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John P. Blewett papers, 1821-2000

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Blewett, John P. (John Paul), 1910-

Size of collection

5 linear feet
5 records boxes

Short description of collection

Collection of correspondence, notebooks and other manuscript material of Canadian physicist, John P. Blewett.

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR2009-896

Biographical Note

Nuclear physicist (1910-2000). Ph.D, physics (Princeton, 1936). Senior physicist, Brookhaven National Laboratory; consultant on accelerator technology to the French Atomic Energy Commission and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Research in particle accelerators and synchrotron radiation.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Collection of correspondence, notebooks and other manuscript material of John P. Blewett. Topics include: Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and his work on the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), Blewett's work with accelerators, Blewett's research in nuclear energy and other alternative energy sources. A significan portion of the collection is comprised of correspondence, including conversations with James Brittain, Robert Crease, Maurice Goldhaber, Leland Haworth, Donald Kerst, Leon Lederman, Norman Ramsey, Arthur Schawlow, Frederick Seitz, G. H. Vineyard, Victor Weisskopf, Rolf Wideroe, and Chien-Shiung Wu, among many others. Another significant portion of the collection includes notebooks documenting the subject matter of personal and professional phone converstations, as well as personal accounting books which reflect travel and daily life and work.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials. 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

Blewett, John P. (John Paul), 1910-
Brittain, James E., 1931-
Crease, Robert P.
Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-
Haworth, Leland J. (Leland John), 1904-
Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993
Lederman, Leon M.
Ramsey, Norman, 1915-
Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999-
Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Vineyard, G. H.
Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002
Wideröe, Rolf, 1902-
Wu, C. S. (Chien-shiung), 1912-1997

Institutions

Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Brookhaven National Laboratory. AGS Dept.

Subject terms

Accelerators.
Nuclear energy.
Renewable energy sources.

Genre terms

Logs (records).
Notebooks

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into eight series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Autobiographical and Blewett family material
  • Series III: Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Series IV: Writings
  • Series V: Personal accounting books and notebooks
  • Series VI: Telephone log books
  • Series VII: Audio and visual material
  • Series VIII: Miscellaneous

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Tandy Warnow, daughter of Blewett, 2008.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Brown in 2011.

Preferred Citation of Collection

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

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the John P. Blewett papers, 1821-2000

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2011

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2011. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Correspondence

Suberseries A: Out-going correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Letterbook (Yvonne Winterbottom), 1963-1975
Folder 2 Letterbook, April 1967-December 1967
Folder 3 Letterbook, January 1968-May 1968
Folder 4 Letterbook, June 1968-September 1969
Folder 5 Letterbook, September 1969-December 1970
Folder 6 Letterbook, January 1971-November 1972
Folder 7 Letterbook, 1973
Folder 8 Letterbook - Accelerator Department, 1973-1976
Folder 9 Letterbook - Brookhaven National Laboratory, 1974-1975
Folder 10 Letterbook - personal letters to editors and authors, 1974-1987

