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Karl F. Herzfeld papers, 1914-1977

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Herzfeld, Karl F. (Karl Ferdinand), 1892-

Size of collection

0.5 linear feet
1 manuscript box

Short description of collection

Correspondence and manuscripts of Karl Herzfeld.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist, (solid state physics). On the physics faculty at Universität München, 1920-1926; Johns Hopkins University, 1926-1936; and Catholic University, 1936-1961, department chair, 1936-1961.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Correspondence and manuscripts of Karl Herzfeld. The correspondence consists mostly of incoming letters from colleagues on scientific and professional matters. Manuscripts are of scientific papers including drafts of an unpublished report, "Questions in Statistical Mechanics: Some Reactionary Viewpoints," as well as a few related reprints by others. Correspondents include Arnold Eucken, Paul Ewald, Maria Mayer, Max Planck, Michael Polanyi, Frank Rice, Erwin Schrödinger, Arnold Sommerfeld, Hugh Taylor, Harold Urey, Max von Laue, John Wheeler, Eugene Wigner, and Robert Wood.

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.


Eucken, A. (Arnold), 1884-1950.
Ewald, Paul Peter, 1888-1985.
Herzfeld, Karl F. (Karl Ferdinand), 1892-
Laue, Max von, 1879-1960.
Mayer, Maria Goeppert, 1906-1972.
Planck, Max, 1858-1947.
Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976
Rice, Frank.
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Taylor, Hugh.
Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-
Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

Subject terms

Solid state physics.
Statistical mechanics.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into three series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Manuscripts and book files
  • Series III: Miscellaneous

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Regina Herzfeld (Mr. Karl), 1979, and Catholic University Physics Department, 1983.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Karl F. Herzfeld papers, 1914-1977. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Karl F. Herzfeld papers, 1914-1977


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 Eucken, Arnold, 1923-1950
Folder 2 Ewald, Paul, 1936-1944
Folder 3 Mayer, Maria G. (and Lowdin, Per-Olov), 1938-1952
Folder 4 Planck, Max, 1922-1938
Folder 5 Polanyi, Michael, 1921
Folder 6 Rice, Francis Own (and Kitty Rice), 1933-1977
Folder 7 Schrodinger, Erwin, 1921-1926, 1961
Folder 8 Smekal, Adolf, 1921-1937
Folder 9 Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1937-1968
Folder 10 Taylor, Hugh S., 1938-1941
Folder 11 Von Laue, Max, 1938-1960
Folder 12 Wheeler, John, 1972-1975
Folder 13 Wigner, Eugene, 1938-1964
Folder 14 Wood, R. W., 1943-1947
Folder 15 Four unidentified letters, 1923-1938
Folder 16 Correspondents A-D, 1930s-1950s
Folder 17 Correspondents E-Lie, 1930s-1970s
Folder 18 Correspondents Lin-P, 1930s-1960s
Folder 19 Correspondents R-Z, 1920s-1970s

Series II: Manuscripts and book files

Box 1 Folder 20 Book contracts, publication arrangements, 1928-1939
Folder 21 Unpublished manuscript "Questions in Statistical Mechanics: Some Reactionary Viewpoints" (with related correspondence and articles), 1974
Folder 22 Unpublished manuscript "Questions in Statistical Mechanics: Some Reactionary Viewpoints" , 1974

Series III: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 23 School report, 1914