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Michael Riordan's research materials for "Crystal Fire", 1900-2009

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Riordan, Michael, 1946-

Size of collection

6 linear feet
6 records boxes

Short description of collection

Records of Michael Riordan’s book, “Crystal Fire.” The book is a history of the invention of the transistor. Records include book drafts, correspondence, diary entries, interview transcripts, patents, photographs, research articles, and scientific logbooks. Additionally, records include photocopies of materials from Stanford University Archives.

Language(s) of collection

English

German

Collection number:

AR20131164

Biographical Note

Michael Riordan is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at University of California Santa Cruz. He is also Assistant to the Director at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. After earning his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, he researched particle physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Rochester. Riordan began researching the history of physics in the 1980s. He has written or co-authored books on the discovery of quarks, on dark matter, and on the invention of the transistor. In 2002, he received the American Institute of Physics’ Gemant Award.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Records of Michael Riordan’s book, “Crystal Fire.” The book is a history of the invention of the transistor. Records include book drafts, correspondence, diary entries, interview transcripts, patents, photographs, research articles, and scientific logbooks. Additionally, records include photocopies of materials from Stanford University Archives.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials. https://www.aip.org/history-programs/niels-bohr-library/access-application.

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.

Persons

Baker, William O. (William Oliver), 1915-2005
Bardeen, John
Brattain, R. Robert
Brattain, Walter H., (Walter Houser), 1902-1987
Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-
Early, James M.
Fuller, Calvin S. (Calvin Souther), 1902-1994
Gibbons, James F.
Haas, Isy, 1934-
Herring, William Conyers, 1914-
Hoerni, Jean A., 1924-1997
Hogan, C. L. (Clarence Lester), 1920-
Holonyak, Nick, 1928-
Kelly, Mervin Joe
Last, Jay T.
McKay, Kenneth Gardiner
Millman, S. (Sidney), 1904-2006
Moll, John L.
Moore, Gordon E., 1929-
Noyce, Robert N. (Robert Norton), 1927-1990
Ohl, Russell, S.
Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)
Pfann, William G.
Pierce, John R. (John Robinson), 1910-2002
Riordan, Michael
Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Sello, Harry
Shepherd, Mark, 1923-
Shockley, William, 1910-1989
Sparks, Morgan
Teal, Gordon K., 1907-

Institutions

Bell Telephone Laboratories
Fairchild (Firm)
Intel Corporation
Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory
Texas Instruments Incorporated

Subject terms

Physics. Industrial applications.
Semiconductors.
Solid state physics.
Transistors.

Genre terms

Biographical files.
Correspondence.
Diaries.
Interviews.
Logbooks.
Patents (licenses).
Photographs.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

Collection organized into 6 series:

  • Series I Biographical Files, Correspondence, and Interviews
  • Series II Book Drafts, Sources, and Proposals
  • Series III Corporation Files
  • Series IV Scientific logbooks
  • Series V Patents
  • Series VI Scientific Subject Files

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Gift of Michael Riordan.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emily Keithley in 2015.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Michael Riordan's research materials for "Crystal Fire," 1900-2009. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the Michael Riordan's research materials for "Crystal Fire," 1900-2009

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
USA
nbl@aip.org

2015

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Emily Keithley in 2015. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Biographical Files, Correspondence, and Interviews

Box 1 Folder 1 Bill Baker Interview, 1992
Folder 2 John Bardeen Biographical file (Folder 1 of 2), 1945-1993
Folder 3 John Bardeen Biographical file (Folder 2 of 2), 1945-1993
Folder 4 Notes on John Bardeen's Correspondence, 1900-1994
Folder 5 Bardeen Family Interview, 1992
Folder 6 Robert Brattain Interview, 1993
Folder 7 Walter Brattain Biographical File (Folder 1 of 2), 1913-1994
Folder 8 Walter Brattain Biographical File (Folder 2 of 2), 1945-1993
Folder 9 Walter Brattain: Photographs and Sources, 1931-1996
Folder 10 K. K. Darrow Papers, 1924-1955
Folder 11 Jim Early Interview, 1993
Folder 12 Jim Gibbons Interview, 1995
Folder 13 Conyers and Louise Herring Interview, 1992
Folder 14 Les Hogan Interview, 1992
Folder 15 Nick Holonyak Interview, 1993
Folder 16 Mervin Kelly File, 1945-1964
Folder 17 Kenneth McKay Interview, 1992
Folder 18 Sid Millman Interview, 1992
Folder 19 John Moll Interview, 1992
Folder 20 Gordon Moore Interview, 1996
Folder 21 John Pierce Interview, 1992
Folder 22 Frederick Seitz Correspondence, 1987-1998
Folder 23 Fred Seitz Interview, 1992-1996
Folder 24 Harry Sello Interview, 1995
Folder 25 Mark Shepherd Interview, 1993-2009
Folder 26 William Shockley Archives at Stanford University, 1922-1965
Folder 27 Shockley's Articles, 1950-1972
Box 2 Folder 1 William Shockley Biographical file and interviews, 1943-1994
Folder 2 William Shockley: correspondence, reports and articles (Folder 1 of 2), 1945-1995
Folder 3 William Shockley: correspondence, reports and articles (Folder 2 of 2), 1945-1995
Folder 4 Federal Employment Records: William Shockley, 1961-1996
Folder 5 William Shockley Notes and Quotes, 1963-1994
Folder 6 Emmy Shockley Interview, 1994
Folder 7 Morgan and Betty Sparks Interviews, 1992-1993
Folder 8 Gordon K. Teal Interview, 1993

