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Gordon S. Fulcher papers, 1897-1970

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Fulcher, Gordon S(cott)

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

Correspondence, reprints and other papers of physicist Gordon S. Fulcher.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist. Physics faculty, University of Wisconsin (1909-1918); physicist, Corning Glass Works (1920-1931); physicist then director of research, Corhart Refractories Company, KY (1934-1938).

Scope and Contents of Collection

Correspondence, reprints and other papers of physicist Gordon S. Fulcher. The correspondence relates to professional and technical topics, teaching and research positions, the National Research Council "Descriptive Glossary of Physics," Fulcher's role as managing editor of the PHYSICAL REVIEW , and the 1936 and 1940 Chicago "Century of Progress" expositions. The reprints are by Fulcher and others, and cover topics such as canal rays, the Stark-Doppler effect, spectroscopy, and the preparation of scientific abstracts. Reports include topics such as the League of Nations, international intellectual cooperation, and the establishment of the National Science Foundation. Correspondents include: Niels Bohr, Arthur H. Compton, Henry Crew, Robert A. Millikan, and Johannes Stark.

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.


Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962.
Crew, Henry, 1859-1953.
Fulcher, Gordon Scott, 1884-
Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953.
Stark, Johannes, 1874-1957.


League of Nations.
National Research Council (U.S.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Subject terms

Canal rays.
Cathode rays.
Physics. International cooperation.
Physics. Publishing.
Spectrum analysis.
Stark effect.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into four series:

  • Series I: Correspondence, alpha files
  • Series II: Correspondence, subject files
  • Series III: Biographical material
  • Series IV: Talks and publications

Each series is left in its original arrangement, presumably that of Gordon Fulcher.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Gordon Fulcher, 1962 and 1970.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Mueller in 2014.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Gordon S. Fulcher papers, 1897-1970. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Gordon S. Fulcher papers, 1897-1970


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Mueller in 2014. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Correspondence, alpha file

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence B-C, 1906-1970
Beams, Jesse, 1964
Becker, Joseph A., 1923
Becknell, Guy G., 1964-1970
Birge, Raymond T., 1952-1969
Bohr, Niels, 1923
Bridgman, Percy W., 1924
Bumstead, H. A., 1919
Bush, Vannevar, 1946
Carman, A. P., 1923
Cattell, J. Mck., 1920
Compton, Arthur Holly, 1923-1933
Compton, Karl T., 1933
Cooper, W. R., 1924
Crew, Henry, 1906-1931
Folder 2 Correspondence D-W, 1904-1958
Day, Arthur L., 1926
DuBridge, Lee A., 1924
Duff, H. Wilmer, 1909
Dushman, Saul, 1924
Frost, Edwin, 1904-1911
Hale, George Ellery, 1907-1926
Harkins, W. D., 1921
Hull, Albert W., 1923-1958
Hunsaker, H., 1922
Ishida, Yoshio, 1923
Ives, J. E., 1908
Kellogg, Vernon, 1924
Kimball, Arthur L., 1908
Langmuir, Irving, 1922-1923
Lark-Horovitz, Karl, 1933
Lyman, Theodore, 1922
Magie, W. F., 1917
Merritt, Ernest, 1932
Merton, Thomas R., 1922
Miller, Dayton C., 1926-1938
Millikan, Robert A., 1921-1923
Moulton, F. R., 1932-1946
Nichols, Ernest Fox, 1923
Roller, Duane, 1946
Rosanoff, M. A., 1909
Rutherford, Ernest, 1919-1923
Schott, J. A., 1909
Slosson, Edwin E., 1922
Snow, Benjamin W., 1909-1918
Stark, T., 1912
Stebbins, Joel, 1944
Swann, W. F. G., 1917-1919
Tear, James D., 1923
Thomson, J. J., 1914
Webster, A. G., 1906
Whitney, W. R., 1923
Wien, W., 1907

