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Everett Hurlburt papers, 1924-1984.

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Hurlburt, Everett H(arrington),

Size of collection

3 linear feet
3 records boxes

Short description of collection

This collection consists of reprints of articles authors by Everett Hurlburt and others, and documentation of Hurlburt’s work at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, National Bureau of Standards, Naval Ordnance Laboratory, and Office of Naval Research.

Language(s) of collection


Biographical Note

Everett Hurlburt, astronomer and physicist, was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 6, 1910. He graduated from Western Reserve University with a B.A. in physics in 1933, followed by an M.A. from Harvard University in 1934 and a PhD from Ohio State University in 1940. He has worked as a physicist for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (1942-1947); in the Microwave Standards Section of the National Bureau of Standards (1947-1950); in the Electromagnetic Division of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory (1951-1959); in the Electronics Branch of the Office of Naval Research (1959-1963); and as program director for the Astronomy Section of the National Science Foundation (1963-1970).

Everett Hurlburt was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma, American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society, American Astronautical Society, Washington Philosophical Society and Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of the Everett Hurlburt are comprised mostly of reprints by Hurlburt and others, scientific notes and records concerning his international travel for the National Science Foundation in the 1960s. The collection includes photographs, manuscripts, lecture notes, memoranda, press releases and certificates as well as a scrapbook on radio compiled by Hurlburt. This collection also contains correspondence - mainly letters to his family while a student at Harvard University. The focus of the collection is radio astronomy.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Hurlburt, Everett Harrington, 1910-.


Harvard University.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Subject terms

Radio astronomy.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Organized into seven series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Conferences
  • Series III: Photographs
  • Series IV: Works by Hurlburt
  • Series V: Research files
  • Series VI: Biographical and personal papers
  • Series VII: Ephemera

This collection is arranged chronologically within each series.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift from Evelyn M. Hurlburt, to the American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library in August 1988.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lara D'Agaro in December 2007.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Everett Hurlburt papers, 1924-1984. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Everett Hurlburt papers, 1924-1984


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in December 2007. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence from E.H. Hurlburt to his mother, September 1933
Folder 2 Correspondence from E.H. Hurlburt to his mother, October 1933
Folder 3 Correspondence from E.H. Hurlburt to his mother, November 1933
Folder 4 Correspondence, 1969-1972

Series II: Conferences

Box 1 Folder 5 National Academy of Sciences, Symposium on Radio Astronomy, Bloomington, Indiana, November 17, 1959
Folder 6 International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 1960
Folder 7 International Scientific Radio Union XIIIth General Assembly papers, London, England, 1960
Folder 8 Holloman Summer Scientific Seminar in Astrophysics, notes from, Cloudcroft, New Mexico, June 19-30, 1961
Folder 9 Fifth International Conference on Ionization in Gases, Munich, Germany, August 28-September 1, 1961
Folder 10 International Astronomical Union/ International Scientific Radio Union Symposium No. 20, draft progress report to the organizing committee, September 20, 1962
Folder 11 International Astronomical Union/ International Scientific Radio Union, Canberra and Sydney, Australia, March 18-28, 1963
Folder 12 NATO Advanced Study Institute on Low Frequency Electromagnetic Radiation, Bad Homberg, Germany, July 22-August 2, 1963
Folder 13 International Scientific Radio Union General Assembly, Tokyo, Japan, September 5-20, 1963
Folder 14 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), annual report, Australia, 1964-1965
Folder 15 United States National Committee and International Scientific Radio Union meeting reports, 1967-1971

Series III: Photographs

Box 1 Folder 16 Photograph of electronics section of Naval Research Laboratory, Summer 1945
Folder 17 Photograph of VHF equipment and graphs used in URSI-IRE talk, May 7, 1947
Box 3 Photograph of Everett Hurlburt at Naval Research Laboratory (oversized), 1950
Box 1 Folder 18 Photograph of class at Bumblebee course at Applied Physics Laboratory/Johns Hopkins University, September 22, 1954
Folder 19 Photographs and negatives of appearance on WTOP-TV, March 22, 1958
Folder 20 United States Naval Observatory information on time standards, photographs and reports, 1960-1962 and undated
Folder 21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Laser on Moon, photographs and report, 1962
Box 3 Photograph of American Astronomical Society 115th meeting (oversized), December 26-28, 1963
Box 1 Folder 22 Photographs of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia, 1963
Folder 23 Photographs of Apollo 17 and astronaut Schmitt on the moon, 1973
Folder 24 Photograph of Dr. Hurlburt's cy, undated
Folder 25 Photographs of measuring device, Radio I-Vacuum Tube Division, undated
Folder 26 Photographs of University of Illinois' radio telescope, Danville, Illinois, undated

