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Records of American Institute of Physics. Office of the Director, H. William Koch and Kenneth Ford, 1966-1992.

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

College Park, MD 20740

Papers created by

American Institute of Physics, Office of the Director.

Size of collection

9.0 linear feet
(9 boxes)

Short description of collection

The collection contains records of the Office of Director, during the transition of leadership from H. William Koch to Kenneth Ford.

Language(s) of collection

English

Accession number

AR 2001-430, AR 2001-431

Biography of H. William Koch and Kenneth Ford

Herman William Koch was elected to the position of Director of the American Institute of Physics in 1966, serving as the fourth director of AIP since it's founding in 1931. Dr. Van Zandt Williams preceded him as Director, and Dr. Kenneth Ford took over the position in 1987.

Koch was born on September 28, 1920 in New York City. He completed his undergraduate education at Queens College in New York City, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in 1941. He went on to earn his Master of Science and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois in 1942 and 1944, respectively. Koch began his professional career as an Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois (1944-1949), followed by many years as Chief at the High Energy Radiation Section of the National Bureau of Standards (1949-1962). In 1962 he became Chief of the Division of Radiation Physics of the National Bureau of Standards, a position that he held until 1966. Koch is also a member of many committees and societies, including the American Physical Society, National Committee on Radiation Protection, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Ford was born on May 1, 1926 in West Palm Beach, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1948, and received his doctorate degree in Physics from Princeton University in 1953. Ford began his professional career as a Research Assistant at Los Alamos, Princeton, and Indiana University (1950-1954), before moving on to a professorship at Indiana University (1954-1958). He was also a professor at Brandeis University (1958-1964), the University of California, Irvine (1964-1970), and the University of Massachusetts (1970-1975). He served as Education Officer for the American Physical Society before accepting his nomination as Director of AIP in 1987.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection includes general administrative records, documentation of division and committee activity, correspondence, memoranda, and documentation of member societies and affiliated institutions.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of depositing organization required for access to records less than 25 years old.

Open to approved researchers without restrictions. Use of primary source material in the Niels Bohr Library requires prior approval through an Application for Access, which includes a statement of research purpose and the names and addresses of two scholars as references. Access applications can be obtained by contacting the Library (telephone 301-209-3177; or e-mail nbl@aip.org). The application can also be printed from our website.

The scholar pledges not to quote from, cite, or reproduce by any means this material except with the written permission of the Institute.

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.

Persons

Ford, Kenneth William, 1926-.
Koch, Herman William, 1920-.

Institutions

Acoustical Society of America.
American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
American Association of Physics Teachers.
American Astronomical Society.
American Crystallographic Association.
American Geophysical Union.
American Institute of Physics. Member Societies.
American Institute of Physics. Office of the Director.
American Institute of Physics. Office of the Director. Corporate Associates.
American Physical Society.
American Vacuum Society.
International Council of Scientific Unions.
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
Society of Rheology (U.S.).

Subject terms

Computer planning.
Copyright.
Physics Awards.
Physics Information services.
Physics Publishing.
Physics Societies, etc.
Physics literature.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized into four series, with subseries where necessary.

  • Series I. Office of the Director
  • Series II. Corporate Divisions and Committees
  • Series III. Member Societies
  • Series IV. Related Organizations

This collection did not have any discernable original order. These files have been arranged to reflect the hierarchy of the American Institute of Physics, and the duties of the Office of the Director.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Transferred to the archive by the Office of the Director in May and July 1994.

Processing Information

This collection was formed through the combination of two separate accessions. The combined collection was processed by Melanie J. Brown in October 2005.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Cite as: Item and date, Folder __, Box __, American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics, Records of H. William Koch and Kenneth Ford, 1966-1922, Niels Bohr Library, American Institute of Physics, College Park, MD.

Related Collections

American Institute of Physics, Office of the Director, Records of H. William Koch.

