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Finding Aid to the Luis W. Alvarez Papers, 1932-1988, bulk 1943-1987
BANC MSS 84/82 cz  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Luis W. Alvarez papers
    Date (inclusive): 1932-1988,
    Date (bulk): bulk 1943-1987
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 84/82 cz
    Creators : Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988
    Extent: Number of containers: 78 boxes, 3 cartons Linear feet: 36.5
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Abstract: The Luis W. Alvarez papers include correspondence, research files, diaries, reports, and notes documenting Professor Alvarez's accomplishments as a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a research associate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Projects documented include Alvarez's work as a member of the Manhattan Project, his studies of hyperon events in balloon-flown emulsions, his contributions to the Pyramid Project, and his research on bubble chambers. The collection also includes the draft for Alvarez's autobiography, Alvarez: Adventures of a Physicist.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 94720-6000. Consent is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Luis W. Alvarez Papers, BANC MSS 84/82 cz, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.
    Additional Notes on Collection:
    The Luis W. Alvarez papers form part of the History of Science and Technology Collection at The Bancroft Library.

    Related Collections

    Luis W. Alvarez bubble chamber logs (BANC MSS 76/161 c).
    Records of the Department of Physics (CU-68).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Physics
    Nuclear physics
    Hyperons
    Pyramids--Egypt
    Bubble chambers
    Physics--Study and teaching--California
    Faculty papers.
    History of science and technology collection

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Luis W. Alvarez papers were given to the Bancroft Library by Janet Alvarez on January 23, 1984. Additions were received in 1985 and in 1989. The collection was shipped to the Federal Records Center in San Bruno, CA, for classification review on June 16, 1989. Originals were retained by the Pacific Sierra Branch, National Archives Records Administration, which provided photocopies to the Bancroft Library. Research Notebook no. 1, 1932-1934, was received by the Bancroft Library in April 2006.

    Accruals

    No additions are expected.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by staff of The Bancroft Library.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Luis W. Alvarez papers include correspondence, research files, diaries, reports, and notes documenting the research Professor Alvarez performed while serving as a professor in the department of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a research associate in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Projects documented include Alvarez' work as a member of the Manhattan Project, his studies of hyperon events in balloon-flown emulsions, his pivotal role in the Pyramid Project, and his research on bubble chambers. The collection also includes the draft for his autobiography, Alvarez: Adventures of a Physicist.
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