Subseries B: General correspondence

Box 2 Folder 1 A, 1971
Folder 2 Anderson, R.C., 1977
Folder 3 Archer, Jeanne, 1980-182
Folder 4 B, 1952-1989
Folder 5 Baldwin, George, 1975
Folder 6 Beck, Herb, 1992-1993
Folder 7 Beiersdorf, Herman, 1975-1978
Folder 8 Blewett family (to Blewett's mother and sister), 1950-1979
Folder 9 Blewett, Hildred, 1983-1991
Folder 10 Brechna, Hab, 1973
Folder 11 Brittain, James E., 1985-1986
Folder 12 Brodeur, Paul, 1993
Folder 13 C, 1950-1995
Folder 14 Carbon, Max, 1969
Folder 15 Clark, John, 1986
Folder 16 Cole, Francis T., 1989-1990
Folder 17 Coleman, John (Jack), 1990
Folder 18 Crease, Robert, undated
Folder 19 Crewe, Al, 1970-1971
Folder 20 D, 1974-1991
Folder 21 Dahl, Per and Eleanor, 1988-1999
Folder 22 Demos, Peter, 1977
Folder 23 F, 1974
Folder 24 G, undated
Folder 25 Goldhaber, Maurice, 1965-1969
Folder 26 Green, Peggy, 1996-2000
Folder 27 Grunder, Herman, 1975
Folder 28 H, 1946-1999
Folder 29 Halperin, I., 1946
Folder 30 Hau, Grace, 1980-1982
Folder 31 Hawkes, P.W., 1985
Folder 32 Haworth, Leland, 1952-1974
Folder 33 Heinz, Werner, 1969-1977
Folder 34 Herminghaus, Helmut, 1969
Folder 35 Herring, Conyers, 1947
Folder 36 Hirsch, E.E., 1974
Folder 37 J, 1956-1992
Folder 38 Jacobus, Elinor, 1995-1998
Folder 39 Johnsen, Kjell and Aase, 1952-2000
Folder 40 K, 1975-1993 and undated
Folder 41 Kapitza, Sergei, 1964-1978
Folder 42 Katy, Leon, 1975 and undated
Folder 43 Kerst, Donald, 1974-1989
Folder 44 Kinney, Herb, 1986-1996
Folder 45 re: Knapp, Edward, 1974
Folder 46 Krieger, Robert, 1978
Folder 47 re: Kukkonen, Jorma, 1967-1977
Folder 48 Kumagai, Hiroo, 9176-1977
Folder 49 L, 1975-1989 and undated
Folder 50 Lancaster, John and Phyllis, 1996-2000
Folder 51 Lapostolle, Pierre, 1970-1993
Folder 52 Lawson, J.D. (John David), 1978-1996
Folder 53 Lederman, Leon, 1969-1979
Folder 54 Le Duff, Joel, 1989-1995
Folder 55 Leppard, Leon, 1993-1996
Folder 56 Livingston, M. Stanley, 1952-1997
Folder 57 Lubkin, Gloria, 1986 and undated
Folder 58 M, 1980-1992 and undated
Folder 59 Maglich, Bogdan, 1972-1997
Folder 60 re: McInturff, Al, 1974-1996
Folder 61 Mills, Fred, 1988
Folder 62 N, 1975-1987
Folder 63 Nagorski, Zygmunt, 1990
Folder 64 Nishikawa, Tetsuji, 1972-1989
Folder 65 Nixon, Richard, 1968
Folder 66 O, 1978
Folder 67 Oliphant, M.L., 1955
Folder 68 O'Neal, John, 1982-1996
Folder 69 re: Orlov, Uri, 1977
Folder 70 P, 1953-1995 and undated
Folder 71 Page, Ralph, 1972
Folder 72 Panofsky, W.K.H., 1969-1978
Folder 73 Paulus, Kurt, 1978
Folder 74 Phillips, Melba, 1947 and undated
Folder 75 Pike, Otis G. , 1965
Folder 76 Pollock, Herbert C., 1947-1982
Folder 77 R, 1970-1998 and undated
Folder 78 Ramo, Simon, 1990
Folder 79 Ramsey, Norman, 1947-1965
Folder 80 Reiser, Martin, 1977-1989
Folder 81 Richardson, J.R., 1971-1974
Folder 82 Riddiford, L., 1977
Folder 83 Robertson, David, 1994-1995
Folder 84 Robertson, David (re: Anglo-Australian Telescope Observatory), 1975-1979
Folder 85 Rojansky, V., 1967
Folder 86 Rosner, C.H., 1976
Folder 87 Ruark, John P., 1967
Folder 88 S, 1946-1996 and undated
Folder 89 Sampson, Milo, 1945-1946
Folder 90 Schawlow, Arthur, 1974
Folder 91 Schmeltzer, Chris, 1988-1997
Folder 92 Seitz, Frederick, 1978-1999
Folder 93 Slack, Lewis, 1996 and undated
Folder 94 Smith, Peter, 1972
Folder 95 Southworth, Brian, 1972-1977
Folder 96 Spiro, Julius, 1986-1987
Folder 97 Stockton, Anne, 1971
Folder 98 Stuart, Brenda, 1996
Folder 99 Susini, Alfredo, 1971
Folder 100 T, 1969-1989
Box 3 Folder 1 Taylor, C.S., 1974
Folder 2 Trott, Betty, 1981-1982
Folder 3 Tunnicliffe, P.R., 1976
Folder 4 Van Steenbergen, A., 1972-1979
Folder 5 Veluts, Larissa, 1964-1975
Folder 6 Vineyard, G.H., 1970-1976
Folder 7 W, 1952-1993 and undated
Folder 8 Wainwright, Stuyvesant, 1959
Folder 9 Wang, Chia, 1989-1990
Folder 10 Weiss, Peter R., 1971
Folder 11 Weisskopf, V.F., 1971-1974
Folder 12 Welsh, Harry Lambert, 1984 and undated
Folder 13 Westfall, Catherine, 1987-1988
Folder 14 re: Wheeler, George, 1977-1981
Folder 15 Wideroe, Rolf, 1967-1992
Folder 16 Wilson, E.J.N., 1996
Folder 17 Wilson, Robert, 1965-1967
Folder 18 Winter, Stanley, 1983-1996
Folder 19 re: Winterbottom, Yvonne, 1968-1973
Folder 20 Woodsworth, Charles and Julie, 1995-1996
Folder 21 Wouk, Victor, 1987
Folder 22 Wu, Chien-Shiung, 1975-1996
Folder 23 Y, 1996
Folder 24 Zapolsky, Harold, 1974
Folder 25 Miscellaneous unknown correspondents, 1952-2000 and undated