American Institute of Physics, Office of the Director, Records of Kenneth Ford.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Records of H. William Koch and Kenneth Ford 1966-1992

Publisher

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
nbl@aip.org

September 19, 2006

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Melanie J. Brown in 2006. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series 1: Office of the Director, 1980-1994

Subseries A: Correspondence and subject files, 1984-1990

Box 1 Folder 1 Office of the Director Kenneth Ford Mixed Correspondence, 1987
Folder 2 Washington Office Correspondence , 1986-1987
Folder 3 Treasurer's Office Gerald Gilbert Memoranda, n.d.
Folder 4 Robert Baensch, Activity Reports, Publishing Memoranda, n.d.
Folder 5 Special Projects, Paul Parisi, n.d.
Folder 6 Miscellaneous Journals , 1990 and prior
Folder 7 Miscellaneous Journals , 1990 and prior
Folder 8 Japanese articles and membership, n.d.
Folder 9 "What's New" Miscellaneous, n.d.
Folder 10 Press release - Cranberg vs. Consumer's Union , 1984
Folder 11 Press release - Phillip M. Morse Succeeds Dr. Crane as Chairman of Governing Board 1975 (photo removed; added to the Emilio Segré Visual Archives), n.d.

Subseries B: Governing Board and committees of the board, 1981-1991

Box 1 Folder 12 Governing Board Status Reports, 1981-1985
Folder 13 Governing Board Correspondence, 1987
Folder 14 Governing Board Meeting March, 1987, 1987
Folder 15 Governing Board Meeting September/October, 1987, 1987
Folder 16 Governing Board Overview and Planning , 1987
Folder 17 Governing Board Meeting March, 1988, 1988
Folder 18 Nominating Committee , 1990
Folder 19 Nominating Committee , 1991
Folder 20 Development Committee , 1988 and prior
Folder 21 Development Committee Meeting , 1990
Folder 22 Development Committee Meeting February, 1991, 1991
Folder 23 Development Committee Meeting November, 1991, 1991
Folder 24 Advisory Committee Meetings , 1987-1988
Folder 25 Executive Committee Meeting May, 1985, 1985
Folder 26 Executive Committee Correspondence , 1987
Folder 27 Executive Committee Meeting September, 1987, 1987
Folder 28 Executive Committee Meeting December, 1987, 1987
Folder 29 Executive Committee Summary of Actions Taken , 1987-1988
Folder 30 Executive Committee Knowledge/Multilink , 1988
Folder 31 Executive Committee Meeting February, 1988, 1988
Folder 32 Executive Committee Meeting April, 1988, 1988

Subseries C: Long-Range Planning, 1986-1989

Box 1 Folder 33 Long-Range Planning Parts A-C , 1986
Box 2 Folder 1 Long-Range Planning Space Needs Committee , 1987
Folder 2 Long-Range Planning Old Originals , 1987
Folder 3 Long-Range Planning Masters , 1987
Folder 4 Long-Range Planning , 1988
Folder 5 Long-Range Planning #1 , 1988
Folder 6 Long-Range Planning #2 , 1988
Folder 7 Long-Range Planning #3 , 1988
Folder 8 Long-Range Planning #4 , 1988
Folder 9 Long-Range Planning #5 , 1988
Folder 10 Long Range Planning #1 , 1989

Subseries D: Miscellaneous, 1975-1994

Box 2 Folder 11 Annual Report, Planning File , 1975
Folder 12 Supervisors Personnel Handbook , 1979
Folder 13 Anti-Trust Action , 1980-1982
Folder 14 Administration/Personnel Policy Evaluation Plan , 1981
Folder 15 Speaker Biographies , 1984
Folder 16 Speaker Biographies , 1985
Folder 17 AARP Meeting, proposal for a Retired Physicists Program , 1986
Folder 18 A tribute to the Executive Director on his retirement (Koch) , 1987
Folder 19 Dr. H. William Koch, Retirement - Background file , 1987
Folder 20 Future Location of AIP Headquarters , 1987
Folder 21 Federal Budget Process Originals , 1987
Folder 22 Development Study for AIP , 1988
Folder 23 Marketing and Management Goals , 1994
Folder 24 Amaldi Bio, n.d.
Folder 25 Isadore Isaac Rabi, n.d.
Folder 26 Space Needs Report, n.d.
Folder 27 New York Floor Plans, n.d.
Folder 28 Function Plan Consultant, n.d.
Folder 29 The Physics Community and AIP: Sixty Years of Service – Preparatory materials and drafts, n.d.

