Art and Physics Exhibit, 1972-1973

Box 2 of 7

Bakelite Exhibit, 1976

Box 2 of 7

Cloisters Exhibit, 1974

Box 2 of 7

Copernican Exhibit, 1973-1974

Box 2 of 7

Electrons as Waves, 1962-1963

Box 2 of 7

French Celestial Globe, 1971

Box 2 of 7

Lissajous Demonstration, 1963

Box 2 of 7

MHT Recent Accession Case, 1967-1969

Box 2 of 7

Michelson Exhibit, undated

Box 2 of 7

Popular Pleasures of Science, 1973

Box 2 of 7

Sunprint 1, 1970

Box 2 of 7

Water Clock of Ctesibius, 1961

Box 2 of 7

Water Exhibit, 1970

Box 2 of 7

Object of Month Exhibit, 1970-1973

Box 2 of 7

Hall of Physics, 1956-1960 (6 folders)

Box 2 of 7

Box 3

Hall of Physics, 1957

Box 3 of 7

Exhibit Photographs, circa 1960

Box 3 of 7

Series 3

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, 1956-1976

Box 3

A, 1961-1976

Box 3 of 7

B, 1956, 1964-1976

Box 3 of 7

C, 1962-1976

Box 3 of 7

D, 1962-1976

Box 3 of 7

E, 1962-1974

Box 3 of 7

F, 1965-1975

Box 3 of 7

G, 1962-1976

Box 3 of 7

H, 1963-1975

Box 3 of 7

Box 4

I, 1963-1976

Box 4 of 7

J, 1968-1976

Box 4 of 7

K, 1963-1976

Box 4 of 7

L, 1962-1975

Box 4 of 7

M, 1962-1976

Box 4 of 7

N, 1962-1975

Box 4 of 7

O, 1969-1976

Box 4 of 7

P, 1963-1976

Box 4 of 7

Q, 1967-1970

Box 4 of 7

R, 1962-1975

Box 4 of 7

S, 1962-1976

Box 4 of 7

T, 1962-1975

Box 4 of 7

U, 1964-1974

Box 4 of 7

V, 1964-1976

Box 4 of 7

W, 1963-1976

Box 4 of 7

Y-Z, 1968, 1973-1975

Box 4 of 7

Box 5

Ariail, Robert B., 1969

Box 5 of 7

Batchelder, Helen T., 1974

Box 5 of 7

Beer, John J., 1975-1976

Box 5 of 7

Bingham, Mrs. Walter, 1968

Box 5 of 7

Considine, Thomas A., 1973-1974

Box 5 of 7

Deike, Ernest, 1964-1967

Box 5 of 7

Draper, Daniel C., 1972-1973

Box 5 of 7

Draper, John C., 1972-1974

Box 5 of 7

Drueding, Charles, 1969-1970

Box 5 of 7

Dubois, J. Harry, 1976

Box 5 of 7

Felix, David H. H., 1964-1969

Box 5 of 7

Frank, Arthur, 1969-1970

Box 5 of 7

Gardner, Madeline, 1969

Box 5 of 7

Gilbert, Robert W., 1971

Box 5 of 7

Gingerich, Owen, 1968-1976

Box 5 of 7

Gould, Douglas W., 1971-1974

Box 5 of 7

Greenough, Hamilton, P., 1967

Box 5 of 7

Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr., 1975

Box 5 of 7

Heyden, Francis J., S. J., 1974-1975

Box 5 of 7

Kussner, Conrad L., 1971

Box 5 of 7

Middleton, W. E. K., 1964-1970

Box 5 of 7

Moskowitz, Saul, 1971

Box 5 of 7

Norton, John, 1970

Box 5 of 7

O'Neill, Richard, 1968-1971

Box 5 of 7

Pershey, Edward J., 1972

Box 5 of 7

Plyler, Earle K., 1970

Box 5 of 7

Price, Derek J. de Solla, 1962-1973

Box 5 of 7

Rauneberg, Ronald L., 1974

Box 5 of 7

Rothenberg, Marc, 1972-1974

Box 5 of 7

Schwarzkopf, S. Kent, 1970-1976

Box 5 of 7

Strange, Sydney, 1965-1973

Box 5 of 7

Trescott, Martha Moore, 1975-1976

Box 5 of 7

Turner, Gerard L'E., 1969

Box 5 of 7

Wilson Tops, 1969

Box 5 of 7

Zupko, Ronald E., 1973-1976

Box 5 of 7

Ainsworth, William and Sons, 1968-1971

Box 5 of 7

Anaconda American Brass Co., 1963-1966

Box 5 of 7

Basford Company, 1963-1964, 1968

Box 5 of 7

Channing L. Bete Co., 1965-1970

Box 5 of 7

Booz, Allen and Hamilton, 1964-1965

Box 5 of 7

Connecticut Instrument Company, 1962

Box 5 of 7

Detecto Scales, Inc., 1970-1973

Box 5 of 7

Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 1967-1972

Box 5 of 7

L. C. Eichner Instruments, 1962-1967

Box 5 of 7

General Electric Company, 1962-1964

Box 5 of 7

W. and L. E. Gurley, 1964-1970

Box 5 of 7

National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association, 1968-1973

