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Hugh Everett papers, 1953 - 1989.

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Everett, Hugh.

Size of collection

1 linear feet
2 manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

The papers of mathematical physicist Hugh Everett, including bibliographical materials, and interview transcript, and materials concerning Everett's graduate study at Princeton University.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical/Historical Note

Hugh Everett (1930-1982). Mathematical physics (quantum mechanics, general relativity, theory of games). Head, mathematics section, weapons systems evaluation group, Institute for Defense Analysis (1956-1964); director of Lambda Division, Defense Research Corp. (1964-1965); and president, Lambda Corporation from 1965 until his death.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains bibliographical materials of Everett, including obituaries, a transcript of a 1977 interview, security clearance forms and related papers; materials concerning Everett's graduate study at Princeton University (1953-1956), including course papers. One folder of Everett's correspondence, which includes a copy of a letter he received from Albert Einstein (1943), correspondence with John Archibald Wheeler (1958-1980), and other correspondence concerning the publication of papers he wrote and responses to historical inquiries into his work on quantum mechanics. One folder of correspondence from after his death in 1982, which includes his widow Nancy's responses to inquiries about him and correspondence on royalties from his publications. There are also published articles and manuscripts by Everett and by Roland E. Allen, Paul Benioff, Bryce S. DeWitt, John Wheeler, and Wolfgang Pauli.

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.


Allen, Roland E.
Benioff, Paul.
Dewitt, Bryce S.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Everett, Hugh.
Everett, Nancy.
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008


Princeton University.

Subject terms

Physics. Publishing.
Physics. Study and teaching.
Quantum theory.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Everett, widow of Hugh Everett, 1990.

Preferred Citation of Collection

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

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Hugh Everett papers, 1953 - 1989.


American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740

Published in 2009

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2009. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Biographical materials, graduate school materials, and correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Biographical and bibliographical materials, undated
Folder 2 Obituaries, eulogy, death notices, undated
Folder 3 Transcript of interview of Everett conducted by Charles Misner, 1977
Folder 4 Security clearance forms and related material, 1956-1976
Folder 5 Graduate school materials, 1954-1955
Folder 6 Graduate school papers by Everett, 1953-1956
Folder 7 Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Wheeler notes: notes on graduate school course, circa 1955
Folder 8 Correspondence, 1943-1980
Folder 9 Nancy Everett's correspondence after Hugh Everett's death concerning him and his work, 1982-1989
Folder 10 Miscellaneous items, undated

Series II: Articles and manuscripts by Everett

Box 1 Folder 1 Everett Thesis, undated
Box 2 Folder 2 Recursive Games, in Contributions to the Theory of Games, undated
Folder 3 On the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, 1957
Folder 4 'Relative State' Formulation of Quantum Mechanics in Review of Modern Physics, 1957
Folder 5 Simple Formulas for Calculating the Distribution and Effects of Fallout in Large Nuclear Weapon Campaigns (with Applications), coauthor George E. Pugh, 1958
Folder 6 The Theory of the Universal Wave Function and 'Relative State' Formulation of Quantum Mechanics, in The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, 1973

Series III: Articles and manuscripts by various authors

Box 2 Folder 1 Allen, Roland E. "Consistency of Language and Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics," undated
Folder 2 Benioff, Paul, manuscripts and related material, 1977
Folder 3 DeWitt, Bryce S., articles, 1971, 1983
Folder 4 Wheeler, John Archibald, manuscript and reprints, 1957-1958
Folder 5 Pauli, Wolfgang, "The General Principles of Wave Mechanics." undated
Folder 6 STRAPORT: A Model for the Evaluation and Formulation of Business Portfolio Strategies, undated