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UAV 257

Cambridge Electron Accelerator (Cambridge, Mass.)  Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard University Archives
Title: Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, 1952-1974
Quantity: 50 cubic feet (148 boxes, 3 reels of film, 6 videocassettes, and 1 portfolio folder)
Call No.: UAV 257
Creator: Cambridge Electron Accelerator.
Abstract: These records provide detailed and comprehensive account of the activities of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator. In so doing, they document research in experimental high-energy physics from 1962-1974.
Language of materials: English.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 March 21.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.
Livingston, M. Stanley (Milton Stanley)
Cambridge Electron Accelerator.
Harvard University -- Laboratories.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
International Conference on High Energy Accelerators, (6th : 1967 : Cambridge, Mass.).
Harvard University -- Relations with federal government.
Harvard University -- Relations with Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard University -- Physics.
Atomic energy -- Research.
Physics -- Research.
Particle accelerators.

History of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator

The Cambridge Electron Accelerator was constructed and operated jointly by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and supported by the Atomic Energy Commission .  It existed as a research facility from 1962 to ca. 1974.  Pioneering research in the physics of high energy interactions of electrons and photons was carried out by teams composed of staff members and graduate students from the sponsoring institutions and other research centers.  M. Stanley Livingston was director of the facility.

Scope and Contents of Collection

The Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator provide detailed and comprehensive documentation of the founding, activities, and closing of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator.  The records contain proposals for the accelerator and document construction of the facility.  Records reveal details of daily administrative tasks, including staffing, experiments, apparatus, the relationship of the facility to other accelerators, to educational institutions, and to the federal government.  The records also document the closing of the facility, including efforts to relocate personnel and materials.  Information is in the form of correspondence and memoranda, reports, manuals, logbooks, minutes of staff meetings, records on individual scientists, drawings, blueprints, photographs, motion picture film and videocassettes.

Access to Collection:

Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator are restricted for 50 years after the date of creation of the record.  Records that may contain personnel or student information are restricted for 80 years.  Contact the Reference Staff of the Harvard University Archives for details.

Restrictions on Use of Collection:

Contact the Reference Staff of the Harvard University Archives for details.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

Most material transferred from director's office to Archives.  Unnumbered accessions and accession numbers: 7921 and 12645.

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