Box 5 of 7

Parabam, Inc., 1963-1964

Box 5 of 7

Rockwell Manufacturing Co., 1970

Box 5 of 7

Roux-Devillas, 1967-1970

Box 5 of 7

Sotheby and Co., 1961-1969

Box 5 of 7

Sperry Gyroscope Co., 1959-1965

Box 5 of 7

Taylor Instrument Co., 1962, 1968, 1972

Box 5 of 7

Union Carbide Corp., 1972-1976

Box 5 of 7

Weinreb and Douwma, Ltd., 1969-1972

Box 5 of 7

Zeitlin and Ver Brugge, 1962-1969

Box 5 of 7

Box 6

American Museum - Hayden Planetarium, 1964

Box 6 of 7

British Museum, 1964, 1972-1973

Box 6 of 7

Deutsches Museum, 1964-1968, 1976

Box 6 of 7

Kodak Museum (England), 1964

Box 6 of 7

Museum of the History of Science (England), 1964-1970

Box 6 of 7

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1972-1976

Box 6 of 7

National Maritime Museum, 1970, 1976

Box 6 of 7

Rochester Museum and Science Center, 1972-1974

Box 6 of 7

Royal Astronomical Observatory (Edinburgh), 1970-1971

Box 6 of 7

Science Museum (England), 1963-1970, 1976

Box 6 of 7

Tekniska Museet (National Museum of Science and Technology), 1964

Box 6 of 7

Boston University, 1968-1974

Box 6 of 7

Brown University, 1966-1973

Box 6 of 7

California, University of, 1963-1974

Box 6 of 7

Chicago, University of, 1969-1973

Box 6 of 7

College of William and Mary, 1958

Box 6 of 7

Columbia University, 1958-1975

Box 6 of 7

Cooper Union, 1964

Box 6 of 7

Dartmouth College, 1964-1969

Box 6 of 7

Eastern Michigan University, 1971-1976

Box 6 of 7

Edinburgh, University of, 1968-1971

Box 6 of 7

Glasgow, University of, 1969-1973

Box 6 of 7

Harvard University, 1962-1970

Box 6 of 7

Hobart and William Smith College, 1964-1966

Box 6 of 7

Illinois, University of, 1973

Box 6 of 7

Johns Hopkins University, 1962-1973

Box 6 of 7

Lawrence University, 1964-1968

Box 6 of 7

Maryland, University of, 1968-1973

Box 6 of 7

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962-1964, 1970

Box 6 of 7

Michigan, University of, 1963-1972

Box 6 of 7

Minnesota, University of, 1971-1973

Box 6 of 7

New York University, 1962-1967, 1972-1973

Box 6 of 7

Notre Dame, University of, 1964, 1973

Box 6 of 7

Princeton University, 1962-1965, 1972

Box 6 of 7

Pennsylvania, University of, 1964-1971

Box 6 of 7

Purdue University, 1958-1959

Box 6 of 7

San Diego State College, 1962-1964, 1970

Box 6 of 7

Tulane University, 1964

Box 6 of 7

Union College, 1957-1964

Box 6 of 7

U.S. Military Academy, 1968-1975

Box 6 of 7

Washington College, 1964-1965

Box 6 of 7

Wellcome Historical Medical Library, 1968-1969

Box 6 of 7

Wesleyan University, 1965-1966, 1973

Box 6 of 7

Wisconsin, University of, 1972-1976

Box 6 of 7

Yale University, 1964-1974

Box 6 of 7

American Chemical Society, 1967-1976

Box 6 of 7

Optical Society of America, 1965-1966

Box 6 of 7

Series 4

PUBLIC INQUIRIES, 1962-1976

Box 6

Alchemy, 1968

Box 6 of 7

Atoms and Molecules, 1962-1972

Box 6 of 7

Chemistry, 1962-1976

Box 6 of 7

Eighteenth-Century Lab, undated

Box 6 of 7

Stills, 1970

Box 6 of 7

Weights and Measures, 1964-1976

Box 6 of 7

Astralite III, 1970-1976

Box 6 of 7

Astronomy, 1965-1976

Box 6 of 7

Astronomical Instruments, 1970-1976

Box 6 of 7

Astronomical Photographs, 1970-1973

Box 6 of 7

Barometers, 1963-1976

Box 6 of 7

Compasses, 1962-1976

Box 6 of 7

Instrument Makers, 1962-1975

Box 6 of 7

Meteorology, 1962-1976

Box 6 of 7

Box 7

Observatories, 1972-1974

Box 7 of 7

Planets, 1969-1973

Box 7 of 7

Portraits of Scientists, 1968-1974

Box 7 of 7

Science Teaching, 1970-1976

Box 7 of 7

Solar Energy, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Spyglasses, 1968-1976

Box 7 of 7

Globes, 1969-1975

Box 7 of 7

Binoculars, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Sextants, 1964-1974

Box 7 of 7

Telescopes, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Transits, 1968-1976

Box 7 of 7

Surveying, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Geophysics, 1964-1976

Box 7 of 7

Miscellaneous Public Inquiries, 1965-1975

Box 7 of 7

Optics, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Physics, 1962-1976

Box 7 of 7

Series 5

BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF SMITHSON'S BIRTH, 1964-1967

Box 7

Birthday - General, 1964-1967

Box 7 of 7

Birthday - Program, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Birthday - Yale Guests, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Birthday - Foreign Guests, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Series 6

INTERNSHIP RESEARCH, 1962-1965

Box 7

Wakefield, Robert, undated

Box 7 of 7

Molecular Beams, 1962-1963

Box 7 of 7

Spectrophotometry, 1962-1963

Box 7 of 7

Masers and Lasers, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Bell Telephone Labs/Lasers, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Solid State: Masers/Lasers, 1962

Box 7 of 7

Naval Research Laboratory, 1964

Box 7 of 7

Odom, Herbert H., 1965

Box 7 of 7

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, undated

Box 7 of 7