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Donald A. Glaser Papers

Identifier:  10285-MS

Scope and Contents

The collection is organized as follows: Series 1. Biographical and Personal Series 2. Education Series 3. University of Michigan Series 4. University of California at Berkeley Series 5. Bubble Chamber Series 6. Molecular Biology Series 7. Neuroscience Series 8. Audio-Visual

Series 1: Biographical and Personal Material is divided into ten subseries that cover a range of personal and general public items: Subseries 1: Family material. Subseries 2: Journal entries and notes revealing Glaser’s personal thoughts on work and life. Subseries 3: Job search and appointments. Subseries 4: Biographical write ups and interviews. Subseries 5: Correspondence. Subseries 6: Nobel Prize containing the bulk of Glaser's Nobel Prize material, including reception items and ephemera, clippings, and photographs from his 1960 trip. Nobel events occurring after 1960 are also represented. Subseries 7: Other awards and honors containing certificates issued by other distinguished institutions. Subseries 8: Photographs spanning from the 1910s to the 2000s, including personal and professional images. Subseries 9: Miscellaneous material containing general publications and talks, event ephemera, symphony patent documents, and sheet music. Subseries 10: Oversize material containing a 1960 Time-Life Nobel photo album, blueprints and photographs, a fellow certificate from the AAAS, and sheet music.

Series 2: Education consists of two subseries: Subseries 1: Case Institute of Technology. Subseries 2: California Institute of Technology.

Series 3: University of Michigan includes three subseries from 1953 to 1960. The first subseries includes administrative material. Subseries 2 is a collection of high energy physics research. Subseries 3 contains student dissertations organized alphabetically by author.

Series 4: University of California at Berkeley contains two subseries that extends from 1958 to 2006. The first subseries is administrative material. The second subseries contains student dissertations organized alphabetically by author.

Series 5: Bubble Chamber is divided into five subseries starting in 1949 and ending in 1994. Subseries 1 consists of notebooks with research spanning before and after the invention of the bubble chamber. Subseries 2 contains undated reference notecards and loose leaf notes. Subseries 3 contains publications on the bubble chamber, written by others as well as Glaser. Subseries 4 contains material related to the 40th anniversary conference on the bubble chamber. Subseries 5 consists of miscellaneous material, including bubble chamber photos, correspondence, and bubble chamber-inspired lyrics.

Series 6: Molecular Biology extends from 1963 to 2005. Glaser’s work during this period also included research in microbiology and theoretical biology and lead to the designs of the Cyclops, an automatic cell inoculator, and well as the Dumbwaiter, an automated system for the growth and analysis of large numbers of bacterial colonies. There are seven subseries: Subseries 1: Notes, lectures, and talks. Subseries 2: Publications by others. Subseries 3: Publications by Glaser. Subseries 4: Patents, proposals, and reports. Subseries 5: Biotechnology. Subseries 6: Miscellaneous. Subseries 7: Oversize material.

Series 7: Neuroscience consists of four subseries and covers Glaser’s work from the 1980s into the 2000s. Subseries 1 includes notes organized by subject. Subseries 2 features writings and talks relating to his vision research. Subseries 3 includes research and administrative material. Subseries 4 contains born-digital material, the majority of which consists of animated images used for visual experiments.

Series 8: Audio-Visual spans from 1949 to 2006 and is arranged by media type. The series contains five subseries: Subseries 1: Photographic glass slides. Subseries 2: 35mm slides. Subseries 3: Photographic negatives. Subseries 4: Audio. Subseries 5: Film and video.


  • 1918 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1949 - 2003


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Caltech Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and, unless explicitly stated otherwise,is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


15.97 linear feet ( 41 boxes)


The collection is fully digitized and will be made available online by the beginning of 2018.
Finding Aid for the Donald A. Glaser Papers, 1943-2013, bulk 1949-2003
Bianca Rios and Mariella Soprano
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections Repository

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