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American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations.
Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations Phase I project files: high energy physics, 1987-1992.
These administrative records contain files on the National Science Foundation Planning Grant, proposals, progress reports to agencies, working group meetings, correspondence, experiment selection, question sets, probes, interview program, field trips, census, sociological analysis, historical analysis, archival analysis, final reports, papers on projects. They cover the first phase of the study which addressed the field of high energy physics, focusing on experiments approved between 1973 and 1984 at five of the world's major accelerator laboratories: the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), the Cornell Electron Storage Ring (CESR) facility at Cornell University's Newman Laboratory, the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Project members obtained a broad-scale picture of changes in the structure of collaborations by using databases on high-energy experiments and publications at SLAC, with the assistance of SLAC staff. The staff conducted nearly 200 oral history interviews with scientists and administrators involved in 24 selected experimental collaborations, using a structured question set covering all stages of the collaborative process. Still more detailed "probes" of three highly significant collaborations featured historical research as well as many additional interviews. Specifically, Peter Galison studied the discovery of the psi particle at SLAC; Frederik Nebeker studied the discovery of the upsilon particle at FNAL, and Joel Genuth studied the CLEO collaborations at Cornell. Meanwhile, project staff surveyed the records-keeping practices of key physicists and made numerous site visits to accelerator facilities and university archives to discuss archival issues and records policies. In addition to the above historians, project staff included: Joan Warnow-Blewett, project director; Spencer Weart, associate project director; Janet Linde and Lyn Mahoney, project archivists.
A documentation research project to study the complex issues facing the historical documentation of multi-institutional collaborations in physics and allied sciences. The project aimed to identify patterns of collaboration, records creation, and use; define the documentation problems; field test possible solutions to these problems; and recommend future actions to secure adequate documentation and facilitate future study. Phase I focused on collaborative research in high-energy physics (completed 1992), Phase II addressed collaborative research in space science and geophysics (completed 1995), and Phase III focused on four disciplinary areas of ground-based astronomy, materials science, heavy-ion physics, and medical physics, and a category named computer-mediated collaborations. A final report focuses on comparisons of the various fields studied as well as broad questions of documentation policy and practice.
Brookhaven National Laboratory -- Archives.
American Institute of Physics) Center for History of Physics
Cornell Electron Storage Ring -- Archives.
European Organization for Nuclear Research -- Archives.
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory -- Archives.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center -- Archives.
Particles (Nuclear physics).
Particles (Nuclear physics -- Documentation.
Particles (Nuclear physics) -- Experiments -- Documentation.
Particles (Nuclear physics) -- International cooperation.
Group work in research.
Physics -- Archival resources.
Minutes. aat
Proposals. aat
Questionnaires aat aat
Reports. aat
Physics -- Research -- Collaboration.
American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations.
Galison, Peter, 1955-
Genuth, Joel, historian.
Nebeker, Frederik. historian.
Warnow-Blewett, Joan. 1931- project director.
Weart, Spencer R., 1942- associate director.
American Institute of Physics) Center for History of Physics
Linde, Janet, archivist.
Mahoney, Lynn, archivist.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA