L. Pearce Williams Papers,1887-1987, [1963-1967 (bulk)]

Collection Number: 14-17-795

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
L. Pearce Williams papers, 1887-1987, 1963-1967 (bulk)
Collection Number:
14-17-795
Creator:
L. Pearce Williams, 1927-2015
Quantity:
64.1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, publications, research material
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence with colleagues, students, publishers, libraries, and individuals and papers concerning his research and teaching
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

History of science professor, Cornell University. Williams taught the history of Western civilization and the history of science to Cornell students for four decades.
Cornell Class of 1949, Ph.D. 1952.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence with colleagues, students, publishers, libraries, and individuals concerning the research for his book Michael Faraday (1965) and its publication, his own and colleagues' writings on other subjects in the history of science, lectures given for various groups and institutions, teaching positions and graduate work in the history of science, and professional meetings (1958-66); manuscripts and typescripts of the Faraday book and Williams's The Origins of Field Theory (1966) and drafts and copies of articles and lectures (1951- ); and other material pertaining to his work as a Cornell professor.
Also photocopies of journal articles, made in the course of research for a planned book on science in the 19th century (which was never written). Also, offprints of German journal articles, dating mainly from 1900-1929, on quantum theory, relativity theory, and cathode rays, with a few articles on biochemistry, a few on the history and philosophy of science, and two microscope catalogs. Authors represented include Philipp Lenard, Lise Meitner, Wilhelm Wien, Ernst Haeckel, Albert Kölliker, Erwin Schrödinger, and Emil Fischer. Microfilm of manuscript material from research libraries concerns Michael Faraday and John Dalton.
Also videocassette: "Notorious Note-Taking Lecture," August 29, 1990.
Additional research and teaching notes include material for Williams's book The History of Science in Western Civilization (1977); notes for a year-long survey course on the History of Technology (1986-1987); transcripts and photocopies of Michael Faraday's correspondence; and outlines and a partial draft for a planned book on the 18th century. An inventory of Prof. Williams's home library (since dispersed) is also included.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Williams, L. Pearce 1927-
Dalton, John, 1766-1844.
Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867.
Fischer, Emil, 1852-1919.
Haeckel, Ernst, 1834-1919.
Kölliker, Albert, 1817-1905.
Lenard, Philipp, 1862-1947.
Meitner, Lise, 1878-1968.
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961.
Wien, W. (Wilhelm), 1864-1928.
Williams, L. Pearce, 1927-2015
Williams, L. Pearce, 1927-2015
Cornell University -- Faculty.
Cornell University -- Graduate students.

Subjects:
Chemists.
College teachers.
Historians of science.
Science -- History.
Scientists.
Physics -- History -- 20th century.

Form and Genre Terms:
Daybooks.
Lecture notes.
Manuscripts for publication.
Videotapes.
Offprints.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Access Restrictions:
Some correspondence is restricted to permission of the History Department.
Restrictions on Use:
Materials from other research libraries may not be reproduced or quoted without permission from those libraries.
Cite As:
L. Pearce Williams papers, #14-17-795. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related collection: Williams Ampere Collection, #4730; and Ampere Collection, #4705.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1-67
Paper guide is available
Box 68
Research notes from French libraries; Maxwell papers on microfilm
Box 69
Correspondence (including re: Lavoisier Collection), writings, lecture notes
Box 70-71
Draft of book on western civilization; lecture notes for history of science courses; folder in Box 71: inventory of Prof. Williams's home library, 2009
Box 72
Research microfilms
Box 73
Michael Faraday correspondence (transcripts and photocopies); lecture notes for History of Technology, 1986-1987; outlines and partial draft for a book on the 18th century
VHS V-810
L. Pearce Williams: Notorious Note Taking Lecture, at Cornell University.
August 29, 1990
CD-2214
Notorious Notetaking Lecture
1981
Copy of Olin cassette tape CU-1052. The tape has several cuts that were present on the original recording or where the tape was flipped.