Guide to the Papers of Francis W. Sears, 1945 - 1971Manuscript MS-1180

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Guide to the Papers of Francis W. Sears, 1945 - 1971

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1180

Collection Dates:

1945 - 1971

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Francis W. Sears (1898-1975), professor of physics. Contains personal and professional correspondence as well as Chinese copyright certificates.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

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Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Francis W. Sears contain personal and professional correspondence as well as Chinese copyright certificates for one of Sears' physics textbooks, issued by Chiang Kai-shek in 1964.


Francis W. Sears was born in Plymouth, Ma. on October 1, 1898. He graduated from MIT and accepted a faculty appointment there after graduation. He joined the Dartmouth College faculty in 1955, first as visiting professor and then as the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy. He was also the co-discoverer of the Debye-Sears effect, and the author of many physics textbooks. He was a fellow of the Optical Society of America, and was active in the American Association of Physics Teachers, serving as its president in 1956. In 1962, Sears received the Oersted Medal for "notable contributions to the teaching of physics." Sears died in November 1975.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1945-1971

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Family, 1945
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Professional, 1956-1971
  • Folder: 3, Copyright certificate for "College Physics" issued by Chiang Kai-shek, [in Chinese], 1964

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