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J. Barton Hoag papers, 1908-1963 (bulk 1917-1962)

Description of Collection

Repository

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. College Park, MD 20740

Papers created by

Hoag, J. Barton, 1898-1962

Size of collection

6 linear feet
11 manuscript boxes,
1 half manuscript box,
2 7" audio reels,
1 5" audio reel,
4 long-playing vinyl,
and 1 oversize folder.

Short description of collection

This collection consists of the papers of J. Barton Hoag, spanning from 1908 to 1963 (bulk 1917-1962). The collection contains materials from Hoag's days as a student at Colorado College and the University of Chicago, teaching at the University of Chicago, as a administrator at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and teaching at the University of Florida. There is also information regarding his writings and correspondence.

Language(s) of collection

English

Collection number:

AR186

Biographical Note

J. Barton Hoag was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 22, 1898. He received his A.B. from Colorado College in 1920. Hoag was an instructor of physics at Colorado College from 1920 until 1921. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1927. Hoag was on the physics faculty at the University of Chicago from 1922 to 1940. He went on to be part of the science faculty and the head of the Science Department at the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1940 until 1960. After he retired from the Academy, he spent two years teaching at the University of Florida. Throughout his career, Hoag studied extreme ultraviolet spectroscopy and electron and nuclear physics. He was also a prolific creator of demonstration lectures in physics. Hoag died in 1962.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The papers of J. Barton Hoag span from 1908-1962, with the bulk of the collection between 1917 and 1962. The collection contains student notebooks (1917-1924) from his years at Colorado College and the University of Chicago. Some of the courses were taught by Arthur J. Dempster, Albert A Michelson and Robert A. Millikan. Hoag's undergraduate and Ph.D. theses are also included. The lecture notes (1926-1962) are from courses Hoag taught at the University of Chicago, University of Florida and the Coast Guard Academy. There are copies of the theses Hoag directed while teaching at the University of Chicago. The manuscript materials consist of drafts of books and articles. The subject files consist of notes, reference notes and typescripts of various topics. The reprints (1927-1948) are of articles by Hoag. The other reprints (1908-1963) are by colleagues. The correspondence (1929-1962) concerns apparatus, the Michelson Museum at China Lake, and two books by Hoag: Electron Physics and Basic Radio. According to Mrs. Patricia Hoag, many of the notes and data that originally accompanied these papers were destroyed in 1963. Mrs. Hoag went through the papers with two physicists and was told that "no one could read, much less use another man's notes." What remained after this process is what is contained in this collection. Correspondents include: Adrian N. Clark, Edward M. Crane, Glenn M. Hobbs, Julian E. Mack, Robert A. Millikan, Thomas C. Poulter, and Morton H. Teller.

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

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-
Breit, Gregory, 1899-
Clark, Adrian N.
Cockcroft, John Douglas, Sir, 1897-1967
Colorado College -- Students.
Comstock, George C.
Crane, Edward M.
Curie, Marie, 1867-1934
Dahl, Odd, 1898-
Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey.
Glathart, Justin Leon, 1903-
Hafstad, Lawrence, 1904-
Hoag, J. Barton, 1898-1962
Hobbs, Glenn M. (Glenn Moody), 1870-
Mack, Julian E.
Michelson, Albert Abraham, 1852-1931.
Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953.
Poulter, Thomas Charles, 1897-
Rosenblum, Salomon.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Segrè, Emilio.
Spangenburg, Karl Rudolph, 1910-1964
Teller, Morton H.
Thoburn, Wilbur Collins
Tuve, Merle Anthony, 1901-1982

Institutions

Argonne National Laboratory
Colorado College
Ohio State University
Ryerson Physical Laboratories
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of California at Berkeley
University of Chicago.
University of Florida
Welch Manufacturing Company

Subject terms

Atomic and molecular physics.
Electrons.
Nuclear physics.
Physicists.
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Radio, Short wave.
Radio.
Satellites.
Science -- Methodology.
Science, Ancient.
Spectroscopy.
Spectrum analysis.

