Guide to the Papers of Leonard Rieser, 1960 - 1966Manuscript MS-640

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Guide to the Papers of Leonard Rieser, 1960 - 1966

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-640

Collection Dates:

1960 - 1966

Size of Collection:

2 boxes (1.75 linear ft.)


Leonard Reiser (1922-1998). Professor at Dartmouth College. Contains correspondence, meeting minutes and printed matter relating to Leonard M. Rieser's activities as a member of the Commission on Science, 1964-1966

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Use & Access

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Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Leonard Rieser contain reports, reprints, correspondence, agendas, minutes, conference materials and manuals relating to his work on the Commission on Science Education, in particular the study of teaching science and mathematics in elementary schools.


Leonard Rieser was born May 18, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois and attended public schools. Influenced by a Dartmouth graduate who was his high school Latin teacher, he came to Dartmouth as a freshman in 1940 and was a student at the College until 1942, when he transferred to the University of Chicago, to focus more on his interest in physics and to accelerate completion of his last two years of college. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and was assigned to the Manhattan Project. After the war he remained at Los Alamos and worked as a research assistant to physicist Otto Frisch. He received his doctorate in physics from Stanford University in 1952. The same year he was hired by Dartmouth College as a physics teacher. He became an Assistant professor in 1957 and Professor of Physics in 1960. Over a period of 23 years he also served (successively) as Deputy Provost, Dean of the Faculty and Provost. From 1969-1971 Reiser was a member of the AAAS Board of Directors and then President and Chairman of the Board from 1972-1975. Rieser also served on the grants committee of The Research Corporation (1961-67), as President of the New England Council on Graduate Education (1966); on the Overseers Committee to the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1975-85); on the Commission on the International Exchange of Scholars (1982-86); on the Council on the Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University (1982-86); as a Trustee of Hampshire College (1984 -96); as a Trustee of the Latin American Student Programs at American Universities, located at Harvard University (1990-1996); as a consultant to the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago (1991 -1997), after spending a year there in 1990 as a visiting scholar; and as a Trustee of the Conflict Management Group. Professor Rieser died in 1998 at the age of 76 in Hanover, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1964-1966

Contains correspondence, agendas, reports, newsletters related to the AAAS Commission on Science Education

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Box Contents

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Box: 2, Dates: 1959-1964

Contains reports, article reprints, correspondence, conference materials and manuals relating to the study of the teaching of science and mathematics in elementary schools.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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