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Papers, ca. 1920-1974.

Author: Edward Uhler Condon
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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This collection includes correspondence, notebooks, writings, photographs, newsclippings, etc., concerning Condon's education, teaching, and his government, industrial and academic work. There is also much interesting material relating to his problems with obtaining security clearances during to late 1940s and 1950s.
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Clippings
Journals (notebooks)
Lectures
Notebooks
Photoprints
Speeches
Named Person: Hans A Bethe; Raymond Thayer Birge; Ernst Philip Boas; Lewis M Branscomb; Gregory Breit; Lyman J Briggs; Detlev Wulf Bronk; Lewis Warrington Chubb; Arthur Holly Compton; Edward Uhler Condon; Richard Courant; Nathan H David; Lee A DuBridge; Virginia Foster Durr; George Gamow; Natalie Gurney-Taylor; Martin David Kamen; Leonard B Loeb; Donald H Menzel; Howard A Meyerhoff; Robert H Morley; James Roy Newman; Richard M Nixon; Richard E Norberg; Frank Oppenheimer; J Robert Oppenheimer; G E Pake; Linus Pauling; John B Phelps; Melba Phillips; I I Rabi; Walter O Roberts; Frederick Seitz; George Shortley; Edward Teller; Harry S Truman; Oswald Veblen; Maurice B Visscher
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Uhler Condon
OCLC Number: 86165445
Description: approximately 75,000 items (75 linear ft.)

Abstract:

This collection includes correspondence, notebooks, writings, photographs, newsclippings, etc., concerning Condon's education, teaching, and his government, industrial and academic work. There is also much interesting material relating to his problems with obtaining security clearances during to late 1940s and 1950s.

The collection includes an interesting, but incomplete, autobiography, and there are also scattered reflections, such as his recollections of the University of California, Berkeley and Los Alamos in 1943. Some of the background material and briefs, relating to his security clearance, p.

Concerning his own writings, there are copies of many addresses, articles, books (9 boxes relating to his "Handbook of Physics") and such interesting items as the Los Alamos Primer, which is a detailed technical description of the project, written for the scientists who were arriving there.

Information concerning his student and teaching days includes several notebooks for physics lectures at Berkeley, 1920-1924; and there are course materials (lectures) for the classes he taught in physics, atomic physics, and quantum mechanics (1931). There is a separate series of quantum mechanics lecture notes for the 1930s and 1950s.

The security clearance material is diverse, not only relating to Condon but also to other scientists and the threat to science in general. The series containing the most pertinent information include Eastern Industrial Personnel Security Board; exhibits on behalf of Condon; Fowler, Levan, Hawes & Symington (legal counsel); folders on Richard Nixon; Security Investigation; speeches ("The Weakest Link"); U.S. Congress House Special Committee on Un-American Activities; U.S. Department of Commerce Loyalty Board. The personal correspondence with Clifford and Virginia Durr is also rich on this topic, and on politics and social issues of the 1950s.

There is much material relating to the following organizations: American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, American-Soviet Science Society, Corning Glass Works, Federation of American Scientists, SANE, Society for Social Responsibility in Science, U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. National Bureau of Standards, University of Colorado, Washington University, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Miscellaneous material of note includes folders on the Manhattan Project and an interesting journal, filed with his notebooks, that he kept during Operation Crossroads, the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, June 30, 1946. There is much on the J. Robert Oppenheimer case, and also a series on the President's Scientific Board, 1947.

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