Genre terms

Biographical files.
Certificates
Laboratories -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Lecture notes
Photographic prints.
Publications.
Sound recordings.
Theses

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized into 13 series:

  • I. Correspondence, 1929-1962
  • II. Student Notebooks, 1917-1924
  • III. Theses, 1921-1927
  • IV. Lecture Notes, 1926-1962
  • V. Theses Directed by Hoag, 1929-1939
  • VI. Manuscripts of books, articles, essays and addresses
  • VII. Hoag reprints, 1927-1948
  • VIII. Reprints, magazines, etc., 1914-1963
  • IX. Biographic and bibliographic materials
  • X. Photographs
  • XI. Phonograph records and tape recordings
  • XII. Books, 1940, 1942, 1956
  • XIII. Miscellaneous

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Patricia Hoag in 1966.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Leif Durley in 2014.

Some photographs have been removed and added to the Emilio Segrè visual Archives.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], J. Barton Hoag papers,, 1908-1963 (bulk 1917-1962). American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information

Title

Finding Aid to the J. Barton Hoag papers, 1908-1963 (bulk 1917-1962)

Publisher

American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

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

2014

Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD v.1.0 by Clay Redding on January 24, 2001 from an existing finding aid using NoteTab Pro and C++ scripts created by James P. Tranowski (provided by Elizabeth Dow, Special Collections, University of Vermont). Reviewed by K. Hayes on January 24, 2001. Updated machine-readable finding aid encoded by Leif Durley in 2014. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I. Correspondence

Box 1 Folder 1 Correspondence on electron physics (A-N), 1929 - 1934, 1953
Folder 2 Correspondence on electron physics (O-Z), 1929 - 1934
Folder 3 Correspondence with Welch Manufacturing , 1930 - 1934
Folder 4 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1935 - 1960
Folder 5 Correspondence on basic radio, 1942 - 1946
Folder 6 Correspondence on the Michaelson Museum, 1962

Series II. Student Notebooks

Box 1 Folder 7 Physics 1 and 2, Colorado College, 1917 - 1918
Folder 8 Physics 5 and 6, Colorado College, undated
Box 2 Folder 1 Laboratory Reports, Colorado College (1 of 2), 1919
Folder 2 Laboratory Reports, Colorado College (2 of 2), 1919
Folder 3 Electricity and Magnetism, A.J. Dempster, 1922
Folder 4 Theoretical Physics: Electricity and Magnetism, A.A. Michaelson, 1923
Folder 5 Electricity and Magnetism, R.A. Millikan, 1924
Folder 6 Electromagnetic Theory, A.A. Michaelson, 1924
Box 3 Folder 1 Physical Optics, A.A. Michelson, University of Chicago, 1924
Folder 2 Wave Motion, A.A. Michelson, University of Chicago, undated
Folder 3 Examination questions on Electromagnetic Theory of Light, A.A. Michelson, undated

Series III. Theses

Box 3 Folder 4 On radioactivity, Colorado College, 1921
Folder 5 Wavelengths of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen in the extreme ultra violet with a concave grating at the grazing incidence. Submitted for the Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1927

