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Optical Society of America records, 1940-1959

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Optical Society of America.

Size of collection

0.5 linear feet
1 manuscript box

Short description of collection

Records of the Optical Society of America (OSA) collected by Jarus Quinn, the first Executive Director of the OSA.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Historical Note

$aThe Optical Society was established in 1916 to increase and diffuse the knowledge of optics in all its branches, pure and applied, to promote the mutual interests of investigators of optical problems, of designers, manufacturers, and users of optical instruments and apparatus of all kinds, and to encourage cooperation among them. It is a founding Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Records of the Optical Society of America (OSA) collected by Jarus Quinn, the first Executive Director of the OSA. The contents of the collection mostly concern relations with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and include publications, reports, correspondence, minutes.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Permission of an officer of depositing organization required for access to records less than 25 years old.

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.


Quinn, Jarus W.


American Institute of Physics.
Optical Society of America

Subject terms

Optics. Congresses.
Optics. Societies, etc.
Physics. Publishing.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The arrangement of the items and folders reflects the original order of the collection.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

These records were donated by Jarus Quinn in 1996.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Coralina Daly in 1999.

Any records duplicated in AIP records were disposed of. Although staples were removed and the records were rehoused, their order is undisturbed.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Optical Society of America records. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Optical Society of America records, 1940-1959


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 1999. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Optical Society of America records

Box 1 Folder 1 OSA representative on Physics Today, 1959
Folder 2 AIP-OSA contract, 1941-1951
Folder 3 OSA Ad Hoc Committee on Increasing Size of Board of Directors, 1954-1956
Folder 4 Committee to consider a new contract with the AIP 10/40, 1940-1941
Folder 5 Committee on Allocation of AIP Support, 1943-1952
Folder 6 Ad Hoc Committee to Consider Modification of Publication Agreements with AIP, 1951-1952
Folder 7 Ad Hoc Committee to Consider Modification of Publication Agreements with AIP, 1953-1954
Folder 8 Annual business meetings, 1957-1959
Folder 9 Special folder: Postwar Physics and Reorganization of AIP, 1944-1945
Folder 10 AIP correspondence with Editor of Publications, 1946-1956
Folder 11 Ad Hoc Committee to Study Enlargement of OSA Board of Directors, 1954-1956
Folder 12 Corporate Associates meeting at Arden House, 1959
Folder 13 OSA’s proxies to AIP’s annual business meeting, 1958