Series II: Autobiographical and Blewett family material

Box 3 Folder 26 Joan Warnow Blewett biographical material, undated
Folder 27 Blewett family papers - ladies pocket memorandum booklet with notes, 1821
Folder 28 Biographical research - George John Blewett (father of J.P. Blewett), 1900-1994 and undated
Folder 29 Autobiographical material, 1921-1998 and undated
Folder 30 Autobiographical material, 1933-1986 and undated
Folder 31 Autobiographical material, 1952-1980 and undated
Folder 32 Autobiographical material, 1970-1978 and undated
Folder 33 Awards, 1986-1993
Folder 34 Symposium - John P. Blewett's 90th birthday, 1999-2000

Series III: Brookhaven National Laboratory, undated

Box 3 Folder 35 1963 Brookhaven Summer Study, undated
Folder 36 A.D.D. Bugle - mock newspaper re: Electron Analysis Group, 1955
Folder 37 A.A.D.D. party (photos), 1964
Folder 38 Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) injection booster - calculations, meetings, notes, 1966
Folder 39 Transport of super energy beams from an accelerator on Brookhaven's south tract to experimental areas on Brookhaven's north tract, 1970
Folder 40 History of Brookhaven National Laboratory (Robert Crease), 1972-2000
Folder 41 History of accellerators, 1972-1974
Folder 42 Brookhaven Accelerator Department - correspondence, 1973
Folder 43 Solar Research and Developments Coordinating Group - meetings, 1974
Folder 44 Log of Brookhaven National Laboratory energy program, 1974-1975
Folder 45 Brookhaven proposal - solar powered steam generator, 1975
Folder 46 Brookhaven's energy program - talk at Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) Nuclear Data Committee, 1975
Folder 47 International Conference on Particle Accelerators in Radiation Therapy (P.A.R.T. II and P.A.R.T. III) - Brookhaven correspondence, 1975-1976
Folder 48 Reminisciences about Accelerators: Brookhaven lecture, 1980
Folder 49 The Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS) at Brookhaven, 1980
Folder 50 Historical accounts of Brookhaven Naitonal Laboratory and the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), 1987-1990 and undated

