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Warren O. Hagstrom interviews conducted for his book The Scientific Community, 1960-1961.

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Hagstrom, Warren O.

Size of collection

0.5 linear feet
1 manuscript box

Short description of collection

This collection includes transcripts of the interviews conducted by Warren O. Hagstrom, for his 1965 book, The Scientific Community.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Warren O. Hagstrom is a sociologist, educator and author. He was a research associate at the University of California at Berkeley from 1961 to 1962. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he served on the sociology faculty from 1962 until 1976, and then as department chair from 1973 to 1976.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection consists of thirty-seven transcripts of interviews conducted by Hagstrom between 1960 and 1961. The interviews are with California scientists connected with universities and engaged in research in experimental physics, molecular biology and biochemistry, or theoretical physics. This material formed much of the empirical basis of his 1965 book, The Scientific Community.

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.


Atkinson, Daniel E.
Carnap, Rudolf, 1891-1970.
Chew, Geoffrey F.
Dunn, Max S.
Gell-Mann, Murray.
Griffith, Wendell H.
Hagstrom, Warren O.
Holmes, John R.
Leith, Cecil E.
Nayman, Jerzy.
Roberts, John E.
Sinsheimer, Robert.
Suhl, Harry.
Watson, William K.
Zwansiger, Daniel.

Subject terms

Molecular biology.
Physics. Research.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Organized into the following series:

  • Series I: Miscellaneous
  • Series II: Experimental physics
  • Series III: Molecular biology-biochemistry
  • Series IV: Theoretical physics

This collection is arranged alphabetically within each series.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

The bulk of this collection was donated to the Niels Bohr Library and Archives by Warren O. Hagstrom in 1976.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lara D’Agaro in November 2007.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Warren O. Hagstrom interviews conducted for his book The Scientific Community, 1960-1961. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Warren O. Hagstrom interviews conducted for his book The Scientific Community, 1960-1961


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 November 2007. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 1 Introduction and index, undated
Folder 2 Carnap, Rudolph, March 15, 1961
Folder 3 Neyman, Jerzy, May 1, 1961

Series II: Experimental physics

Box 1 Folder 4 Anderson, Carl D., March 20, 1961
Folder 5 Delsasso, Leo P., March 10, 1961
Folder 6 Fowler, William A., March 20, 1961
Folder 7 Hahn, Erwin L. , November 28, 1960
Folder 8 Holmes, John R. , March 13, 1961
Folder 9 Meyerhof, Walter E., February 3, 1961
Folder 10 Portis, Alan M., November 28, 1960
Folder 11 Rudnick, Isadore, March 9, 1961
Folder 12 Vollrath, Richard E., March 14, 1961
Folder 13 Weissler, Gerhard L., March 16, 1961

Series III: Molecular biology-biochemistry

Box 1 Folder 14 Atkinson, Daniel E., March 9, 1961
Folder 15 Campbell, Dan H., March 22, 1961
Folder 16 Dulbecco, Renato, March 21, 1961
Folder 17 Dunn, Max S., March 8, 1961
Folder 18 Griffith, Wendell H., March 14, 1961
Folder 19 Knight, C. Arthur, February 16, 1961
Folder 20 Loring, Hubert S., February 1, 1961
Folder 21 Mazia, Daniel, February 16, 1961
Folder 22 Pardee, Arthur B., January 11, 1961
Folder 23 Ross, Joseph F., March 15, 1961
Folder 24 Sinsheimer, Robert L., March 22, 1961
Folder 25 Snoke, John E., March 14, 1961

Series IV: Theoretical physics

Box 1 Folder 26 Chew, Geoffrey F., February 24, 1961
Folder 27 Feynman, Richard P., March 22, 1961
Folder 28 Gell-Mann, Murray , March 22, 1961
Folder 29 Kaus, Peter E., March 16, 1961
Folder 30 Leith, Cecil E., October 24, 1960
Folder 31 Roberts, John E., October 26, 1960
Folder 32 Schiff, L.I., February 24, 1961
Folder 33 Schwartz, Charles L., November 22, 1960
Folder 34 Suhl, Harry, January 9, 1961
Folder 35 Watson, W.K., March 15, 1961
Folder 36 Wichmann, Eyvind, January 11, 1960
Folder 37 Zemach, Charles, December 2, 1960
Folder 38 Zwansiger, Daniel, February 8, 1961