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Samuel Robinson Williams Papers, 1877-1956 (Bulk: 1904-1955)
1 records storage box, 2 archives boxes, 1 half archives box (2.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Physicist, professor. Includes drafts of manuscripts, reprints, bound volumes, printers' proofs, publishers' prospecti, correspondence, research notes, photographs, drawings, plans, and reports relating to his teaching and research in physics, as well as a small amount of personal papers documenting his private life. His extensive correspondents are listed in the appendix.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Williams Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Williams Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note
1879 Mar 2 Born Marengo, Iowa to John Dockray and Alma (Davis) Williams
1897 Graduated Marengo High School
1901 Grinnell College Ph. B
1903 University of Nebraska M.A.
1904-05 University of Berlin. Studied under Warburg and Planck. Also Research Physicist, Imperial Bureau of Weights and Measures of Germany, Optical Department
1906 Columbia University Ph.D. Research assistant to E.F. Nichols
1906-07 Barnard College, Lecturer in Physics
1908-24 Oberlin College, Professor of Physics
1918 Signal Corps, Science and Research Division, Physicist
1922-23 California Institute of Technology, Research Associate (Leave of absence, Oberlin College)
1924-47 Amherst College, Professor of Physics
1934 Honorary M.A. Amherst College
1942 Honorary Doctor of Science, Oberlin College
1947-55 Professor Emeritus, Amherst College
1949-50 General Motors Research Laboratories, Consultant in Magnetism
1951-52 Duke University, Researcher for Navy in Low Temperature Physics
1955 Feb 19 Died, Hartford Hospital, Hartford Connecticut
Scope and Contents of the Collection

Handwritten and typewritten drafts of manuscripts, reprints, bound volumes, printers' proofs, publishers' prospecti, correspondence, research notes, photographs, drawings, plans, and reports relating to Williams' teaching and research in physics, as well as a small amount of personal papers documenting his private life. His extensive correspondents are listed in the appendix, and included Arthur Stanley Pease and Stanley King (Presidents of Amherst College), Walter Crabtree Jr., Ray T. Bayless (American Society for Metals), M.F. Behar (Ed., Instruments), and David Landau (Nitralloy Corporation and Société des Amis d'Andre-Marie Ampere).


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Williams Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from Williams Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Samuel Robinson Williams Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

The papers of Samuel Robinson Williams (1879-1955), Professor of Physics at Oberlin College 1908-1924 and at Amherst College 1924-1947, were given to the Amherst College Archives by his wife Mabel Morris Bennett Williams between 1955 and 1963, and by his granddaughters Lois D.W. Arnold and Hannah R.W. Boulton in 1975.

Processing Information
Finding Aid: 1980 March
Prepared by: Linda Seidman
Prepared for web: 2003 June
By: Graham Leach-Krouse '05, Student Encoding Assistant


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives

Language
English.