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Series I: Columbia University Department of Physics, 1905-1992

This series contains materials generally associated with activities of the Department of Physics. Materials include exhibition labels, histories of the department, photographs, correspondence, catalogs, event planning documents, correspondence, and some departmental records. Of particular interest are press releases and photographs concerning the original cyclotron in Pupin and its removal in 1965.

American Physical Society, 1930-1980

Box 1
Background Information for Departmental History, 1987-1991
Box 1
Butler Exhibit Labels, 1991
Box 1
The Columbia University Physics Department, A Brief History, 1992
Box 1
Cyclotron-photographs, 1965
Box 1
Department of Physics History Presentation by T.D. Lee, 1991-1992
Box 1
Departmental Nobel Celebration, 1988-1989
Box 1
Nobel Laureates, 1980s
Box 1
Physics Colloquium -- Paul Forman, 1991
Box 1
Quimby PhD's, 1970
Box 1
Sign-out Cards for Physics Dept. Office and Mailbox Keys, 1929-1958
Box 1

Series II: Individuals, 1862-1997

This series consists of materials related to individual faculty members and other individuals with ties to the Department of Physics, usually as a guest lecturer. Materials include original correspondence between prominent physicists from within and outside the Columbia University community, photographs, negatives, notes, and lecture announcements. Files are arranged alphabetically by last name of the individual. Much of the correspondence from these individuals is with Dean George B. Pegram. Of particular interest are two notebooks of George B. Pegram from when he was a student at Columbia in 1899 as well a notebook of lectures by Professor McCullogh as transcribed by Peter A. Jay in 1862. Files containing correspondence have date ranges noted; those with just photographs are almost always undated.

Aston, F.W., 1922
Box 1
Bethe, Hans Albrecht
Box 1
Bjerknes, Vilhelm, 1905-1925
Box 1
Bohr, Aage
Box 1
Bohr, Niels, 1923 1985

Box 2
Booth, Eugene T.
Box 2
Born, Max, 1925-1926
Box 2
Bragg, William Henry, 1914
Box 2
Bragg, William Lawrence, 1924
Box 2
Cooper, Leon N.
Box 2
Davis, Bergin -- Letters from Famous Physicists, 1905-1949
Box 2
Debye, Peter J.W., 1924-1925
Box 2
Ehrenfest, Paul, 1923-1924
Box 2
Einstein, Albert, 1912-1933 1970
Box 2
Fermi, Enrico, 1935 1954
Box 2
Fermi, Lawrence, and Rabi at Los Alamos-Photograph, 1945
Box 2
Fitch, Val. L.
Box 2
Fitch, Val and Rainwater, James, 19531991
Box 2
Foreign Lecturers, 1897-1913 undated
Box 2
Gell-Mann, Murray
Box 2
Goeppert-May er, Maria
Box 2
Hadamard, Jacques, 1911
Box 2
Hahn, Otto, 1907
Box 2
Hallock, William, 1903-1913
Box 2
Hayner, Lucy, 1963
Box 2
Heymans, Paul, 1925-1926
Box 2
Ihlseng, Magnus C., 1921
Box 2
Kusch, Polykarp, 1952-1993
Box 2
Lamb, Willis E., 1947-1961
Box 2
Langmuir, Irving and Levene, P.A., 1924
Box 2
Larmor, Joseph, 1906-1907
Box 2
Lawrence, Ernest O., 1935
Box 2
Lederman, Leon M.
Box 2
Lorentz, Hendrik A., 1906-1907 1922
Box 2
Lummer, Otto, 1905-1908
Box 2
McCulloh (Richard Sears) Lecture Notes by Peter A. Jay, 1862
Box 2
Millikan, Robert A., 1912-1916 1992
Box 2
Pegram, George B. -- Biographical info and photographs, 1947-1959

Box 3
Pegram, George B.-Correspondence, 1907-1935
Box 3
Pegram, George B.-Notebooks, 1899
Box 3
Pegram, George B.-Postcards, 1897-1914
Box 3
Penzias, Arno A.
Box 3
Perrin, Jean, 1913
Box 3
Planck, Max, 1908-1909
Box 3
Pupin, Michael I., 1938-1945
Box 3
Quimby, Shirley L., 1930s 1988
Box 3
Rabi, Isidor I., 1947-1975
Box 3
Rainwater, James,1983
Box 3
Ramsey, Norman

Box 4
Rubbia, Carlo
Box 4
Runge, Carl, 1913
Box 4
Schawlow, Arthur L.
Box 4
Schwartz, Melvin, 1962-1988
Box 4
Schwinger, Julian S., 1978
Box 4
Serber, Robert, 1965
Box 4
Siegbahn, Manne, 1924-1925
Box 4
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1922-1923
Box 4
Steinberger, Jack
Box 4
Szilard, Leo, 1945-1987
Box 4
Ting, Samuel C.C. (Chao-chung)
Box 4
Townes, Charles H., 1954
Box 4
Urey, Harold C., 1933-1965
Box 4
Weinberg, Erick J.
Box 4
Wien, Wilhelm, 1912-1913
Box 4
Wick, Gian Carlo1950-1992
Box 4
Wien, Wilhelm (“Willy”), 1954
Box 4
Wu, C.S.(Chien-shiung) -- Biographical Info and Photographs, 1957-1992
Box 4
Wu, C.S. (Chien-shiung)-Correspondence, 1992-1997
Box 4
Yukawa, Hideki, 1949-1954
Box 4
Unidentified Faculty Photographs and Negatives
Box 4

Series III: Publications, 1881-1999

This series consists of copies of published books and brochures maintained by the Department of Physics over the years. Some books that came in the original accession have been added to the rare books collection at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Books that were found to be housed in other parts of the Columbia Libraries were returned to the Department in summer 2014.

Addresses after a Dinner tendered to Edward Dean Adams, 1925

Box 5
Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Pupin Laboratires, 1977
Box 5
Department of Physics, Columbia University, 1990s
Box 5
Deschanel's Natural Philosophy. By Professor Everett. Part I: Mechanics, Hydrostatistics, and Pneumatics, 1881
Box 5
Deschanel's Natural Philosophy. By Professor Everett. Part II: Heat, 1883
Box 5
Deschanel's Natural Philosophy. By Professor Everett. Part III: Electricity and Magnetism, 1883
Box 5
Deschanel's Natural Philosophy. By Professor Everett. Part IV: Sound and Light, 1883
Box 5
Kaogu Xuebao, 1965

Box 6
Nueure Problems der Theoretsichen Physik by W. Wien, E.K. Adams Fund Publications, No. 7, 1913
Box 6
Physical Laboratory Notes Prepared for the Use of the Students in the School of Mines, Engineering and Chemistry, Columbia University in the City of New York, 1913
Box 6

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