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Sidney M. Dancoff papers, 1949-1951

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Dancoff, Sidney M.

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

The papers of Sidney Dancoff include correspondence, notes, typescripts, and reprints.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist (quantum mechanics). National Research Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, 1941; on physics faculty at the University of Illinois from 1942.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of Sidney Dancoff include correspondence, notes, typescripts, and reprints. Correspondence is primarily with radiobiologist Henry Quastler, concerning genetics and information theory applied to biophysics. The related notes and data, typescripts by Dancoff and by Dancoff with Murray Gell-Mann, and reprints pertain to evolution and mutation. Other correspondents include Salvador E. Luria, Alvin Novick, and Tracy M. Sonneborn.

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.


Dancoff, Sidney M., 1913-1951
Gell-Mann, Murray.
Luria, S. E. (Salvador Edward), 1912-
Novick, Alvin.
Quastler, Henry.
Sonneborn, T. M. (Tracy Morton), 1905-

Subject terms

Mutation (Biology).

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into a single series:

  • Series I: Sidney Dancoff papers

This series is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Dr. Leroy Augenstein with the approval of Mrs. Martha Friedman, Dancoff's widow, in 1964.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Sidney M. Dancoff papers, 1949-1951. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Sidney M. Dancoff papers, 1949-1951


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: Sidney Dancoff papers

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence with Salvador Luria and Henry Quastler concerning mutations and anti-mutation mechanisms, 1949-1950
Folder 2 Correspondence with Henry Quastler, Alvin Novick and others concerning radiation induced mutation, paramecia, autogamy and micro- and macro-organisms, 1950-1951
Folder 3 Notes and data, undated
Folder 4 Manuscript articles: "Modulo checking" (by Murray Gell-Mann and Sidney Dancoff) and "Scientific Thought and Entropy" (by Sidney Dancoff), undated
Folder 5 Reprints and typescript copies of articles by various authors, relating to evolution and mutation, undated