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Ronald E. Mickens collection on African-American physicists, circa 1950-2008

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Mickens, Ronald E.,

Size of collection

1 linear feet
1 records box(s)

Short description of collection

Biographical files on African-American physicists collected by Ron Mickens. Some files were solicited as part of a effort by the National Society of Black Physicsts to create an exhibit highlighting African-American physicists, and others were collected by Mickens for the purpose of drafting obituary announcements for PHYSICS TODAY magazine.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Theoretical physicist. Assistant to professor, physics department, Fisk University, 1970-1981; chairman and professor, Atlanta University.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Biographical files on African-American physicists collected by Ron Mickens. Some files were solicited as part of a effort by the National Society of Black Physicsts to create an exhibit highlighting African-American physicists, and others were collected by Mickens for the purpose of drafting obituary announcements for PHYSICS TODAY magazine. The biographical files consist of resumes, bibliographies, brief correspondence and reminiscences, and include physicists such as Rutherford Hamlet Adkins, Alonzo (Al) Ashley, Clayton W. Bates, Jr., Edward A. Bouchet, Robert H. Bragg, Herman R. Branson, Warren W. Buck, Charles E. Bush, George R. Carruthers, Hattie Carwell, James C. Davenport, Charles S. Duke, Halston V. Eagleson, Donald A. Edwards, Robert A. Ellis, Jr., Joseph Francisco, Sylvester James Gates, Roscoe C. Giles, Larry Gladney, Warren E. Henry, Wendell T. Hill, III, John M. Hunter, Elmer S. Imes, Keith H. Jackson, Shirley A. Jackson, Anthony M. Johnson, Joseph A. Johnson, III, Herbert W. Jones, James R. Lawson, William A. Lester, Jr., H. (Harold) Ralph Lewis, Walter P. Lowe, Kenneth R. Manning, Walter E. Massey, Walter S. McAfee, Cynthia R. McIntyre, Ronald McNair, Kelly Miller, Willie Hobbs Moore, Sekazi Mtingwa, Harry L. Morrison, Homer A. Neal, Lionel Senhouse, Carl A. Rouse, Kennedy Reed, Steven L. Richardson, Earl D. Shaw, James H. Stith, Julius H. Taylor, Hubert Mack Thaxton, Charles H. Townes, William D. Townes, James M. Turner, Neil Tyson, Arthur B. C. Walker, Jr., Warren M. Washington, James E. West, Barbara A. Williams, Michael D. Williams, Weldon Calvin Williams, Jr., Herbert G. Winful, James E. Young.

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.


Adkins, Rutherford Hamlet
Ashley, Alonzo W.
Bates, Clayton W., Jr.
Bouchet, Edward A. (Edward Alexander), 1852-1918
Bragg, R. H. (Robert H.)
Branson, Herman R. (Herman Russell), 1914-1995
Buck, Warren W.
Bush, Charles E.
Carruthers, George R.
Carwell, Hattie
Davenport, James C.
Duke, Charles S.
Eagleson, Halston V.
Edwards, Donald A., 1905-1999
Ellis, Robert A., Jr.
Francisco, Joseph Salvadore
Gates, S. James (Sylvester James)
Giles, Roscoe C.
Gladney, Larry
Henry, Warren E., 1909-
Hill, Wendell T.
Hunter, John M., 1901-1979
Imes, Elmer Samuel, 1883-1941
Jackson, Keith H.
Jackson, Shirley Ann, 1946-
Johnson, Anthony M.
Johnson, Joseph A., III
Jones, Herbert W.
Lawson, J. R. (James Raymond), 1915-1996
Lester, W. A.
Lowe, Walter P.
Manning, Kenneth R.
Massey, Walter E.
McAfee, Walter S.
McIntyre, Cynthia R.
McNair, Ronald E., 1950-1986
Mickens, Ronald E., 1943-
Miller, Kelly, 1863-1939
Moore, Willie Hobbs
Morrison, Harry L.
Mtingwa, Sekazi
Neal, Homer A.
Reed, Kennedy
Richardson, Steven Leslie, 1953-
Rouse, Carl A.
Senhouse, Lionel S.
Shaw, Earl D.
Stith, James H.
Taylor, Julius H.
Thaxton, Hubert Mack
Townes, Charles
Townes, William D.
Turner, James M. (James Marshall)
Tyson, Neil deGrasse
Walker, A. B. C.
Washington, Warren M.
West, James E., 1931-
Williams, Barbara Ann
Williams, Weldon Calvin, Jr.
Winful, Herbert G.
Young, James Edward, 1926-


