Finding Aid to the George C. Jaffé Papers, 1902-1962

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finging Aid to the George C. Jaffé Papers, 1902-1962

Collection number: BANC MSS 76/210 z

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University of California, Berkeley

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Date Completed:
ca. 1976
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Collection Summary

Collection Title: George C. Jaffé Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1902-1962
Collection Number: BANC MSS 76/210 z
Creator: Jaffé, George C.
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes Linear feet: 1
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Letters, mainly from fellow European physicists, many of them German, and written primarily in German; copies and/or drafts of his letters; documents and letters re professional appointments; personalia; reprints of papers; manuscript of Probability of Physics; material relating to his paper on Ludwig Boltzmann; notes, manuscripts of unpublished papers, etc.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in German

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George C. Jaffé Papers, BANC MSS 76/210 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biographical Sketch

George Cecil Jaffé was born in Moscow on January 16, 1880. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Leipzig in 1903, having studied under Ludwig Boltzmann. In 1903-1904 he worked in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, under J. J. Thomson, and in 1904-1905 and again in 1911-1912 he did research in the laboratory of the Curies in Paris. Resuming his work after the war, he taught first at the University of Leipzig and was then given the chair for theoretical physics at Giessen in 1926. Having been deprived of his position by the Nazi anti-semitic decrees in 1933, Jaffé was without employment until he emigrated to the United States in 1939. He taught at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, until his retirement in 1950, when he moved to Berkeley, California. He died in 1965.
Jaffé specialized in theoretical physics, but was also interested in the experimental conductivity of liquid and solid dielectrics and in the philosophy of science. He wrote two books, Handbuch der Experimental-Physik,vol. 19 (1928), and Zwei Dialoge über Raum und Zeit (1931), and many papers.

Scope and Content

The Papers in this collection were donated by Professor Jaffé's son, John L. Jaffé, to The Bancroft Library in 1976. Housed in two boxes, the collection includes letters to Jaffé, largely from prominent European physicists, covering the years 1902-1962; copies of letters by Jaffé; miscellaneous personal documents; reprints of his papers; and materials relating to his papers on Boltzmann and on probability in physics. Portraits of Jaffé have been removed to the Library's photographic collection.
The Key to Arrangement which follows describes the collection in greater detail.

Key to Arrangement

box 1

Correspondence

Additional Note

Letters from colleagues, primarily written in German, arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization. Copies of Jaffé's letters are interfiled chronologically with those of the correspondent. A list of correspondents follows the Key to Arrangement.
 

Documents and letters re professional appointments, dismissals, promotions, etc.

Physical Description: (One folder)

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically, 1916-1951.
 

Miscellaneous documents, including birth certificate, marriage certificate, identification cards, materials re honorary and professional societies, passport, diplomas, etc.

box 2

Reprints of papers by Jaffé

 

Probability in Physics

Physical Description: (holograph MS, notes, abstract, typescript copy)
 

Materials re Jaffé's paper on Ludwig Boltzmann

Additional Note

(notes, abstract, holograph MS, typescript copy, minutes taken at History of Science Dinner Club, Jan. 1 9, 1960)
 

Miscellaneous notes, manuscripts, unpublished papers

List of Correspondents

 

Academic Press, Inc.

 

3 letters, 1949-1958

Scope and Content Note

From Kurt Jacoby.

See also Frederick Nachod.
 

Ankel, Wulf Emmo, 1897-

 

2 letters, 1958-1959

Scope and Content Note

Written while Ankel was rector of the Justus Liebig-Universität (Giessen).
 

Appleton, Edward Victor, 1892-1965

 

2 letters, 1929

 

Askenasy, Paul, 1869-

 

Letter, Sept. 15, 1930

 

Becker, August, 1879-

 

Letter, March 7, 1929

 

Becker, Richard, 1887-

 

Letter, July 16, 1925

 

Bijl, Hendrik Johannes van der, 1887-

 

Letter, March 13, 1913

 

Bjerknes, Vilhelm Friman Koren, 1862-1951

 

Letter, Nov. 5, 1915

 

Blumenthal, Ludwig Otto von, 1876-1944

 

Letter, Aug. 26, 1928

 

Boltzmann, Ludwig, 1844-1906

 

Letter, Dec. 23, 1902

 

Born, Max, 1882-1970

 

9 letters, 1931-1954

 

Bothe, Walther, 1891-1957

 

Letter, Jan. 8, 1934

 

Broda, Engelbert, 1910-

 

4 letters, 1960

Scope and Content Note

Letter, Feb. 1, is accompanied by carbon copy duplicate, annotated by Broda.
 

Brush, Stephen George

 

2 letters, 1962

 

Bucherer, Alfred Heinrich, 1863-1927

 

Letter, June 13, 1924

 

Curie, Marie (Sklodowska), 1867-1934

 

5 letters and a note, 1910-1913 and undated

 

Curie, Pierre, 1859-1906

 

5 letters, 1904-1909 and undated

 

Darwin, Charles Galton, 1887-1962

 

2 letters, 1933

 

Des Coudres, Theodor, 1862-1926

 

2 letters, 1916-1923

 

Dunoyer, Louis, 1880-

 

2 letters, 1913

 

Ehrenfest, Paul, 1880-1933

 

4 letters, 1921-1923 and undated

Scope and Content Note

Also: 2 letters by Ehrenfest's wife, T. Ehrenfest-Afanassjewa (1923).
 

