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Alfred Landé papers, 1915-1970

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Landé, Alfred, 1888-

Size of collection

1.25 linear feet
3 flat manuscript boxes
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

Correspondence between Alfred Landé and various physicists, mostly regarding Landé's approach to quantum mechanics.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist (quantum theory, spectra). On the physics faculty at the Universität Frankfurt-am-Main, 1919-1922; Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, 1922-1931; and Ohio State University from 1931.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Correspondence between Alfred Landé and various physicists, mostly regarding Landé's approach to quantum mechanics. The bulk of the correspondence (1915-1927) relates to quantum theory during its most active development. Also includes undated mathematical calculations by Landé, and an undated manuscript, "On Superconductivity" possibly authored by Frintz London. Correspondents include: Ernst Back, Henricus Bakhuissen (Bakhuyzen), Max Born, Niels Bohr, Alfred H. Bucherer, Albert Einstein, Paul Epstein, B. Freundlich, E. Fues, W. Gordon, Samuel Goudsmit, Walter Heitler, Werner Heisenberg, F. Henning, J. Königsberger, Heinrich Konen, Rudolf Ladenburg, Fritz London, Erwin Madelung, Alfred Magnus, Rudolf Ortvay, Friedrich Paschen, Wolfgang Pauli, Maz Planck, Erwin Schrödinger, L. A. Sommer, Arnold Sommerfeld, Otto Stern, J. H. Van Vleck, G. Varga, Pieter Zeeman.

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.


Back, E. (Ernst), 1881-
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Born, Max, 1882-1970
Bucherer, Alfred Heinrich.
Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Heitler, Walter, 1904-
Konen, Heinrich Mattias, 1874-1949
Ladenburg, Rudolf Walther, 1882-
London, Fritz, 1900-1954.
Madelung, Erwin, b. 1881
Magnus, Alfred.
Ortvay, Rudolf, 1885-1945.
Paschen, Louis Carl Heinrich Friedrich.
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Planck, Max, 1858-1947.
Sande Bakhuyzen, Henricus Gerardus van de.
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Stern, Otto, 1888-1969
Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-
Varga, G.
Zeeman, Pieter, 1865-1943.

Subject terms

Quantum theory.
Solid state physics.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Additions to correspondence

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from the family of Alfred Landé, 1971, 1973.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Alfred Landé papers, 1915-1970. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Alfred Landé papers, 1915-1970


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie Mueller in 2013. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Back, Ernst - van der sande Bakhuissen, Henricus [alternate spelling Bakhuyzen], 1920-1924
Folder 2 Bohr, Niels, 1919-1925
Folder 3 Born, Max, 1919-1924
Folder 4 Bucherer, Alfred H. - Einstein, Albert, 1919-1926
Folder 5 Epstein, Paul - Freundlich, B., 1919-1924
Folder 6 Fues, E. - Gordon, W., 1921-1926
Folder 7 Goudsmit, Samuel - Heitler, Walter, 1923-1927
Box 2 Folder 1 Heisenberg, Werner, 1921
Folder 2 Heisenberg, Werner, 1922-1925
Folder 3 Henning, F. - Königsberger, J., 1915-1926
Folder 4 Konen, Heinrich - Ladenburg, Rudolf, 1920-1926
Folder 5 Lanczos, K. - Madelung, Erwin, 1919-1927
Folder 6 Magnus, Alfred - Ortvay, Rudolf, 1922-1925
Folder 7 Paschen, Friedrich, 1920-1927
Box 3 Folder 1 Pauli, Wolfgang, 1921-1925
Folder 2 Planck, Max - Shrödinger, Erwin, 1919-1926
Folder 3 Sommer, L. A. - Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1915-1924
Folder 4 Stern, Otto - van Vleck, J. H. , 1921-1926
Folder 5 Varga, G. - Zeeman, Pieter, 1920-1925
Folder 6 Alred Lande addition to correspondence - Fritz London, 1941-1948

Series II: Additions to correspondence

Referring to Landé's "new approach to quantum mechanics - item level listing filed in box 4

Box 4 Folder 1 Born, Max, 1935-1953
Folder 2 Born, Max, 1953-1969
Folder 3 London, Fritz - correspondence, notes, and reprints, 1947-1948
Folder 4 Heisenberg, Werner, 1959-1962
Folder 5 Heisenberg, Werner, 1970
Folder 6 Schrödinger, Erwin, 1936-1954