Series IV. Lecture Notes

Box 4 Folder 1 Demonstration lectures, addresses, radio programs, University of Chicago, 1926 - 1927, 1930
Folder 2 Table of physical constants, 1939 - 1945
Folder 3 Nucleonics public lectures, 1940
Folder 4 Cosmic rays, 1940 - 1945
Folder 5 General lectures on Greek science, 1945
Folder 6 Electron Theory, notes and examinations, 1945
Folder 7 Problems/ quizes in nucleonics, 1947 - 1953
Folder 8 Electrophysics list of experiments, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1947
Folder 9 Electrophysics, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 1950
Folder 10 Nucleonics public lectures, 1950 - 1951
Box 5 Folder 1 Reactor Physics 1 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory (1 of 5), 1954 - 1955
Folder 2 Reactor Physics 1 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory (2 of 5), 1954 - 1955
Folder 3 Reactor Physics 1 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory (3 of 5), 1954 - 1955
Folder 4 Reactor Physics 1 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory (4 of 5), 1954 - 1955
Folder 5 Reactor Physics 1 School of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Argonne National Laboratory (5 of 5), 1954 - 1955
Folder 6 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (sound and light), 1945 - 1957
Folder 7 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (electricity), 1945 - 1959
Folder 8 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (heat), 1945 - 1959
Folder 9 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (electricity and wave motion), 1946 - 1954
Folder 10 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (mechanics), 1950 - 1959
Folder 11 Demonstration lectures in general college physics (nucleonics), 1959
Box 6 Folder 1 Letter explaining index cards, 1960
Folder 2 Index cards - Hoag classroom demonstrations by subject (1 of 4), 1960
Folder 3 Index cards - Hoag classroom demonstrations by subject (2 of 4), 1960
Folder 4 Index cards - Hoag classroom demonstrations by subject (3 of 4), 1960
Folder 5 Index Cards - Hoag classroom demonstrations by subject (4 of 4), 1960
Folder 6 Mechanical analog of radioactive decay, 1960 - 1962
Box 7 Folder 1 Physics 109 University of Florida lectures (1 of 2), 1961 - 1962
Folder 2 Physics 109 University of Florida lectures (2 of 2), 1962
Folder 3 Physics 205 University of Florida lectures, 1960 - 1961
Folder 4 Physics 206 University of Florida lectures, 1962

Series V. Theses directed by Hoag

Box 7 Folder 5 Radioactivity and Discharge Through Gases, by Halpern, 1929
Folder 6 Difraction of Electrons by, J.A. Longman, 1929
Folder 7 Low Voltage Apparatus for Determination of e/m, by Thoburn, 1931
Folder 8 Audio Frequency Vacuum Tube Oscillator, by Shanks, 1934
Folder 9 The production of Barkhausen- Kurz oscillations by means of a two electrode vacuum tube, by Elliot, 1935
Folder 10 Allison Magents Optic Effect, by Comstock, 1937
Folder 11 Multiple Accelerations of Electrons by Linear Accelerator, by Luster, 1937
Folder 12 Permeability of Iron and Nickel at Ultra-High Radio Frequencies, by Glathart, 1939
Folder 13 Notes on photography, undated

Series VI. Manuscripts of books, articles, essays and addresses

Box 8 Folder 1 Artificial disintegration, undated
Folder 2 Electron and Nuclear Physics, 4th ed. notes, undated
Folder 3 Electron and Nuclear Physics chapter 1, undated
Folder 4 Electron and Nuclear Physics chapter 2, undated
Folder 5 Electron and Nuclear Physics chapter 3, undated
Folder 6 Electron and Nuclear Physics chapter 5, undated
Folder 7 Electron and Nuclear Physics chapter 6, undated
Folder 8 Electron Theory of Solids, undated
Folder 9 e/m miscellaneous methods, 1933
Folder 10 e/m Welch apparatus - correspondence , 1935 - 1936
Folder 11 Greek Science - general lecture, 1944
Folder 12 Instructor training course - U.S. Coast Guard, 1958
Folder 13 Ionization guage, 1934 - 1936
Box 9 Folder 1 Laboratory manual - radioactivity through gases, undated
Folder 2 Latest developments in radio, 1929
Folder 3 Lectures delivered, by J. Barton Hoag, 1916 - 1948 est.
Folder 4 Measurements of the earth's potential gradient, undated
Folder 5 Molecular physics , undated
Folder 6 Publications, 1930 - 1952
Folder 7 Satellites, 1959
Folder 8 Scattering of alphas, undated
Folder 9 Static - What is it and how is it produced?, 1928
Folder 10 The scientific method - general lecture, 1945
Folder 11 Troubleshooters and specialists, notes for, undated
Folder 12 Wavelength and charge of electrons, undated

Series VII. Hoag reprints

Box 10 Folder 1 Methods of television, 1931
Folder 2 Permeability of iron at ultra-radio frequencies, 1932
Folder 3 "Trouble-shooters and Specialists", University of Chicago Magazine, 1932
Folder 4 Filter for an X-ray power supply, 1932
Folder 5 Measurement of the frequency of ultra-radio waves, 1933
Folder 6 A thyration-controllediIonization gauge, 1936
Folder 7 Heights of reflection of radio waves in the ionospehere, 1937
Folder 8 The production and half-life of chlorine 33, 1940
Folder 9 Should physics or chemistry come first?, 1945
Folder 10 Book review of "Vacuum Tubes", by Karl R. Spangenberg, 1948
Folder 11 Notes on photography, undated
Folder 12 The double heterodyne, undated

Series VIII. Reprints, magazines, etc.

