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Dean W. Richards papers, 1902-1935

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Richards, Dean W.,

Size of collection

0.5 linear feet
1 manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

A collection of Richards' student notes, as well as biograhical material provided by Richards' son, Hugh Richards.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Engineer and western pioneer. After being educated at Park College (Missouri) and the University of Missouri, he settled on a ranch in Colorado, and later taught physics, calculus, and engineering at Wisconsin State School of Mines.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection of papers includes a bound volume of Richard's extensive handwritten notes and lab reports from a physics course taught by Oscar M. Stewart at the University of Missouri; handwritten course notes from "Kinetic Theory of Gases" taught by L. R. Ingersoll at the University of Wisconsin in 1928; and a volume of Richard's poetry with biographical notes compiled by his son, Hugh T. Richards.

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.


Richards, Dean W., 1876-1940.
Stewart, Oscar M. (Oscar Milton), 1869-1944.
ngersoll, Leonard Rose, 1880-1958

Subject terms

Kinetic theory of gases.
Physics. Study and teaching.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Notes
  • Series II: Biographical material

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Hugh T. Richards, 1997.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

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

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Dean W. Richards papers, 1902-1935


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: Notes

Box 1 Folder 1 Physics, Professor Oscar Milton Stewart, September 1902-March 1904
Folder 2 Kinetic Theory of Gases, Professor L.R. Ingersoll, Summer 1928

Series II: Biographical material

Box 1 Folder 3 Collected poems and a brief biographical sketch, 1986