Series IV: Works by E.H. Hurlburt

Box 1 Folder 27 A Bit of Travel, St. Nicholas, January 1924
Folder 28 Publications list and publication reprints, 1940-1941, 1952, 1955, 1963 and undated
Folder 29 A Simple Optical Device for Demonstrating the Conic Sections, School Science and Mathematics, December 1941
Folder 30 The Input Admittance of Three Typical Ultra-High Frequency Pentodes., 1943
Folder 31 Morton, J.A., with notes by E.H. Hurlburt, "Measurement of the Coefficients of Active Networks", 1944
Folder 32 Thermistor Studies for HASP, 1959
Folder 33 Radio Astronomy at the Universities and "Electromagetic Phenomena in the Audio and Sub-Audio Frequency Ranges," Naval Research reviews, September 1962, December 1963
Folder 34 Signals from Space, The Science Teacher, November 1964
Folder 35 Summary of Proposals for Large Radio Astronomy Facilities, 1967
Folder 36 The Determination of Impedance with a Double-Slug Transformer, undated
Folder 37 Effects of Tilting a Camera on Images of Vertical Parallel Objects, undated
Folder 38 High-Frequency Parameters of Vacuum Tubes, undated
Folder 39 The Input and Output Admittances of the 6AG5 Tube in the VHF Range, Naval Research Laboratory Report No. R-3054, undated
Folder 40 New Emission Lines in Radio Astronomy, undated
Folder 41 A Note of the Variation of Dielectric Properties with Frequency, undated
Folder 42 Notes on lectures by R.S. Elliott, undated
Folder 43 Patty, John R. and Hurlburt E.H., "Microwave Images" (photo), undated
Folder 44 Radio Astronomy in Office of Naval Research, undated
Folder 45 A Simplified Procedure for Making Conductance Measurements with the Concentric Transmission Line, undated
Folder 46 Theory and Measurement of the Four Vacuum Tube Admittances in the UHF Range, undated