National Society of Black Physicists

Subject terms

African American physicists
Minorities in science

Genre terms

Biographical files.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: African-American physicists
  • Series II: General files

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Ron Mickens, 2009.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Ronald E. Mickens collection on African-American physicists. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Ronald E. Mickens collection on African-American physicists, circa 1950-2008


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: African-American physicists, circa 1950s-2008

Box 1 Folder 1 Adkins, Rutherford Hamlet
Folder 2 Ashley, Alonzo (Al)
Folder 3 Bates, Clayton W., Jr.
Folder 4 Bouchet, Edward A.
Folder 5 Bragg, Robert H.
Folder 6 Branson, Herman R.
Folder 7 Buck, Warren W.
Folder 8 Bush, Charles E.
Folder 9 Carruthers, George R.
Folder 10 Carwell, Hattie
Folder 11 Davenport, James C.
Folder 12 Duke, Charles S.
Folder 13 Eagleson, Halston V.
Folder 14 Edwards, Donald A.
Folder 15 Ellis, Robert A., Jr.
Folder 16 Francisco, Joseph
Folder 17 Gates, Sylvester James
Folder 18 Giles, Roscoe C.
Folder 19 Gladney, Larry
Folder 20 Henry, Warren E.
Folder 21 Hill, Wendell T., III
Folder 22 Hunter, John M.
Folder 23 Imes, Elmer S.
Folder 24 Jackson, Keith H.
Folder 25 Jackson, Shirley A.
Folder 26 Johnson, Anthony M.
Folder 27 Johnson, Joseph A., III
Folder 28 Jones, Herbert W.
Folder 29 Lawson, James R.
Folder 30 Lester, William A., Jr.
Folder 31 Lewis, Harold Ralph
Folder 32 Lowe, Walter
Folder 33 Manning, Kenneth R.
Folder 34 Massey, Walter E.
Folder 35 McAfee, Walter S.
Folder 36 McIntyre, Cythia R.
Folder 37 McNair, Ronald
Folder 38 Miller, Kelly
Folder 39 Moore, Willie Hobbs
Folder 40 Morrison, Harry L.
Folder 41 Mtingwa, Sekazi
Folder 42 Neal, Homer A.
Folder 43 Reed, Kennedy
Folder 44 Richardson, Steven L.
Folder 45 Rouse, Carl A.
Folder 46 Senhouse, Lionel
Folder 47 Shaw, Earl D.
Folder 48 Stith, James H.
Folder 49 Taylor, Julius H.
Folder 50 Thaxton, Hubert Mack
Folder 51 Townes, William D. and Charles H.
Folder 52 Turner, James M.
Folder 53 Tyson, Neil DeGrasse
Folder 54 Walker, Arthur B. C., Jr.
Folder 55 Washington, Warren M.
Folder 56 West, James
Folder 57 Williams, Barbara
Folder 58 Williams, Michael D.
Folder 59 Willams, Weldon Calvin, Jr.
Folder 60 Winful, Herbert G.
Folder 61 Young, James

Series II: General Files

Box 1 Folder 62 "The African-American Presence in Physics" (editor, Ron Mickens)
Folder 63 Miscellaneous articles on African-American science