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Alexander Langsdorf, Jr. Papers

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Title: Alexander Langsdorf, Jr. Papers, 1934-1983Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/04/wua00048

Primary Creator: Langsdorf, Alexander Jr.

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of two boxes that chronicle Langsdorf’s research in experimental nuclear physics, the birth of the atomic age, and the legacy of McCarthyism.  The material is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Collection Historical Note

Alexander Langsdorf, Jr. was born in St. Louis.  His father, Alexander Langsdorf, Sr., was dean of the Schools of Engineering and Architecture at Washington University for forty years.  His mother, Elsie Langsdorf, was the first St. Louis area woman elected to the Missouri Legislature.

Langsdorf earned an undergraduate degree from Washington University in 1932.  He earned a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1937.  In 1942, he married the artist Marty Schweig.

During World War II, Langsdorf and Fellow scientist Robert Thornton built a cyclotron at Washington University’s Mallinckrodt Institute for medical use in the rapidly developing field of nuclear physics.  Langsdorf joined scientist Enrico Fermi in Chicago for research in neutron physics.  He remained in Chicago when the Argonne National Laboratory was formed and was on staff until his retirement in 1977.  Langsdorf died May 24, 1996.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: There are no accruals.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was donated to the University Archives by Alexander Langsdorf, Jr. on December 5, 1989.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in September 2005.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Hannah Barg in June 2012.


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Argonne National Laboratory - Photographs (Elephant at site A), 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Argonne National Laboratory - Photographs (Staff, late 1970's)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Atomic Bomb - American Physical Society - Resolution, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Atomic Bomb - Atomic Scientists of Chicago - Constitution, c.1945Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Atomic Bomb - Atomic Scientists of Chicago - Resolution, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Atomic Bomb - Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions - Resolution, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Atomic Bomb - Test at Alamogordo, New Mexico - Photograph, July 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Atomic Energy - Conference on Problems of the Atomic Age - Program, Minutes, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Atomic Energy - Federation of Atomic Scientists - Constitution, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Atomic Energy - Federation of Atomic Scientists - Proposed Changes in Senate Resolution 255, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Atomic Energy - Legislation, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Atomic Energy - Report of United Nations Atomic Energy Commission to the Secutity Council, December 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Atomic Energy - Speakers' Bureau, Adult Education Council of Chicago - List of Speakers, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Atomic Energy - Statement on International Control, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Atomic Energy - World Federalist Conference - Report, List of Attendees, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Atomic Energy - Publications - Various, 1945-1946, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Atomic Energy - Unpublished material - various authors, 1945-1946, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Atomic Energy Act - Draft, Tentative, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Atomic Energy Commission - David Lilenthal Confirmation Hearings - Reprint from Washington Post, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Cloud Chamber - Accelerator TubeAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Cloud Chamber - Magnetic AmplifierAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Cloud Chamber - Photos and DescriptionAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cloud Chamber - S-TestAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Corona (Autoionization)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Corona (Bibliographic Materials)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Corona (Child's Law)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Corona (Correspondence Regarding)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Corona (Definition)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Corona (Drafts)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Corona (Electrostatics)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Corona (High Tension Power Lines)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Corona (Liquid Tips)Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Corona (Ozone)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Corona (Reports in Na2 &Co2)Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Corona (Thesis)Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Corona (Van Graff Accelerator)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Corona (Wehrle Photos of)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Corona (Yarger's Analysis of Wasserman's Data)Add to your cart.
Box 2AAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Dymanitron Tests (MIT, 1967-70)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Langsdorf, Alexander, Jr. - Dissertation on Cloud Chambers, 1937.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Langsdorf, Alexander, Jr. - Reprints of Articles, General Correspondence, 1934-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Langsdorf, Alexander, Jr. - Reprints of Articles, General Correspondence, 1972-1983, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: McCarthy Era - Transcript of Langsdorf Hearing, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Un-American Activities - Jeremiah Stamler Legal Aid Fund - General Correspondence, 1965-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Un-American Activities - Reports to Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: United Nations - Charter, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Washington University Cyclotron - Photographs, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Washington University Cyclotron - RememberedAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Scrapbook (Atomic Bombs and the Early Nuclear Age)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Film Negatives (Washington University Cyclotron)Add to your cart.

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