Series V: Research files

Box 1 Folder 47 The Radiations, Sigma Pi Sigma, June 3, 1939
Folder 48 No. 2-C idiosynchrovisor specifications, 1944
Folder 49 Copson, E.T., revised by R.S. Elliott, "An Integral Equation Method of Solving Plane Diffraction Problems", 1946
Folder 50 Explanatory section for standards on methods of measuring vacuum tube admittances, 1946
Folder 51 Input admittance of receiving tubes, 1946
Folder 52 Kerns, David M. "The Basis of the Application of Network Equations to Waveguide Problems", June 30, 1948
Folder 53 The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. "Letter Symbols for Physics", September 1948
Folder 54 Papers relating to the HE magnetometer and to noise, 1948, 1950, 1960 and undated
Folder 55 Applications of electronic technics in medical research., October 10, 1949
Folder 56 Grantham, Rodney E., "A Reflectionless Waveguide Termination", 1950
Folder 57 Gallagher, P.B. "An Antenna for Studies in Meteor and Radio Astronomy at 13 Meters", September 30, 1957
Folder 58 Stiglitz, Irvin, "Conical Refraction by the use of an Artificial Microwave Dielectric", 1957
Folder 59 Naval Research Laboratory's 84-foot radio telescope, 1958
Folder 60 Lawrence, Robert S. and Jespersen, James L., "A Preliminary Analysis of Amplitude Scintillations of Radio Stars Observed at Boulder, Colorado", July 1959
Folder 61 Radar material provided by George Rae, 1959-1963 and undated
Folder 62 Observations of Shotput III, February 27, 1960
Folder 63 Purcell, Edward "Radioastronomy and Communication through Space," Brookhaven lecture series, November 16, 1960
Folder 64 Kundu, M.R. and Haddock, F.T., "A Relation between Solar Radio Emission and Polar Cap Absorption of Cosmic Noise", 1960
Folder 65 European travel records, January 27-February 20, 1961
Folder 66 Daily American , February 16, 1961
Folder 67 Aarons, Jules, "Studies and Measurements made of the Solar Eclipse of October 2, 1959", April 1961
Folder 68 National Science Foundation, Astronomy Program analysis of grants and obligations, 1961
Folder 69 Vitkevich, V.V., "A Major Center of Radio Astronomy-USSR", 1961
Folder 70 Carrara, N., Checcacci, P.F. and de Giorgio, M.T. "Study of Ionospheric Absorption during a Solar Eclipse, part I: Solar Eclipse", January 1962
Box 2 Folder 1 Castelli, John P., Cohen, Helen W., Straka, Ronald M. and Aarons, Jules "Radio Measurements of Two Total Eclipses", August 1962
Folder 2 Alouette Satellite 1962 Beta Alpha One, defense research telecommunications establishment, Shirley Bay, October 1962
Folder 3 Program for the formal dedication of the University of Illinois radio telescope, November 9, 1962
Folder 4 Carr, Thomas D., "The Possible Role of Field-Aligned Ducts in the Escape of Decameter Radiation from Jupiter", 1962
Folder 5 Center for Radiophysics and Space Research Cornell University proposal to extend contract Nonr-401(27), 1962
Folder 6 Notes and letters on Office of Naval Research, 1962-1963 and undated
Folder 7 Length of service awards, 1962-1967
Folder 8 Australian National University, Mount Stromlo Observatory, annual report for 1962, January 8, 1963
Folder 9 Howard, W.E. III, Barrett, A.H. and Haddock, F.T., "Measurement of Microwave Radiation from the Planet Mercury", 1963
Folder 10 Reynolds, Donald K. and Swarm, H. Myron, "A Very Large Aperture Antenna Array for Space Communications Radio Astronomy and Wave Propagation Research," preliminary proposal, 1963
Folder 11 30-foot radio telescope, Berkeley, California, 1963
Folder 12 The Radiophysics Laboratory Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Sydney, Australia, 1963-1964
Folder 13 National Science Foundation personal file, 1963-1968
Folder 14 Florida travel records, January 27-30, 1964
Folder 15 European travel records, August 2-September 6, 1964
Folder 16 Scientific department contact reports, 1964
Folder 17 Australia travel records, November 1965
Folder 18 The Algonquin Radio Observatory, Lake Traverse, Ontario, 1965
Folder 19 Cornell-Sydney University Astronomy Center, 1965
Folder 20 National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, West Virginia, 1965
Folder 21 Science Journal, October 1966
Folder 22 Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 1967
Folder 23 Bok, Bart J. and Bok, Priscilla F., "Photometric Standards for the Southern Hemisphere", August 1969
Folder 24 Bok, B.J., Hine, A.A. and Miller, E.W., "A Progress Report on the Carina Spiral Feature", August 29-September 4, 1969
Folder 25 The Nucleus, annual review of the Science Foundation for Physics and the School of Physics within the University of Sydney, January 1970
Folder 26 List of radio and radar astronomy observatories, 1973
Folder 27 Lynds, Beverly T., The National Observatories, 1976
Folder 28 National Science Foundation, in-house listing of grants and contracts awarded, 1976
Folder 29 Sky and Telescope editors, "Mr. Halley's Comet, Everyone's Complete Guide to Seeing the Celestial Event", 1984
Folder 30 Barrett, Alan H., "Microwave Spectral Lines as Probes of Planetary Atmospheres", undated
Folder 31 Data on radio astronomy antennas and programs, undated
Folder 32 Grant funding electronics branch-radio astronomy, undated
Folder 33 Hoyle, F. and Fowler, William A., "On the Nature of Strong Radio Sources, II", undated
Folder 34 Jodrell Bank Experimental Station, Manchester University , undated
Folder 35 Photogrammetric Structural Measurement Service, undated
Folder 36 Pioneer F plaque, undated
Folder 37 Prototype for the Bulletin of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of Miami, undated
Folder 38 Radio field site facilities, California, undated
Folder 39 Tees, wave guides and loads, strip lines (1 of 2), undated
Folder 40 Tees, wave guides and loads, strip lines (2 of 2), undated
Folder 41 Through the Eyepiece, the Moon, undated
Folder 42 Tomiyasu, K., "Double-Slug Impedance Matching", undated

Series VI: Biographical and personal papers

Box 2 Folder 43 Scientific notes, 1926-1930
Folder 44 Programs of Shaw High School commencement, 1929
Folder 45 Scientific notes, volume I and index, 1930-1931
Folder 46 Scientific notes, volume II, 1931
Folder 47 Western Reserve University diploma, 1933
Folder 48 Membership certificates for science societies, 1938, 1940 and undated
Folder 49 Program for final oral examination for Doctor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University, 1940
Folder 50 Certificates of appreciation, 1947, 1958, 1963
Folder 51 Invitations, 1950
Folder 52 Certificates of course completions, 1961-1962
Folder 53 Biographical sketch of Everett Hurlburt (photo), undated
Folder 54 Radio scrapbook, undated

Series VII: Ephemera

Box 3 Milner, Thomas, "Astronomy," assembled by E.H. Hurlburt, 1928
International Astronomical Union pin, Hamburg, Germany, 1964