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William P. Jesse student notebooks, 1919-1921

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Jesse, William P(olk)

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

William P. Jesse's notes on the lectures of Albert A. Michelson and Robert A. Millikan while he was a student at the University of Chicago.

Language(s) of collection


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Biographical Note

Physicist (nuclear physics, crystals, cosmic rays). Physicist: General Electric Company research laboratory, 1929-1934; Metallurgical Laboratory, University of Chicago, 1941-1947; and Argonne National Laboratory, 1947-1956; and on the physics faculty at the University of Chicago, 1934-1941.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains William Polk Jesse's notes on the lectures of Albert A. Michelson and Robert A. Millikan while he was a student at the University of Chicago. Notes include courses taught by Michelson: Mechanics and Wave Motion, Electricity and Magnetism, and Physical Opticsl; and courses taught by Millkan: Electron Theory, Quantum Theory, and Kinetic Theory.

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.


Jesse, William Polk, 1891-1974.
Michelson, Albert Abraham, 1852-1931.
Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953.


University of Chicago.

Subject terms

Physical optics.
Quantum theory.
Wave motion, Theory of.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Michelson notebooks
  • Series II: Millikan notebooks

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from William P. Jesse, 1966, 1969.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], William P. Jesse student notebooks. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the William P. Jesse student notebooks, 1919-1921


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

Series I: Michelson notebooks

Box 1 Folder 1 Michelson, Albert A., Mechanics and wave motion, 1919-1920
Folder 2 Michelson, Albert A., Electricity and magnetism, 1920-1921
Folder 3 Michelson, Albert A., Physical optics, Spring 1921

Series II: Millikan notebooks

Box 1 Folder 4 Millikan, Robert A., Electron theory, 1919
Folder 5 Millikan, Robert A., Quantum theory, Summer 1920
Folder 6 Millikan, Robert A., Kinetic theory, 1920-1921