Series II: Corporate Divisions and Committees, 1958-1992

Subseries A: Corporate Divisions, 1958-1991

Box 3 Folder 1 Development Office , 1991 and prior
Folder 2 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates Meeting Minutes , 1982-1987
Folder 3 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1983
Folder 4 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1984
Folder 5 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1985
Folder 6 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1986
Folder 7 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1987
Folder 8 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates Meeting Minutes , 1988
Folder 9 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates January, 1990, 1990
Folder 10 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates October, 1990, 1991
Folder 11 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates , 1990-1991
Folder 12 Advisory Committee on Corporate Associates October, 1991, 1991
Folder 13 Corporate Associates , 1958-1962
Folder 14 Corporate Associates Meeting , 1981
Folder 15 Corporate Associates Meeting , 1982
Folder 16 Corporate Associates Meeting , 1984
Folder 17 Corporate Associates Participants and Guests , 1984
Folder 18 Corporate Associates Arrangements (Hotel, Food, Airline) , 1984
Folder 19 Corporate Associates Arrangements (Hotel, Food, Airline) , 1985
Folder 20 Corporate Associates Meeting , 1985
Folder 21 Corporate Associates Meeting Speakers , 1985
Folder 22 Corporate Associates , 1989 and prior
Folder 23 Corporate Associates , 1990
Folder 24 Corporate Associates Questionnaire, n.d.
Folder 25 Corporate Associates Records Program, n.d.
Folder 26 International Physics Olympiad , 1987
Folder 27 International Physics Olympiad , 1988
Folder 28 International Physics Olympiad , 1989
Box 4 Folder 1 International Physics Olympiad , 1990
Folder 2 International Physics Olympiad , 1991
Folder 3 SPS Executive Committee , 1989
Folder 4 SPS Executive Committee , 1990
Folder 5 SPS Executive Committee , 1991
Folder 6 Committee on History of Physics , 1991
Folder 7 Committee on Physics Programs Policy Meeting , 1991
Folder 8 AIP Publication Board Annual Meeting , 1990
Folder 9 Publishing Policy Committee May, 1991, 1991
Folder 10 Publishing Policy Committee November, 1991, 1991
Folder 11 IP Publication Board , 1991
Folder 12 Books Division , 1990 and prior
Folder 13 Books Division , 1990 and prior
Folder 14 Books Division , 1990 and prior
Folder 15 Subcommittee on Books April, 1991, 1991
Folder 16 Subcommittee on Books October, 1991, 1991
Folder 17 Publishing Committee, Robert Baensch, n.d.
Folder 18 Publishing Committee, Robert Baensch, n.d.

Subseries B: Committees, 1985-1992

Box 4 Folder 19 Campaign for Physics , 1990
Folder 20 Campaign for Physics , 1991
Folder 21 Committee on Public Policy , 1989 and prior
Folder 22 Committee on Public Policy , 1990
Folder 23 Committee on Public Policy , 1991
Folder 24 Customer Service Assembly , 1991
Folder 25 Editorial Board, n.d.
Folder 26 Information Technology Committee April, 1992, 1992
Folder 27 Information Technology Committee October, 1992, 1992
Folder 28 Intellectual Property Rights, n.d.
Folder 29 Intellectual Property Rights , 1992
Folder 30 ICSTI Meeting (International Council for Scientific and Technical Information) , 1987
Folder 31 International Relations Meeting , 1990
Folder 32 Journal Editors Panel , 1991
Box 5 Folder 1 Management Committee General Correspondence , 1985 and prior
Folder 2 Management Committee General Correspondence , 1986
Folder 3 Management Committee General Correspondence , 1987
Folder 4 Management Committee General Correspondence , 1988
Folder 5 Management Committee , 1987
Folder 6 Study Steering Committee , 1991
Folder 7 Subcommittee on Journals New York City , 1991
Folder 8 Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Rights, n.d.
Folder 9 Subcommittee on Numeric Databases , 1990
Folder 10 Subcommittee on Numeric Databases , 1991
Folder 11 Symposium Arranged for Society Officers Meeting , 1986
Folder 12 Task Force on Desktop Publishing, n.d.
Folder 13 Task Force on Telecommunications, n.d.