Box 10 Folder 13 Argonne National Laboratory News Bulletin, 1963
Folder 14 Breit, G. and Tuv, M.A. - The Production and Applicationof High Voltages in the Laboratory, 1928
Folder 15 Cockcroft, J.D. et al. - A Permanent Magnet for Beta Ray Spectroscopy, 1932
Folder 16 Curie, Marie and Rosenblum - Spectre Magnetique des Rayons Alpha du Depot Actif de L'actinium, 1931
Folder 17 Curie, Marie and Rosenblum - Sur la Structure Fine du Spectre Magnetique des Rayons Alpha du Radioactinium, 1932
Folder 18 Hafstad, O. Dahl and Tuve - On the Techniques and Design of Wilson Cloud Chambers, 1933
Folder 19 Link, George and Arthur Jeffrey Dempster - As Man Colleague and Friend, 1950
Folder 20 Michelson A. A. - Preliminary Results of Measurements of the Rigidity of the Earth, 1914
Folder 21 National Geographic - U.S. Army Air Corps Stratosphere Flight - "Explorer II", 1936
Folder 22 Office of Naval Research - research reviews, 1956
Folder 23 Ohio State University - Sigma Xi symposium - The Nucleus of the Atom and its Structure, 1935
Folder 24 Rosenblum and Dupuoy Mesures Absolutes des Vitesses des Principaux Groupes des Rayons, 1932
Folder 25 Rosenblum , M.S. Structure Fine du Spectre Magnetique des Rayons Alpha du Radium, 1932
Folder 26 Rutherford et al. - A New Method of Analysis of Groups of Alpha Rays , 1930
Folder 27 Scientific American, 1935
Folder 28 U.S. Coast Guard - Alumni Association Bulletin , 1943
Folder 29 U.S. Coast Guard - Surf and Storm, undated
Folder 30 Wollen and Compton - The Appearance of Atoms as Determined by X-ray Scattering, 1934

Series IX. Biographic and bibliographic materials

Box 11 Folder 1 Personal resume of J. Barton Hoag of his activities , 1918 - 1957
Folder 2 Bibliography of J. Barton Hoag's publications, 1920 - 1959
Folder 3 Various professional certificates, appointments, and diplomas, 1924 - 1962
Folder 1 Certificate from friends and colleagues, undated

Series X. Photographs

Box 11 Folder 4 Photographs of personnel at Ryerson Physical Laboratories, (Copies - Originals in Emilio Segrè Visual Archives), 1908 - 1940
Folder 5 Portraits of J. Barton Hoag and friends, some with apparatus, (Copies - Originals in Emilio Segrè Visual Archives), 1918 - 1935
Folder 6 Photographs of physics department of University of Chicago, (Copies - Originals in Emilio Segrè Visual Archives), 1928 -1940
Folder 7 Negatives of electrical, demonstration, and astronomical apparatus , undated

Series XI. Recordings

Box 12 Folder 1 "The quality of musical sounds", 7-inch audio reel, 1957
Folder 2 "Fish talk", 5-inch audio reel, undated
Folder 3 Students' remarks at the School of Nuclear Science, Argonne National Laboratories, 7-inch audio reel, undated
Folder 4 Sound recording - "Le Cid", undated
Folder 5 Sound recording - The silver was taking off, undated
Folder 6 Sound recording - The quality of musical sounds, 1957
Folder 7 Sound recording - The quality of musical tones, 1947

Series XII. Books

Box 11 Folder 8 Syllabus of electrical and magnetic measurements , 1940
Folder 9 "Electron Physics" - with notes, 1942
Folder 10 "Satellite" - notes by J. Barton Hoag, 1956

Series XIII. Miscellaneous

Box 11 Folder 11 "Berkeley 1940" containing letter form Luis Alvarez, drawings, reprints, notes and other materials., 1940