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Henry H. Barschall papers, 1942-1974

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Barschall, H. H. (Henry Herman), 1915-1997

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

The papers of Henry H. Barschall include correspondence, notes, and miscellaneous materials.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Physicist (nuclear physics). Staff member, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1943-1946, 1951-1952; on physics faculty of University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1946; associate division leader, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, 1971-1973.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of Henry H. Barschall include correspondence, notes, and miscellaneous materials. Correspondence concerns Barschall's move to Los Alamos, as well as his attendance at the Soviet-sponsored conference on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions. Notes taken respectively by Richard P. Feynman and John A. Wheeler on lectures given by Wheeler on nuclear physics and Enrico Fermi on cosmic rays, both at Princeton (1940); and course notes prepared by Eugene P. Wigner for his summer class given at the University of Wisconsin in 1951 on nuclear structure and beta theory. Miscellaneous materials relate to the fatal bomb explosion, an anti-war protest, which destroyed Barschall's office and much of the physics department at Sterling Hall in the University of Wisconsin during the summer of 1970. Correspondents include: Arthur L. Hughes, John Henry Manley, Frederick T. Merrill, N. M. Sisakyan, and John A. Wheeler.

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.


Barschall, H. H. (Henry Herman), 1915-1997
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Hughes, Arthur Llewelyn, 1883-
Manley, John Henry, 1907-
Merrill, Frederick T.
Sisakian, N. M. (Norair Martirosovich), 1907-1966.
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-


Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
Princeton University.
University of Wisconsin.

Subject terms

Beta rays.
Cosmic rays
Nuclear physics
Nuclear structure.
Physics. Congresses. Soviet Union.
Physics. Study and teaching.
Student movements. United States.
Students. Political activity.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975. Protest movements.

Genre terms

Lecture notes

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Henry H. Barschall papers, 1942-1974. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Henry H. Barschall papers, 1942-1974


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: Papers (item level name and date index of the correspondence and other files is available from the repository)

Box 1 Folder 1 Nuclear Physics by J. A. Wheeler (notes by R.P. Feynman) and Cosmic Rays by Enrico Fermi (notes by J. A. Wheeler), Princeton, 1940
Folder 2 Correspondence preceding move to Los Alamos, 1942--1943
Folder 3 Reminiscences - seminar talk delivered at the University of Wisconsin concerning work at Los Alamos, 1973
Folder 4 Wigner's notes on nuclear structure and Beta theory - University of Wisconsin, 1951
Folder 5 U.S.S.R. Conference on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, 1957
Folder 6 Materials relating to bomb explosion in Sterling Hall, University of Wisconsin, 1970-1974