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Papers of Lee A. DuBridge, 1932-1986

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LEE ALVIN DuBRIDGE, 1901-1993. Physicist; President, CIT 1946-1969. DuBridge's papers span the years 1932 to 1986 and contain correspondence, documents, reports, speeches, and memorabilia which reflect his tenure as chairman of the department of physics, University of Rochester; head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Radiation Laboratory; president of the California Institute of Technology; and his active participation in scores of professional, governmental and civic organizations. Among the Caltech papers are files relating to academic divisions and faculty, for example, George Beadle, Max Delbrück, Linus Pauling, Carl Anderson, Robert Bacher, Richard P. Feynman, William A. Fowler, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Fritz Zwicky. Part of the Caltech section includes material on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Seismological Laboratory, and the Mount Palomar and Mount Wilson observatories. JPL papers of particular interest are those in which the relationship between the lab, Caltech and NASA during the period 1959 through 1968 is examined.

The effects of the Cold War on academic institutions are documented in the DuBridge papers in correspondence with Caltech trustees, wherein is found DuBridge's statement “Communism at Caltech?”, 1949; the file entitled “Correspondence with a Caltech Alumnus, 1951-1952”; and papers concerning Linus Pauling’s publicly stated views. Neither staff nor faculty members were immune to the suspicious political climate, as the papers connected with Paul Orr (1955), H. S. Tsien (1948-1970) , and J. R. Oppenheimer (1946-1968) reveal.

The complete finding aid to the DuBridge papers is available at the Online Archive of California.

Small supplement received June 2012 from Richard DuBridge (son) consisting of photos and documents, including letters and signed photos from Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

ID: 1969-00006
DuBridge, Lee Alvin (Caltech President, Physicist)

MEDIUM: Paper; LENGTH: 105 linear ft. ; QUANTITY: 239 boxes

Topics: Administration, Physics

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