Series IV: Writings

Box 4 Folder 1 The relativistic magnetron: analysis of the static state, a positive ion megnetron for fusion experiments, undated
Folder 2 Electron linear accelerators, undated
Folder 3 Possible energy programs, 1973
Folder 4 Beam connector design details, 1990
Folder 5 Magnetic quadrupole triplet lenses, 1990
Folder 6 Field pattern in an electron lens, 1990
Folder 7 Generation of electron beams, 1991
Folder 8 Electron orbits in a magnetic lens, 1991
Folder 9 Light in early China, 1993
Folder 10 Accelerators, history of particle (article for MacMillan Encyclopedia of Physics) - draft and final, 1994

Series V: Personal accounting books and notebooks

Box 4 Folder 11 Notebook - M.H. Blewett, J.P. Blewett, Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1936
Folder 12 Personal accounts log, 1941-1947
Folder 13 Personal accounts log, 1948-1955
Folder 14 Notebook - European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), 1953
Folder 15 Personal accounts log, 1956-1964
Folder 16 Personal accounts log, 1964-1972
Folder 17 Personal accounts log, 1972-1978
Folder 18 Personal accounts log, 1979-1983
Folder 19 Personal accounts log, 1984-1989
Folder 20 Personal accounts log, 1987-1990

Series VI: Telephone log books

Box 4 Folder 21 Telephone log, 1961-1664
Folder 22 Telephone log, 1964-1968
Folder 23 Telephone log, 1968-1969
Folder 24 Telephone log, 1969-1971
Folder 25 Telephone log, 1971-1973
Folder 26 Telephone log, 1974-1975
Folder 27 Telephone log, 1975-1979
Folder 28 Telephone log, 1977-1980
Folder 29 Telephone log, 1979-1980
Folder 30 Telephone log, 1980-1981
Folder 31 Telephone log, 1981-1982
Box 5 Folder 1 Telephone log, 1981-1985
Folder 2 Telephone log, 1984-1985
Folder 3 Telephone log, 1991-1992
Folder 4 Telephone log, 1992-1993
Folder 5 Telephone log, 1993-1994
Folder 6 Telephone log, 1994-1996

Series VII: Audio and visual material

Box 5 Slides of cosmos and people, 1970s and undated
Folder 7 Video recordings: "My life with the accelerator" (Betamax tape) and "Autobiographical talk" (VHS tape), 1978
Folder 8 Audio recording: "R.R. Wilson Prize lecture: adventures with accelerators" (cassette), 1993

Series VIII: Miscellaneous

Box 5 Folder 9 Notes - nuclear physics, undated
Folder 10 Calculations, undated
Folder 11 Calculations and notes, undated
Folder 12 Untitled book reviews, undated
Folder 13 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) - correspondence, notes, reports, 1952-1979
Folder 14 Canadian research, 1963-1997
Folder 15 Notes taken on Joint Committee on Atomic Energy (JCAE) hearings, 1965
Folder 16 Midwestern Universities Research Association (MURA), 1965
Folder 17 Rand Corporation - consulting, contracts, 1969-1970
Folder 18 Helium, 1970-1971
Folder 19 Soviet physicists, 1972-1975
Folder 20 U.S. energy dependency, alternate energy, nuclear, solar, 1974-1979
Folder 21 European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN): a brief history, 1979
Folder 22 Taiwan, Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (SRRC) - correspondence, 1984-1989
Folder 23 Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), 1985-1987
Folder 24 Biographical introduction - Mark Barton, 1986
Folder 25 Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, 1988-1989
Folder 26 Note on visits to Cambridge and Acton, 1990
Folder 27 Robert A. Jameson - reference, 1991
Folder 28 American Physical Society Robert R. Wilson prize - correspondence, speeches, 1993
Folder 29 Nanodynamics - correspondence, 1993
Folder 30 Biographical paper - Odd Dahl, 1994
Folder 31 Nanodynamics - correspondence, drawings, plans, reports, 1994
Folder 32 Nuclear waste - notes, 1999