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UAV 859

Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory. Records of the Underwater Sound Laboratory : 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 859
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard University. Underwater Sound Laboratory.
Title: Records of the Underwater Sound Laboratory,
Date(s): 1941-1949
Quantity: 66.25 cubic feet (182 boxes and 8 folders)
Language of materials: English.
Abstract: The Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory was operated by the University from 1941 to 1949 under contract to the National Defense Research Committee/Office of Scientific Research and Development. Research at the Lab focused on the improvement of equipment for the detection of underwater sound and the design of new equipment. The records document experiments, apparatus, and Lab administration. Topics include underwater acoustics and sonar.

Provenance and Acquisition Information:

Unnumbered accessions and accession number 9141. Transferred to the Harvard University Archives in 1981 as part of the records of the University's World War II research contracts.

Processing Information:

These records were processed by staff in the Harvard University Archives probably prior to 1985. The finding aid was encoded at the American Institute of Physics and revised to conform to Harvard University guidelines.

Access to Collection:

Personnel records are restricted for a period of 80 years from the date of their creation. Contact the reference staff in the Harvard University Archives for details.

Restrictions on Use of the Records:

University Records are restricted for 50 years from the date of the record. Student and personnel records are restricted for 80 years. Consult Harvard University Archives reference staff for details.

Related Materials in the Harvard University Archives

This collection is complemented by the papers of Frederick V. Hunt.

History of the Underwater Sound Laboratory

The Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory (HUSL) was operated by Harvard University during World War II, under contract with the National Defense Research Committee/Office of Scientific Research and Development (Contracts OE Msr 58 and OE Msr 287). The Lab was established to improve available equipment for detection of under water sound and to design new equipment. The contracts continued through January 31, 1946. Frederick V. Hunt was director of the Laboratory.

Record sub-groups and series

Scope and Contents of Collection

Includes administrative records of Director and Associate Director; correspondence with various companies concerning placement of laboratory personnel after project completion; photographs of experiments and apparatus, blueprints; staff memoranda; personnel records; a 1946 staff roster; and 1945 project report. Files of Director F.V. Hunt contain correspondence, memoranda, personnel lists, contracts, minutes and related Administrative Council documents, office logs, clippings, manuscript history of the Laboratory, and items relating to its dismantling after termination of its contract.


Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 March 29.

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Additional Index Terms

Sonar -- Research.
Underwater acoustics.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Personnel records.
Log books.
Ships' logs.
Technical reports.
Hunt, Frederick V., 1905-1972.
Boner, Charles Paul.
Harvard Underwater Sound Laboratory.
Harvard University -- Laboratories.
Harvard University -- Scientific apparatus collections -- Pictorial works.
United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development.
Harvard University -- Engineering.
Harvard University -- Physics.