Series II: Correspondence, subject file

Box 1 Folder 3 National Research Council glossary; "Century of Progress" exhibit , 1934-1947
Weld, Le Roy D., 1936
Richtmeyer, F. K., 1934
Stewart, G. W., 1934
Lohr, Lenox, 1941-1942
Schimmel, John, III, 1947
MacMahon, A. M., 1936

Series III: Biographical material

Box 1 Folder 4 Biographical clippings, 1944-1961

Series IV: Talks and publications

Box 1 Folder 5 Valedictory address and scientific papers, 1897, 1906-1919
"Distribution of Ionization in the Electric Arc with Rotating Electrobes" (1906), undated
"Electrostatic Properties of Balloon Fabrics" (circa 1917), undated
Electrostatic Dangers to Balloons" (1919), undated
Folder 6 Bibliographies and abstracts, 1919-1924
"Organization of the Research Information Service" (1919), undated
"Report of the Committee on Abstracts and Bibliographies, American Section, International Astronomical Union" (1919), undated
Proceedings, Committee of Intellectual Cooporeation of the League of Nations Subcommittee on Bibliography (1924), undated
Minutes, 5th session of the Committee of Intellectual Cooporeation of the League of Nations Subcommittee on Bibliography (1924), undated
"Resolution Adopted at Brussels" (1924), undated
Folder 7 National Science Foundation, founding of, 1950
"A Memorandum on the Proposed National Science Foundation" (1950), undated
"Comments Regarding the Usefulness of a Memorandum of the Proposed National Foundation" (1950), undated
Folder 8 Reprints, 1909-1947
"Our Present Knowledge of Canal Rays: A Detailed Bibliography" (1909), undated
"Production of Light by Canal Rays" (1911), undated
"The Stark-Doppler Effect for Hydrogen Canal Rays in the Air" (1912), undated
"Spectren von Entladungen Niedrigen Potentials in Wuft und Wasserstoff" (1912), undated
"Spectra of Low Potential Discharges in Air and Hydrogen" (1913), undated
"The Rutherford Atom" (1913), undated
"Review J. Stark's "Die Atomionen Chemisher Elemente und ihre Kanal-strahlen-Spektra"" (1914), undated
"Review of C. D. Child's "Electric Arcs"" (1914), undated
"A Suggestion in Connection with Stark-Electric Effect" (1914), undated
"Can a Body Exert a Force Upon Itself?" (1916), undated
"Keep Your Eye on the Ball", undated
"Electrostatic Effects on Airships" (1919), undated
"The Disruption of Atoms by Alpha Rays" (1919), undated
"On the Secondary Spectrum of Hydrogen" (1919), undated
"The Excitation of Light by Cathode Rays in the Air" (1920), undated
"Preparation of Abstracts" (1920), undated
"The Usefulness of Analytic Abstracts" (1922), undated
"Band Lines in the Secondary Spectrum of Hydrogen" (1923), undated
"Analysis of Recent Measurements of the Viscosity of Glasses" (1925), undated
"Editorial Service" (1925), undated
"Analysis of Recent Measurements of the Viscosity of Glasses - II" (1925), undated
"Dunoyer Mensicus Lenses for Use in Spectrograph" (1925), undated
"Tank Block Problems Solved at Corning" (1926), undated
"A Grasshopper Problem in Mechanics" (1942), undated
"Interpolation with the Aid of a Plot of First Differences" (1946), undated
"Telescope Objective Without Spherical Aberration for Large Opertures, Consisting of Four Grown Glass Lenses" (1947), undated
"Weekly Journeys to the World's Fair: Physics as Demonstrated at the World's Fair" (1933), undated
Folder 9 Studies on "Fulcher Bands", 1924-1933
"Das Viellinienspektrum des Wasserstoffs, zweite Mitteilung" (1933), undated
"The Band Spectrum of Hydrogen", undated
"The Secondary Spectrum of Hydrogen at Very Low Temperatures" (1924), undated
"Some Remarks on the Fulcher Hydrogen Bands" (1925), undated
"Wave-lengths in the Secondary Spectrum of Hydrogen" (1928), undated