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Ralph Waldo Gerard papers, 1922-1974

2 linear feet

Neurophysiologist, founder of University of Michigan Mental Health Research Institute, also faculty member at University of Chicago, University of Illinois, and University of California, Irvine. Writings of R. W. Gerard, 1922-1973, including war research, 1942-1944, bibliography, and biographical material.

The Ralph Waldo Gerard papers consist primarily of the writings of Ralph Gerard from 1922 through 1973. The papers were received by the University of Michigan Mental Health Research Institute (MHRI) from James W. Gerard and were subsequently transferred to the University of Michigan archives at the Bentley Historical Library. When the papers were received they were in chronological order with evidence that most individual articles had been disbound from bound volumes. The collection is arranged into three series: Biographical Material, Bibliography, and Writings.


William G. Dow Papers, 1927-1999 (majority within 1930-1960)

16 linear feet

Professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. Files documenting his scientific research and professional activities, notably his studies of high-frequency power welding, vacuum tube development, gas discharge plasma, microwave electron tubes, use of rockets and satellites in investigations of the upper atmosphere, missile guidance systems, and military electronics; files relating to his involvement with various University of Michigan research centers and institutes; and photographs.

The William G. Dow Papers document his career as a faculty member of the University of Michigan Department of Electrical Engineering, his scientific research, his participation in professional organizations, and his other professional interests and activities. The collection also contains copies of published and unpublished technical and professional papers written by Dow, and two unpublished books. The papers include lecture notes taken by Dow, texts of lectures given by Dow and others, course materials used in Dow's classes, correspondence, minutes, reports, raw data, photographs, and other material relating to Dow's research. The papers are composed of six series: University of Michigan Activities, Research, Professional Organizations, Articles, Books and Talks, Topical Files, Correspondence, and Photographs. There is a great deal of overlap between theses series, as Dow was often engaged in educational, research, publishing, and professional activities simultaneously. Researchers are advised to consult the entire collection. A small group of biographical and bibliographical materials begins the collection.