Sidney Kaufman Papers,circa 1930-2007.

Collection Number: 16-14-4201

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Sidney Kaufman Papers, circa 1930-2007.
Collection Number:
16-14-4201
Creator:
Kaufman, Sidney
Quantity:
2.5
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, maps/charts, movie film, newspapers, photographs, publications, reports, research material.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Papers include material on earthquakes and seismology, elastic waves, nuclear and underwater explosions, his work during employment with Shell Oil Company and material while a professor at Cornell, including course notes and COCORP items. Also, his work with the Navy Navigation Satellite System, radiolocation, and Shell's analog computer. In addition, photographs/negatives and ephemera from his student years at Cornell and a set of Gemini photographs from NASA.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Sidney Kaufman obtained his BS degree from Cornell in 1930 and his Ph.D. degree in Physics from Cornell in 1934. He worked for Shell Oil Company, during which he is credited with the world's first offshore seismic survey for oil, carried out in the 1940's. Sid left his senior position at Shell to join Cornell as Acting Professor in 1973 (Dept. of Geological Sciences, now titled Earth and Atmospheric Sciences). Along with Emeritus Professor Jack Oliver, Sid initiated the Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling (COCORP) project at Cornell, which pioneered in the use of oil exploration techniques to study the deep structure of the continents. In 1983 Sid received the Virgil Kauffman Gold Medal Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists for outstanding contribution to the advancement of the science of geophysical exploration.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Papers include material on earthquakes and seismology, elastic waves, nuclear and underwater explosions, his work during employment with Shell Oil Company and material while a professor at Cornell, including course notes and COCORP items. Also, his work with the Navy Navigation Satellite System, radiolocation, and Shell's analog computer. In addition, photographs/negatives and ephemera from his student years at Cornell and a set of Gemini photographs from NASA.
Also, a VHS tape titled "Recollections by Sidney Kaufman". In 2003, a group of people met with Sidney Kaufman for an interview. He discussed many aspects of his life, including being a student and teaching at Cornell, his wife and jobs, WWII, and radar.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Kaufman, Sidney 1908-2008.
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
Shell Oil Company.
Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Subjects:
Geophysics.
Geophysical field investigations
Seismology.
Earthquakes.
Satellites.
Petroleum -- Prospecting
Analog computers.
Nuclear explosions.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Sidney Kaufman Papers, #16-14-4201. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1
Course notes for GS487
1989
Box 1 Folder 2
Course material for GS488
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 3
Papers/articles about Sidney Kaufman
1983-2003
Box 1 Folder 4
Kaufman reprints
1932-1934
Box 1 Folder 5
Correspondence to Kaufman
1965-2006
-especially regarding appointments to various committees and positions
Box 1 Folder 6
Keichi Kasahara material
1952-1986
Box 1 Folder 7
NAS annual meeting, abstracts of papers
1933
Box 1 Folder 8
NRL work
ca. 1946
Box 1 Folder 9
Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)
1973-1990
Box 1 Folder 10
SEG 50th anniversary
1980
Box 1 Folder 11
SEG awards program
1982-1983
Box 1 Folder 12
Shell contract material
1973-1976
Box 1 Folder 13
Shell's analog computer
ca. 1952
Box 1 Folder 14
Analog computer photos
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 15
Shell 50th anniversary
1986
Box 1 Folder 16
Koninklijke/Shell Exploratie en Produktie Laboratorium
1974-1978
Box 1 Folder 17
Meeting of Charles Coffin and Gerard Swope Fellows, General Electric
1953
Box 1 Folder 18
University of California - Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
1973-1975
Box 1 Folder 19
Cornell Program for the Study of the Continents
1982-1990
Box 1 Folder 20
Consortium for Continental Reflection Profiling (COCORP)
1982-1983
Box 1 Folder 21
COCORP charts, graphs and maps
ca. 1970's - 1980's
Box 1 Folder 22
Field photos (COCORP?)
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 23
Oil seep photos
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 24
Oil-Industry History, volume 5, 6 and 8
2004-2007
Box 1 Folder 25
Weizmann Institute of Science trip, Rehovoth, Israel
1962-1964
Box 1 Folder 26
China trip
1982-1983
-contains additional COCORP material
Box 1 Folder 27
Preliminary reports
1940-1941
-Lake Verret
-Valentine
-Six Mile Lake
-Duson, Cankton, Egan
-St. Francisville
Box 1 Folder 28
Various Notes
n.d.
Box 1 Folder 29
Navy Navigation Satellite system
1968-1969
Box 1 Folder 30
Navy Navigation Satellite system
1968-1971
Box 1 Folder 31
Radiolocation systems
1948-1950
Box 2 Folder 1
Geophysics material
ca. 1970's-1980's
Box 2 Folder 2
Elastic waves, effects on fish life
1957-1960
Box 2 Folder 3
Nuclear weapons and explosions
1960, 1962
Box 2 Folder 4
Earthquakes and seismology
1963-1969
Box 2 Folder 5
Earthquakes and seismology
1971-1977
Box 2 Folder 6
Lawrence Livermore Lab - consultation documents
1975
Box 2 Folder 7
An analysis of the potential use of geothermal energy for power generation along the Texas Gulf coast
1974
Box 2 Folder 8
External review of the graduate program in geophysics at St. Louis University, by Kaufman
1978
Box 2 Folder 9
The propagation of energy according to the classical theory, by Kaufman
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 10
The Cornell Physics Department, Recollections and a History of Sorts, by Paul Hartman
1984
-Kaufman mentioned on page 69
Box 2 Folder 11
Information Theory text by W. W. Ogden
ca. 1974
Box 2 Folder 12
Cornell Engineering
1993
Box 2 Folder 13
Cornell alumni news and mailing list
1980, 1991
Box 2 Folder 14
Cornell alumni material
1997-2000)
Box 2 Folder 15
Cornell Widow
1927
Box 2 Folder 16
Photos and ephemera - Cornell
ca. 1930's
Box 2 Folder 17
Sidney Kaufman portraits
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 18
Various group photos
ca. 1950's-1960's
Box 2 Folder 19
Family, friends, reunion photos
ca. 1960's-2000's
Box 2 Folder 20
NASA - Gemini photos
1967
-includes photos of various geological locations on Earth
Box 2 Folder 21
Unidentified photos
n.d.
Box 2 Folder 22
Miscellaneous
n.d.
Box 2 V-7600
Recollections by Sidney Kaufman, VHS tape
2003
Box 2
Various note books
n.d.
Box 2
Reprints collected by Kaufman while at Cornell
n.d.
Box 3
Various plaques and certificates
1938-1964
Mapcase Folder 1
Petroleum Prospecting conference in China - group photo of attendees
1981
Mapcase Folder 1
"One In Sixteen" Shell Oil poster featuring Kaufman
n.d.