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Arthur Gordon Webster papers, 1893-1913

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923.

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

Arthur G. Webster's correspondence relating to research on sound vibration, gyroscopes, mechanics, telegraphy, ballistics, notation, and steam whistles.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist (acoustics, mechanics). On the faculty at Harvard University, mathematics (1885-1886); and Clark University, physics, from 1890.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Photocopies of Arthur G. Webster's correspondence relating to research on sound vibration, gyroscopes, mechanics, telegraphy, ballistics, notation, and steam whistles. Correspondents include William E. Alyrton, Joseph G. Coffin, Henry Crew, Samuel P. Langley, Anatole LeBrantz, Hendrik A. Lorentz, William E. Magie, Thomas C. Mendenhall, Ernest Merritt, Henry F. Osborn, Benjamin O. Peirce, Edward B. Rosa, Ernest Rutherford, and Robert S. Woodward.

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.


Ayrton, W. E. (William Edward), 1847-1908.
Coffin, Joseph George, b. 1877.
Crew, Henry, 1859-1953.
Langley, S. P. (Samuel Pierpont), 1834-1906.
LeBranz, Anatole.
Lorenz, H. A. (Hendrik Antoon), 1853-1928.
Magie, William Francis, 1858-1943.
Mendenhall, Thomas C. (Thomas Corwin), 1841-1924.
Merritt, Ernest, 1865-1948
Osborn, Henry Fairfield, 1857-1935.
Peirce, B. O. (Benjamin Osgood), 1854-1914.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923.
Woodward, Robert Simpson, 1849-1924.

Subject terms

Sound. Reverberation.
Telegraph, Wireless.
Vibration (Sound).

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into a single series:

  • Series I: Correspondence

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Acquired (1963, 1974) by University of Illinois Archives.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Arthur Gordon Webster papers, 1893-1913. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Arthur Gordon Webster papers, 1893-1913


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 Item level inventory of correspondence, including summary of letter contents and list of correspondents, undated
Folder 2 A. G. Webster incoming correspondence, 1893-1913