Guide to the Papers of Arthur Kantrowitz, 1937 - 2007Manuscript MS-1097

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Arthur Kantrowitz, 1937 - 2007

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1097

Collection Dates:

1937 - 2007

Size of Collection:

62 boxes (92 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Contains bound scientific reports, correspondence, lectures, photographs, audio cassettes, patents, clippings, notebooks, writings, awards and research materials. Chronicles Kantrowitz's involvement with defense and medical technology, aerospace, electric power generation, and scientific debate.

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Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains bound scientific reports, correspondence, lectures, photographs, audio cassettes, patents, clippings, notebooks, writings, awards, research materials. Chronicles Kantrowitz's involvement with nuclear fusion, laser propulsion into orbit, science court, coronary assist device research, magneto hydrodynamic power generation, shock tubes, AVCO Everett research laboratory, and teaching at Dartmouth College.

Biography

Arthur R. Kantrowitz (1913-2008). Professor of Physics and Engineering at Cornell and Dartmouth and visiting professor at M.I.T.. Founder, president and chairman of defense contractor AVCO Everett Research Labs from 1955-1978. BS, MA and Ph.D (1947), Columbia University.

Dr. Kantrowitz's scientific involvement was wide ranging and included developing atmospheric reentry resistant nose cones for ICBMs through his use of 'shock tubes'. The tubes were able to simulate the heat and resistance of reentry conditions facing missiles in a laboratory environment. This work was also instrumental in allowing manned space flights to reenter the atmosphere. Dr. Kantrowitz was also a major proponent of and scientific contributor to the use of laser technology in space propulsion. In addition to his research related to war and space Dr. Kantrowitz, along with his brother Adrian Kantrowitz, MD, developed the intraaortic balloon pump used in cardiac patients.

Beyond applied science Kantrowitz was also concerned about the politicization of scientific data and lobbied for the development of a 'Science Court' which he hoped would establish a consensus of facts about controversial scientific arguments.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1980-1991

Subject and Correspondence files, A-G

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Box: 2, Dates: circa 1980-1994

Subject and Correspondence files, H-N

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Box: 3, Dates: circa 1979-1999

Subject and Correspondence files, O-Z

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Box: 4, Dates: circa 1977-1992

Lectures, publications and research documents

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Box: 5, Dates: 1939-1992

Lectures, publications and research documents, cont. (Includes history of early fusion experimentation by Kantrowitz.)

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Box: 6, Dates: circa 1959-1993

Files relating to Thayer School of Engineering, Science Court, and Laser Propulsion

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Box: 7, Dates: circa 1984-1990

Files relating to Thayer School of Engineering, Science Court, and Laser Propulsion

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Box: 8, Dates: circa 1975-1990

Subject files A-C

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Box: 9, Dates: circa 1972-1991

Subject files C-L

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Box: 10, Dates: circa 1964-1985

Subject files L-N (including Laser weaponry and propulsion and National Academy of Sciences)

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Box: 11, Dates: circa 1951-1996

Subject files O-S

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Box: 12, Dates: circa 1962-1986

Subject files S-Z

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Box: 13, Dates: circa 1976-1992

Contains articles related to Science Court

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Box: 14, Dates: circa 1962-1983

Files relating to NASA and space in general

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Box: 15, Dates: circa 1974-1982

Contains correspondence and articles related to Science Court, A-C

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Box: 16, Dates: circa 1976-1982

Contains correspondence and articles related to Science Court, C-L

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Box: 17, Dates: circa 1976-1983

Contains correspondence and articles related to Science Court, L-P

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Box: 18, Dates: circa 1974-1987

Contains correspondence and articles related to Science Court, Q-S

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Box: 19, Dates: circa 1976-1989

Contains correspondence and articles related to Science Court, S-Z

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Box: 20, Dates: circa 1951-1977

Miscellaneous files of articles, clippings and correspondence on technology and scientific debate as well as article reprints and drafts, 1951-1961

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Box: 21, Dates: circa 1940-1968

Miscellaneous files of articles, clippings and correspondence on technology and scientific debate as well as article reprints and drafts, 1950-1968

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Box: 22, Dates: circa 1962-1975

Miscellaneous files of articles, clippings and correspondence on technology topics and MHD (Magnetohydodynamic power generation)in particular.

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Box: 23, Dates: circa 1970-1998

Contains articles, correspondence, speeches, and interviews on topics related to lasers, science court, space travel, MHD, the human heart, and other scientific topics.

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Box: 24, Dates: circa 1951-1978

Contains correspondence, reports, and articles related to universities Kantrowitz had relations with (Cornell, Harvard, Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, M.I.T., Cal Tech, University of California.)

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Box: 25, Dates: circa 1957-1978

Contains correspondence, reports, and articles related to universities Kantrowitz had relations with (M.I.T., Northeastern, Northwestern, Univ. of Rochester, Stanford.)

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Box: 26, Dates: circa 1957-1965

AVCO press files and photographs

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Box: 27, Dates: circa 1956-1977

Contains clippings and brochures related to AVCO as well as professional correspondence 1971-1976.

