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Homer L. Dodge addition to papers, 1905-1994

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi), 1887-1983

Size of collection

1.75 linear feet
1 motion picture film box
2 manuscript boxes
2 half manuscript boxes

Short description of collection

This addition to the Homer L. Dodge papers is comprised of correspondence, biographical and family records, instruments, and information regarding Dodge's canoeing experience.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist (electrical measurements) and educator. Homer Dodge was on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as head of physics department (1919-1942), dean of graduate school (1926-1944), and organizer and director of Oklahoma Research Institute (1941-1944). Dodge was also a founder, first president, and member of Governing Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) from 1933 to 1939, director of the Office of Scientific Personnel, National Research Council (1942-1944), and president of Norwich University (1944-1950).

Scope and Contents of Collection

This addition to the Homer L. Dodge papers is comprised of correspondence, biographical and family records, information regarding Dodge's canoeing experience, and some professional documentation. Items include recollections about Dodge and an obituary written by friends and colleagues; correspondence with family members and friends; travel notes, films and correspondence from Dodge's canoe trips, including a trip at the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway; yearbook from Colgate University; copy of World War I draft and registration forms; article reprint; gravitational wave data readings from various equipment; films and home videos, including travel and canoe documentation; six items/instruments from Dodge's collection; family photographs.

Restrictions on Use and Access

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.


Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi), 1887-1983


Colgate University.


Saint Lawrence Seaway

Subject terms

Canoes and canoeing.
Gravitational waves.
World War, 1914-1918.

Genre terms

Amateur films.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Alice Dodge Wallace, 1998 to 2013.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Mueller in 2012.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Homer L. Dodge addition to papers, 1905-1994. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Homer L. Dodge addition to papers, 1905-1994


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. Mueller in 2012. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Papers

Box 1 Folder 1 Home movies, undated
Folder 2 Photograph identification and notes, undated
Folder 3 Invitation list for Homer Dodge wedding, undated
Folder 4 Commencements - high school and honorary degree from St. Mary’s College (Maryland), 1905-1975
Folder 5 Correspondence - from parents regarding death of family dog, 1907
Folder 6 Yearbook, Colgate University, 1910
Folder 7 World War I draft registration card and registrar’s report, 1917
Folder 8 Photographs, circa 1920-1970
Folder 9 Correspondence – from Homer Dodge to Isabelle Donahugh Dodge, 1926-1935, undated
Folder 10 Correspondence with Edith Dodge Baker (cousin), 1948
Folder 11 U.S. News and World Report , “Uncensored: the real story of Russia - exclusive eyewitness account by Dr. Homer Dodge and Norton Dodge”, 1955
Folder 12 Correspondence and travel notes, 1960-1965, undated
Folder 13 Correspondence – Macon, and Homer Dodge trip at opening of St. Lawrence Seaway, 1959
Folder 14 Canoeing biographical notes, undated, post-1965
Folder 15 Correspondence - finances, 1969
Folder 16 Obituary by Albert Bartlett, 1983
Folder 17 Correspondence - Eugene Guazzo recollections of Homer Dodge, 1994

Series II: Data

Box 2 Gravitational wave data readings, 1969

Series III: Film

Box 3 Miscellaneous films, undated
Box 4 Films, undated
Box 5 Films, undated

Series IV: Instruments

Box 5 Dodge's "eagle" insignia as a colonel while at Norwich University, undated
Dodge's surveyor's level while with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), undated
Double Poro prism, undated
Name plate, undated
Book plates, undated
Dodge's improved "Dodge Design" rheostate, patent number 1,337,826, filed August 23, 1917, renewed March 4, 1920, undated