Donald Holcomb papers,1952-2004

Collection Number: 14-22-3426

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Donald Holcomb papers, 1952-2004
Collection Number:
14-22-3426
Creator:
Holcomb, Donald Frank, 1925-
Quantity:
7 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Publications, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence, lab notebooks, research and subject files on electron paramagnetic resonance, and experimental data pertaining to Holcomb's work at Cornell in the Dept. of Physics and in the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Donald Holcomb served as Director of the Cornell Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics from 1964-1968 and Chairman of the Department of Physics from 1969-1974 and 1982-1986.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Correspondence, lab notebooks, research and subject files on electron paramagnetic resonance, and experimental data pertaining to Holcomb's work at Cornell in the Dept. of Physics and in the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Cornell University. Dept. of Physics.
Cornell University--Faculty.
Cornell University. Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics.

Subjects:
Physics--Study and teaching--New York (State)--Ithaca.
Electron paramagnetic resonance.
Physics.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Donald Holcomb papers, #14-22-3426. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. External to Cornell Non-Research Activities
Series II. Laboratory Notebooks
Series III. Personal Research Files
Series IV. Miscellaneous and Non-Research Activities
Series V. Miscellaneous Experimental Data, Analysis, Correspondence, Writeups, etc.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Box 1
Various external activities (mostly physics education or AAPT-based; more in Box #2), 1977-1996
Box 1
Education conference notes
Box 1
Miscellaneous notes from various evaluation or study committees
Box 1
Public lectures - AIP Visiting Scientist, IUPP, Conferences, etc.
Box 2
Various external activities (mostly physics education or AAPT-based), 1996-2004
Box 2
External visiting committees - mostly physics departments of various colleges
Box 2
Editorial Boards - Physical Review and Physical Review Letters
Box 2
Introductory University Physics Project
National development effort supported by NSF; John Rigden, original stimulator and PI of first grant, Holcomb and Larry Coleman Cop-PI's in latter stages, 1987-1995
Steering Committee Notes
Some information on various course models
Interactions with NSF
Box 3
Personal college and grad school lab course notebooks
Box 3
Miscellaneous research lab notebooks from Holcomb and other workers in Holcomb Lab, 1952-1992
This assortment of lab books is very incomplete - in some cases because notebooks left Cornell with the primary contributors, in some because the notebook fit more clearly into Boxes 7 or 8. In the case of lab notebooks from Holcomb work as a graduate student at the University of Illinois, the ratio of useful material to bulk was simply too small to justify saving. This work is quite fully described in Holcomb's Ph.D. thesis, "Nuclear magnetic resonance in alkali metals," 1954. A copy of this is held in the Cornell library.
Box 4
Misc. research correspondence, 1961-1992
Box 4
Sabbatical leaves - correspondence and other information
Central Institute for Industrial Research, Oslo, 1962
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 1968-1969
University of St. Andrews, 1978
Box 4
Notes from research conferences
Metal-Insulator Transitions - San Francisco, 1968
Metal-Insulator Transitions - Aussois, France, 1971
International Conference on Physics of Semiconductors - Stuttgart, 1974
International Conference on Physics of Semiconductors - San Francisco, 1984
International Conference on Physics of Semiconductors - Stockholm, 1986
Mid-Winter Solid State Conference - Laguna Beach, CA, 1977
Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics - St. Andrews, 1978 and 1986
IBM - Heavy doping and the M-I transition in semiconductors - Santa Cruz, CA, 1984
"Localization 1999" - Hamburg, 1999
Box 4
Research-based public lectures, 1953-2003
Box 4
Research grant information
ONR, 1959-1969
Materials Science Center, 1960-1984
Army Research Office - Durham, 1965-1972
National Science Foundation, 1972-1977, 1980-1991
Box 5
Misc. non-research correspondence, 1954-1992
Box 5
Notes from various internal to Cornell activities
Box 5
Notes from preparation of My Father's Watch: Aspects of the Physical World, with Philip Morrison, 1968-1973
Box 5
Holcomb's running notebooks of non-research activities (Cornell-based and various external education oriented activities) 1971-2002
Box 7
NMR in Alkali Metals from Illinois with R. E. Norberg, 1952-1955
Box 7
NMR in Alkali Metals from Cornell, 1966-1969
Box 7
F-centers in BaO, 1957
Box 7
Double resonance in Al metal
Box 7
Correspondence with Tomita, Redfield, etc.
Box 7
Sliker info on ESR of impurities AgCl
Box 7
F-center relaxation times in KCl - W. D. Ohlsen, 1962
Box 7
F-centers in NaF, 1962
Box 7
NMR of Pb in glass - J. H. Strange, 1964
Box 7
Hydrate crystals - McGrath and Silvidi, gypsum, etc. - Pedersen data, 1960-1962
Box 7
Semiconductors (work of R. K. Sundfors, Jack Kaeck, Gary Carver, M. Iwasawa, Gifford Irown), 1962-1974
Box 7
Silicon Carbide - M. Alexander, 1966
Box 7
Data and Analysis in NaxWO3, LixWO3, 1970-1978 and NaxTayW1-yO3, 1982-1986
Work of Paul Lightsey, Rick Zumsteg, David Tunstall, David Lilienfeld, Bob Weinberger, Jean Dumas, Mike Dubson
Box 8
Data on Alkali-graphite intercalculated materials by Gary Carver, 1969-1971
Box 8
Data, notebooks, graphs on Cu-Au and Rb-Au compounds (work of Gerard Tinelli and Wayne Phillips), 1974-1978
Box 8
Miscellaneous information on the second wave of major emphasis on heavily-doped Si - both singly-doped with P, As, Sb, double-doped with P and As, compensated with P and B, 1978-1992
Research planning folder, 1978-1980
Work of Paul Newman, Mark Hirsch, Uwe Thomanschefsky, Professor M. J. R Hoch of University of the Witwatersrand, undergraduates Mohan Namboodiri and Dimitry Reznik
Box 8
Correspondence with Andrei Zabrodskii - small Cornell conference, 1991