Series III: Member Societies, 1964-1989

Box 5 Folder 14 Member Societies General , 1986
Folder 15 Member Societies General , 1987
Folder 16 Member Society Membership Figures , 1984-1986
Folder 17 Member Society Membership Requests , 1984-1986
Folder 18 Criteria for Membership , 1965-1975
Folder 19 History of Applications for Member Society Status , 1975-1985
Folder 20 Privileges and Responsibilities of Member Societies , 1965-1975
Folder 21 Schedule of Services for Societies , 1984
Folder 22 Schedule of Services for Societies , 1987
Folder 23 Member Societies Service Contracts , 1964-1976
Folder 24 Member Society Charters , 1981
Folder 25 AIP Society Relations Task Force H. William Koch, n.d.
Folder 26 Society Relations, 1987
Folder 27 Briefing meeting arranged for elected officers of member societies , 1985
Folder 28 Acoustical Society of America General , 1985-1986
Folder 29 Acoustical Society of America General , 1987
Folder 30 Acoustical Society of America Meeting , 1986
Folder 31 American Association of Physicists in Medicine , 1985-1987
Folder 32 American Association of Physics Teachers General , 1986
Folder 33 American Association of Physics Teachers General , 1987
Folder 34 American Association of Physics Teachers Management of Adv./Exhibits , 1985
Folder 35 American Association of Physics Teachers Inter-American Conference on Physics Education , 1985-1987
Folder 36 American Association of Physics Teachers , 1987
Folder 37 American Association of Physics Teachers Software Project , 1987
Folder 38 American Astronomical Society , 1985-1986
Folder 39 American Astronomical Society , 1987
Folder 40 American Astronomical Society Meeting , 1986
Folder 41 American Astronomical Society Meeting , 1988
Folder 42 American Crystallographic Association General , 1985-1987
Folder 43 American Geophysical Union , 1986
Box 6 Folder 1 American Geophysical Union , 1986
Folder 2 American Geophysical Union , 1987-1988
Folder 3 Plan for the American Geophysical Union , 1987
Folder 4 American Physical Society Constitution and By-Laws , 1975-1986
Folder 5 American Physical Society Memo of Agreement , 1969
Folder 6 American Physical Society Signed Supplemental Agreement #3, 1970
Folder 7 American Physical Society Signed Supplemental Agreement #4 , 1979-1981
Folder 8 Guidelines American Physical Society/AIP Washington Office , 1983-1987
Folder 9 History of American Physical Society/AIP (Project to Publish Their History) , 1985
Folder 10 American Physical Society Panel on Public Affairs (POPA) , 1984-1985
Folder 11 American Physical Society POPA , 1987
Folder 12 American Physical Society POPA Corporate Association , 1987
Folder 13 American Physical Society POPA Status Reports Physics Workforce , 1986
Folder 14 American Physical Society Office of Public Affairs , 1988
Folder 15 American Physical Society Reports to Treasurer , 1984
Folder 16 American Physical Society Fellowship Committee , 1987
Folder 17 American Physical Society Minority Scholarship Program , 1987
Folder 18 American Physical Society Directed Energy Weapons (DEW) Study , 1987
Folder 19 American Physical Society Electronic Experiment , 1984
Folder 20 American Physical Society Forum Awards , 1987
Folder 21 American Physical Society and Physics for Development International Conference , 1984
Folder 22 American Physical Society/AIP Complimentary Subscription Exchange, n.d.
Folder 23 American Physical Society Task Force on Meetings , 1987
Folder 24 American Physical Society Style Manual Physics Review Input for Author Prepared Compuscript , 1983
Folder 25 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1984
Folder 26 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1984
Folder 27 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1985
Folder 28 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1985
Folder 29 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1986
Folder 30 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1986
Folder 31 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1987
Folder 32 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1987
Folder 33 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1989
Folder 34 American Physical Society General Correspondence , 1989
Folder 35 American Physical Society Education Committee , 1987
Box 7 Folder 1 American Physical Society Committee on Education April, 1987, 1987
Folder 2 American Physical Society Committee on Education September, 1987, 1987
Folder 3 American Physical Society Committee on Education January, 1988, 1988
Folder 4 American Physical Society Committee on Education April, 1988, 1988
Folder 5 American Physical Society Executive Committee General , 1988
Folder 6 American Physical Society Executive Committee January, 1986, 1986
Folder 7 American Physical Society Executive Committee April, 1986, 1986
Folder 8 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting October, 1984, 1984
Folder 9 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting October, 1984, 1984
Folder 10 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting March/April, 1986, 1986
Folder 11 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting April/May, 1986, 1986
Folder 12 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting June, 1986, 1986
Folder 13 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting June, 1986, 1986
Folder 14 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting November, 1986, 1986
Folder 15 American Physical Society Executive Committee and Council Meeting October, 1987, 1987
Folder 16 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting March, 1984, 1984
Folder 17 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting April, 1984, 1984
Folder 18 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting June, 1984, 1984
Folder 19 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting April, 1985, 1985
Folder 20 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting January, 1987, 1987
Folder 21 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting Kenneth Ford March, 1987, 1987
Folder 22 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting April, 1987, 1987
Folder 23 American Physical Society Executive Council Meeting June, 1987, 1987
Box 8 Folder 1 American Physical Society Forum Executive Committee , 1987
Folder 2 American Physical Society Spring Meeting , 1984
Folder 3 American Physical Society Meeting March, 1985, 1985
Folder 4 American Physical Society Meeting June, 1985, 1985
Folder 5 American Physical Society Meeting Joe Burton November, 1985, 1985
Folder 6 American Physical Society Industrial Physicists Meeting , 1985
Folder 7 American Physical Society/AAPT Meeting , 1984
Folder 8 American Physical Society/AAPT Meeting , 1985
Folder 9 American Physical Society/AAPT Executive Committee and Council Meeting , 1986
Folder 10 American Physical Society/AAPT Executive Committee and Council Meeting , 1987
Folder 11 Optical Society of America General , 1986-1987
Folder 12 Optical Society of America By-Laws and Constitution , n.d.
Folder 13 Society of Rheology General , 1985-1987
Folder 14 Society of Rheology Constitution , 1967

