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Esther Goudsmit papers, 1927-1981

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Goudsmit, Esther

Size of collection

1 half manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

Correspondence of Esther Goudsmit, daugher of physicist Samuel Goudsmit.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:

AR 2015-1767

Biographical Note

Ph.D., zoology (University of Michigan, 1964). Oakland University, professor of biology (1972-1995) and professor emeritus (1995- ). Research in molluscan neuroendocrinology and biochemistry. Daughter of physicist Samuel Goudsmit.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains correspondence and family photographs of Esther Goudsmit. The bulk of the correspondence is from her father, physicist Samuel Goudsmit, during and after his involvement with the ALSOS mission following World War II. Other correspondents include physicist George Uhlenbeck and his wife Else Uhlenbeck.

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.


Goudsmit, Esther M.
Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978
Uhlenbeck, George Eugène, 1900-1988-


United States. War Dept. Alsos Mission.

Subject terms

World War, 1939-1945.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection in organized into two series: Series I: Correspondence Series II: Photographs

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Esther Goudsmit, 2010.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Mueller in 2015.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Esther Goudsmit papers, 1927-1981. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Esther Goudsmit papers, 1927-1981


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 2015. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Postcards from Samuel Goudsmit to Esther Goudsmit, during ALSO mission, 1944
Folder 2 Letter from Samuel Goudsmit to Esther Goudsmit - family history (1 of 2), 1973
Folder 3 Letter from Samuel Goudsmit to Esther Goudsmit - family history (2 of 2), 1973
Folder 4 Letter from Samuel Goudsmit to Esther Goudsmit, 1973
Folder 5 Letter from George Uhlenbeck to Esther Goudsmit, re: Wolf Prize and Samuel Goudsmit, 1979
Folder 6 Letter from Else Uhlenbeck to Esther Goudsmit, re: Samuel Goudsmit, 1981

Series II: Photographs

Box 1 Folder 7 Goudsmit family photography (photocopies), 1927, 1928, 1935