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Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Office of the Director logbooks of Donald Cooksey, Undated

Description of Collection

Repository

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Archives and Records Office

1 Cyclotron Rd. MS: 69R0102
Berkeley, California 94720
USA
https://commons.lbl.gov/display/aro/Archives+and+Records
aro@lbl.gov

Papers created by

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Office of the Director.

Size of collection

5 linear feet
4 records boxes

Short description of collection

These log books document the incoming and outgoing correspondence from the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) Office of the Director.

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

ARO-1544

Historical Note

The laboratory was founded as the University of California Radiation Laboratory in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a University of California Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It is a United States Department of Energy National Laboratory, operated by the University of California. The name of the laboratory has evolved since its founding: Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (1931-1958), the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (1959-1995), and currently the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1995-present).

Donald Cooksey (1892-1977) was a fellow physicist and close friend of Ernest Lawrence, founder of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California (now the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory). Cooksey spent the early years of the laboratory designing cyclotron chambers (in 1937 he was the chief designer of the 37-inch cyclotron) and was the first person to hold the position of assistant director. He was then named associate director when the position was created in 1943 and remained in that role until his retirement in 1959 from the laboratory.

Scope and Contents of Collection

These log books document the incoming and outgoing correspondence from the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) Office of the Director. The log books are referred to in the inventory as 'DC Files' as they were maintained by Donald Cooksey, who was a scientist and the first business manager of the lab under Ernest O. Lawrence. George Pappas later took over the administrative duties after Cooksey, under the directorship of Edwin McMillan and Andrew Sessler. The correspondence subjects relate to lab management, program planning, and early accelerator experiments. The logs list the document number, date of the letter, date received, description of the subject matter of the letter, to whom the letter was addressed, the author, the classification status of the letter (secret, classified, unclassified, restricted), and the filing category. The logs were declassified and some pages have been censored by cutting out portions of pages.

Restrictions on Use and Access

This collection requires permission for access. Please contact the repository for more information, via email at aro@lbl.gov.

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

Cooksey, Donald
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958.
McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-
Sessler, A. M. (Andrew Marienhoff)

Institutions

Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.
Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Office of the Director.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.

Subject terms

Accelerators.
Physics. Administration.

Genre terms

Logs (records).

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The log books are arranged chronologically and by document number.

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Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory Office of the Director logbooks of Donald Cooksey, 1945-1980

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2012

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: Logbooks of Donald Cooksey

Box 1 Folder 1 XLID Reports Issued, March 2 - August 4, 1945
Folder 2 DC File Record DC Numbers 1 - 1660, October 1945 - August 1946
Folder 3 DC File Record DC Numbers 1661 - 3140, August 1946 - February 1947
Folder 4 DC File Record DC Numbers 3141 - 4939, February - October 1947
Folder 5 DC File Record DC Numbers 6668 - 8553, June 1948 - February 1949
Folder 6 DC File Record DC Numbers 4940 - 6667, November 1947 - June 1948
Folder 7 DC File Record DC Numbers 8554 - 10,064, February - August 1949
Folder 8 DC File Record DC Numbers 10,065 - 11655, August 1949 - January 1950
Folder 9 DC File Record DC Numbers 11,655 - 13183, January - May 1950
Folder 10 DC File Record DC Numbers 13,184 - 14,780, May - September 1950
Folder 11 DC File Records DC Numbers 14,781 - 16,378 to, September 7 - December 4, 1950
Folder 12 DC File Record DC Numbers 16379 - 1061, December 1950 - February 1951
Folder 13 DC File Record DC Numbers 1062 - 2587, February - May 1951
Folder 14 DC File Records DC Numbers 2588 to 4218, May - August, 1951
Box 2 Folder 1 DC File Record 4219 - 5887, August - December, 1951
Folder 2 DC#-5888 to DC#1-5928; DC#2-5929 to DC#2-7535, December 1951 - May 1952
Folder 3 DC#7536 to DC#9351, May 1952 - November 1952
Folder 4 DC#9352 to DC#9802; DC#3-1 to DC#3-1341, November 1952 - April 1953
Folder 5 DC File Record Numbers: DC3-1342 to DC3-3209, April - September 1953
Folder 6 B3-1 to B3-277; B4-278 to B4-350, July 1953 - February 1954
Folder 7 DC#3-3210 to DC#3-4024; DC#4-4025 to DC#4-5154, September 1953 - May 1954
Folder 8 Log Book List Of UCRL Numbers, July 7, 1954 - October 30, 1956
Folder 9 Log Book Note And Return Documents, March 31, 1954 - January 24, 1957
Folder 10 DC#4-5155 - DC#55-406, May 1954 - April 1955
Folder 11 DC55-407 to DC56-222, April 12, 1955 - March 19, 1956
Folder 12 DC56-223 to DC57-428, March 1956 - April 1957
Folder 13 DC57-429 to DC58-624, April 1957 - July 1958
Folder 14 DC 58-625 to DC 60-175, July 1958 - March 1960
Box 3 Folder 1 DC 60-176 to DC 61-477, March 1960 - June 1961
Folder 2 DC 61-477-DC 62-400, June 1961 - April 1962
Folder 3 DC 62-401 - DC 63-262, April 1962 - February 1963
Folder 4 DC 63-263 - DC 63-1359, February - December 1963
Folder 5 DC 63-1360 - DC 64-1050, December 1963 - August 1964
Folder 6 DC 64-1051 - DC 65-656, August 1964 - June 25, 1965
Folder 7 DC 65 - 657 - DC 66-363, June 23, 1965 - March 18, 1966
Folder 8 DC 66-364 - DC 66-1493, March 21 - December 27, 1966
Folder 9 DC 66-1494 - DC 67-1178, December 27, 1966 - November 9, 1967
Folder 10 DC 67-1179 - DC 68-1059, November 10, 1967 - December 2, 1968
Folder 11 DC 68-1060 - DC 69-1111, December 3, 1968 - November 3, 1969
Folder 12 DC 69-1112 - DC 70-1048, October 31, 1969 - November 9, 1970
Box 4 Folder 1 DCS Log Book, May 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, January 1971
Folder 2 DC 70-1049 - DC 71-651, November 2, 1970 - June 29, 1971
Folder 3 DC 71-652 - DC 72-200, June 29, 1971 - March 1, 1972
Folder 4 DC 72-201 - DC 72-1019, March 1 - November 13, 1972
Folder 5 DC 72-1020 - DC 73-1064, November 14, 1972 - November 16, 1973
Folder 6 DC 73-1065 - DC 74-891, November 19, 1973 - July 2, 1974
Folder 7 DC 74-892 - DC 74-2495, July 2 - December 27, 1974
Folder 8 DC 74-2496 - DC 75-799, December 4, 1974 - May 5, 1975
Folder 9 Sessler Log Book No. 1 #1 - #1220, February 4, 1974 - May 5, 1975
Folder 10 Sessler Book No. 2 Sessler19s #1221 - #2597, May 8, 1975 - January 31, 1976
Folder 11 DC - 76 1216 - DC 77-1002, December 13, 1976 - August 4, 1977
Folder 12 DC 76-635-1615, May 14, 1976 - December 10, 1976
Folder 13 DC 77-1003-DC-78-378, August 4, 1977 - April 1978
Folder 14 (Part of label missing from record log book) Book, April 6, 1978 - December 14, 1979
Folder 15 EEOC, November 28, 1979 - January 18, 1980