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Alexander G. Ruthven Papers, 1901-1961 (majority within 1906-1951)

65.4 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Zoologist, college professor, president of University of Michigan, 1929-1951. Professional files relating to his career with the University Museum and as a professor of zoology, and presidential files containing correspondence, reports, speeches, and other University materials, including budget and legislative files, material relating to changes in University administration, his relationship with faculty, students and alumni, and photographs.

The Alexander Ruthven papers consists of two series of records. The first is the papers of Ruthven as president of the University of Michigan, 1929 to 1951. The second, and smaller, series is the files maintained by Ruthven as a zoologist with the University Museum and as professor of zoology. This latter series dates largely from 1908 to 1929 but also includes collected earlier files from the 1870s.


Arthur Rich Papers, 1962-1989

6.5 linear feet

University of Michigan physicist specializing in precision measurements of atomic physics; best known for working with positrons and positronium. Correspondence, grant proposals, course material, articles, clippings and photographs pertaining to Rich's research, teaching and administrative duties as a physics professor at the University of Michigan. Some materials relate to his colleague, William L. Williams.

The Arthur Rich Papers span the years 1962 to 1989, and document diverse aspects of his career as a professor of physics at the University of Michigan. The collection has been divided into seven series: Biographical Information, Research Activities, Course Materials, Correspondence, Publications, Topical Files, and Photographs.


Arthur Whitmore Smith papers, 1893-1954 (majority within 1930-1954)

1 linear foot

Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. Correspondence and other papers relating to his research in physics, and his interest in his family genealogy and his activities with the Sons of the American Revolution in Michigan.

The papers of Dr. Arthur Whitmore Smith consist of correspondence and other papers relating to his research in physics, and his interest in his family genealogy and his activities with the Sons of the American Revolution in Michigan. The papers are arranged in four series: Biographical Information, Genealogical Activities, Physics Research, and Photographs.


Department of Physics (University of Michigan) publications, 1915-2001 (majority within 1988-1998)

1 linear foot

The Department of Physics Publications are divided into three series: Unit Publications, Sub-Unit Publications, and Topical Publications. The Unit Publications series contains printed material published specifically by the Department of Physics. These publications are defined as being widely distributed and may be published at regular intervals. They are arranged by genre of the publication. The Sub-Unit Publications series contains publications from subordinate offices, departments, programs and organizations within the Department of Physics. These publications are arranged alphabetically by the creating sub-unit.


Department of Physics (University of Michigan) records, 1873-2004

1 oversize folder — 14.5 linear feet

Correspondence and other papers dealing with departmental plans, reviews and organization, buildings and laboratories, staff recruitment, research, impact of World War I and personal affairs of various staff members especially when they were studying in Europe. Correspondence includes letters of John W. Langley, Robert A. Millikan, Harrison Randall, James M. Cork, Ernest Lawrence, Walter Stevens, John O. Reed, Henry Carhart, Karl Guthe, Fred Hodges, Horace R. Crane, and others. Also includes correspondence of chairmen Daniel Sinclair, Richard H. Sands, and Lawrence W. Jones. Efforts to locate a superconducting super collider in Michigan in the 1980s are well documented in these records.

The Department of Physics records contain budget sheets, clippings, committee minutes, correspondence, departmental review reports, organizational charts, personnel records, and photographs. The records are most informative in the administrative proceedings of the department. They are least informative in curricular and research areas. The records span the years 1873-1995 and are arranged into four series: Administrative Files, Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, Research, and Awards and Special Events and L3 Project. Although there are 19th century records present, the bulk of the records cover the period from 1954 to 1991.


Frederick G. Novy Papers, 1890-1954

13 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan microbiologist; correspondence, student notebooks, San Francisco Plague Commission records, research files and laboratory notebooks, visual materials

The Frederick G. Novy collection documents the career and research interests of this noted bacteriologist, including information from the period of time when he was a member of the San Francisco Plague Commission (1901).

The collection has been divided into the following series:

  1. Biographical/Personal
  2. Correspondence
  3. University of Michigan Student Notebooks
  4. University of Michigan Medical School
  5. San Francisco Plague Commission
  6. Research Files/Laboratory Notebooks
  7. Reprints and Writings
  8. Miscellaneous; and Visual Materials.

George Uhlenbeck Papers, 1918-1982 (majority within 1925-1970)

7 linear feet

Physicist, professor of physics at the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; correspondence, lectures and speeches, publications, notebooks, research papers, and topical files.

The George Uhlenbeck papers, measuring 7 linear feet span the years 1918 to 1982, with the bulk covering the period 1925 to 1970. The papers are arranged in six series: Correspondence, Lectures and Speeches, Publications, Notebooks and Exams, Research Papers, and Topical. They document a lengthy career as both a physicist of international renown and an active teacher and collaborator.


Harry Burns Hutchins papers, 1879-1930

22 linear feet

Professor of law and president of the University of Michigan. Papers include correspondence, reports, and speeches relating to all aspects of his University activities; and visual materials.

The Harry B. Hutchins papers cover the years 1879 through 1929, and include records generated during his years as professor and dean of the law department, President of the University of Michigan, and in retirement. Boxes 1-18 are primarily comprised of correspondence. Reports of the departments, schools, and other units of the university are contained in box 19, folders 30-32, and box 20, folders 1-13. As president, Hutchins did not regularly submit annual reports to the Board of Regents. Additional materials include speeches, photographs, and biographical material.


H. R. Crane Papers, 1897-2000 (majority within 1933-1995)

2 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Physicist; professor of physics at the University of Michigan. Personal and biographical files include transcript of oral history interview with Crane regarding nuclear physics; writings, lectures, reprints, and essays, including biographical sketches of University of Michigan physicists; files pertaining to his involvement with the Midwestern Universities Research Association; and photographs.

The papers of H. R. Crane consist of material relating to his career as a pioneer in the field of nuclear and accelerator physics at the University of Michigan. The collection demonstrates the wide breadth of his research interests which also include physics teaching, radiocarbon dating techniques, physics history and geomagnetism. The collection has been divided into four series: Personal, Photographs, Writings, Lectures, etc., and Midwestern Universities Research Association.


Jack van der Velde papers, 1979-1994 (majority within 1985-1990)

3.5 linear feet

Professor Jack van der Velde is Professor Emeritus in the Physics Department of the University of Michigan. His papers focus on the IMB collaboration, which conducted underground experiments to detect proton decay from 1982-1991 in an effort to find experimental proof of the Grand Unified Theory of physics. They also observed neutrinos from a supernova for the first time. The papers mainly consist of meeting notes, research notes, the development of papers, and publications derived from the data.

The papers all pertain to the IMB Experiments. They are divided into seven subseries: Collaborative Meeting Notes, Student Theses, Talks, Publications, Proposals, Research Notes and Memos, and Scholarly Community.