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UAV 257

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

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This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: UAV 257
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Cambridge Electron Accelerator.
Title: Records of the Cambridge Electron Accelerator, 1952-1974
Date(s): 1952-1974
Quantity: 1 collection (50 cubic feet; (148 boxes, 3 reels of film, 6 videocassettes, and 1 portfolio folder)
Language of materials: English.
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.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

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

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.

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.

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Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 March 21.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Atomic energy -- Research.
Physics -- Research.
Particle accelerators.
Blueprints.
Photoprints.
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.

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