Series II: Book Drafts, Sources, and Proposals

Box 2 Folder 9 "Crystal Fire" Archives, 1986-1997
Folder 10 "Crystal Fire" Book Proposal, undated
Folder 11 Chapter 2 Drafts and Sources, 1993-1995
Folder 12 Chapter 3 Sources, 1927-1993
Folder 13 Chapter 4 Sources and Master Copy, 1933-1996
Folder 14 Chapter 5 Sources and Master Copy, 1939-1995
Folder 15 Chapter 6 Sources and Master Copy, 1936-1995
Folder 16 Chapter 7 Sources and Master Copy, 1944-1995
Folder 17 Chapter 8 Sources and Master Copy, 1948-1996
Folder 18 Chapter 9 Sources and Master Copy, 1949-1996
Box 3 Folder 1 Chapter 10 Sources and Master Copy, 1950-1996
Folder 2 Chapter 11 Sources and Master Copy, 1954-1996
Folder 3 Chapter 12 Sources and Master Copy, 1956-1996
Folder 4 Epilogue Drafts and Sources, 1961-1996
Folder 5 Draft of "Crystal Fire" (Folder 1 of 2), 1996
Folder 6 Draft of "Crystal Fire" (Folder 2 of 2), 1996
Folder 7 Draft of "Crystal Fire" (Folder 1 of 2), undated
Folder 8 Draft of "Crystal Fire" (Folder 2 of 2), undated
Folder 9 Miscellaneous sources for "Crystal Fire", 1948-1995
Folder 10 Photographs and Diagrams for "Crystal Fire" (Folder 1 of 2), 1911-1996
Folder 11 Photographs and Diagrams for "Crystal Fire" (Folder 2 of 2), 1911-1996
Folder 12 "Crystal Fire" Uncorrected Proof, 1997

Series III: Corporation Files

Box 4 Folder 1 AT&T Archives, 1954-1997
Folder 2 Bell Telephone Laboratories Articles (Folder 1 of 2), 1929-1992
Folder 3 Bell Telephone Laboratories Articles (Folder 2 of 2), 1955-1972
Folder 4 Bell Telephone Laboratories Cases 38139-7 and 38139-8 (Folder 1 of 2), 1947-1949
Folder 5 Bell Telephone Laboratories Cases 38139-7 and 38139-8 (Folder 2 of 2), 1947-1949
Folder 6 The transistor in Bell Laboratories and Western Electric, 1947-1975
Folder 7 Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation Papers, 1961-2005
Folder 8 Intel Corporation Research and Photographs, 1994-1998
Folder 9 Miscellaneous Coporate correspondence , 1950-1952
Folder 10 Shockley Semiconductor Corporation, 1990-1992
Folder 11 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Beckman, 1955-1997
Folder 12 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Bell Labs, 1955-1996
Folder 13 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Golden West, 1956-1957
Folder 14 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Meetings, 1957
Folder 15 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Miscellaneous, 1910-1985
Folder 16 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Notes and Memoranda, 1955
Folder 17 Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory: Records and Disclosures, 1955-1958
Folder 18 Texas Instruments correspondence and logbooks, 1953-1997
Folder 19 Texas Instruments Papers, 1954-1994

Series IV: Scientific logbooks

Box 5 Folder 1 John Bardeen's Logbook, 1948-1951
Folder 2 Walter Brattain's Logbook, 1943-1948
Folder 3 Jean Hoerni and Jay Last's Logbooks, 1957-2007
Folder 4 Isy Haas' Logbook and correspondence, 1960-1998
Folder 5 Mervin Kelly and Calvin Fuller's Research and Logbooks, 1943-1953
Folder 6 Miscellaneous Logbooks, 1948-1949
Folder 7 Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore's Logbooks, 1959-2005
Folder 8 Gerald Pearson and Morgan Sparks' Logbooks, 1947-1953
Folder 9 William Pfann's Logbooks, 1948-1952
Folder 10 William Shockley's Logbooks, 1938-1948
Folder 11 Gordon Teal's Logbooks, 1950-1952

Series V: Patents

Box 5 Folder 12 Bell System Patent, 1950-1957
Folder 13 Miscellaneous Patents, 1948-1996
Folder 14 Key patents: Bardeen and Brattain, 1941-1952
Folder 15 Key patents: Lilienfeld, Ohl, Scaff, 1930-1988
Folder 16 Key patents: Shockley and others, 1941-1995

Series VI: Scientific Subject Files

Box 5 Folder 17 Crystal Rectifier Papers, 1948-1993
Folder 18 Europe and the Transistor, 1946-2005
Folder 19 Germanium and Silicon Transistors (Folder 1 of 2), 1952-1998
Folder 20 Germanium and Silicon Transistors (Folder 2 of 2), 1955-1998
Box 6 Folder 1 Japan File, 1959-1993
Folder 2 Klystron Papers, 1976-1998
Folder 3 MOS Transistor and Related Devices File, 1959-2003
Folder 4 Military Applications of Transistors, 1951
Folder 5 Miscellaneous Papers on electronics and electronics companies (Folder 1 of 2), 1951-1997
Folder 6 Miscellaneous Papers on electronics and electronics companies (Folder 2 of 2), 1951-1997
Folder 7 Russian Semiconductor File, 1932-1996
Folder 8 Semiconductor Papers, 1956-1972
Folder 9 Solid States Physics and Transistors Articles, 1945-1988
Folder 10 Transistor Development File, 1948-2006
Folder 11 Transistor Papers (Folder 1 of 2), 1948-2001
Folder 12 Transistor Papers (Folder 2 of 2), 1948-2001
Folder 13 Transistor Technology and Discovery File, 1948-1997
Folder 14 Transistors and microelectronics Articles, 1945-1988