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

 

7 letters, 1921-1954

Scope and Content Note

Also: photocopy of letter by Einstein, Jan. 30, 1939, to Jaffé's son, Hans L. Jaffé, with enclosed carbon copy of letter of reference written by Einstein on George Jaffé's behalf.
 

Emden, Robert, 1862-

 

Letter, Nov. 28, 1922

 

Enriques, Federigo, 1871-1949

 

2 letters, 1934

 

Evans, Herbert McLean, 1882-1971

 

2 letters, 1956-1960

 

Filon, Louis Napoleon George, 1875-1937

 

2 letters, 1933

 

Försterling, Karl, 1885-1960

 

Letter, Oct. 9, 1931

 

Franck, James, 1882-1964

 

4 letters, 1929-1950

 

Freundlich, Herbert Max Finlay, 1880-1941

 

2 letters, 1903-1926

 

Füchtbauer, Christian, 1877-1959

 

Letter, Oct. 17, 1928

 

Gans, Richard Martin, 1880-1954

 

19 letters, 1903-1932

 

Haas, Arthur Erich, 1884-1941

 

5 letters, 1925-1930

 

Heckmann, Otto, 1901-

 

Letter, Aug. 16, 1933

 

Hellinger, Ernst, 1883-

 

2 letters, 1930-1931

 

Hertz, Paul, 1881-19[40?]

 

7 letters, 1908-1931 and undated

 

Hess, Johann Jakob, 1866-

 

2 letters, 1935-1936

 

Hölder, Otto, 1859-1937

 

2 letters, 1903

 

Hund, Friedrich, 1896-

 

Letter, Oct. 19, 1928

 

Ignatowsky, Vladimir Sergeevich, 1875-

 

2 letters, 1929-1933

Scope and Content Note

Signed W. von Ignatowsky
 

Ignatowsky, W von.

See Ignatowsky, Vladimir Sergeevich

 

Jeans, James Hopwood, 1877-1946

 

Letter, Jan. 6, 1931

 

Jentzsch, Felix, 1882-

 

Letter, July 5, 1930

 

Joos, George, 1894-

 

3 letters, 1927

 

Kaufmann, W.

 

Letter, April 24, 1940

 

Kneser, Hans Otto, 1901-

 

Letter, Feb. 13, 1931

 

Koenig, Frederick Otto, 1902-

 

Letter, March 2, 1957

 

Ladenburg, Rudolf Walter, 1882-1952

 

Letter, June 27, 1928

 

Landau, Edmund, 1877-1938

 

2 letters, 1907-1908

 

Landé, Alfred, 1888-

 

3 letters, 1940

 

Langevin, Paul, 1872-1946

 

Letter, Aug. 12, 1910

 

Laue, Max Theodor Felix von, 1879-1960

 

2 letters, 1922-1923

 

Le Blanc, Max Julius Louis, 1865-1943

 

Letter, June 3, 1919

 

Levi-Civita, Tullio, 1873-1941

 

4 letters, 1930-1934

 

Lichtenstein, Leon, 1878-1933

 

4 letters, 1926-1931

 

Loeb, Leonard Benedict, 1891-

 

3 letters, 1929-1950 and undated

 

Lowie, Robert Henry, 1883-1957

 

Letter, Feb. 15, 1957

 

Mises, Richard Edler von, 1883-1953

 

4 letters, 1920-1921

 

Nachod, Frederick Constantine, 1913-

 

3 letters, 1958

Scope and Content Note

Also: carbon copy of letter by Nachod to Kurt Jacoby of the Academic Press (May 5, 1958).
 

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

 

Letter, Sept. 30, 1949

 

Ostwald, Wilhelm, 1853-1932

 

2 letters, 1909 and undated

 

Ostwald, Wolfgang, 1883-1943

 

3 letters, 1930-1931

 

Ottes, Thomas

 

Letter, Sept. 20, 1934

 

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

 

6 letters, 1930-1933

 

Prandtl, Ludwig, 1875-1953

 

2 letters, 1921

 

Pringsheim, Alfred, 1850-1941

 

Letter, Oct. 2, 1903

 

Regener, Erich, 1881-

 

3 letters, 1929-1933

 

Richardson, Owen Williams, 1879-1959

 

Card, Oct. 4, 1904

 

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1939

 

5 letters, 1933-1936

 

Schafer, Clemens, 1878-

 

Letter, June 30, 1930

 

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

 

6 letters, 1928-1933

 

Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm, 1868-1951

 

6 letters, 1921-1947

 

Springer, Ferdinand Fritz Josef Julius, 1881-

 

Letter, April 25, 1958

 

Thirring, Hans, 1888-

 

2 letters, 1922

 

Thomson, Sir Joseph John, 1856-1940

 

5 letters, 1903-1933

 

Trapesnikow, A.

 

Letter, March 26, 1933

 

Villat, Henri-René-Pierre, 1879-

 

2 letters, 1921-1922

 

Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955

 

3 letters, 1922-1930

 

Weyl, Richard, 1912-

 

Letter, March 30, 1960

 

Whittaker, Edmund Taylor, 1873-1956

 

Letter, July 31, 1914

 

Wiener, Otto, 1862-1927

 

6 letters, 1914-1926

 

Wilson, Harold Albert, 1874-

 

Letter, Feb. 16, 1945

 

Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

 

Letter, April 20, 1933

 

Zehner, Ludwig Albert, 1854-

 

Letter, July 31, 1936