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Box: 28, Dates: circa 1970-1981

Contains professional correspondence, 1961-1970 and files related to trips and speaking engagements.

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Box: 29, Dates: circa 1972-1979

Contains files related to trips and speaking engagements, 1972-1979

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Box: 30, Dates: circa 1984-2006

Contains files related to trips, speaking engagements and conferences, 1972-1979

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Box: 31, Dates: circa 1959-1997

Contains personal files (including correspondence) as well as organization files.

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Box: 32, Dates: circa 1959-2003

Contains VHS tapes, audio cassettes and reels, and film reels of radio and television shows and interviews.

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Box: 33, Dates: circa 1978-1990

Contains audio cassettes and VHS cassettes of lectures, interviews and debates.

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Box: 34, Dates: circa 1957-1985

Contains bound AVCO/EVERETT Research Laboratory research reports 1957-1959; AVCO publications; NASA publications and National Research Council publications among others.

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Box: 35, Dates: 1960-1964

Contains bound AVCO/EVERETT Research Laboratory research reports 1960-1964

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Box: 36, Dates: 1965-1969

Contains bound AVCO/EVERETT Research Laboratory research reports 1965-1969

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Box: 37, Dates: circa 1947-1983

Contains binders of trips, lectures, slides. Subjects include aerodynamics, pulsed lasers, MHD, and space.

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Box: 38, Dates: circa 1977-1990

Subject files from home office on MHD, medical, philosophy of technology, and other research subjects.

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Box: 39, Dates: circa 1975-1990

Subject files from home office on Rutgers, Hertz, Edward Teller, Bob Dean, Philosophy of Science and other topics.

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Box: 40, Dates: circa 1965-1994

Subject files from home office

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Box: 41, Dates: circa 1975-1985

Subject files from home office including Love Canal, student papers, science court among other topics.

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Box: 42, Dates: circa 1960-2007

Contains leather bound volume "The Collected Works of Arthur Kantrowitz"; Publications 1967-1971, Publications 1959-1966, "weapon of openness";Non-technical papers 1962-1998

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Box: 43, Dates: circa 1947-1965

contains bound photographs of 10th anniversary party of AERL 1955-1965; 2 letter boxes of correspondence 1947-1948 and 1949-1952

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Box: 44, Dates: circa 1937-19788

Contains binders labeled Science Court; Publications 1937-1951; Bibliography 1982-[1988]; Bibliography 1972-1981; Papers in early 1990's

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Box: 45, Dates: circa 1949-1990

Contains box labeled A.C. Engine Literature and binders labeled: course readings, Messenger Lectures (Cornell), bound studies by Kantrowitz, Wave engines notebook, unlabeled notebook, Publications 1951-1952, vol 2

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Box: 46, Dates: circa 1960-1983

Contains binders lableled: 1975 Science Court notebook, timidity papers, Speeches 1961-1969, Speeches 1969-1974, Notebook of selected essays by subject, Speeches on Space, Laser Talks

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Box: 47, Dates: circa 1965-1988

Binders labeled: Messenger Lectures, 1978; Christmas messages; AERL Newsletters, 1967-1988; Kantrowitz M.I.T. retirement; science court clippings, 1977-; science court clippings, 1975-1976.

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Box: 48, Dates: circa 1949-2005

Contains materials on Laser Propolsion; AVCO Everett Research Lab history; Heart Model from ABIOMED; Molecular Beam; Wind Vane/Sailing sketches; Science Court; and other topics

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Box: 49, Dates: circa 1955-1990

Contains Patents; calculations; research accounts, and ARK writings

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Box: 50, Dates: circa 1930-1978

Columbia Univ. student notebooks and papers, AVCO reports, biographical folder

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Box: 51, Dates: circa 1970-1990

Contains Dartmouth teaching materials: Engineering 200 courses [various years]; freshman seminar materials; Engineering 120

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Box: 52, Dates: circa 1985-2005

Contains unorganized office files of correspondence and articles

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Box: 53, Dates: circa 1985-1995

Contains unorganized office files of correspondence and articles

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Box: 54, Dates: circa 1985-2006

Contains unorganized office files of correspondence and articles

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Box: 55, Dates: circa 1970-1990

Contains folders labeled: Collision-free shocks; Press notices; MHD Power Generation; Laser propulsion

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Box: 56, Dates: circa 1960-2000

Contains photographs, correspondence, awards, and diplomas

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Box: 57, Dates: circa 2001

Acrylic ABIOMED heart model award

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Box: 58, Dates: circa 2002

Propulsion laser award by RPI

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Box: 59, Dates: circa 1965

Contains Intra-aortic balloon pump prototype

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Box: 60, Dates: circa 1950 - 1959

Contains sonic barrier momento, experimental magnetohydrodynamic generator momento

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Box: 61, Dates: circa 1950

Shock tube scale model

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Box: 62, Dates: circa 1950 - 1991

Contains documents related to Kantrowitz's security clearances and early employment contracts with AVCO.

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