Physics Department Reading Files, 1925-2006 | University of Illinois Archives
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Physics Department Reading Files include outgoing correspondence of the department head concerning academic policy; admissions; affirmative action; appointments and promotion; budgets; building projects; colloquia and seminars; courses and curricula; department, school, and campus committees; professional societies and organizations; research grants; salaries; space allocation; and sabbaticals. Principal correspondents include department heads F. Wheeler Loomis (1929-57); Frederick Seitz (1957-63); Gerald Almy (1963-70); Ralph O. Simmons (1970-86); Ansel C. Anderson (1986-92); David K. Campbell (1992-2000); Jeremiah D. Sullivan (2000-2006); acting head P. Gerald Kruger (1941-46); interim head Miles V. Klein (1998-99); assistant department head Ernest A. Lyman (1970-74); associate department head James H. Smith (1972-74); and chairman of the departmental committee on assistants and fellows George A. Russell (1962-71).
The correspondence contained in this record series is generally outgoing from the department head. The P. Gerald Kruger reading file, however, contains incoming letters, including an important letter from J. Robert Oppenheimer. This series also includes personal papers of F. Wheeler Loomis, P. Gerald Kruger, Frederick Seitz, Gerald Almy, and Ralph O. Simmons as well as the files of George A. Russell, chairman of the departmental committee on assistants and fellows; Ernest A. Lyman, assistant department head; and James H. Smith, associate department head.