Guide to the Physics Department Records, 1948-1969
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Norwich University. Physics Department Title Physics Department Records Dates 1948-1969 Extent 1 Box (1 linear foot)
About the Collection
The collection consists of records transferred to the Archives in 2013. Included are laboratory manuals and miscellaneous lab experiments dating from 1948 to 1969, instrument manuals and records of civil defense activities in Vermont, 1955-1968, including interesting illustrations and plans for fallout shelters ca. 1964. A complete content listing of files is included.
About the Physics Department
The physics program offers a bachelor’s degree as well as courses that support fields such as engineering, architecture and the biological and earth sciences. Physics majors undertake coursework including classical topics such as mechanics, electromagnetism and thermodynamics as well as modern subjects such as atomic, nuclear and quantum physics. Also taught are instrumentation, stellar and galactic astronomy and weather and climate. Lab work is emphasized with courses utilizing computer interfaced equipment. Capstone research projects have included the aerodynamics of wings and propellers, construction of a radio telescope, acoustic resonance in heated tubes, stellar imaging with digital photography, holography and construction of a magnetometer. Physics is a good background for those receiving military commissions.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Norwich University. -- Physics Department.
Physics -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Vermont.
Civil defense -- Vermont -- Northfield.
Fallout shelters -- Vermont.
Norwich University -- History -- 20th century.
The collection is open. However, forty-eight hours notice is required to access these materials.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Physics Department Records, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from William V. Mason to Sumner H. McIntire, 21 May 1968. Physics Department Records, Radiological Defense Service Correspondence file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Box (1 linear foot) Collection Location: Archives B10.2 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
Civil Defense Records, 1955-1968 o Office of Civil Defense workshop, 1964 o Radiological Defense Service, VT, 1958 o Radiological Defense Service, correspondence, 1955-1968 Instrument manuals Laboratory manuals, 1948-1969 (11 volumes)
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