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Acoustical Society of America Office of the President records of Edward Christopher Wente, 1929-1946.

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Acoustical Society of America. Office of the President.

Size of collection

1 linear feet
2 manuscript boxes

Short description of collection

This collection documents the interests and activities of Edward C. Wente during his tenure as president of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA).

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR154

Historical Note

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is a professional society of physicists and engineers in all fields of acoustics: electroacoustics, ultrasonics, architectural acoustics, physiological and psychological acoustics, musical acoustics, noise, vibration control, underwater acoustics, biological response to vibration, and speech communication. Founded in 1929, its purpose is to increase and diffuse the knowledge of acoustics and promote its practical applications. The Society was a founding Member Society of the American Institute of Physics. Edward Christopher Wente was born in Denver, Iowa in 1889. He earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) in 1914 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1918. He was a research physicist with the Western Electric Company from 1914 to 1925, then worked at Bell Telephone Laboratories from 1925 until 1954.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection documents the interests and activities of Edward C. Wente as president of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), and includes correspondence, with attachments such as minutes and financial reports. Topics include membership, papers considered for presentation at ASA meetings or for publication in the JOURNAL OF THE ACOUSTICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA; ASA program, award and nominating committees; as well as correspondence concerning annual meetings and finances. Correspondents include: Henry A. Barton, Floyd A. Firestone, F.R. Moulton, Floyd R. Watson, and Wallace Waterfall.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of depositing organization required for access to records less than 25 years old. https://www.aip.org/history-programs/niels-bohr-library/access-application.

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

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983.
Firestone, Floyd Alburn, 1898-
Moulton, Forest Ray, 1872-1952.
Waterfall, Wallace.
Watson, Floyd Rowe.
Wente, Edward Christopher.

Institutions

Acoustical Society of America
Acoustical Society of America. Office of the President.

Subject terms

Physics. Societies, etc.
Sound.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into a single series:

  • Series I: Correspondence

This series is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Mrs. E. C. Wente, 1973.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Acoustical Society of America Office of the President records of Edward Christopher Wente. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Acoustical Society of America Office of the President records of Edward Christopher Wente, 1929-1946.

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2009

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: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Book Reviews, 1929-1941
Folder 2 Committees, 1929-1941
Folder 3 Expense reports, appropriations, etc., 1929-1941
Folder 4 General, 1929-1941
Folder 5 Membership, 1929-1941
Folder 6 Minutes of meetings, 1929-1941
Folder 7 Papers for presentation, 1929-1941
Folder 8 Book reviews, 1942-1948
Folder 9 Committees, 1942-1948
Folder 10 Expense reports, appropriations, etc., 1942-1948
Box 2 Folder 1 General, 1942-1948
Folder 2 Membership, 1942-1948
Folder 3 Minutes of meetings, 1942-1948
Folder 4 Papers for presentation, 1942-1948
Folder 5 Letter from Wallace Waterfall to B.H.Goodfriend regarding Acoustical Society of America history, 1964