Series IV: Related Organizations, 1980-1991

Box 8 Folder 15 Associations and Societies Miscellaneous , 1986
Folder 16 Miscellaneous , 1987
Folder 17 Affiliated Society General , 1987
Folder 18 American Academy of Arts and Sciences , 1985-1987
Folder 19 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , 1986
Folder 20 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , 1987
Folder 21 AAAS China Exchange, n.d.
Folder 22 AAAS Education Projects , 1987
Folder 23 AAAS Project 2061 , 1987
Folder 24 American Astrological Society Meeting , 1987
Folder 25 American Bar Association, Science and Technology Section , 1987
Folder 26 American Chemical Society , 1985
Folder 27 American Council of Learned Societies General Correspondence , 1980-1981
Folder 28 American Council of Learned Societies General Correspondence , 1980-1981
Folder 29 American Management Association , 1981
Folder 30 American Mathematical Society , 1981-1988
Folder 31 American Mathematical Society Conflicts of Interest , 1982
Folder 32 American Nuclear Society , 1980-1987
Folder 33 American Psychological Association , 1983
Folder 34 American Society for Engineering Education , 1983
Folder 35 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) , 1986
Folder 36 American Society of Association Executives , 1983-1986
Box 9 Folder 1 American Society of Mechanical Engineers , 1981-1987
Folder 2 American Vacuum Society General , 1985-1986
Folder 3 American Vacuum Society General , 1987
Folder 4 American Vacuum Society International Meeting , 1986
Folder 5 Arms Control Association , 1986
Folder 6 Assembly of Math and Physics Science , 1981
Folder 7 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , 1981-1983
Folder 8 Association of American Colleges , 1987
Folder 9 Catgut Acoustical Society , 1987
Folder 10 Committee on Scholarly Communication , 1981
Folder 11 Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) Meeting , 1988
Folder 12 Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) Electronic Publishing Talk , 1988
Folder 13 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) , 1985
Folder 14 Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) , 1981-1983
Folder 15 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Company (IEEEC) Bylaws , 1985
Folder 16 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Company (IEEEC) Compumail Manual , 1985
Folder 17 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Company (IEEEC) General Correspondence , 1985
Folder 18 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Company (IEEEC) General Correspondence , 1985
Folder 19 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering Company (IEEEC) Policy and Procedures Manual , 1985
Folder 20 Institute of Physics , 1991 and prior
Folder 21 Institute of Physics , 1991 and prior
Folder 22 International Association of Mathematical Physics , 1986
Folder 23 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics , 1991 and prior
Folder 24 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics , 1991 and prior
Folder 25 International Union of Pure and Applied Physics , 1991 and prior
Folder 26 Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) , 1987
Folder 27 Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) Drafts , 1986-1987
Folder 28 Materials Research Society (MRS) , 1985-1986
Folder 29 Materials Research Society (MRS) , 1985-1986
Folder 30 Materials Research Society (MRS) Agreement , 1985
Folder 31 Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting , 1987
Folder 32 Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting , 1988
Folder 33 New York Academy of Sciences , 1987
Folder 34 Radiation Dynamics, Inc. , 1981
Folder 35 Radiation Research Society , 1981
Folder 36 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) , 1983
Folder 37 Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) , 1986
Folder 38 Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) , 1986-1987