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Jacob J. Bikerman papers, 1922-1978

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Bikerman, J. J. (Jacob Joseph), 1898-

Size of collection

0.75 linear feet
1 manuscript box
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

Papers of physicsist and chemist Jacob J. Bikerman.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physical chemist (physics and chemistry of surfaces). On the technical research staff at Merck and Co. (1946-1951); Yardney Laboratories, Inc. (1951-1955); the adhesives laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1956-1964); and Horizons Inc. (1964-1970).

Scope and Contents of Collection

Collection includes notebooks; manuscript drafts; correspondence with editors on his publications and with colleagues on research; early reprints; and an unpublished paper with referee comments. Topics include friction, adhesive joints, foam, and thermodynamics of surfaces. Correspondents include: George L. Clark, Mayo D. Hersey and Victor K. LaMer.

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.


Bikerman, J. J. (Jacob Joseph), 1898-.

Subject terms

Adhesive joints.
Physics. Publishing.
Surfaces (Physics)

Genre terms


Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into three series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Notebooks
  • Series III: Publications

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Jacob J. Bikerman papers. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Jacob J. Bikerman papers, 1922-1978


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: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Professional correspondence, 1934-1945
Folder 2 Professional correspondence, 1943-1958
Folder 3 Professional correspondence, 1955-1978
Folder 4 Professional correspondence, 1962-1974

Series II: Notebooks

Box 1 Folder 5 Notebook - "Foams" - manuscript draft, undated
Folder 6 Notebook - "Thermodynamics of surfaces" - manuscript draft, 1964

Series III: Publications

Box 1 Folder 7 Reprints - early publications, 1922-1935
Folder 8 Reprints - early publications, 1935-1959
Folder 9 Publication on friction - correspondence, 1947-1952
Folder 10 Reviews of Bikerman's publications, 1953-1977
Folder 11 Biographical material for publications, 1954-1976, undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Later publications and unpublished manuscripts, correspondence, 1972-1977
Folder 2 Manuscript referee process - correspondence, notes, manuscript, 1973-1975